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Websites to Help You Grow as a Writer

Writing is a joy I’ve had in my life for over a decade now. At twenty-five, that’s a significant part of my life and over the years I’ve learned about writing as a craft and my writing. Since high school, I’ve founded a creative writing club in high school, had my first novel reviewed by a HarperCollins editor when I was a junior in high school, and my minor in college was creative writing.

So while I’ve had a lot of school learning about creative writing, I’m also big on self-learning. The internet is a fantastic way to teach yourself about subjects you want to learn about. I don’t do craft-discussions here but people always ask me for writing advice. I’m not one to give out advice like that, but today I wanted to share some websites that are dedicated to helping you learn more about the craft of writing.

Websites to Help You Grow as a Writer

Websites to Help you Grow as a Writer

1. Writerology

As someone who writes mysteries that always have a crime involved, I’ve long been interested in the psychology of committing crimes and just of people. Faye has an entire website dedicated to this kind of thing, about really focusing on the characters and the thought process of them all. If you’re looking for a website that will really make you think about your characters’ motives, this is it. Visit Writerology.net here.

2. Briana Morgan

I’ve been following Briana on Twitter for years now but I only recently started reading some of her old blog posts. Not only does she do blog posts to help you with writing, she also has a YouTube channel if that’s more your style. Visit Briana Morgan here.

3. Helping Writers Become Authors

If you want to get serious about your writing, this is a website you must check out. K.M. Weiland is an award-winning author and the topics on her blog are pretty-wide ranging. There are so many posts on here, if there is something you want to know more about, you’ll probably find it here. You can visit Helping Writers Become Authors here.

4. Jenny Bravo Books

If you want a good look at what it’s like to be an indie author, Jenny Bravo has a great series of posts that documented the lead up to her debut novel, These are the Moments. She has a ton of other great content, but These are the Moments came out just a few months before my debut novel, The Assassin, did. So these posts hold a lot of meaning to me as they gave me a glimpse of what I was about to experience. You can visit Jenny Bravo Books here.

5. well-storied

I found Kristen and her blog back when I was in college and the lady knows her stuff. She covers a wide variety of topics, from creating believable characters to different methods of handling multiple stories and drafts at the same time. If it involves writing, she’s probably discussed the topic on her blog before. She also has a great twitter chat every Wednesday night, #storysocial, that you can participate in to learn more about writing in real-time. You can visit well-storied here.

6. Little Novelist

Rhianne and I talk on a regular basis, like every week at least (I’m terrible at responding, sorry hun!). Not only does she give great writing advice, she does author interviews and book reviews, so you can also find your next great read. As a writer, youl should be a reader first, so Rhianne’s site serves you on both ends. You can visit Little Novelist here.

Honorable Metion: ginger and co.

This happens to be my other site, and I covered a  lot of topics about writing over the years. Some of my favorite posts include “Why You Should Make Your Character Do Shitty Things” and “Why I Put My Main Character in Therapy.

There are hundreds of writing websites to find information and take your craft to the next level, there’s no way to successfully list them all. These happen to be my favorites and if you start here, I promise you’ll be in good hands.

 

How I Fell in Love with Writing

I’ve told the story of my writing life several times now, to family and friends, but I realized I’ve never taken the time to actually write down how I fell in love with writing.

How I Fell in Love with Writing

As long as I can remember, I’ve had a love for stories. I loved reading as a kid (still do), and after my trip to Walt Disney World when I was four, I’ve really cherished my imagination. I loved making up stories as a kid.

It wasn’t until the next year that I ventured into writing something on my own. It was one day in science class that I wrote a scene. The scene was of a murder. While this scene doesn’t make it into the final version of the book, it was this scene that started The Assassin.

In October 2010, I made the Top Pick list, and a month later, I was reading my very own HarperCollins review. At 17, I was head over heels at what was happening with my book.

In 2013, I began working for a small press as a publicist. While I was in college earning a degree in public relations and advertising, this seemed to be a great mesh of two things I loved – publishing and publicity. During my time with the company, I realized that I wasn’t totally thrilled with how publishing companies worked.

Two years later, a week before my 22nd birthday, my book was finally released. There’s this giddy feeling about releasing a book, but it’s also terrifying. Releasing my book also solidified my love of writing even more. If this feeling was something I got to keep, I was set for life.

I hope to always be writing, until the day I die.

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