National Novel Writing Month (aka Nano) – You’ll see from my posts that Nano has been a great boost to my writing. It’s a challenge – write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. Thousands of people participate, so you have lots of company while you happily/miserably write a first draft of your novel.

Writers writing about writing, online:

Helping Writers Become Authors – KM Weiland’s incredibly useful blog. Her posts make even the most complicated writing issues seem clear and simple.

Kristen Lamb’s Blog – Great advice with a light, fun touch.

Story Fix – Larry Brooks’ blog of great advice, delivered as tough love.

The Creative Penn – Joanna Penn’s huge blog of resources for writing and getting published.

Writers Digest online – I’ve been a subscriber to WD since the 1970s. The website is a useful adjunct to the magazine, plus has plenty of guest bloggers.

On Facebook:

KM Weiland again. This FB is busy and fun. It’s worth visiting for the daily quotes and “You know you’re a writer when…” posts.

Other useful stuff:

Preditors & Editors – a must-have link for writers, P&E keeps track of scams and legal issues in the publishing field.

Fantasy Name Generators – an incredibly huge database of names, not just for people, but for places and things, too.

The Ranting Dragon – intelligent reviews and news about sci-fi and fantasy lit, TV, and movies.

Writing software

Literature and Latte – home of Scrivener, one of the best (perhaps the best) organizational programs for writers. It even has a corkboard!

Fun stuff:

Peter’s Evil Overlord List – actually titled “The Top 100 Things I’d Do If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord”, and hilarious.

The One Ring – “The Home of Tolkien Online”. There are lots of Lord of the Rings sites, but this is the definitive one.

Pottermore – JK Rowling’s official Harry Potter site. Yes, I’m a fan, I admit it.

Recommended books:

I have literally dozens of books on writing. These are my favorites.

You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams by Elizabeth Sims – an inspiring and fun book.

On Writing by Stephen King – a favorite of most writers, often referenced, and written as only the King can do it.

Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George. The mystery writer has plenty of good advice, written in an approachable narrative.

No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty – Chris is the founder of National Novel Writing Month, and this book explains his philosophy and his sense of freedom and fun.

The writing books of Larry BrooksStory Engineering changed my writing drastically, and for the (much) better.

The writing books of KM Weiland – Yup, KM Weiland again. Her books on structure and outlining are delightfully clear, free from philosophizing and long on practicality.

The writing books of James Scott Bell – My particular favorite is Write Your Novel From The Middle, but I own most of his writing-about-writing books.

The Red Sneaker books of William Bernhardt – brief (each book is one specific topic) and useful books.

The writing books of Jeff Gerke – all are helpful, but I particularly liked The First 50 Pages.