I’m a big believer in giving back to the communities I live and work within. I add a new link on this page every now and then to help other writers find resources they may not yet be familiar with, so check back often for updates. If you have any you’d like to share, send them to me and we may include them here.

Research

Writing
  • One of the best investments I’ve made in my writing skill is taking online Master Classes. They’re available for work, home, hobbies, and pleasure. A one-year subscription gives you unlimited access to the best minds and most successful people in their fields, and a free trial is available. For less than the cost of a seminar, I’ve learned from Amy Tan, Issa Rae, Salman Rushdie, David Mamet, Margaret Atwood, Nei Gaiman, and more. Go to http://www.masterclass.com, click on Library, then on Writing.
  • By all means, join a group for feedback on your writing. I’ve heard writers’ critique groups trashed as “the blind leading the blind”, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You’ll learn as much from other writers’ writing, and from their mistakes, as you will from your own. Find a group that understands and writes in your genre (romance, sci-fi, short stories, thrillers, nonfiction), become active, show up, and write. I’m located in metro Atlanta and to find a current list of local groups here, go to the Atlanta Writers Club, then get involved.
  • It’s annoying to readers and embarrassing to writers to find words used incorrectly. Read through this list of 75 of the most commonly misused words to improve the clarity of your writing.
Publishing
  • Bill Shunn created the classic format for submitting written work to publications. It has remained the most accepted format for contests and publications, so it’s a good idea to become familiar with it. Shunn Format for Stories. (Sorry, the site is full of ads.)
Marketing