It’s never too late to learn more about the craft of writing and editing. One of the most common pieces of writing advice is to read widely. Read within the genre you intend to write to learn the expectations, the tropes, and what’s been done before. Read outside your genre to keep yourself from becoming too comfortable, to see what other genres are doing, and to stay open to the possibilities of new experiences and wisdom. And finally, read books about writing craft to give yourself a solid foundation to work from.
Here are a few great writing craft resources I recommend checking out:
- Monkeys with Typewriters: How to Write Fiction and Unlock the Secret Power of Story by Scarlett Thomas
- Damn Fine Story by Chuck Wendig
- Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody
- Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time by Jordan E. Rosenfeld
- Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer
- Self-Editing for Self-Publishers by Richard Bradburn
- Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose by Constance Hale
- Write to be Published by Nicola Morgan
- Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print by Renni Brown and Dave King
- The Incomplete Guide series by Salt and Sage Publishers
And of course, don’t forget to check out my blog. It has lots of information about writing craft and the editing process.
Here is a list of events I will be participating in next year! If there are any topics you’d like to hear me speak about, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
- Date TBD: A webinar with Editors Canada. Worldbuilding in Fiction Editing: Theory and Practice
- January 13th with the Professional Editors Network. An online panel discussion. Breaking into Developmental Editing
- June 12th with Editors Canada. An online panel discussion. Adventures in Editing Self-Published Authors: Do you Dare?
- June 13th with Editors Canada. An online panel discussion. Beyond Editing: A Conversation About Coaching Writers