General Writing Resources
- If you are looking for help with getting published, The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook is essential. As well as many useful articles on the business of writing, it lists publishers, agents and other relevant companies/persons.
- I’ve been reading the Story Fix blog for years. The posts on Story Engineering became a book published by Writer’s Digest and are well worth your time for a thorough – and clear –explanation of story structure.
- For women writers in all genres and disciplines, a Mslexia subscription is invaluable. The magazine features interviews with and features on well-known women writers and lots of pieces on forms and outlets you may not have considered.
- The podcast Writing Excuses offers a wealth of advice to remove excuses and get you writing. It’s fifteen minutes a week and has a huge archive. Season 10 is a good place to start, as they ran that as a year-long masterclass in writing craft.
- Another great podcast for writers is The Bestseller Experiment, now (in late 2018) about to enter its third year of weekly broadcasting. They interview authors and publishing industry experts regularly with great advice to offer on both traditional and self-publishing.
- Some good writer blogs to read include: Sarah Duncan’s; live write thrive; Joanna Penn; Go Teen Writers!
- This Tumblr of writing prompts has lots to offer, if you’re short on wacky inspiration…
Resources for Writing for Children and Young Adults
- Getting involved in Twitterchats can be really useful to talk to other writers, like #MGchat (for writers and readers of middle grade fiction, or books for 9-12 year olds).
- Anyone writing for children or teens – from picture books up to gritty YA – should consider joining the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. It’s a worldwide organisation with an active British Isles chapter.
- There are several well-organised blogs featuring groups of children’s/YA authors which are worth visiting for insight into writing and publishing: Author Allsorts; An Awfully Big Blog Adventure; Picture Book Den; Girls Heart Books.
- There is also a specific Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook, with relevant content for children’s and YA publishing.
- Two books that I would also recommend on writing for the children’s/YA market are both written by well-known literary agents: