Saturday, January 30, 2010

Learning to Write from the Internet

Almost every day for the past five years I have made it a point to learn something about writing, and most often it has been done using my favorite tool - the Internet.  When I became serious about learning the craft of writing, pretty much my only resource for learning how to write Christian fiction  was the internet. I couldn't afford to purchase all those great writing books I had heard of, but I already was online because of my small business.   I set out to discover everything I could by gleaning from the expertise that experienced writers were willing to share about how to write well. Here are some of my writing "teachers" and a few other great sites for learning the craft.

Kaye Dacus - Writing Series

Gail Gaymer Martin's Writing Right - Author of Writing the Christian Romance

Story Sensei, Camy Tang - Camy also teaches writing at Suite 101

Susan May Warren's, My Book Therapy

Lee Masterson at The Fiction Factor

Leigh Michaels

Mary DeMuth - So You Wanna Be Published

Randy Ingermanson - Advanced Fiction Writing

Brandilyn Collins - Forensics and Faith

Cecil Murphy's Writer to Writer -  (new blog)

What resources have helped you learn to write (any genre) and where did you get the materials?


  1. The internet has been a fabulous tool for me - everything from articles to blogs - lots of goodies available. Thanks for the links; will check them out.

  2. I learned most of what I know about writing on line too. Back in the mid-1990s I started hanging out at the Compuserve Books and Writers Community (it went by a different name back then). It's the oldest writers forum on the net. Published writers hang out there, some who were newbies when they first joined. I've often thought it was like getting a free writing degree, though the course matter is often unpredictable. It's also the place I've had 99% of my research questions answered (those I couldn't answer on my own) and various bits of dialogue translated into French, German, Gaelic and Ojibway.

  3. These are great sources!

    I've learned a lot about the biz from Rachelle. So grateful for her blog!

  4. Hi Carla -

    I've used many of these resources myself. I didn't know Cec Murphey had a blog, but will check it out.

    Susan :)

  5. The internet has definitely been VERY helpful. I also like old-fasioned craft books. :)

  6. I learned what I know about writing from being rejected. Yep, it caused me to know there were things I needed to learn.
    And I found most of that information in one book, Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain. In my opinion, it's the best book on fiction writing out there.

  7. Hope you don't mind. I added a link to your blog on arise 2 write.

  8. Sounds like a great community, Lori. Are you still with them?

    Nice to see you, Molly!

    Thanks for the link, Andrea. :)

  9. The library is a great resource for great writing and great instruction on writing. Recently, I was surprised to see all that my local library could offer on this topic. I came home with three books on writing which I am now enjoying very much.


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