Writer Hacks

Writer Websites and Resources

Looking for resources to help you get started? Check out a few of Stephanie’s Favorite websites below!

1. U.S. Copyright Office

Have questions about copyright law and how to protect your work? Look no further than the Copyright Office!

2. Merriam-Webster

No writer library is complete without a physical copy of a dictionary or thesaurus. In a pinch? Check out the online versions!

3Agent Query

This free resource will help you find an agent to represent your work.

4. Duotrope’s digest

For my Poets, here’s a website to help you get the word out about your work!

5Poets & Writers

Perfect resources for writing contests and grants.

6. Writer’s Digest

Stephanie’s favorite website for anything about writing and poetry!

Wanna Write a Book?

Here are some tips on how to get started.

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”- Toni Morrison

We’ve all been there. You close a book and you get this overwhelming sense that you could write a better one. Maybe you’ve looked back at your life and thought,, “My life is a testimony that can help so many people.”

Whatever the reason, all books start with the seed of an idea. With proper attention, those seedlings can grow into a book! Sounds great right? But how do you even begin to start? Ask yourself the following questions listed below and you’ll be well on your way!

Question One: Am I a Writer or a Poet?

How do you best express yourself? Some people express themselves in short bursts. If that is the case, you may be a Poet. If you prefer to write longer pieces or short stories you may be a Writer. You can always mix things up and start a chapter with a bit of poetry or a lyric from a song you’ve written. In some instances, a poem/song can grow into a book. The possibilities are endless!

Question Two: What kind of Writer Supplies do I need?

A pen or pencil and a pad of paper or a notebook to scribble down your ideas.

Question Three: How to I begin to map out what I want to say?

You can always start with an outline. Each chapter of your book is represented by a new heading in your outline.

Question Four: What if I prefer to use a computer, any ideas on how to set up a manuscript?

Microsoft Word has a basic manuscript template available to help you with formatting. Google docs is a free resource you can use as well.

Question Five: Should I self publish or go the traditional route?

Depends on what you are looking for. Self publishing can get your book out there faster. Traditional publishing may take longer, but it could put you in a place to reach a larger audience.

I’m sure you probably have a million more questions about the whole writing and publication process. So did I when I first started. The main this is to start. Write down your ideas. Experiment with poetry, music and most of all: Read, Read, Read.

Final Thoughts:

Don’t worry about it being perfect in the beginning. Revision come later. In future articles, Stephanie will explore:

How to Hook your readers with the first line

Publishing Scams: How not to get burned or robbed!

Writer Tips and Tricks

Editing and Revisions

Stephanie is working on an entire series about how to get that book out of your head and heart and into the hands of your readers.

Stop by often for more tips, tricks and advice on how to navigate the road to publication!

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