Tweet us (@HelpEdit) with the hashtag #amwriting, and we’ll give you a push. Plus, see below for some resources we’ve compiled that may help you through this leg of your journey to ‘published’. We’re always updating this page!
Here are some great guides we’ve found over the years.
- Writing Excuses
- WritersDigest Magazine
- io9’s articles on writing
- Lifehacker’s articles on writing
- TVTropes’ So You Want To… series
- The Snowflake Method
- Open University’s course on writing
- Fundamentals of Critical Reading and Effective Writing
- How to Write a Damn Good Novel
- The Write Great Fiction series
- How Not to Write a Novel
Never underestimate the use of music for getting past plot obstacles and visualizing scenes. These are some recommendations we’ve heard over the years:
- For fight scenes: Fast-paced dubstep and techno (think Nightwish, The Glitch Mob, etc.).
- For epic vistas: ‘Trailer music’ (e.g. E.S. Posthumus) and movie soundtracks (especially from your genre or favorite movies).
- For romantic or quiet scenes: Ambient meditation music (e.g. TheHonestGuys).
- For period/historical fiction: Do some research into your chosen setting, and you can usually find music to fit (for example, it’s easy to find music from Edo-period Japan).
Depending on your setting, it’s easy to find images to keep handy in order to ‘stay in the moment’. Google Image Search can supply you with images of forests (including creepy forests), city streets, high places, underground, and more. You can even find far-out inspiration on reddit’s Imaginary Landscapes page.