5 Writing Course Sites and 7 Articles to Inspire Your Writing


Dear Honored Readers,

Four more days until my blog will be one year old. Check the end of this blog for free giveaways.

The more you write, the better you’ll get at it. The more you write, the better you’ll read. The more you read, the better you write. The more you study, the better you’ll get at what you’re studying.

Don’t give up: Your success is just around the corner.

If you click on three of the links below, I hope you’ll catch a glimpse of an idea to spur you on to publication.

Links to sites that offer writing courses for a fee or free:

Links to Great Writing Resources:

I added the links below to help inspire you, teach you tips to improve your writing, revising, or handling the grief from too many revisions.

I enjoyed listening to this advice on YouTube.com from Kurt Vonnegut, author of wonderful short stories. His advice could easily be adapted for a novel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyQ1wEBx1V0

Kathy Kennedy and Dennis G. Jerz, 10 Tips for Creative Writers: http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/creative/shortstory/ It covers all the aspects of writing a short story.

They say, “A short story begins as close to the conclusion as possible, and grabs the reader from the very first line. It conserves character and scenes, typically focuses on just one problem, and drives towards a sudden, unexpected revelation.”

2. Crawford Kilian, Advice on Novel Writing for http://www.darkwaves.com/sfch/writing/ckilian/

Advice on characterization, dialogue, giving exposition in the middle of dialogue, plotting, and many other topics that will interest writers working on a novel.

3. Larry Brooks, The Last Thing an Agent Wants to Hear from You: http://storyfix.com/the-last-thing-an-agent-wants-to-hear-from-you. Reasons to get your pitch short and to the point.

4. Darcy Pattison: Stop! Cut Picture Book Mss by 1/3. http://www.darcypattison.com/picture-books/cut-picture-book-mss/

5. Joe Hight, Free Books Online, Mastering Communication: Too Many Words Can Muddle Writing http://free-books-online.org/mastering_communication/the-newspaper-handbook/too-many-words-can-muddle-writing/

6. James Vektor, Hub Pages: Screenplay Length: 3 Ways to Cut Your Final Draft Down to Size http://hubpages.com/hub/Script-Format-Script-Length-That-Sells/. A really good interview with Screenwriter Paul Haggis award-winning filmmaker who was the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back – “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and “Crash” (2005) which he himself directed.

7. After you’ve received a few critiques and revised your manuscript(s), you might need a way to uplift your feelings. Here’s a link to Karen McGrath’s 7 stages of editing grief post on the Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz blogspot. I think you might relate to these. http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/2010/09/seven-stages-of-editing-grief.html

Thank you for reading my blog. Please sign up for an email subscription from the “Sign me up” block from the top of the left hand column. The 50th person to subscribe from the left will receive a free paperback copy of Flip Flap Floodle or a 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer.

Saturday, October 9, 2010 is my Never Give Up blog’s FIRST BIRTHDAY.  Because of the generosity of Rebecca Lukowski, from marketing at Maupin House and as a way to celebrate, I’ll choose one person who is subscribed by email to my blog to receive a copy of Carol Baldwin’s book:

Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8; http://www.maupinhouse.com/index.php/teaching-the-story-fiction-writing-in-grades-4-8.html. It explains all aspects of the writing process. More than seventy transparency masters and reproducible worksheets are included on the Resource CD which accompanies the book. Thank you, Carol and Rebecca. What a treasure!

Another thank you to Carol Baldwin and Maupin House because they allowed me to add the following links for readers of my blog to download, save, and/or print four of the graphic organizers from her book.

Exercise Muscle Words(PDF) http://kvisit.com/S-8pu

Create Your Character (Word Doc) http://kvisit.com/SxYZ-

Create Imaginary Characters (fantasy or science fiction) (Word Doc) http://kvisit.com/ShfCJAQ

Build a Plot (PDF) http://kvisit.com/SxIZ-

I will choose the winner by using www.random.org. I’ll tell them to choose a number between 1 and the number of subscribers I have at the time. It’ll choose a number at random for me. I appreciate Darcy Pattison for telling about random.org in her blog. So cool.

And that’s not all. I’ll also choose a person using www.random.org who leaves an approved comment on Saturday, October 9, 2010 to receive a free paperback copy of Flip Flap Floodle.

I’ll announce the winners on Sunday, October 10, 2010.

Please leave a comment, question, or resource. I love to hear from you.

Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

Joan Y. Edwards

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8 Responses

  1. HI Joan,

    This is a terrific source of free or fee writing courses. Wow! It’s also great to be given links to articles that give writing tips. You’ve been busy! Thanks!

    Linda A.

    • Dear Linda, Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you thought the sources for free or fee writing courses was good. I really enjoyed the links I put there, I want to read a few of them again. Do something good for yourself. Hop right to it

      Write – Draw – Explore – Dream – Research – Check out the world around you. Don’t Give Up – Read my blog – http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com/ Joan Y. Edwards

  2. Nice collection of resources for writers. Please include me in your drawing.

    • Dear Janice, Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for saying I had a nice collection of resources for writers. If you are a subscriber you are already in the drawing for Carol Baldwin’s book. If not, subscribe now by clicking the Sign me Up at the top of the left hand column.You have to submit a comment on Saturday, October 9, 2010 to count for the drawing for Flip Flap Floodle. Good luck with your writing.

      Hop right to it

      Write – Draw – Explore – Dream – Research – Check out the lily pads available for you Don’t Give Up – Read my blog – http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com/ Joan Y. Edwards

  3. Hi Joan, thanks for mentioning my blog post at Penny’s! And thank you for this excellent line up of writing helps. What a blessing. :)

    • Dear Karen,
      You’re welcome for my mentioning your “7 Stages of Editing Grief” article on Penny’s blog. I’m sure many of us relate to these 7 stages more than we’d like to. I think writers must have the toughest skin of all human beings because they hear so many no’s and keep on going. Do something good for yourself today.

  4. Happy Birthday to your blog! Woohoo!

    Linda A.

    • Dear Linda, You are entered into a drawing for a free copy of my book, Flip Flap Floodle because you left a comment on my blog on its First Birthday, October 9, 2010. Thanks for stopping by to help me celebrate. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards,

      Author/Illustrator Flip Flap Floodle http://www.joanyedwards.com/FlipFlapFloodle.htm Flip at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/ Never Give Up Blog http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com

      Hop right to it

      Write – Draw – Explore – Dream – Research – Check out the lily pads available for you Don’t Give Up – Read my blog – http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com/ Joan Y. Edwards

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