I have an on again and off again relationship with writing. Sometimes I am incredibly motivated and decide that I am going to write a series of novels and short stories. Most of the time, I don't even think about writing. For the last couple of months, I have tried to be more consistent with my writing and improve my relationship with my writing muse and actually complete some stories. I started with NaNoWriMo (National Writing Month) and got about halfway through my goal and wrote almost every day.
I am going to try to do that again this month with the lesser known Camp NaNoWriMo (link is here) that is hosted every April and July. You pick how many words you want to write during this month and it is not restricted to novel writing. Right now, I am going for about 500 words for a potential novel and 250 words for some of my other writing endeavors (including this blog).
I have compiled a list of some resources that I have used, and will continue to use as I continue to work on my writing and I hope will be helpful to you as well!
Writing Prompts and Exercises:
- Lovewritingadventure - This blog does a fantastic job of giving you writing exercises and then walking you through them with examples. If you are unsure as how to approach your writing exercises, this is the place to start for inspiration!
- Writer's Digest - I mentioned this site in an earlier post ( How to be Creative in the Month of March) but I think it is worth mentioning again. Writer's Digest posts a new creative writing prompt every Tuesday on its site. It also is a great resource for writing tips and tricks.
- Writeworld posts different writing exercises regularly. They come in the form of a sentence, a piece of music, a photo, or a piece of art.
For Writing Tips, Tricks, and Advice:
- Selfpubauthors - This site is a goldmine not only for those who have already completed their novels, but also for those who are planning to do so in their Writing Basics Tab. Check out 5 Tips for Creating a Fictional Place in Your Fiction and Writing an Original Novel: Ten Tips for Ideas by Michael M. Griffin.
- Writing Questions Answered - I love this site. It literally answers every conceivable writing question there is. Plus, it's all organized in their menu under tabs like Character Development and Motivation. Start out with this Masterpost on Plot and a list of Writing Programs.
- KrisNoel/FictionWritingTips - This site also offers many tips and tricks and is a great place to get motivation and your questions answered. Start with Why you Should Protect your Writing Time and How to be Decisive when Writing.
Do you have any writing resources or places you go for inspiration? Let me know in the comments below!