Writing tips, tricks, helps, and support
Critiquing / Critique Partners
How to find good critique partners (excellent advice in the comments section)
Fun Writing-Related Nonsense
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There are tons of great writing blogs out there. TONS. One of my favorites is Pub(lishing) Crawl. It's a group blog with authors, agents, an editor, and a lot of other industry people (like people in sales). It's very well written, and has tons of great info!
Another good one is Nathan Bransford's blog. He's an agent turned author. On the left-hand column, there's a section called Publishing Essentials that has a lot of really great stuff. His other links on that sidebar are fabulous, too!
The Bookshelf Muse is a great resource blog. It has tons of information on character traits, emotions, settings, etc. that give ideas of how to bring things to life more, and to not over-use the ones that first come to mind.
Larry Brooks at Story Fix is an incredible teacher. Especially the Six Core Competencies in his bar at the top. He gets into the technical side.
There are a few really good agent blogs, too. Kristin Nelson at Pub Rants is one of them. She has tons of great stuff in her sidebar.
Another good agent blog is Rachelle Gardner's. She has great stuff in her sidebar, too.
If you write kidlit and are looking for an agent, Literary Rambles is invaluable! It's a seriously incredible site.
The Query Tracker Blog has great info, great help, and a great support community.
Write On Con is an online writer's conference that happens once a year. They have tons of agents, editors, and authors speak / blog / hang out in forums, and they give out so much great information. It's focus is kidlit (young adult, middle grade, and picture book). There's a link in the sidebar to the transcripts from the previous year's conference. It's a wealth of fabulous info. I'd definitely spend some time there!
Brandon Sanderson has a lecture series on Youtube. He is one of the few people who can really teach what it is that he does, and do it in a way that is easy to understand. I learned more from him than anyone else. I'll love him forever for it!
Some other resources:
Click on a tag-- crazy, sad, in love, worried, energetic, melancholy-- and songs play based on that tag. GREAT when you're trying to get in the exact mood for a scene!
Writing Middle Grade and don't know your genre?
Wonder whether you write like a girl or a boy? (Okay, so maybe this shouldn't fall under "resources" so much as it should under "try it just because it sounds fun.")
Need a break from writing? Spend time salivating over some pretty food.