This section is compiled of information I have received from my courses at Southern New Hampshire University. All of these are resources that professors have given us in order to further our careers in creative writing, whether it was as editors or writers, or a combination of both. I hope these resources help you, as much as they helped me!
Knowing Your Genre
This website provides basic definitions for major fiction genres and subgenres.
Choosing Point of View and Staying Consistent
This article from Gotham Writers provides authors with numerous questions to ask and answer about their characters before beginning to write a story.
This article provides a character questionnaire with particularly personal and intimate questions.
Writing Action Scenes
This article discusses how to avoid writing poorly-constructed action scenes.
Here are some general videos about writing action scenes.
How to write a good fight scene. Nice list of verbs in this one.
Brandon Sanderson’s Three Rules for Fight Scenes.
This article discusses point of views.
From the Creative Pen. Writing Fiction. Improve Your Dialogue With James Scott Bell
10 traits of faulty dialogue – Robert McKee (Part 1) – There are 10 parts if you find McKee helpful
This article discusses how to punctuate dialogue, which is notoriously difficult to punctuate realistically.
This article provides practical tips on how to create great dialogue.
This article discusses seven pitfalls in world building that commonly lead to failed stories and characters.
This worksheet helps authors consider all major aspects of world building.
This video explains the Hero’s Journey with examples from Star Wars, Harry Potter, and The Wizard of Oz.
Video: What Makes a Hero? (4:33)
This video discusses the “crucial events that make or break a hero.”
Students may experience varying amounts of time for this resource to load, depending on the speed of their internet connection.
This is a transcript from a portion of the 1988 PBS documentary “The Power of Myth” that discusses forming personal journeys.
Self-Editing Before Submitting
Whether you are submitting your work to a traditional publishing company or self-publishing, your work must be professionally edited. Before you even submit to an editor, it is proper etiquette to give your work a self-edit.
This article is Strange Horizons “hard sell list”—in this case a list of “bad stories,” clichés, and types that the magazine specifically requests writers do not send in.
This article provides Christina Baker Kline’s list of tips that her students have found most helpful in revising their work.
This article is Jodie Renner’s “logical, workable approach to the revision process that produces good results.”
This article is Writer’s Digest’s guide to determining what kind of writing critique group is best for you.
Advice from an editor at Random House Publishing. He talks about cliches in writing that should be avoided at all cost and yes, holding a breath I didn’t know I was holding is on there.
Fiction is most often written in past tense. Present tense works also, sometimes giving a sense of more immediacy. But whichever tense you decide on, stick with it. Don’t change verb tense unless the time reference really changes.
Here are a few articles and videos:
This document explains when to use simple past (She sat down) and when to use progressive past (she was sitting down) in your writing.
This is a link explaining when to spell out numbers and went to use numerals.
Knows of Publishing Traditionally
This website helps writers to understand the difference between legitimate publishing offers and scams.
This article is the Strange Horizons (speculative fiction magazine) guide to writing a cover letter.
This article helps writers to compose query letters to “seduce the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work.”
Knows of Publishing (Self)
This article is Molly Greene’s guide to some of the more technical, but necessary, aspects of building an effective author website.
This article is Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s guide to some of the more content-based aspects of building an effective author website.
How to write a strong synopsis.
Here something from Reedsy.
Margaret Atwood’s Master Class
Jane Friedman’s advice