Welcome to February on Teens Can Write Too! This month’s topic is What to Do / What Not to Do, which lends itself quite nicely to general writing and publishing advice. So today, I’m doing an introductory post that links to a number of sources for good writing advice.
Want some in-depth writing advice from the professionals? Here are some great books for writers. On top of giving these a go, remember to always keep reading fiction as extensively as possible — books both in your genre and outside it can give you the examples, the inspiration, and the tools you need to make your own writing better.
Gail Carson Levine’s Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly is a beautiful guide aimed at young writers that’s chock full of great advice and, especially, inspiration. This is slightly more suited to those in speculative genres, but it’s a great read for any writer.
Stephen King’s On Writing is probably the ultimate in writing guides from the experts. Whether you’re a fan of his or not, you have to admit he knows how to write books that people want to read. In this book, he can be harsh, but he’s completely honest as he explains exactly what it takes to be a good writer.
Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces isn’t a book about writing, but it is a book about stories. This is the most famous anthropological examination of mythologies, religions, and fiction and how they all lead into a common thread of ideas that humanity has expressed from the start. It shows how stories connect us across cultures and how they relate to psychological concepts. As a writer, I think these are all extremely important topics to consider, so I definitely recommend this one.
K.M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel is a very thorough and useful examination of novel structure and plot that gives you a number of options for making your book more streamlined, more focused, and better written. I own this as an e-book and I’ve found it to be a useful guide.
For every book out there that gives writing advice, there are a million more posts on the Internet that cover the same topic. I can’t even begin to cover these posts, but I can give you a few baselines to jump off of. First off, you’re here on this blog, so you’ve already found yourself someplace full of advice for writers! You can subscribe to keep up with our latest posts, look through the archives for oldies-but-goodies, and check out this page for advice from the professionals! Then you can expand off of this to the hundreds of other blogs by industry professionals. A few I’d recommend include:
You can also utilize the other aspects of our TCWT/Ch1Con community! Ch1Con is one of many writing conferences where you can get great advice and support from other writers. Ours, of course, is the only one by young writers for young writers (*preens*), but you might also consider the Writer’s Digest Conference and Write On Con.
We’ve also got a strong social media presence you can benefit from! Follow @Ch1Con to get bits of writing advice and to participate in our Twitter chats. You can also check out our Pinterest and Tumblr and Facebook — in particular, the Writing Tips & Tricks Pinterest board can be useful. You can also troll the #amwriting tag and all of the social medias and blogs of the TCWT writers — check the About page to link over to them. And of course, TCWT has a Facebook group for you to commune in!
To wrap up these links, because posting on TCWT totally gives me a clear chance to self-promote, here’s one advice post from my own blog that you might like to read: The A-Z Guide to Being a Novelist. (Click it. Click it NOW and I shall give you virtual cookies!)
All right! So those are just a few helpful links and books to give you some introductory writing advice. I know there are so many more out there, so please link some recommendations of your own below! You can also share to all our social media accounts, because we’re here to share this kind of thing. Lots of ❤ and thanks for reading!
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, working on my Master's in library science. I love psychology, cats, social justice, music, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.