They say the best gift you can receive is the satisfaction you get from giving to others, so, since today is my birthday, I’m going to try something a little different. Instead of a post for the Unlikely Teachers Series, I thought I would share some of my favourite writing resources. In no particular order, here we go!
Absolute Write Forum: A place for writers of all levels to answer questions, post questions, and get a feel for the online writing community. Great for all genres.
Verla Kay Blueboards: Whether you have yet to pen your first story or you’re drudging through submissions, the Blueboards are the place to be. This forum is meant for kidlit writers and illustrators and it is such a warm, informative community. The people on the boards honestly feel like my kidlit family. If you write anything from board books to YA or you’re an illustrator, I highly recommend you become a member.
The Purple Crayon: Harold is a seasoned professional that is highly knowledgeable about the industry. If you want to stay on top the latest kidlit publishing news or you just need to know how to format your manuscript, his site is the place to be.
Kidlit.com: Agent extraordinaire, Mary Kole, talks about all aspects of the kidlit industry. Her blog is a must read.
Emotion Thesaurus: If you are looking for your characters to do more than sigh and smile, this is the place to look. A multitude of character emotions at your finger tips. Just check out the right side bar on the site.
Written Sounds: I personally have a difficult time figuring out how to write a sound, so I feel like this page was made for me.
Grammar rules: A great site if you need help with grammar rules. They also offer a great newsletter.
Twitter Hashtags for Writers: This is a page I recently came across and I think that it’s pretty neat. 40 Twitter Hashtags for Writers.
Children’s Writer Newsletter: This is the only thing on this list that will cost you money, but in my opinion, it’s worth it. This newsletter is filled with great articles and their contests are free to subscribers. You can receive this newsletter by snail mail or email.
Funds for Writers: A newsletter that I really enjoy. Great articles partnered with some wonderful writing opportunities. Plus, it’s free! What more could you ask for?
If you are so inclined to give me a gift, I would love to hear about your favourite writing resources! Drop me a line in the comment section.