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Learning Links


This will never be the Holy Grail of writing advice. I won’t promise that by following the suggestions on any of the links below, that your manuscript will make it to New York Times Best Seller List. I won’t even promise that it will find a publisher. But I promise that if ever I read something online that resonates (or infuriates!) I’ll share it here.

  • So you want to be published…

    “Duotrope is an established, award-winning writers’ resource, and we’re here to help you spend less time submitting so you can focus on writing. Whether you’re an experienced writer or just getting started… whether your creative leanings are literary or genre, factual or poetic… our listings cover the entire spectrum.”


  • Take a class…

    Writing Courses are everywhere. Finding one that’s right for you can be an exercise in trial and error. Starting with a course from a recognized college or university can be a good springboard. If you’re interested in writing for children, the Society for Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating – SCBWI – offers advice, information, classes and conferences worldwide.

    Creative Writing Courses Online

    SCBWI Home Page




  • Writing Query Letters…

    Hate ‘em. Hate hate ‘em. But what can you do? If you want to publish you have to write these horrid things. Here’s a good link to writing a Query. Is it “The One Right Way to Write a Query” letter? I doubt it. But it’s sensible advice and you won’t go far wrong if you follow this.

    How to write a query letter

  • Writing The Book…

    Not all books are plot-driven. If you’re like me, it’s character-driven novels that hold the greatest appeal. But even they must have a solid plot line. Martha Alderson, M.A. is an international plot consultant and the founder of Blockbuster Plots for Writers.

    Stop rolling your eyes! I know the name sounds a little rah rah commercial. But this woman is the real deal. We had a SCBWI video con with her in 2012 and I was seriously impressed with her down-to-earth sensible editorial advice. She tweets. She blogs. She’s even on Youtube. Go on… look her up. I know you want to.

    The Plot Whisperer

  • More About Writing…

    From The Guardian newspaper comes Ten Rules for Writing Fiction.

    Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, the Guardian asked the following ten writers for their do’s and don’ts list: Elmore Leonard, Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Helen Dunmore, Geoff Dyer, Anne Enright, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, Esther Freud, Neil Gaiman, David Hare, PD James, AL Kennedy.

    Ten Rules of Writing

  • Finding Inspiration…

    Writing prompts can be a good way to begin your writing day. Here is one that’s fun and quirky.

    “Each special, postcard-size Map is beautifully illustrated and designed, and can be used in a variety of ways on the move and as a handy muse, allowing you to explore the city, the home, your writing and life in general through inspiring and idea-provoking exercises.”


  • Just For Fun…

    For all you writers out there, this should make you laugh, cry and feel a wee bit nauseous.


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