A Go-to Guide for Writers

Written by on August 31, 2010 in Books & Self-Publishing, Editing, Writing Tips - 1 Comment

As an editor and a writer, there are a few online resources that I rely on to answer my questions and give me inspiration. Whether I’m struggling to remember a grammatical anomaly or seeking advice on how to overcome writer’s block, these are the resources I use the most:

Chicago Manual of Style (Online)

The ability to look up quirky citations without reaching for my hardcopy of the CMoS is essential during marathon copy editing sessions.

The Subversive Copy Editor Blog

Written by Carol Saller, a senior manuscript editor at the University of Chicago Press, this blog is full of excellent tips and expert observations for writers and editors. Add her to your RSS feed and you’ll learn about language, grammar, and the exciting world of publishing – all with a hefty dose of wit and charm.

Grammar Girl

Presents “quick and dirty tips for better writing.” Check out her Twitter feed (@GrammarGirl), her podcast, and her book for fantastic advice that will change the way you write for the better.

The NaNoWriMo Forums

The NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which occurs every November) host their own web forum which is full of helpful conversations for fiction writers looking to improve their craft. Whenever one of my fiction authors has writers block, I send them to the NaNoWriMo forums for tips and tricks to overcome it.


This Website and Twitter feed (@AdviceToWriters) is bursting with amazing advice and quotes for all sorts of writers. Add them to your RSS and follow them on Twitter: they never fail to inspire.

So, authors, what are your go-to resources?

One Comment on "A Go-to Guide for Writers"

  1. Christine December 20, 2010 at 8:36 pm ·

    Great tips and links. Thanks!

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