General Writing Tips and Advice

Writer’s Digest -General information, resources and a writing community.  Check out their weekly writing prompts, contests and competitions, conference listings, and online exclusive articles.

Midwest Book Review - A diversity of invaluable tips, tricks, insights, warnings, guides, how-to's, and much more by people in the writing/publishing/book promotion business.

Writing World - A wealth of articles and resources aimed at "Equipping Writers for Success"

Creative Juices Books - Creative writing ideas and writing prompts to get your creative juices going.

Now Novel - Assistance and inspiration for the entire novel writing process.  Tips, articles, critiques, discussion groups and writing coaches.

Book Publication Timeline - The most common question new authors ask is, "When will my book come out?" Find out what goes into publishing a book and how long each step generally takes.

Science Fiction/Fantasy Writing

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America - A source of information, education, support, and fellowship for published authors and industry professionals in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and related genres.

Critter’s Workshop - A workshop/critique group for serious Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror writers and artists.

Children’s Writing

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators - A community of professionals dedicated to quality children and young adult literature, including education and support for writers and illustrators worldwide.

Write for Kids - Instruction, advice, market tips and inspiration for aspiring and working children’s writers.

Helpful Articles:

Should I Use Name Brands?

To add a sense of reality to fiction, authors sometimes use brand named products, but should they? The short answer is: It depends. We've all found brand names in books, TV shows, and movies. In fact, many viewers become annoyed ...
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Creating Your Narrative Sequence

Part 2 of a Series on Writing Good Children’s Books- Children want to be entertained. Simple and pure. Just like adults, they enjoy an exciting story and you must carefully consider the order of events for each age group. Depending ...
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8 Steps to Getting Your Book Published

Help Crimson Dragon Publishing Say “Yes!” to your next Children’s Book As an independent publisher with open submissions, we see a lot of manuscripts. It would be nice if we could publish every one, but that just isn’t possible. Follow ...
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7 Keys to Writing Children’s Books

Writing your children’s book doesn’t have to be hard, but there are a few key ideas you need to remember. What do you like to read? Mystery, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, comedy, or maybe crime drama? Kids like all those ...
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Do you know what your book is about? -Why your theme is important

If you can’t you explain what your readers should take from your book in a sentence or two, you might not have a consistent theme in your story. Has anyone read your book and said, “Nice story, but what’s the point?” ...
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Can You Read This? -Readability Guideline for Children’s Books

Part 1 of a series on writing good children’s books. Writing for children is not as easy as it sounds, and while I find it easier than writing in iambic pentameter, it does take effort and skill to create a ...
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