It’s time for another blog post on helpful writing sites.
This is a writing community forum for those who write Young Adult, although they also have sections for Middle Grade and picture book writers. Some of the great sections they have include: Query Kick Around, where you can post your query to have others critique it; First Pages Critique, where you can post your first five pages to be critiqued; and Agent Insider, which lists agents who represent YA. YAlitchat also hosts a chat once a week on Twitter at 9pmEDT on Wednesdays (which just so happens to be 11am Thursday for me as I’m in Australia). These chats are a great way to connect with other writers and have guests such as agents and published authors to answer your questions. Just use the #yalitchat hashtag.
The Kill Zone consists of seven authors who each take a turn at blogging over the week. This blog is filled with great writing tips on the various aspects of writing a novel. Although the authors involved are all mystery/thriller writers their advice is applicable to writers of any genre.
Looking for some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing? Zachery Petit offers writing prompts as well as some other writing tidbits.
And here are a few posts worth mentioning:
Top Ten Things I Know About Rewriting
A fantastic post on rewriting by Alexandra Sokoloff. She gives an in-depth look at revising a novel. It would honestly have to be the best post on rewriting I have come across. If you are serious about revising your novel you should check out this post.
Are you looking for a critique partner for your WIP? Mary Kole has posted this on her kidlit website for writers of YA/MG/PB to hook up and find the perfect critique partner.
In November I talked about NaNoWriMo (National Book Writing Month). NaPiBoWriWee (National Picture Book Writing Week) is a spin-off of NaNoWriMo created by Paula Yoo. The idea is to write 7 picture books in 7 days. (I will be covering this more next week.)
If you have come across any other helpful writing sites or posts feel free to share them with us in the comments (and links would be great!)
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great list of helpful sites! Of course I know and love YALitChat, but am looking forward to checking out Kill Zone in preparation for my next novel. Thanks.
I’m always happy to help out fellow writers, there’s such a wealth of writing advice out there and it’s nice to be able to share what I have found with others 🙂
Great sites! I’ve been looking for a new critique group, and I’ll check your suggestion.
If you write YA fiction YA Lit Chat also has a section for writers seeking critique partners: http://yalitchat.ning.com/group/critseekers
I also suggest these:
Thanks for the suggestions, LM!