Forward Motion Writers Community
This is a great site for writers. The focus is on publication, but all the members are encouraging and supporting. Religion and politics are forbidden, which means that controversy is always related to writing issues, and people take them seriously without taking them personally. Everyone is helpful and encouraging. I have not, to date, found a better writing community, on or off-line. I can’t even begin to say how much of my own progress was due to my participation/observation at Forward Motion.
Many of us members of Forward Motion have also started a blog tour, the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, found here.
Holly Lisle’s How To Think Sideways Course
Holly Lisle’s writing courses have made a strong impression on me and have changed the way I think about writing. How To Think Sideways, in particular, has revolutionized the way I develop novels. I really like how she links writing to life, rather than thinking of writing as being disconnected somehow from who you are. The first lesson, alone, is worth more than I can possibly say.
I truly respect what she does for less experienced writers, as well as her honesty about who she is and what she believes (even if I disagree at times). My writing would be much duller without having had the input of her classes.
That said, I am an affiliate of the classes.
Dean Wesley Smith’s Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing Articles
Dean Wesley Smith’s blog about publishing really opened my eyes, particularly to the role of agents. I haven’t finished reading it, but already, his articles have really made me think about the roles of author, agent, and publisher. I know that when submitting, I will be a lot more knowledgeable about the business side of writing than I would be had I not read his articles. They are very illuminating, especially if you read all the comments.
The Business Rusch Publishing Series
Along with Dean Wesley Smith, there’s Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s blog on business, with a long series on the publishing industry. I haven’t finished reading it, but it’s a great way to see how to think about writing in terms of business, something I know I rarely do. It’s a great companion to Dean’s blog. Dean’s is more of a personal, individual and subjective writer’s view toward the publishing industry, while Kris’s is almost an omniscient view of it, from a more general perspective (i.e. not just a writer’s view).
National Novel Writing Month
Put shortly: I’d have never finished a single novel had I not stumbled upon this mad craze to write a novel in a month. If you haven’t tried it, I urge you to do so!