Writing References

References for Fiction Writers

If your writing still seems unpolished, it could benefit from a good edit. Sometimes hiring an editor isn't always an available option, most of the time you have to perform that job yourself.  

Inexperienced writers usually cannot detect mistakes in punctuation, spelling, word choice, phrasing, and style simply by looking over their work. This list of online grammar  and editing resources is to help you have a “back-up” program to check for easily overlooked blunders. Don’t depend on your computer’s writing software, like Microsoft’s Word program. These page has a lot of great resources for fan-fiction writers, self-published or Indie authors, novelists, or anyone wanting to hone their writing skills. 

Included in this post are valuable blogs, forums, and fiction writing support groups devoted to helping struggling writers with helpful editing tips, agent updates, and so much more. Please check back because I will add to this list. 

  Writing and Editing Blogs

Ten Rules For Writing Fiction - if you're serious about trying to getting published, then read this post, then read it again. And memorize it.

Literary Rambles one of best resources for up-to-date agent information.

Author! Author! Anne Mini's Blog is a useful site for new writers. It provides formatting guidelines, submission advice, editing tips and so much more by a published author. A remarkable resource for any writer.
FLOG Notes on manuscript formatting and other advice for fiction writers.

Adventures in Children's Publishing a blog for YA writers great site!

Cliches and Expressions Origins 

Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors  

The Blood-Red Pencil Sharp and pointed observations about good writing

Fiction Groupie Writing, Reading, Learning. Pantsing My Way Through Debut Authorhood

Writer Forums
WEbook  an online community where you can share your work, get feedback from other writers & readers in your genre with a list of over 80 established literary agents. 

Romance Divas  free writer's resource website and discussion forum dedicated to the romance and writing community. 

Urban Fantasy Writers  free writer's resource and discussion forum dedicated to the urban fantasy genre. 

Absolute Write Water Cooler  a forum for just about any kind of writing, frequented by authors of all skill levels.

YALITCHAT  a forum that actively seeks to advance the good of the entire young adult community worldwide, every day. Through writing, reading, selling, buying, teaching, leading, creating, editing, etc. YA books--we become the medium by which the world experiences what it means to be young adult.

Agent Query  offers the largest, most current searchable database of literary agents on the web—a treasure trove of reputable, established literary agents seeking writers just like you. And it's free! 

Horror Writers  is an online community for writers of creepy fiction. So whether you write short stories, novels, or film scripts, this site will provide you with an absolute treasure trove of material relating to all aspects of the horror genre

KBoards Writer's Cafe a greeat community of self-published authors on Amazon who share wisdom, publishing advice, and support. 

Sites with Tips on Self-Editing
Self-Editing Part 3: Character Development [NouveauWriter] Don't lose sight of your character's true self.
Avoid Rejection: Editors Pet Peeves [Fantasy Faction] Seven problems and fixes. Em dash? Autonomous body parts!

The Chicago Manual of Style Online 

Blogs on the Craft of Writing
How To Write Your Novel's Hook [www.publetariat.com] Thirteen choices to get your creative juices flowing.
Six Limitations of the First Person POV [Ingrid's Notes] Beware imprisonment and the tell tell trap.

Evil Editor Why you don't get published blog.

Editorial Ass writing tips by a recovering editorial assistant.

Terribleminds  writers would come together and put all their fiction, but that idea miscarried before it could be born wriggling and screeching.

These are some of my favorite sites and blogs to visit:

Revision: Character 
Character Questionnaires  
Joslyn Pine on Editing Fiction 

*Self-publishing? Check out this awesome book formatting site, BOOKOW: http://www.bookow.com
Story Structure and Revision Checklist 
Revising Your Novel by James Scott Bell 
Plot Revision for Novel Writers 
Revising Plot–Scene by Scene 
Using the Elements of Fiction to Create Pacing in Your Novel
Weaving Subplots into Your Novel
How to Balance Action, Narrative and Dialog  
Great Blog Post on Writing Dialogue
Setting: “Where am I” And why should I care?”
Setting and atmosphere 
Using Setting & Description in Creative, Yet Crucial Ways 
Sensory Details Put Reader On-Location 
Advice on Writing a Novel and Revision
Adding Character Description
17 Reasons a Manuscript is Rejected
The Reason Editors Reject Manuscripts

Three Reasons an Agent Rejects Your Pages

What do you mean, most submissions are rejected on page 1? http://www.annemini.com/?p=2158

Why Manuscripts Get Rejected by Literary Agents

“Rhetorical Questions” Blog Post by BookEnds, LLC, literary agency
Tastes, Smells, Sights, Sounds, And Touchy-feely Things

Creating Memorable Characters

Creating Realistic Characters

Building a Strong Plot

LONG List of Writing Resources

 Editing Software for Fiction Writers

AutoCrit Wizard Whether your goal is to reach a best-seller list, to get your first publishing contract, or to finish your memoir so you can share it with your family, your writing needs to shine. 

Editor software for checking spelling, word usage, punctuation, and style, is compact and fast

Scrivener (Highly Recommended!) allows you to split up a long text into mediumer, more manageable chunks (chapters, scenes, main points - how large or medium is up to you) and to edit them independently or together as one long document 
DictionaryBoss Great resources like spell check, dictionary look-up, translations, word of the day.

The AutoCrit team has made the Wizard more 
powerful, faster, and easier to use.
A new version of AutoCrit is launching soon. The new AutoCrit will have the same great features you love from the original, plus:
Faster, more intuitive editing user interface (new)
Adverbs in Dialogue analysis (new)
Summary Report (new)
Word and phrase frequency summaries (new)
No word limits, upload your entire manuscript (new)

Comparison of your manuscript to published fiction with the ability to customize results based on specific fiction genres (new) 
Visit the site for more details, AutoCrit Editing Wizard

   Research and Resource Links