Book Writing Resources:
Story Trumps Structure by Steven James is a great book to help you look at your story in a new light and to ask questions that really push your story to the next level. This is the first book I’ve seen that is really great for pansters, but it is also great for plotters.
What I love about this resource is how easy it is to read. I simply read one entry a day/night and I glean so much information from this resource. I like to highlight, so a print version is what I prefer, but the e-book has links you can click within the book. Amazon.com
By far one of the best resources I have stumbled upon for developing my story and characters is Debra Dixon’s book GMC: Goal, Motivation, & Conflict. It is a short read, understandable, filled with examples, and easy to apply. I bought the Kindle Version from Amazon, but if you prefer a hard copy, visit: Gryphon Books For Writers.
Donald Maass’ Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook is a great resource for working with a manuscript or story idea to really make it a standout novel. My writing group is currently working through the workbook and I have found it to be invaluable. The lessons are really short and have relevant exercises at the end of each lesson.
Susan May Warren’s The Story Equation has become the quintessential strategy for developing your story starting with character development. Before writing any story, I now start with the SEQ, or Story Equation. I promise there is no math involved, but it will propel you to write the absolute best story you can.
James Scott Bell has many wonderful resources, but this one is my favorite. It is a really short read and helps to really create a powerful story that follows the structure of good movies and books. I often pair it with Susie’s book above. The two create a powerful punch.
Web Writing Resources:
Seekerville is a Christian community of fiction writers will help you to grow your craft, help you connect with other writers at all levels, and will provide you with the encouragement and challenges needed to push your forward.
American Christian Fiction Writers is a professional community of serious writers, both published and unpublished. It does require a membership fee but the benefits are worth it. Through the community, you can connect with other writers face to face in writer’s groups. You can also take online courses, submit portions of your writing to critique groups, participate in contests, and attend a national writer’s conference.
Novel.Academy is an online educational community with weekly Pep Talks focused on developing your writing craft. A monthly membership is required, but you have access to many courses. Lots are included, although specific courses can be purchased. I highly recommend the membership as well as the Build a Book Program. This program has helped me grow as a writer the most.