Writing Resources

These are writing resources recommended by members of the ACFW Louisville Chapter. Feel free to share your recommendations either via our email or through joining the Facebook Group. Categories are: Books on Writing Craft, Websites, Podcasts


Books on Writing Craft 

Any of the Writing Thesauri by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

  • The Emotional Wound Thesaurus
  • The Negative Trait Thesaurus
  • The Positive Trait Thesaurus
  • The Emotion Thesaurus
  • The Urban Setting Thesaurus
  • The Rural Setting Thesaurus

Story Trumps Structure by Steven James

This is a great book to help you look at your story in a new light and to ask questions that really push your story to the next level. This is the first book I’ve seen that is really great for pansters, but it is also great for plotters.

Writing from the Trenches: Tips and Techniques from Ten Award-Winning Authors

What I love about this resource is how easy it is to read. I simply read one entry a day/night and I glean so much information from this resource. I like to highlight, so a print version is what I prefer, but the e-book has links you can click within the book.

Goal Motivation & Conflict by Debra Dixon

By far one of the best resources I have stumbled upon for developing my story and characters is Debra Dixon’s book GMC: Goal, Motivation, & Conflict. It is a short read, understandable, filled with examples, and easy to apply. I bought the Kindle Version from Amazon, but if you prefer a hard copy, visit: Gryphon Books For Writers.

Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass

This a great resource for working with a manuscript or story idea to really make it a standout novel. My writing group is currently working through the workbook and I have found it to be invaluable. The lessons are really short and have relevant exercises at the end of each lesson.

The Story Equation by Susan May Warren

This has become the quintessential strategy for developing your story starting with character development. Before writing any story, I now start with the SEQ, or Story Equation. I promise there is no math involved, but it will propel you to write the absolute best story you can.

Caroline Myss’s Archetype Cards

These are a great tool for examining your character’s possible archetypes and developing well-rounded characters that have universal patterns your readers will identify with. Check out my blog post about it here.

The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes & Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes

This is a fantastic break down of 8 hero and 8 heroine archetypes, giving examples of their qualities, flaws, occupations, styles, and relationships with the other archetypes. I have begun using it during my initial character development process.   

Write Your Novel from the Middle by James Scott Bell

James Scott Bell has many wonderful resources, but this one is my favorite. It is a really short read and helps to really create a powerful story that follows the structure of good movies and books. I often pair it with Susie’s book above. The two create a powerful punch.

Around the Writer’s Block by Roseanne Bane

Bane’s three-part plan, which has improved the productivity of thousands of writers, helps you develop new reliable writing habits, rewire the brain’s responses to the anxiety of writing, and turn writing from a source of stress and anxiety into one of joy and personal growth.

Trouble Shooting Your Novel by Steven James

In this hand-on, easy-to-use guide, award-winning author Steven James provides helpful techniques and checklists, timesaving tricks of the trade, and hundreds of questions for manuscript analysis and revision.

Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland

By applying the foundation of the Three-Act Story Structure and then delving even deeper into the psychology of realistic and dynamic human change, Weiland offers a beat-by-beat checklist of character arc guidelines that flexes to fit any type of story.

Outlining Your Novel Box Setby K.M. Weiland

These bestselling guides will help you choose the right type of outline to unleash your creativity, guide you in brainstorming plot ideas, and aid you in discovering your characters.


Websites

Helping Writers Become Authors

“My goal in running Helping Writers Become Authors and the awesomesauce community of Wordplayers that has grown up around it is to show you how to write your best story–change your life–and astound the world.” – K.M. Weiland


Podcasts

Helping Writers Become Authors Podcast
Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit into a story agents will buy and readers will love. 

Write from the Deep
Encouragement, refreshment, and truth from writers for writers. Every writer, at some point, faces the deep places of crushing trials and struggles. But the Deep is also a place where we learn to abide in God as never before. This podcast reminds writers they’re not alone, and equips and helps them to embrace the deep, to discover their truest voice and message, and to share it with refined craft and renewed passion.

Novel Marketing
This is the show for writers who hate marketing, but still, want to become bestselling authors. Our goal is to make book promotion fun and easy by connecting you with innovative marketing strategies that work. 

The Christian Publishing Show
The Christian Publishing Show is a podcast to help Christian authors change the world. We talk about how to improve in the craft of writing, how to get pubished, and how to market effectively. Get expert advice from industry insiders. 


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