Writing Resources

Among the various resources on writing listed below, I particularly recommend:
* Constance Hale’s Sin And Syntax: an accessible guide to the foundations of writing – parts of speech, sentences, and making music in your work (read my review here)
* Ursula Le Guin’s Steering The Craft: covers the essential aspects of craft and technique with great clarity (read my review here) – a new edition was published in 2015


On writing, creativity, and the writer’s life
* Lynda Barry, Syllabus, Picture This, What It Is (I cannot describe how brilliant I think these books are – but I shall try in a forthcoming review)
* Ray Bradbury, Zen In The Art Of Writing
* Po Bronson, The Writing Life
* Naropa University Art Therapy Concentration, Suggested Reading
* Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within
* Kate Grenville, Searching For The Secret River (a memoir of the writing of her novel The Secret River)
* Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
* Anne Lamott, ‘Shitty First Drafts’ (essential for many as it is so liberating – included in her book Bird By Bird)
Poets & Writers Magazine – so many things on this page in particular: Top Topics For Writers
* Jeff Vandermeer, Booklife and Booklife blog

On studying writing
Learning And Studying And Writing: A DIY MA In Creative Writing (a blog post of my own with some ideas for assembling your own programme of studies in creative writing)
* The Story Course (my review here)

On craft and technique
* Tell Me A Story (one of my own blog posts on storytelling: showing and telling and narrating)
* A Book Is Not A Film (another blog post: on story structure and the importance of working within the parameters of your chosen medium)
* Harry Bingham, How To Write and How to Write a Book (in 10 Steps)
* Roy Peter Clark, Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies For Every Writer (handy PDF of the 50 tips linked here)
* Jack Collom and Sheryl Noethe, Poetry Everywhere
* Emma Darwin, This Itch Of Writing (lots of good stuff, including really thoughtful essays on craft and technique, but also various matters on the writing life)
* Stephen Fry, The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking The Poet Within
* John Gardner, The Art Of Fiction
* Natalie Goldberg, Old Friend From Far Away: The Practice Of Writing Memoir
* Gotham Writers, Writer’s Toolbox
* Lee Gutkind, ‘What Is Creative Nonfiction?’
* Alice LaPlante, The Making Of A Story
* Ursula K. Le Guin, Steering The Craft: Exercises And Discussions On Story Writing
* Elmore Leonard’s Ten Tips on Writing
* Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman, How Not To Write A Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes And How To Avoid Them
* Steve Moran, Common Faults In Short Stories Submitted
* Michael Neff, ‘Why Do Passionate Writers Fail To Publish? Plus Hard Yet Reassuring Facts
* Francine Prose, Reading Like A Writer
* Scarlett Thomas, Monkeys With Typewriters
* Ronald Tobias, 20 Master Plots (download a sample here or find them usefully summarised here, but do get the book – lots of inspiring details in its bright and brisk analyses – and then further summaries of story types come here too, which are helpful even if I prefer the idea of actively plotting your own story to the idea of a plot that you can buy off the shelf)
* Jericho Writers, ’15 Common Mistakes Novelists Make’

On form and usage
* Constance Hale, Sin And Syntax: How To Craft Wickedly Effective Prose and www.sinandsyntax.com
Mantex writing skills, reviews, tutorials
* Richard Nordquist, Grammar and Composition at About.com
* George Orwell, ‘Politics and the English Language’
* John Seely, Oxford A-Z Of Grammar And Punctuation
* University of Victoria, Parts of Speech
* Jericho Writers, Writing A Book Advice Centre

On revising and editorial feedback
Working With Feedback On Your Writing
When Does A Writer Need An Editor? (one of my own blog posts)
* Susan Bell, The Artful Edit: On The Practice Of Editing Yourself
* David Madden, Revising Fiction
* Belinda Pollard, practical tips on self-editing and reasons to print out your work (and other great stuff on writing, self-publishing and promoting your work elsewhere on this site, based in Australia)

Genre organisations and advice
British Fantasy Society
British Science Fiction Association
* Historical Novel Society
* Historical Writers’ Association
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
* ThrillWriting
* Bruce Holland Rogers, ‘What Is Magical Realism, Really?’ (explores an overused term in ways that are useful for writers)

Bing Translator
Google Translate
Online Etymology Dictionary

Curiosities and reading matter
The Allen Ginsberg Project
The Page-Turner books blog from the New Yorker
Birdsong Radio
The Book Cover Archive
The Gallery Of ‘Misused’ Quotation Marks
I Love Typography
The Making Of Mastering The Art Of French Cooking
Experience Naropa University
Open Culture (‘the best free cultural & educational material on the web – TONS of great stuff: books, movies, courses, language-learning …)
Anne Rice’s Facebook Page (seek out some of her video clips on writing)
* J.K. Rowling, ‘The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination’, 2008 Harvard Commencement Address
Words Without Borders new writing in translation
Writers at Warwick Audio Archive