25 Holy Grail Resources For Writers!

Ever wanted to know how a best-selling author wrote their debut best-selling book? Still looking for the perfect edits system? I have composed the best blogs, books, articles and Youtube Channels for writers.

  1. Veronica Roth Blog’s – Ever wondered how to write a best-selling debut novel? Well Veronica Roth has pictures, diagrams and writing advice to show you how she did it. Veronica Roth sold over 7 million copies of her debut New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy. Although she no longer updates her blog, it serves as an archive of all of her amazing posts where you can discover her draft and editing process for creating a breakthrough series.
    Website » http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/
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  3. Writing with StardustWriting with Stardust is the Ultimate Descriptive Guide for Students, Parents, Teachers and Authors that want to improve prose. Serious writers, this has to be in your creative arsenal!
    Book » Writing With Stardust
  4. The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need – For those considering hiring an editor before querying or self-publishing, I would suggest purchasing this book. This must have is for writer’s that have issues with clunky, run-on, or awkward sentences!
    Book » The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need
  5. Writers Helping Writers / Emotion Thesaurus – Authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are the creators of Emotion Thesaurus. Formerly known as The Bookshelf Muse, this blog goes into great detail of how you can write more compelling stories through use of powerful descriptors.
    Website » http://writershelpingwriters.net/
    Emotion Thesaurus » The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression

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  7. Edits System by Margie Lawson – An editing GAME CHANGER! Out of all the editing advice I’ve researched and received, this has to be the crème de la crème of editing techniques. Like many other authors that have used this system, it gave my manuscript a makeover and turned my pile of cat vomit into a diamond. What makes this one different than the rest? It’s a psychology-based editing system. *Drops mic*
    Website » http://www.margielawson.com/
    A Taste of the Edits System » http://www.rfw.sarosedesign.com/2010/01/19/a-taste-of-the-edits-system-by-margie-lawson/
    The Edits System » http://www.margielawson.com/lecture-packets/margie-lawson/deep-editing-rhetorical-devices-and-more

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  9. Set Up Your Novel Ending with Your Opening Scene – Write your First Chapter from a whole new, effective perspective.
    Website » http://thenovelfactory.blogspot.ca/2016/01/why-you-need-to-set-up-your-novel.html
  10. She’s Novel – Get actionable tips to help you build your platform before you publish that novel!
    Website » http://www.shesnovel.com/blog-1/#latest-posts
  11. A novel is a series of scenes that move the plot forward. If your scenes are flat, your novel is a dud!
    The Infamous Scene Book
  12. The Scene Book – Primer for Fiction Writing – Every Scene has an event, function, structure and pulse. This book is a gem because there are so many resources out there about plot development, characterization, the first 5 chapters, the perfect setting but this is the first I have seen about creating gripping scenes.
    Book » The Scene Book: A Primer for the Fiction Writer
  13. Hiding Your Villain in Plain Site – Ink and Quills has some of the best advice for specific problems you may have in your novel. Take your story to a whole new level by making your villain multidimensional.
    Website » http://inkandquills.com/2015/10/16/6-ways-to-hide-your-villain-in-plain-sight/
  14. On Writing – Stephen King’s On Writing, is part memoir, part kick ass advice for writers.
    Book » On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
  15. Physical Descriptions Master List – Describing people or objects is probably the one thing I dread the most. I often wish I could just tape a photo of my character onto the margins for my readers, but that’s just lazy. So when a girl like me stumbles upon a meaty master list, I’m thrilled! And when I found The Master List, the big kahuna of descriptor lists, I wanted to kiss Bryn Donovan for creating it.
    Article » http://www.bryndonovan.com/2015/06/16/master-list-of-physical-descriptions/#more-1204
    Book (The Entire List) » Master Lists for Writers: Thesauruses, Plots, Character Traits, Names, and More

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  17. Jenna Moreci Youtube Series – Jenna Moreci, Author of YA novel, Eve: The Awakening, attained self-publishing success by marketing herself on Youtube with entertaining videos about her writing and publishing strategies.
    Youtube » https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS_fcv9kBpDN4WWrfcbCrgw/videos
    Book » Eve: The Awakening
  18. Janet Friedman’s Blog – Janet Friedman has been in the publishing business for over 20 years. If your plan is to pursue traditional publishing routes, check out Jane Friedman’s blog. On May 17, 2016, she will be hosting a webinar on going from writer to writer-entrepreneur.
    Website » https://janefriedman.com/blog/
  19. The First 10 Pages – Your opening pages are one of the biggest deciding factors on whether or not an agent will request your manuscripts. The First 10 Pages focuses on how to take your opening pages from meh to riveting!
    Website » https://1st10pages.com/
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  21. The First Five Pages – Again, those pesky opening pages. This book goes into how to tighten those first five because a lot of times, that’s all the agent asks for up front. Nail your first five, and make that agent beg you for that manuscript!
    Book » The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
  22. The Kill Zone – The Kill Zone is ran by 11 suspense authors at the top of their game. If you want to learn how to write gripping scenes that keep your reader at the edge of their seats, visit the Kill Zone.
    Website » https://killzoneblog.com/
  23. Kristen Nelson Pub Rants – One of the first agents I stalked online. Her blog consists of a wealth of good information about the writing and publishing process from an agent’s perspective. What you’ll like? Kristen breaks down what makes a good query outside of the typical advice given. She reminds writers that at the end of the day, agents are readers, and talks the effectiveness of writing your query like the blurb on a book’s back cover.
    Website » http://nelsonagency.com/pub-rants/
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  25. Blots and Plots – Blots and Plots by Jenny Bravo was born the day Jenny decided to document the process of writing her first novel. Now it is a resource guide for aspiring authors and writers that want to write a book while building an audience.
    Website » http://www.blotsandplots.com/home/
  26. Writing Scary Scenes – Sometimes the scary scenes seem so interesting but can be the most intimidating thing to write. Make these scenes less dreadful by using the tips found in the Writing Scary Scenes + Technique book.
    Website » Writing Scary Scenes: Professional Techniques for Thrillers, Horror and Other Exciting Fiction
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  28. 10 Tips To Create Your Own Writing Ritual – Most writers don’t have the time to write all day, every day. These tips will help you develop a solid writing ritual so you can build writing into your daily regimen.
    Website » http://www.ziedarling.com/blog/writing-rituals
  29. Describe Objects in Your Novel – Something I actually hate doing the most. Take time to learn how to describe objects to your reader in a way that actually makes sense!
    Website » http://www.10minutenovelists.com/how-to-describe-an-object-and-why-it-matters-in-your-novel/
  30. Kristina Horner’s Youtube Channel – If you’re thinking on doing Nanowrimo this year, you have to check Kristina’s channel. Her videos documenting her Nanowrimo journey will inspire any author having doubts about writing a novel in one month.
    Website » https://www.youtube.com/user/italktosnakes
  31. The 12 Stages of Physical Intimacy to Build Tension – Unless your strength is romance, for the rest of us, we struggle with romance and pacing. The characters kiss too soon, hold eye contact way too long. It just all feels weird. The 12 Stages of Physical Intimacy gives you the steps to “escalate intimacy logically throughout a novel so readers are satisified.”
    Website » 12 Signs of Physical Intimacy to Build Tension
  32. 50 Ideas for High Stake Plots – Again, I could kiss Bryn Donovan.
    Website » http://www.bryndonovan.com/2015/08/03/50-ideas-for-high-stakes-plots/
  33. Bryn Donovan’s Blog – Bryn has every master list you could possibly think of for writers. She is a Goldmine.
    Website » http://www.bryndonovan.com/


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  • JaQuette

    What a great list! I haven’t heard of everyone on this list, and I’m so glad I came across it! I’ve published a self-help book, but do plan to release a fiction book, too. It looks like I’ll be able to use a good bit of tips provided from the people on this list. Thanks for sharing!

    J. | Joyfully J.