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Novelist, author, poet, word wrangler ... there are so many things we call ourselves. Hang around on social media and look at the profiles if you don't believe me. Whatever name you wish to give it, if you put words on paper or screen you, my friend, are a writer. 

Writing can be a lonely existence. However chatty those characters of yours are, they are unlikely to be hot on craft. We've all been there right? Some of us have a season ticket. What are the six scene essentials? How do you avoid head hopping? All that alpha/beta reader stuff and as for editing, oh my goodness, that's a whole thing in itself!

Worry not. I may not be in a position to advise you but I have some people here who are more qualified than me to help (ok, that's not much of a compliment but you get the gist). 

These are the places I go when I need help with such tricky stuff.


Cheryl Burman shares writing tips on her blog which are also included in her double Lily award winning monthly newsletter. (I made up the Lily's to award to writers who impress me for various reasons). She shares her research too which is often fascinating. You will also find author interviews and book reviews contained within. Hearing writers talk can often be helpful and inspiring in itself. Her Facebook author page is worth the follow for the prompts alone. 

K M Allan's blog is a good place for tips too. Her checklists are very useful to make sure you haven't left anything out or in the case of the delete or weak word checklist that you haven't left anything in. 

Elise Carlson did their time in the querying trenches before they self published so they know about both sides of the trad vs self pub equation. Their resources list is very thorough and easy to navigate, covering editing, querying, publishing, author platform and marketing. It includes podcasts, books, and blog posts including their own (recommended by yours truly) self publishing steps for authors. 

The name Jane Friedman is likely a familiar one. You may get her newsletter, you may have been to one of her classes, but she does blog about writing too and it's worth checking out especially if you are trying to get traditionally published. 

Writers write is another good source for prompts. Their site also has a blog which covers writing advice for creative, business, blogging and social media. 

If you feel brave you might want to enter writing competitions. Christopher Fielden keeps an updated list on his site. There are also various other posts on aspects of writing and being a writer you may find helpful including a book list. 

You might find the learning, marketing and services pages on this site helpful too.

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