I wanted to put together some resources for writers. Just lately I’ve found myself giving out lots of advice to aspiring writers, both people who I know and contacts that have found me online and learned that I’ve written a couple of books. It’s always nice to know someone who has ‘been there done that’ when you are pursuing a new avenue, so I thought that this post would help out anyone who has a desire to write!
Someone I met at a book launch at the start of the year was Cesca Major, a writer with a wonderful secret… She’s actually two people! Cesca also writes as Rosie Blake and has had novels published under both names! I love people who have something interesting about them. Did you know that one of my friends (also a writer) can dismantle and clean a rifle before re-assembling it?! I love that! Another of my writer friends is a Professor from Cambridge University and is very intellectual but we actually met on a TV game show 15 years ago, spinning the Wheel of Fortune! I just love interesting people and Cesca is certainly one of those… very helpful and an absolute delight in person too!
Check out this video below in which Cesca shares a great tip on how to develop a plotline in your novel…
As you can see, her style is very accessible and down to earth and she packages up her information well into a format that we can all grasp without too much difficulty. Cesca has done a whole series of ‘how to’ tips for writers which you can see at the Writers & Artists website.
This is a copy of my book – I Don’t Have Time To Write. It is a non-fiction book aimed at helping time pressed people to find the time to get their writing done! A time management guide, the book helps anyone with a need to write to find the time to actually do it. This could be writers and novelists but also bloggers, business people and entrepreneurs. If the part of writing that you need help with is the part where you have to actually sit down and do it, then my book should help.
For assistance with learning about the business of publishing, here is a great online resource with plenty of articles on publishing and writing: Publishing Academy. This website helps authors with the business of writing and selling books. It covers how to self publish, how to get published, working with agents, creating a marketing plan for your book and loads of other tips. It is worth checking out if you want to learn more about getting books from your computer screen to the eyes of your readers.
If you are someone who needs the pressure of a deadline to get to work, then the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a resource that you could use! Occuring annually every November, the month is a spur for writers who want to feel like there are others in their situation too – getting a book written in just one intense month! It could provide the cameraderie and virtual support that you need to help you complete your book.
November may be the novelists’ month but April is for stage and screen. In a similar vein to NaNoWriMo above, Script Frenzy is for screenwriters. Check out their Twitter feed here.
Several years ago I participated in a Google Hangout organised by BritMums about the subject of overcoming writer’s block. You can watch that video below:
I hope that now you have some practical resources to go with all those creative juices that are flowing in your head, you can turn your book into a reality. Don’t forget to let me know what you achieve and share any additional resources you know about for fellow writers in the comments below.