Start with this post, which includes grammar resources.
Then check out this post on A Writer’s Life (if you’re not following this blog, you should be).
Litreactor – I’ve taken three of their writing classes, and they do vary depending upon the teacher, but I learned a lot. Definitely recommended.
More specialized Writer’s Market-related resources:
- Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market 2017
- Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2017
- Poet’s Market 2017
- Songwriter’s Market 40th Edition
- Guide to Literary Agents 2017
The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus – But don’t rely too heavily on this! If you’ve never heard the word before, don’t use it, because chances are good that your reader won’t have a clue what it means.
visuwords – A fun, visual, online alternative to your standard dictionary and thesaurus.
Color Thesaurus – Ensure you choose exactly the right word for describing your protagonist’s ugly velvet couch.
The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
On Writing, Stephen King
Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life, Natalie Goldberg
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott
The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition, William Strunk, Jr. & E.B. White – The golden standard. A must-read for any writer.
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition – Typically used for fiction and nonfiction manuscripts.
The Associated Press Stylebook 2015 (Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law) – Used for both print and digital journalism.
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition – Used for academic research papers.
AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors – Used for medical and scientific written works.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition – Used for psychological written works.
The Ultimate Freelance Writing Career Guide from JobHero
*Disclaimer: Books marked with an asterisk are books I edited.*
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
In One Person, John Irving
Until I Find You, John Irving
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
The Road, Cormac McCarthy
Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
*Chimney Bluffs, David Seaburn
*Charlie No Face, David Seaburn
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
*Still Life with Cat and Mouse, Sheila McGraw
Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk
Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk
Empire Falls, Richard Russo
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
*Supernova (The Commons), Jessica Marting
*Celestial Chaos (The Commons), Jessica Marting
*Dead Ringer, Jessica Marting
The Dark Tower Boxed Set (Books 1-4), Stephen King
The Shining, Stephen King
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
*Jupiter, Olivia Washington
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
Barbara the Slut and Other People, Lauren Holmes
Yes Please, Amy Poehler
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
*Angel Stories: The New Angel, Molly Ryback
*Snuffy and Vroom-Vroom – A Tale of Courage, Magic and Love, Elizabeth Lavine
*Where the Lost Things Go, Barbara Farnsworth
Know of a great book or website that should be added to this list? Leave your suggestion in the comments below!
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