As part of my never-ending quest to be more organised, I’ve been tidying up my favourites list. I thought I would share twelve of my favourite favourites. Mostly focused on children’s writing, these are sites that I’ve visited many times and also sites I recommend to others.
http://www.kristiholl.com/Mystery_Lessons.htm Mystery lessons by Kristi Holl. This is a series of detailed and informative articles about writing mysteries, written by a published author of a number of children’s mysteries.
http://www.robinfriedman.com/index.html Website of Robin Friedman, US author. What’s of special interest on this site is her series of interviews with editors. Very informative.
http://www.right-writing.com/middle-grade.html Writing the middle Grade Novel – an article by Kristi Holl (See above). Condenses important information about writing for kids aged 8-12.
http://www.rickwalton.com/freeu/index.htm Rock Canyon University Free School of Writing for Children. This is the tongue in cheek name for a series of very short articles on the craft of writing picture books. Yes, it is tongue in cheek, but the advice is pretty spot on.
http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/lit_resources/for_writers/writing_for_kids/writingforkids.html A series of articles about writing for children and YA, from author Cynthia Leitich Smith. Sound advice.
http://www.institutechildrenslit.com/rx/writing_tips.shtml Index to articles on a range of topics related to writing for children.
http://members.aol.com/ddpattison/pb101.html Picture Books 101. A good introduction to picture book writing.
http://www.terryburns.net/LIBRARY.htm Library of Writing Links – loads of links to writing advice, critique groups, research tools and much more, organized into categories.
http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/siteindex.shtml Writing World. Hundreds of articles on all areas of writing – not just writing for children.
http://fictionaddiction.net/articles.html Fiction Addiction. Again not just about writing for children, though there is a section dedicated to our genre.
http://www.fictionforum.net/writers/articles/art09-02.html The Cover Letter. A detailed look at what a cover letter should (and should not) contain.
http://www.underdown.org/ The Purple Crayon. Harold Underdown’s site, full of articles, market news and more.
Enjoy discovering or rediscovering these excellent resources. If you’ve found a great children’s writing site I haven’t mentioned here, let me know.