5 Resources for Authors

There are literally thousands–if not millions–of books, articles, videos, podcasts, and other various media to help author’s succeed. Some of it can be helpful, depending on the situation, and some of it is just plain garbage. Over the years, I’ve sifted through quite a bit of it and I’d like to share some of my favorites.


  1. First and foremost, “Writing Excuses” Podcast. I started listening near the end of season 5 because my all-time favorite author, Brandon Sanderson, is one of the authors involved in the podcast. The taglines: “Fifteen minutes long because you’re in a hurry and we’re not that smart.” AND “You’re out of excuses. Now go write.” I love that there are hundreds of different episodes about the numerous facets of being in the writing world. Listen online, or through the Podcast App.
  2. I used to be completely lost when it came to writing and publishing terminology. I’d sit at my computer and Google random writer-sounding words, not really sure what I needed to search for. But that ended when I found the Book Publishing Glossary. Although the content isn’t always enough to educate myself, it at least provides words that I can research to find more information on.
  3. I stumbled upon this next resource quite recently. “The Minimalist’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer” is quite simplistic in it’s approach, but it is a fantastic reminder of what is at the core of being an author. Read. Write. Critique.
  4. I’ve definitely tried several of the items mentioned in this next article. “15 Ways to Boost Your Imagination And Creativity” lists various recommended activities to help generate new ideas. Journalling is a difficult thing for me to do, but I’m trying to be better at documenting all the plot lines that and “What If?” questions that stumble into my brain. I’ve definitely felt an rejuvenation in creative energy when I write in different locations. And I will definitely be taking the article’s suggestion of reading Fairy Tales seriously the next time my imagination well runs dry.
  5. Who doesn’t love TED Talks? I have yet to see one that didn’t inspire me. Full disclosure, though, I have yet to watch all the videos in this YouTube Playlist. But I plan on viewing them all in the coming months.


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