I know what it's like to be a new author so wanted to put this page together to try and share the knowledge I've gained since I started writing and a great place to start is My Writers Circle (MWC) - it's a forum for writers from all over the world.

Joe Mynhardt suggested putting grammar sites up for those that need help. Joe also links to The Bookshelf Muse from his site. Take a peek at the list on the right hand side... great stuff!

If you need a great blank character profile for your characters then just follow this link

Maybe you are searching for more verbs to use in your writing? You can find 1000 of the little blighters here

I stole this idea from Joe at MWC - thank you Joe!

Logical Creativity
Quote Garden
Be A Better Writer
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Quotations Page
Quotes about writing
Quotes about writing
Sarah's writing blog ~ writing quotes
Writing quotes

Some words of wisdom from MWC:

Feeling free to explore a variety of different styles and genres without expecting perfection -- only a lesson learned.- 510bhan in MWC
Knowing that it's okay to make mistakes, you can fix them or write something different.- 510bhan in MWC

Wolfe from My Writers Circle:
Life and literary experience.
There's a saying that goes, "The more tragic your life, the better your writing."
Whether good or bad, you have to go out there and experience life before you can write about it.
I know this goes against the teachings, but get your butt out of the chair, and go outside.
Also, and this is my personal experience, the more jacked-up your family, the more material you'll have.
Believe me . . . I haven't had writer's block in regards for ideas or material . . . ever.
Write what you know, not what you don't.
It sounds simple, but I'm always amazed when younger writers try to write about experiences twenty years their senior in material.
Unless you know it, experienced it, don't write it.
You can disguise real life under fiction and fantasy, but write what you know. Write what you experience. Write what's real for you.
And it will be real for your readers.
Thank you Wolfe!

Blog about editing ~ thank you for the suggestion, Creatoriat

"Always be aware of your posture behind the computer. Repetitive stress injuries is the worst distraction you could have as a writer. Regular exercise and stretching is also a great way to keep pain at bay while you're writing. As we all know, our minds will last a lot longer than our bodies. Hopefully." ~ Thanks again Joe

"You got some great suggestions here. Reading, learning the craft, finding your voice through writing what you know, and finding a support group of writers and get your stuff read by betas and do the same. It also helps to learn how to handle crits. No ranting and raving please. ;-)" ~ Thank you Chandara!

"More to the point, don't rant publicly. What you do and say in the privacy of your own work-room is between you and the four walls. If a bit of criticism really drives you mad then vent privately. Not even to a close friend. Just to yourself.

Get it out of your system. Like lancing a boil to stop the pus poisoning the rest of your body, or, in this case, your mind. A festering grievance never does anyone any good, even if hidden behind a carefully cultivated thick skin and a protective smile.

Sometimes just cussing for a while, or going out and chopping wood or some other hard physical exercise is all it needs to soothe your battered emotions or pride enough to let you think clearly again. If not...

Make sure you're offline and write a letter telling that person why they're such a scrofulous and ill-mannered git. Pick their criticism apart point by point, in agonising detail. Attribute to them the most foul and base motives you can drag up from your enraged spleen. Envy of your own unrecognised brilliance will probably be high on the list ;-)

At some point you will start to calm down, and a little inner voice will suggest that you're being unreasonable, which you know you are. Or just plain silly. If you start laughing at yourself you're well on the way to being cured.

A little later that same voice, which may still seem treacherous to you at that point, will say "Well... Maybe he/she has a point. Perhaps it would be better if..."

Once you're thinking that way delete the file, or burn the paper if you've written it out by hand so as to say a final goodbye to your poisonous thoughts. If it's a file go to the recycle bin as well and make sure it's really gone. I promise you'll feel better for it.

Oh yes, what if the criticism really is ill founded and contains nothing of value to you? Once you're sure of this then it's time to wear a big grin, smile indulgently when the critic's name comes up in other conversations, and just keep your own counsel. Don't gloat just because you're right. A little inner smugness never hurt anyone, but worn publicly it helps no-one.

Gyppo - (Who took years to learn this lesson.)" ~ Thank you Gyppo!

"I hope you don't mind me ignoring your conversation and answering the original question.
I know that these are old pieces of advice that we've all heard a thousand times, but I think they're some of the most helpful for everybody.
Don't edit! Write a piece in its entirety. Then edit it in the next copy.
Don't be afraid to rewrite, use as many drafts as needed to get the quality you want
Mutilate your piece beyond recognition Tongue I mean If a scene doesn't help move the piece along. It needs to go.
Take a step back: leave a piece in your mental drawer and come back later with fresh eyes.
Don't use clich s. They are the hallmark of a newbie.
Don't forget your beginning, middle and end. (intro,{insert word},resolution <--I forgot the word -_-
If you don't normally plan, try sticking to a plan or if you normally plan, just go with the flow. Mix it up a little and that's all I've got for today. I really hope you don't mind me covering the basics."~ Thank you Ruthless!

Are you starting to see how great MWC is? I asked for help there and this is what they came up with! :-)