When it comes to storytelling, there's a learning curve. It takes time and dedication to grow our skills and write powerful fiction. So open your mind, draw your keyboard close, and challenge yourself to learn all you can. Here are some great articles, tools, and books that can help you level up your fiction.
There is a short story or novel inside everyone. Did you know that there are essentials to writing, especially if you want to publish your creativity. The following resources will help assist you with that process.
Editing is a difficult concept. Some say to edit each chapter as you go. Some say not to use AI to assist with these, they are the purists. The thing is no book will be perfect. it takes time to edit, but it is worthwhile. readers don’t like to see grammar mistakes or issues such as he had blue eyes on one page and green on the next. These resources are, while not extensive, are provided to help you with the task of editing.
If you are looking to hire an editor, always ask for a sample edit. This isn’t something you pay for (if they charge a fee for a sample edit, don’t engage further). Sample edits help you decide if their editing style and skills are a fit for you, and they can see if your writing and needs are a fit for them. Further reading for hiring an editor:
Feedback and Critique Groups
One of the best things you can do to improve your writing is to seek out feedback. Having other people read your work and offer respectful opinions and suggestions can be very helpful as they have the distance you lack (as a writer will always be emotionally tied to what they create).
As you move toward publication, it’s important to revise before querying (Traditional Publishing) or engaging a freelance editor (Self-Publishing). The more you refine your story, the better chance it has of standing out, and if you self-publish, strengthening a story with critique partners first can reduce your costs for editing.
Local Writing Organizations & Groups
We live in a vibrant area of the world with many terrific organizations and festivals for creatives. There are man more than we have included here. Search for Calgary and area writer’s groups. We encourage you to check a few of these out:
Our members have found some amazing online tools and resources. Here are some of our favorites to add to your writer’s kit.
Can’t find the right word? Work backwards and type in the gist of what you want to describe, or the mood you’re going for.
Looking for a writing guide to grow your skills? Here are some of our favorite resources.
Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg
On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King
Writing with Intent – Margaret Atwood
The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life – Anne Lamott
Writing Tools – 55 Essential Strategies – Roy Peter Clark
On Writing Well – William Zinsser
Everybody Writes – Ann Handley
Story Genius – Lisa Cron
Save the Cat – Blake Snyder
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers – Browne & King
Creating Character Arcs – K.M. Weiland