As writers we are constantly bombarded with ways to spend our money to improve our craft. Phenomenal conferences, star-studded workshops, weekend retreats. Quite the smorgasbord of expensive writerly treats.
The truth is: you don’t need to spend another dime.
You can find tons of inspiration, tutorials and writing wisdom through blogging. Here are a few blogs that dispense plenty of useful advice at a price everyone can afford.
Adventures in Children’s Publishing
If you don’t already follow these ladies, you should. Their Friday roundups of blog posts are legendary. You could literally spend all day reading the amazing links they find each week. Their WoW Wednesdays posts are instructive and inspiring, and on Mondays they highlight new releases, often with giveaways.
This chick can analyze story structure in books like no one I’ve ever seen. Her posts are so good at showing what makes a story work. People always say that reading is the best teacher. I say read with Laura. Check out the books that she analyzes and then re-read her posts. It will help you understand the craft behind a good story and help you on the way to improving your own novels.
The Other Side of the Story
I just recently discovered this blog and holy smokes, what a treasure trove of information. Author Janice Hardy has more than 500(!) articles on planning, writing and editing your novel and it’s beautifully organized to make finding what you’re looking for a cinch.
The Bookshelf Muse
Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have put together multiple thesauruses for writers. With lists of descriptive words for emotions, setting, symbolism, and more, these ladies are a great resource when you’re at a loss for words.
Casey McCormick does a ton of research to help writers find agents. Her profiles on people who rep books for kids should be your first stop once your manuscript is polished. She is constantly updating the information and if you don’t see the agent you’re looking for, you can email her your suggestion for a future profile. In addition to the agent profiles, Natalie Aguirre now regularly contributes with interviews and book give aways. Definitely a great site for kidlit writers hoping to be published one day.
Write On Con
The brain child of Casey McCormick, Elana Johnson and a host of other bloggers, this is the most amazing site. The inaugural free online conference took place last summer and all the incredible transcripts are still available on the site. They’ve also been hosting monthly chats with agents and live query events. This year’s conference is scheduled for August 16-18 so mark your calendar. You won’t want to miss it.
There are so many more valuable blogs and web sites. What are some of your favorite online resources? Give ’em a shoutout in the comments (even if it’s your own blog!!).