writing down the bones

Writing Resources: Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones

“I used to think freedom meant doing whatever you want. It means knowing who you are, what you are supposed to be doing on this earth, and then simply doing it.” — Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones Ah, words of wisdom. I was assigned Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg for a creative…Read More

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Writing Resources for Naming Your Characters

Have you ever read one of those epic fantasy novels in which the magical characters can gain total control over any living being simply by discovering their real and true name? I’ve read about ten of those novels. What do you think is more perplexing, the fact that authors continue to use this rule of…Read More

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Writing Resources: The Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style is the most widely used resource for American English style, grammar, and punctuation. If you’re working on any kind of writing project and need a solid reference that provides answers for how to consistently apply style and grammar, then this is the book for you. Often called Chicago or CMOS,…Read More

The Reviews Are In: 1200 Creative Writing Prompts

When I wrote 1200 Creative Writing Prompts, my goal was to provide writers with a treasure trove of inspiration and ideas for writing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Writers often struggle with writer’s block or lack motivation. I wanted to fire up imaginations and help writers get to work creating poems, stories, and other written works….Read More

the crafty poet

Writing Resources: The Crafty Poet

One of my favorite classes in college was a poetry workshop. Sometimes we did poetry prompts or exercises. Occasionally we read and analyzed poetry. But mostly we shared our poems and received feedback that would help us see the strengths and weaknesses in our work. And then we could make our poetry even better. I’ve…Read More

wired for story

Writing Resources: Wired for Story

Are you a storyteller? Do you want to be? Then I suggest you pick up a copy of Wired for Story, ASAP. This is easily the best book on writing fiction that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. The book takes a fresh approach and tackles fiction writing from a scientific perspective. Thus the…Read More

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10 Good Grammar Resources

There’s good grammar and bad grammar, proper grammar and poor grammar. Some writers have fun with grammar and for others, grammar’s a bore. But in order to communicate effectively and for our writing to be professional (and publishable), we all need reliable grammar resources. There is no grammar authority, no supreme court of grammar where judges…Read More

what if writing exercises for fiction writers

What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

Good fiction includes many different elements: believable characters, realistic dialogue, and compelling plots. Every decent story has a beginning, middle, and end. Intriguing tales are built around conflict and are rich with themes and symbols. And those are just the basics. It can be pretty overwhelming. Fiction writing is hard work. It requires a complex…Read More

Writing Resources: Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing, a collection of essays on writing and creativity, is infused with unparalleled joy and passion for the craft of writing. It’s an easy, relaxing read that imparts unique insight to boost your writing habits and keep ideas flowing freely and naturally. “You must stay drunk on writing so reality…Read More

Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer

Writing Resources: Wonderbook

Jeff VanderMeer’s Wonderbook is not your average tome on the craft of writing. It’s more like a portal, and once you enter, writing becomes a strange and awesome adventure. Subtitled The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, the book addresses fiction in general but occasionally emphasizes speculative fiction; any writer will benefit from it, but there are extra morsels for science-fiction and…Read More

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