List of Writing Articles

I have written several articles for writers on this blog--the article list is on the sidebar. I also post short tips here every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine: Christy-winning author Randy Ingermanson (of the infamous Snowflake writing method) puts out a GREAT, free ezine to help writers in their craft and marketing. His website also has excellent articles for beginning writers.

Barnes and Noble online University: B&N holds “free” online courses where you only need to purchase the book that will be used for the class. Among other interesting topics, they offer terrific writing courses.

Orson Scott Card: There are several articles on his website that apply to writers of all genres.

Charlotte Dillon's Resources for Romance Writers: This is an excellent website for articles and links on writing technique, research information, and lots of good stuff, even if you are not a romance writer. No matter what question you have, there's a good chance you'll find a link with the answer here.

Alicia Rasley: There are tons of short, clear articles on this author's site. Alicia's been around a while and knows what she's talking about.

Spirit-Led Writer: This fabulous ezine has lots of articles by experienced authors.

Write to Inspire: The editor of this weekly newsletter, Glenn White, was a wonderful man of God who lived in Hawaii. He went to be with our Lord in 2004 but for now, his website is still maintained, full of encouraging, Christ-centered insights and concise writing articles.

Check out my article published in Write to Inspire: "How to Respond to Negative Critiques: An alternative to murder or weeping into the computer keyboard." Great articles on not just the romance genre, plus author interviews. Moira's articles on characterization are some of the most entertaining and informative I've read.

Writing Tips (previously known as FirstDraft): This GoogleGroup is not a discussion forum--it sends out emails five days a week with links to various writing articles. It’s invaluable information. Reading a little bit about the writing craft *every day* has really helped to improve my writing skills.


"Elements of Style" by Shrunk and White
: This classic grammar text is available FREE online. This is one of the most recommended grammar books for writers.

Daily Grammar: This website sends out short grammar lessons five days a week--quick and easy.

Daily Grammar: This website has lots of articles and will answer your grammar questions.

Writing market:

Cindi Myers (aka Cynthia Sterling) Market News: Cindi/Cynthia posts news and updates about the current romance market. This is a terrific way to keep up with editor needs, trends and popular genres.
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Individual online articles:

I will try to keep this up to date, but if a link is broken, please e-mail me to let me know: camy {at}

Some general advice for new writers:


Letter to Beginning Writers by Robert J. Sawyer

Seven Steps to Publishing Success by Lee Masterson

17 Writing Secrets: One author shares his tried-and-true principles for making good writing better by Steven Goldsberry

WRITE 10,000 WORDS IN ONE DAY! by The Freestylers' Writing Group
(This is no joke. It allows a writer to be completely free to write crap. Similar to Book in a Week.)

Book in a Week by April Kihlstrom
(This is a great article explaining the infamous Book in a Week. Not everyone has the time to do this, but if you do, it's worth it just for the experience.)

(Writing career insight and advice)

Writing Full Time - A User's Guide by Robert Weinberg
(A rather cynical, but highly practical look at the business of writing, payment, promotion, and tips.)

Does a Writing Career Always Mean Novels? by Orson Scott Card
(A good, comprehensive article about the realities of writing for a living, and the differences between writing stories and novels.)

Show Me the Money by Brenda Hiatt
(How much to romance authors really get paid? Here are average numbers.)

Plot and Structure:

(This is a quick exercise designed to sketch out the major events of your novel.)

Top Ten Plotting Problems by Alicia Rasley