Weekly Writer’s Resources Roll Call – The Basics

Every week I’ll be adding five websites with excellent resources and interesting news for writers.

Would you expect to pick up a guitar for the first time and play like a rock god? Of course you wouldn’t. For some reason, people think you can be a great writer with no learning or practice.

The best thing you could do is pick up a copy of On Writing by Stephen King. You, yes you that just groaned at the mention of King, fuck you. Steve’s not a genius, nor does he pretend to be one. What he is, is a perfectly good working-class writer, who knows about craft, and wants to tell you a story. You’re probably a James Joyce fan, ya tosser.

If you’re not going to get On Writing, here’s the next best thing. Some of these websites may repeat themselves. That’s because it’s important.

Strunk & White’s Elements of Style – http://www.bartleby.com/141/   The original and the best. No, not everything they say is right all the time. But you could do a lot worse. When you’re just starting out, live by it. Especially, omit needless words.

Elements of Good Writing – http://www.austincc.edu/history/inres10a4style.html   A lot of what Strunk & White said that’s worth repeating.

Effective Writing – http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/effwrite.asp   More of the same, because it helps to hear it from another perspective.

Creative Writing 101 – http://www.dailywritingtips.com/creative-writing-101/   Style and some grammar thrown in because we can all use a brush-up.

Tips From the Masters – http://www.writingclasses.com/InformationPages/index.php/PageID/269   Because only a fool doesn’t learn from those who went before.

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