Writing Resources

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Welcome to our writing resources page!

Our goal is to help share advice and tips related to fiction writing, grammar, publishing, book promotion, and more. As we find or post articles we think are useful to people who are interesting in becoming authors or improving their writing skills, we will add more to this page.

Writer’s Corner Guest Posts

The Writer’s Corner is a collection of guest posts from established authors who have been kind enough to share their thoughts about writing and selling fiction.

As time permits, I will be moving these over from the old blog.

Currently on this website:

Stephen Blackmoore

Alexandra Sokoloff

My Posts about Writing

I’ve started a Writing Pitfalls article series, which will cover many of the things I have learned not to do when writing fiction. In each article, I try to include definitions and links to sources who probably know more about writing than I do.

Writing Pitfall #1: Excessive Passive Voice

Writing Pitfall #2: Irrelevant Dialogue

Writing Pitfall #3: Telling Emotions

Get Your Writing Gears Going: Random Word Association

My Posts about Books in General or Book Blogging

10 Reasons Why I Would Pass on a Book

Book Blogging: 5 Ways to Get Free Books

10 Strategies for Driving Traffic to Your Book Review Blog

 

Other Writing Resources

From time to time, I find writing resources I want to share with our readers.

Rather than make separate pages for lots of different categories of resources, I’m going to put them here.

I also have some posts from our old blog I don’t plan to completely redo. Instead, I plan to pick out the important or interesting parts to add to this page. The grammar tips are an example of this. They used to be posts on booksthathook.com, but they are gone now. Instead of reposting them on this new blog, I’m just putting them on this writing resources page.

Grammar

Tip: That vs. Which

You use that when the information is necessary for the sentence to have the correct meaning. Which is used for extra information.

For example:

The tree that the hurricane ripped up lay on the roof. Without “that the hurricane ripped up,” we would wonder how the tree could be laying on the roof. That’s why I used that instead of which.

My favorite tree, which is twenty years old, grows in the front yard next to the mailbox. In this example, it’s probably not necessary for the reader to know the age of the tree. So, I used which instead of that.

Tip: Who vs. Whom

Who is used as the subject of a verb. Whom is used as the object of a verb. Another way to think about it is: can you replace the word with he/she? If you can, then you use who, not whom.

Examples:

Who is the dog’s owner? I would answer, “He is the dog’s owner.” So, who is correct.

To whom is she speaking? I would answer, “She is speaking to him.” So, whom is correct.

The girl who painted the graffiti was arrested this morning. This could be rephrased to: She painted the graffiti and was arrested this morning. That’s why who works instead of whom.

The girl, for whom the cops were looking, hid in the park. This could be rephrased to: The cops were looking for her, while she was hiding in the park. Therefore, it makes sense to use whom.

Links to Interesting Articles

Lisa Shearin talks about worldbuilding in fantasy novels

“6 Non-Fishy Ways to Plant Red Herrings in Your Story”

How to Create a Character Based on Internet Comments Sections

Helpful Websites

Word Confusions
Dictionary of Interjections

More resources coming soon!

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