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Pretty Freaking Useful Links for Writers




How far along are you on your current WIP? Editing yet? Anyone here suffering from writer’s block? Struggling with structure or character development, are you?

Well, we’re in the middle of the week, and middles of anything can get mushy and a bit blah. So here are a few links I’ve come across lately and absolutely think will help you guys a lot with your writing!

1. The Write Practice’s cheatsheet by Matt Heron, on plot and structure, is a great way to give clarity to your story. The 5 different exercises, at the end of the post, will you give you a ton of direction with your work.

2. If you’re looking for appropriate online journals and literary magazines to submit your work to, just sign up for Submittable (free for writers) and use their neat little Discover tool to filter and search for magazines in your genre and niche. From poetry to short stories to flash fiction, from sci-fi to literary works to artwork to recipes, Submittable covers almost everything.
Remember: Even if you don’t want to submit, writing for literary magazines and online publications is a great way to get discovered and build and audience, as an upcoming writer.

3. I’m loving this particular resource - a break-up and analyses of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book Americanah, by LitCharts. It breaks down the chapters and tries to identify the recurring themes in them as an expression of Adichie’s storytelling talents. I also love Jeff VanderMeer’s post on the structure of Americanah, very helpful. If you’re looking to learn more about plot structures, this is definitely for you!

4. J.S. Morin outlines 20 questions to ask yourself, that’ll help you build a convincing world in your sci-fi or fantasy story.

5. I’m a huge fan of Jane Friedman and love the her depth of knowledge and experience in the industry, this post of hers, on the basics of Point-of-View
(POV) is brilliant!



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Have a great week,
Amrita