Where to Start?
Donald Maass’ Writing the Breakout Novel and companion Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook: two great resources for those who struggle with plot. Read this whether you’re just starting to plan out your book or whether you’re in the middle of revisions. Both are great tools, they give great guidance, and they will serve up a healthy does of inspiration.
Scrivener: Scrivener is the go-to software for writers of all kinds, used every day by best-selling novelists, screenwriters, non-fiction writers, students, academics, lawyers, journalists, translators and more. Scrivener won’t tell you how to write—it simply provides everything you need to start writing and keep writing. Tailor-made for long writing projects, Scrivener banishes page fright by allowing you to compose your text in any order, in sections as large or small as you like. Got a great idea but don’t know where it fits? Write when inspiration strikes and find its place later. Grow your manuscript organically, idea by idea.
88 Cups of Tea: This podcast features kick-ass creative souls whose discussions will motivate the heck out of your writing aspirations. It will leave you feeling energized, inspired, and motivated! Aside from a whopping dose of inspiration, each episode digs deep into career how-to’s and step-by-step advice to encourage and motivate your way to creative success.
Top Picks for Listeners Who Need A Kick In The Pants:
- SUSAN DENNARD: The Revision Process & Overcoming Perfectionist Tendencies
- ROUNDUP: Jacqueline Woodson, Victoria V.E. Schwab, Rita Williams-Garcia, Jeff Zentner, Angie Thomas and Leigh Bardugo
- KIERSTEN WHITE: Writing Page-Turners & Crafting Memorable Characters
- VICTORIA ‘V.E.’ SCHWAB: Cultivating Stubborn Hope & Earning Your Way Into The Tribe
- SARAH J. MAAS: Championing Heroines & Writing with Relentless Determination
- LEIGH BARDUGO: #1 NYT Bestselling Author of “SIX OF CROWS”
I’m an aspiring writer! Do you have any advice?
Write and read, as much as you can.