Thursday, January 21, 2010

Writers on Resources

Just for the record, I'm keeping my blog posts to a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, which is why I haven't gotten to putting up the awesome list of advice and resource I received from my contest. Today is the day though. I hope this helps you as much as it helped me. It was such a fun contest to host and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from all of you. Now for some shout-outs and a wealth of information - the only way to really get rich!

Great Advice from Great Writers

What most published authors have in common, is not level of talent, number of connections, interesting books ideas, size of platform. What most published authors have in common is perseverance in the face rejection. Perseverance to keep writing, keep writing, keep writing - Katie Ganshert

Always start and end a chapter with a great line - Aubrie

Write what you know, research what you don't know - Michelle

Have faith that you are where you need to be - Shelli

Write something everyday - KM Wilsher

"When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'One word at a time.'" - Tiana Lei

Love what you write - Eileen

Unplug and focus on the writing - Mercedes

Just do it, believe in yourself, and never give up - Angie

Break any rules you want -- as long as they fit your writing style, story and voice - Elana

Study/Learn as if it all depends on you. Write as if it all depends on God. He is the best Author of all time - Tamika

Just Write. You have to write before you can re-write - Windy

Always follow the BICHOK rule (butt in chair, hands on keyboard - CR Ward

Take ALL feedback into consideration. Readers have a totally different perspective - Lisa and Laura

Write a story that you love. Chances are, others will love it, too - Bethany Wiggins

learn how to use all five senses in big scenes (not just sight) - Christina Lee

The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell. It's FULL of advice! - Jennifer Shirk

Act like a professional writer from the start, and be courteous to other writers, agents, and editors - Sandra

Write every day. That's how you get better. Remember the old saying, "practice makes perfect?" Well it turns out it's true. All this talk about favorite writing resources is great, but you learn by doing. Your writing is your best teacher - Robyn Campbell

Critique partners are wonderful, but don't be afraid to listen to your heart. After all, they're your words - Kat Harris

Favorite Writing Resources: Books and Websites

"The Fire in Fiction", "Writing the Breakout Novel." by Donald Maass

"The first five pages" by Noah Lukeman

"Stein on Writing" by Sol Stein

"The Art of War for Writers" by James Scott Bell

Writer's Digest

Jeff Gerke at Where the map ends

ACFW - American Christian Fiction Writers

WOW - Women on Writing

Nathan Bransford's Site


Orson Scot Card's Site

Absolute Write


The Blood Red Pencil Site

Holly Black's Writing Resources

The internet - It's an endless source of resources


  1. You have a wealth of great thoughts from wonderful people. Thanks for sharing such inspiration!

    I'm reading Fire In Fiction now- it is a page turner like I would have never imagined. The pages truly ignite the writer!

  2. This in an absolutely wonderful post. I love the roundup of writing advice and resources.
    Love your blog!

  3. Wow, thanks for putting up what I wrote! I feel so honored!

  4. OMG so awesome! Definitely one I'm bookmarking. Great list!

  5. Great advice for all writers! Thanks for sharing this:)

  6. What a fun collection of great advice! I'm saving many to memory for inspiration :)

  7. I'm so glad you all liked it and found it helpful!

  8. That is some good stuff--thanks for posting all of that!

  9. This is an incredible list, Nisa. I'm going to bookmark this to send to newbie writers.

  10. Awesome summary! Thanks and have a great weekend!

  11. Great advice and wonderful resources. I still need to read Noah Lukeman's The First Five Pages.

  12. Thanks, everyone! It was fun to put together.

    Lila, yea! I had hoped that's what it would be used for. I would have loved to have stumbled on this list when I started a year ago!

  13. What a wonderful list! Thank you for putting it together.

  14. Thanks for the wonderful list of resources and great comments. I love quotes, little snippets of wisdom. My favorite is your first one....the key that separates the published from the unpublished.

  15. I love this post! It's filled with blogger love and great advice. Thank you for all the wonderful links I know how time consuming that is to do.

  16. Great post! Lots of great quotes there!

    I gave you a blog award today, come check it out here!

  17. Aww, Nisa. Thank you so much for including me. I really, really love all these links. Dang! You had a job connecting us with all these bloggers. Thank you, thank you. I missed ya during unplug week. I'll see you tomorrow. :-)

  18. Thanks! I've never been quoted before! Thanks, Nisa!

  19. Yay! Nisa, I finally found your blog! Woo-hoo!! Whenever I've clicked on your profile, it hasn't included your blog link. But I found you!! :-)

  20. These are awesome bits of wisdom!

  21. Wow! So many comments. I'm in heaven! Thanks y'all!

    Thank you, Valerie! You are so sweet. On my way to check it out!

    Robyn, it was so worth it. You all have give great advice!

    Katie, you're welcome! It was well worth quoting!:)

    Shannon, I wonder why? I'll have to check my settings. Sorry you've had trouble finding me!

  22. No problem - I found you now! I just wanted you to know I would have been following you much sooner. :-)


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