Monday, November 17, 2008

WWW Resources for Writers

Have you noticed how many bloggers have lists of links to other blogs? Often, the links are labeled "favorites." Ever wonder why they are favorites? On my blog, many are in the list because they provide great advice and tips to authors.

Some, like Velda Brotherton offer great tips on the process of writing and tips to improve writing such as this one on including the senses in your scenes.

Teagan Oliver offers other views on writing. Recently she took us on a tour of the hero's journey.

LJ Sellers, who is a tallented writer and editor, offers tips on both writing and editing. In this linked example, she shares some simple edits that make for stronger, clearer storytelling.

Over at BlogBookTours, Dani Greer works hard to help us create and maintain effective blogs and to use those blogs to market our books.

Helen Ginger provides all sorts of tips from writing to marketing. She often hosts guest bloggers with expertise in specific areas.

Some sites are a mixed bag. Pauline Baird Jones has a blog and website that offer much helpful information for both readers and writers.

Today, I stumbled into quite a treat for any author who likes to keep up with blogs about real-world crime fighting and associated topics. Lee Lofland, offers a wealth of information at The Graveyard Shift. Not only are his current blogs very informative, he also provides links to the archives grouped into categories like Death Investigation and Police Dogs. Great fact-checking stuff, but he doesn't stop there. He provides extensive blog rolls for other authors' sites and Crime Writer's blogs, and shorter lists of experts, agents, and publishers.

I learn something every time I visit these sites. If you are interested in writing or the business of writing, you may want to check them out too.

Charlotte Phillips is the co-author of the Eva Baum Detective Series, Publicity Director for The Final Twist Writers Society and contributor to multiple blogs. Learn more about Charlotte and her books at:

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  1. Thank you for the list Charlotte. I like that you narrowed it down to your favorites, since there are so many writer resource sites out there.

    On my website, I used to keep a page of links to sites of interest to writers. It just got to be too huge (I posted two new ones every week for the many years I've been putting out Doing It Write). Now I just have a page of contests and one of conferences/workshops. Much easier to keep up with since they're listed by dates.

    And thank you for including me in your list. I'm honored.

  2. I visit all those blogs regularly and agree they are very helpful.

  3. Thank you so much for including me in your list. I appreciate the thought.

    Teagan Oliver

  4. Thanks for including The Graveyard Shift in your list.

    Happy holidays, everyone!


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