Writing Resources

"Writing is the hardest work in the world. I have been a bricklayer and a truck driver, and I tell you -- as if you haven't been told a million times already -- that writing is harder. Lonelier. And nobler and more enriching." --Harlan Ellison

So you want to be a writer, huh? Well, as the old saying goes, a writer writes.

1. The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

2. Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale

3. Writeordie.com - it uses the stick (as opposed to the carrot) to get you to write regularly

If you've got that down and are looking for more help, the following resources might be of interest:

1. The American Society of Journalists and Authors - a trade association for freelance writers

2. Mediabistro

3. The Writer's Market

4. Portable MFA in Creative Writing (New York Writers Workshop)

5. The Guide to Literary Agents put out by Writer's Digest Books

6. Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction--and Get It Published

7. The Association of Author's Representatives


Letter from Tobias Wolff to Mary Karr

"Don't approach your history as something to be shaken for cautionary fruit...Tell your stories, and your story will be revealed...Don't be afraid of appearing angry, small-minded, obtuse, mean, immoral, amoral, calculating, or anything else. Take no care for your dignity. Those were hard things for me to come by, and I offer them to you for what they may be worth."