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Resources Page Writing Resources

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.

Writer’s Digest

Writer’s Market 2017 – or get the Deluxe Edition and also receive a one-year subscription to

More specialized Writer’s Market-related resources:

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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.

Purdue Online Writing Lab – thanks to Alyssa of The Bookery for suggesting this resource. I’ve turned to OWL many times in the past to confirm a grammar rule or find the solution to an issue.

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

Resources Page Style Books

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.

Resources Page Freelance Writing

The Ultimate Freelance Writing Career Guide from JobHero

FWJ: Freelance Writing Jobs

About Freelance Writing

60 Helpful Freelance Writing Career Resources from Velvet Jobs

Resources Page Recommended Books

*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 GoldfinchDonna 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

Resources Page Childrens Books

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

Project Gutenberg

 Know of a great book or website that should be added to this list? Leave your suggestion in the comments below!

*Want to buy any of the books mentioned here? Click on the links to purchase from Amazon; since I’m an affiliate, your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*

©2017 Katrina Robinson, Calliope Writing Services, LLC

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It’s clear to me that the books marked with an asterisk were not only edited by you, but are the best books on the list…maybe the best books ever written. Like, in the whole universe…maybe even beyond.

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Comment by David B. Seaburn

Duh. Especially those by this guy I know named Dave Seaburn.


Comment by Katrina Robinson

That’s an awesome list! Thank you for sharing it, Katrina! 🙂

Have a great day!

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