Resources for the Writer in all of Us
I am currently undergoing an editorial apprenticeship with the head editor at Rambunctious Ramblings Publishing Inc, so that I will not only be an author with them, I will also eventually rise to the rank of Editor. I have already had some great discussions with Kat Hutson, who works for RRPI as well as her own editing firm, KLH Createworks, and I have found a few resources on my own as well. I thought I’d pass on these websites so you can unlock your inner editor, and make your own stories, blog posts, and games look polished and professional.
Though this is also a (pretty expensive) print magazine as well, I have found some very good articles on their website. They feature contributions by agents, writers, publishers, and editors on a range of topics such as how to overcome writer’s block and best practices when querying an agent. There are also pieces like “Breaking Into True Crime: Ann Rule’s 9 Tips for Studying Courtroom Trials” and other genre-specific tips for a varied range of writers and their interests.
Find a Writer’s Group or Book Club
Publishing my book is still a long way off, but I have already been getting benefits by being a part of the RRPI team; namely, I get to be a part of a writing support group! I have made lots of new friends and we are already trading pages and insights to make everyone’s stories stronger. If you have never been a part of a book club or writing group, I highly recommend it. Even finding people who want to read the same books as you and talk about them will help you as a writer, and you can work yourself up to feeling comfortable enough to share your own work someday. The best writers are the best readers! Obviously, not all groups are created equal, but it is worth the effort to find the people who share your interests. This can be small and local, or big and centralized, such as Scribophile.
Do you have a favorite website or resource that you use when you are writing? We’d love to hear about it! Plus, if you have a story to share, feel free to send it to me at ForWhomTheGearTurns@gmail.com and I will add it to my gallery of reader contributions at the end of the month.