I love lists. Organizing, charts, tips, tricks, you name it. College was filled with planners, online calendars, whiteboards in my room that detailed every day. It’s only natural my writing would go down the same path. Why is why, as I mentioned in this post, I’ve created a Pinterest board to help keep my novel in line.
Honestly, I could spend hours on Pinterest and not even just in the writing category. My writing board is slowly growing and I’m sure it will be ginormous by the time I’m done with this process. Keeping true to my love for lists, I’ve created one for you all with my favorite pins I’ve found so far.
Why not just go ahead and jump the gun? You can’t submit a novel until it’s actually written but I personally like to have an overview of what I’ll be dealing with in the future. This article is extremely descriptive and explains (with graphics!) exactly how to format your book so potential editors/agents/what have you don’t automatically throw it in the trash.
I’ve actually just signed up for Sarah Selecky’s writing prompts but I crafted the climax of my story from one I found on Pinterest a few weeks ago. All you have to do is provide your email address to receive a free, daily writing prompt in your inbox! The goal is to write (on paper) for 10 minutes every day. This can help for those writing a book, somebody wanting some meditation or for those who are just plain bored.
Chaaarts. Charts charts charts. I love charts. This one is more for writers who love to go by the rules (which I obviously try not to do) but it’s such a great way to get some structure to your novel and can help get the ideas flowing. If you’re someone who prefers to set up scene, characters, conflicts, etc. before you begin writing, look at this pretty little chart.
I’m a huge advocate of writing what you know. Obviously, since my first book is going to be about mental illness. But after I read this article on why it’s important to write what you don’t know, it clicked! The Magic Violinist points out if you only write what you know, eventually you’ll run out of things to write about. Duh. It only makes sense to branch out and try other things. I also realized I do this pretty much every day working for a newspaper. I go into situations like interviewing a barbecue chef not knowing a single thing about the trade. But through research, that interview or even firsthand experience I learn so much more and then I can write about it.
Here is a great list of resources for anybody struggling to get the words out. Writing a book (or anything) is hard, even for experienced writers. There are snags, mountains to climb, sections to cut. It can get disheartening. So for the moments when you’re not really sure if you can make it hop over to Natasha Lester’s list of tips to get back at it and not quit. Remember, you write for a reason!
What are your favorite writing resources or tips?