RESOURCES

Communities

Absolute Write
Discussion forums for writing of all genres.

Clarion South
Bootcamp for speculative fiction writers down under.

National Novel Writing Month
Write a novel in a month. Get support for novelling all year round.

 

Markets

Ralan.com
The central directory for speculative fiction markets.

 

Plot

The Snowflake Method For Designing A Novel (Randy Ingermanson)
"Our fundamental question is this: How do you design a novel?"

Notecarding: Plotting Under Pressure (Holly Lisle)
"Now you're faced with a book that must be done to a professional level in a severely limited amount of time, and, for real fun, let's say that you don't even have any idea yet what the book is going to be about."

It's Just a Phase (Lazette Gifford)
"So, do you want an outline that will take you straight through the story without worry?"

Pace Charts (Scott Westerfeld)
"Basically, it's any method you use to track the ups and downs of momentum in your book, the shifts from action to conversation to tension."

 

Character

Good Character Development Includes The All-Important "F*@% Yeah" Moment (Charlie Jane Anders)
"What makes you invest in a character? Is it when you understand their motivations, or glimpse their all-too-human foibles? When they have rich, multi-layered relationships? Sure, those things all help. But what really helps is the all-important 'f*@% yeah' moment."

Dialog - Capturing Voices for Characters (Wen Spencer)
"People have natural vocabularies, point of views, and speech rhythms."

 

Worldbuilding

But the next time I write a novel, goddamnit, it's gonna be strange. (Ursula Vernon)
"You start 'Perdido Street Station' with a beetle-headed woman, and you immediately think 'I dunno, I'm not gonna suspend my disbelief for THAT,' and by about twenty pages in, you realized that the author doesn't apparently care if you do or not."

 

Revision

One Pass Manuscript Revision: From First Draft to Last in One Cycle (Holly Lisle)
"Does one-pass revision sound like a huge amount of work? It is. Does it sound frustrating? It can be. It can also be exciting, and a lot of fun, and you can walk away from it with some very good books."

 

Motivation

Being good can be a shortcut. There is no shortcut to being good. (Scott Lynch)
"Hard work + self-awareness + perseverance = MAYBE"

Being Prolific (David Farland)
"I never think of myself in those terms. I do think about how to be more productive - almost every day."

How to Beat Procrastination (Tim Urban)
"Procrastinators are great visionaries - they love to fantasize about the beautiful mansion they will one day have built - but what they need to be are gritty construction workers, who methodically lay one brick after the other, day after day, without giving up, until a house is built."

 

Novellas

How to Write a Novella (James Scott Bell)
"Digital publishing has brought novellas back into favor. There are some story ideas that don't merit 90k words, but may be just right for 30k."