• How to Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion (Editor: Edmund R. Schubert): A distillation of blog posts from the Magical Words authors, written as a dialogue. This book is an invaluable resource for the new writer filled with practical advice.
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Stephen King): Stephen King shares his biography and insights on writing. Don’t wait. Read it.
  • Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life Series (Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books): Looking for historical information on a particular time period? Not sure what to trust on the Internet? Check out this series for consolidated information about a particular time period (slang, clothing, mannerisms), complete with references for further research.


  • Ditch Diggers: In a day job, you have to get up and go to work whether you like it or not. Ditch diggers don’t wait to be inspired to dig a ditch, they do it because it’s their job and they won’t eat if they don’t. (NSFW)
  • I Should Be Writing: A show about a writer going from wanna-be to pro. Interviews and support geared toward all of the stuff that seems to get in the way of our writing.
  • Writing ExcusesBrandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Taylor, and Dan Wells talk about writing. 15 Minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and they’re not that smart.
  • Writing Rants (NSFW): John Hartness, author of The Black Knight Chronicles and one of the founders of Falstaff Books, provides practical advice to the new writer on writing and publishing.