September 11, 2016

Resources

Here are some of my favorite resources to support my writing.

Writing Tools

  • Aeon Timeline – Great for not just managing time sequencing, but multiple story arcs, and which entities are in which scenes and modeling relationships http://www.scribblecode.com (cost, but NaNoWriMo coupon)
  • Mediawiki – easy way to take notes and maintain story / world bible
  • Spreadsheet – where you keep track of metrics, numbers, and structured info that isn’t covered in another tool
  • Xmind – Tool for brainstorming and initial planning modeling of information(free)https://www.xmind.net
  • ProwritingAid – great resources for first pass SPaG checking. https://prowritingaid.com (free optional well featured, cost for more personalization and speed)

Links on Writing

Books in Writing

  • 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love – Rachel Aaron
  • The Fantasy Fiction Formula – Deborah Chester
  • Planning your Novel: Ideas and Structure – Janice Hardy
  • Revising your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft – Janice Hardy
  • Book in a Month: the fool-proof system for writing a novel in 30 days – Victoria Lynn Schmidt
  • Plot & Structure: Techniques and exercises for crafting a plot that grips readers from start to finish – James Scott Bell
  • The Writer’s Digest Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy – Orson Scott Card and Editors of Writer’s Digest
  • Description & Setting: Techniques and exercises for crafting a believable world of people, places, and events- Ron Rozelle
  • Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life – Terry Brooks
  • 21 Days To A Novel Michael Stackpole
  • The Writer’s Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages – Nancy Ellen Dodd
  • Revision And Self-Editing – James Scott Bell
  • The Art of War for Writers – James Scott Bell
  • Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes – Sue Viders, Tami D. Cowden, Caro Lafever
  • Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Master Villain Archetypes – Tami D. Cowden
  • The Emotion Thesaurus – Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi
    • The Positive Trait Thesaurus – Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi
    • The Negative Trait Thesaurus – Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi
    • The Rural Setting Thesaurus – Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi
    • The Urban Setting Thesaurus – Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi
  • https://storybundle.com/nano – Great collection of writing (and publishing!) how-tos. I’ve done workshops with some of these folks, this is like a written form of some of the sessions