Creative Writing Resources
In the world of creative writing, there are many great authors, promoters, publishers, editors and others that provide valuable resources within the creative writing community. The following is a list of my "Hall of Fame". Contact me if you'd like to be included within this roll call!
Authors & Books
The Cover Collection
The following are a list of links to websites and articles that I've found to be useful. If you do find that a link is now dead, please report it to me. As always, use caution and discretion when visiting any sites and this is not a personal endorsement of the site on my part.
Great list of hash-tags to use on Twitter: http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2013/03/12/100-twitter-hashtags-every-writer-should-know/
Nice list of quotes from authors: http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-quotes
I had always wondered what were the stylistic advantages and disadvantages of past and present tenses. To be honest, I had never really gave it that much consideration! A great article on Writer's Digest compares and contrasts past and present tense. http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/the-pros-and-cons-of-writing-a-novel-in-present-tense
Creative Writing Reference Materials
Characters & Viewpoint (Orson Scott Card)
Creating vivid characters for a story isn't something that just happens. Characterization is a key component of the infrastructure of a great story. Characters must be consistent, believable and relatable.
This book has been an invaluable resource for myself and this is a book that I will refer to often when I'm trying to dive into my character and to bring them to life.
How Fiction Works (James Wood)
This book is a fascinating study of the elements and techniques of writing the novel. The author uses examples of many classic works to illustrate and examine various aspects of creative writing. An enlightening read, this book is often a staple of any serious author's toolkit of reference materials.
New Novelist I have been personally using New Novelist for the past few months now. I knew that I needed a tool to organize, to outline and plan and as such, I started my research. I downloaded many different programs, each of which had their own advantages and disadvantages in addition to - of course - varying degrees of cost.
From my research, it does seem to me that the piece of software that is useful to an author is as personal as anything else. What might be a "must have" for me might be a "I have no use for that" for you. After reviewing each of the applications, for me, New Novelist was the best fit and didn't require a huge investment.
yWriter5 - yWriter5 from Spacejock.com is something new that I've come across and it merits attention and review as well. The primary advantage of Spacejock is that it is free to download and use. The author does accept payment to register the software, but it's minimal. Speaking as someone in the software development industry, I would have no problems with paying to register yWriter5 should I decide to use it. I personally know the hundreds if not thousands of hours that development takes and it just seems more than fair to me.