Writing Resources


Websites

AuthorU.org
Amazing people and resources for publishing and marketing.

www.behindthename.com
Fascinating histories of names – very useful for creating your characters!

carnegielibrary.org
A fun little story maker for young writers.

donjon.bin.sh
Fun science fiction and fantasy generators.

loc.gov/poetry/180
My favorite poetry website created by former Poet Laureate Billy Collins.

nanowrimo.org
The National Novel Writing Month website for adults. NaNoWriMo has played a huge part in my writing career. By setting daily word goals,
I have been able to truly motivate myself – at least one month a year!

ywp.nanowrimo.org
The Young Writers version of NaNoWriMo. Set a personal goal
and get writing!

Books

Ackerman, A. and Puglisi, B. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression
Currently my favorite book to assist in writing. Pick an emotion and this book has a fantastic list of physical signals that you can use to show
not tell.

Alderson, Martha. The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master
A great resource for incorporating “Universal Story” elements
into your writing.

Benke, Karen. Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing
A fun book to get the creative juices flowing.

Briles, Judith. Author You: Creating and Building Your Author
and Book Platforms

An amazing workbook to get the job done!

Kawasaki, G. and Welch, S. Ape: How to Publish a Book
A great resource for all your questions and answers related to
self-publishing.

Kole, Mary. Writing Irresistible Kidlit
A decent book about writing for young adults and middle grades.

Snyder, Blake. Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting
That You’ll Ever Need

An excellent resource for planning specific events in screenplays…
and novels.

Zinsser, William. On Writing Well.
A classic! My high school teacher gave me a copy of this book
and I return to it periodically.