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My Top 10 Writing Resources

Hello!!

Whether you have been writing for two weeks, or writing for 6 years, we ALL need help from time to time! There is so much information out there on how to be a writer, it’s staggering. I mean, when you google “writing tips”, 10.15 trillion results come out. That’s a lot of advice!

So in hopes to narrow things down for you, I’ve compiled for you guys my top 10 books, websites, and podcasts I that have helped me the most in my writing!

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Note: Just because I included a link here doesn’t mean I am endorsing every single word, post, piece of advice, page, etc on their site or in their book. I have not read every little bit of info on each site or listened to every single episode or read every single book. Please use your own wisdom! πŸ™‚

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1- Young Writer’s Workshop

My number one resource for writers between 13-25 is the Young Writer’s Workshop, or also affectionately called Ydubs. I joined this Community back in January of this year (2023) and I do not regret it! It’s astounding how much I’ve grown in my writing since then!! I highly recommend it! They only open registration a few times a year, and it’s about to open end of August so be sure to check it out!!

2- The Emotion Thesaurus

I’ve only had this book for a few weeks, but I already know that is going to be an invaluable resource. I’ve already referenced it many times! Definitely recommend adding this to your library!

3- Helping Writers Become Authors

This is both a podcast, and tons of books on writing. K.M. Welland is such a brilliant author and has information about almost every area of fiction writing! I love listening to her (clean!) podcast, and it has over 600 episodes already out and she consistently releases more each week! I have read a few of her non-fiction writing books, and they are just jam-packed with good info!!

4- Jennifer Nielsen

One of my favorite authors, (as you could probably tell from my book review) Nielsen has a webpage that has many short and sweet tips for writers! They are so good!

5- Libby McNamee

I have gotten the joy to learn from Libby’s teaching and every time I’ve heard her speak I come away so much more knowledgeable and filled with advice! She offers New Author Consulting, and while I have not done this (since I’ve gotten to have this through my writing camp), I’d highly recommend her teaching/advice on the mechanics of writing any day!

6- Jenny Cote

As with Libby, I’ve been so privileged to learn from Jenny as well! She has such a heart for writing and history and give such great guidance for writers! She recently released a few video workshops and I’d encourage you to check them out!

7- Story Embers

This is a great site for Christian writers, young or old! They have loads of blog posts/e-books/pages full of writing tips and advice!

8- The Young Writer Revolution Videos

These videos are so encouraging and uplifting. Brett Harris & Jaquelle Ferris (from Ydubs) give so much amazing feedback here in these videos, I’ve watched them many times and each time am so motivated!! Highly recommended!!

9- Writerscore

Again, put on by the aforementioned Young Writer’s Workshop, this is a wonderful assessment on where you are in your writing and a great improvement tracker! I plan on taking it every 6 months, to see how the result climbs!

10- Story Embers Quiz

Another great assessment/quiz…this helps in narrowing down one thing they suggest you work on improving based on your results. (Plot, Character, Revisions, Theme, Style) It then gives you some resources to help you in that area! It’s helpful!

Bonus Resource: Christian Writer’s Market Guide

(Ok, I know that I said only ten, but I found this one recently and couldn’t help but add it in!) The Christian Writer’s Market Guide is a huge directory of publishers, periodicals, literary agents, editors, writing groups, contests, tips, and so much more! It updated every year, and the print copies are for sale on Amazon, but I recommend the online version! I just purchased this subscription and from what I’ve already seen- I don’t regret it!

Well I hope that was helpful in giving you some resources that will hopefully grow you as a writer!!

Do you like writing? What are some of your favorite writing resources? Have you heard of any of these resources? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy writing, my friends!

Until next time,

Bella πŸ‘‹

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14 Responses

  1. Ooh. That Christian Writers Market Guide looks very cool. I’ll have to remember that one. Love all the Ydubs recs!

  2. Ahh! I love YDubs! And the Young Writer Revolution videos! I’ll have to check all the others out! I was actually going to do Story Embers and then I found out about YWW and joined there. I’ve been on there for almost a year, and I’ve grown so much in my writing journey! I’ve gone from being discouraged, doubting myself, and writing maybe two times a month to being motivated, encouraged, and writing every day!

    Thanks for these resources Bella! I’m always looking for more help!

    1. Ah yeah cool! I found out about Story Embers through YWW, so opposite! XD
      Aw that’s so amazing to hear!! Yes Ydubs has changed my writing life as well!
      Glad it was helpful and thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  3. Hey Bella! Super helpful! Jennifer Neilson’s blog is very helpful! And of course, Jenny and Libby are too (;

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