A collection of writing advice, helpful websites, and blogs to help you hone your craft.

These are some of my favorite websites for writing advice:

Helping Writers become Authors Well written articles with very specific advice. You will learn something.

Lara Willard’s Write, Edit, Repeat I love the well-organized layout of this website. Everything is categorized by topic and easy to find.

Write on Sisters Solid advice for the beginner, written in a cozy “chatting over coffee” tone.

A list of my posts on writing advice

When to Ignore Beta Readers-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Beta readers: When to Ignore Them - Having too many beta readers swamps the new writer with advice, and that isn’t always helpful. Don’t let beta feedback
Introducing magic to readers-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Realistically Introducing Magic-authortoolbox - Introducing your readers to your magic system takes careful consideration. Don't blindside them with the supernatural. Prepare them properly and
Printable revision checklist-www.themauscriptshredder.com Revision Checklist Printable - Getting stuck in an editing loop can destroy your forward momentum. This printable revision checklist will keep you on track
Avoiding stage directions in writing-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Avoiding Stage Directions - In novels, “stage directions” are sections where the author begins listing a character’s visible actions without giving the thoughts or
scene and sequel-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Scene and Sequel: Making them work together - "Scene and sequel" doesn’t have to be mysterious writer talk. This simple formula will help you create the lean exciting plotlines
Motivating your Characters-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Using Character Motivations in Plot Chains-authortoolbox - People may not always behave in a logical manner, but when you are planning out your stories, your characters should.
Creating the Perfect love interest-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Creating the Perfect Love Interest - The love interest is an integral part of contemporary plot structure. But too often that character is little more than a
World-building:Why sprinkles don't work-www.themanuscriptshredder.com World-building: why sprinkles don’t work-author toolbox - Just chopping info-dumps into smaller pieces isn't really that sneaky. The savvy reader will still sense that something isn't right.
Novel revision and editing checklist-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Novel Revision and Editing Guide - Revising without a plan can lead to hours of wasted effort and frustration. Rather than getting stuck in an endless
magic fix it scene-www.themanuscriptshredder.com The Magic Fix-it Scene - Adding material to your manuscript to solve a problem? The magic fix-it scene rarely works. While these scenes are intended
Opening Action-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Opening Action: how to make it work - Start with action sounds like simple advice, but making it work takes careful consideration and planning. The opening action sets
A pantser tries to plot-www.themanuscriptshredder.com A Pantser tries to Plot - My first attempt at plotting crashes hard.
Scene Planning worksheet-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Scene Planning Worksheet - Scene planning worksheets will give you a simple framework to brainstorm your ideas so you will be ready when you actually
Choosing the right POV-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Choosing the Right POV Character-authortoolbox - Tips for choosing the right point of view (POV) character for your scenes and improving eavesdropping problems in first-person POV
creating conflict in every scene-www.themanuscfriptshredder.com Creating conflict in every scene​ - Conflict is the essence of plot. Without it, there is no story.
avoid info-dumping in dialogue-www.themanuscriptshredder.com How to avoid info dumping in dialogue - Trying to sneak backstory into your dialogue rarely works. Fortunately, there is a better way
Author Intrusion-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Correctly using Author Intrusion - Correctly using Author Intrusion can create another layer of storytelling to your novel, but unintentional intrusions jar the reader, create
first page mistakes-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Most Common First Page Mistakes - The first page is the introduction to your entire novel. Create an effective first page by avoiding these writing mistakes
opening chapter mistakes-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Most Common Mistakes in Opening Chapters - Common mistakes that will ruin your opening chapter and how to fix them.
Bad writing advice you should ignore Bad Writing Advice you should ignore - While most writing bloggers have good intentions, some are unwittingly giving out incorrect or incomplete advice.
Transforming telling into showing Changing Telling into Showing - "Show don’t tell” is probably the most commonly given advice in writing. So why is it so important?
avoiding stilted dialogue Avoiding Stilted Dialogue-author toolbox - Bad dialogue will ruin an otherwise great story. Don’t fall into these common traps.
Using beats in dialogue Correctly Using Beats in Dialogue - Use beats in your dialogue to anchor your characters in their settings, control pacing, and tell the complete story.
Evaluating Writing Feedback Advice - Bad feedback will ruin a wonderful story. Learn to recognize bad advice.
Passive voice isn't evil What’s the deal with Passive Voice? - The definitive guide to recognizing passive voice and when to use it
Writing a killer first line Creating a Killer First Line - The first line is the most examined line in your entire book. Make sure your's is selling your story.
Writing a killer first page Writing a Killer First Page - The first page is the introduction to your entire novel. Follow these steps and create an opening that will draw
Using scene goals Give Your Scenes a Purpose with Scene Goals- author toolbox - The secret to increase tension, raise the stakes, and propel your readers to the very last page.
Identifying crutch words in writing Eliminating overused words - Keep word crutches from ruining your writing. Tips for eliminating overused words and phrases
Motivation Reaction Unit Motivation-Reaction Unit - Despite being decades old, Dwight Swain's motivation-reaction technique is still relevant. Every time something feels off in the prose, the
Building consistent characters Building Consistent Characters - No matter how irrational your character is, he still has to follow his own set of rules.
World building, not just for fantasy Worldbuilding: Not just for Fantasy - Using a fantasy-style worldbuilding worksheet will help you create an immersive setting no matter what your genre
Excessive First Draft Word Count? Don’t - Don't sabotage yourself by doubling your workload. Keep your first draft word count in line.
Conflict chain Plot: the unbreakable chain - For a plot to work, it has to be a sequence of related events set up like dominos
writing notes How to Be a Good Critique Partner - Learning to give better critiques will not only make you more valuable as a critique partner, it will also give
writing mistakes-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Writing mistakes ruining your prose - No matter how great your plot is, bad prose will sink it fast.
Engaging readers from the First Sentence part 2 - There are plenty of ways to ruin your first chapter. Avoiding these common problems will get your opening pages one
Engaging Readers from the First Sentence - Tips to avoid bad beginnings and engage readers from the first sentence.
Why Writing Advice is Ruining your Manuscript - Bad writing advice, and even good advice that doesn’t work for your story, can completely ruin your manuscript. Trying too
deep pov-www.themanuscriptshredder.com Deep POV gets you into a character’s head - Not every story needs deep POV, but some stories can't be told without it
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