My Favorite Sites…

This is an abbreviated list of some of my favorite websites and blogs. You'll find excellent sites on writing, along with sites of some of my favorite authors and charities and causes I support.

Bryn Donovan
Bryn is an author and her site is full of inspiration, writing tips, helpful resources, and tons of writing prompts.

Live Write Thrive
The website and blog of author and writing coach C.S. Lakin. She has some awesome information and resources for writers in all stages of their career.

Meradeth Houston
Meradeth is an awesome friend and young adult author. Check out her blog and take a look at her books, they're awesome.

Marcy Kennedy
Marcy Kennedy is a suspense and speculative fiction writer, as well as the author of the Busy Writers Guides (which I highly recommend). Her blog is full of awesome writing tips!

The National Adrenal Diseases Foundation informs, educates, and supports those with adrenal disease and their families to improve their quality of life. One such disease is Addison's Disease, the condition that took my dad's life in 2013. It's unclear if the condition is hereditary. Some doctors think it is. So, it's a future I may face. And it isn't a very pretty one. Research is crucial, not only for Addison's disease but for all the underrepresented, lesser-known conditions. Because everyone should have a fighting chance at a healthy life.

National Novel Writing Month
NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization designed to encourage and inspire new and seasoned authors to write a 50,000-word novel in one month. From the NaNoWriMo website: "On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel." Also, Camp NaNoWriMo.

Nose Graze
Book blog, website, and online store of Ashley, who will teach you how to "make WordPress your bitch." She has some awesome templates (I'm using one), widgets (I'm using some), and plugins (and, guess what, I'm using some), that are useful for authors and bloggers. She also offers coding e-courses and web-hosting (you guessed it, I'm using it). If you do any type of blogging you need to check her out! It's kind of a funny story how Ashley and I met, but I'm so glad we did. She's awesome. Totally check her out. You won't be sorry. (And, no, she's not paying me to say this.)

One Stop for Writers
Just an awesome resource for writers. The brainchild of Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, along with Scrivener creator, Lee Powell, One Stop is an online "library" of cross-referenceable material, from inspiration to finished product, this website has something for every writer. Offers limited free version and extended paid membership.

Publisher's Marketplace
This site is geared more toward agents and publishers, but there is a lot of information that authors can use when searching for representation or a publisher, like the top dealmakers (searchable by genre), recent deals, what's hot and who's buying it. It's a little pricey, but I think the tools and information it offers are worth the money and there are no long-term commitments. You can cancel as soon as you sign with an agent/publisher.

Query Tracker
It's all in the name. The site is absolutely awesome for helping you track the queries you plan to send out and those you already have. It also has a great searchable database for agents that will help you pinpoint your search to those agents that will most likely be the best fit for you and your work. There is a free and paid version. The premium (paid) version is very inexpensive and completely worth the fee. If you are looking for an agent and aren't using this site, you should be.

Super Summary
I'm not sure how to explain this site. A visitor to my website pointed it out to me and I love it. It's a sort of hodgepodge of a bunch of different writing sites all pulled together into one easily searchable site. It offers an abundance of writing resources. It's one to check out! Thank you, Marcella, for suggesting it!

To Write Love on Her Arms
To Write Love on Her Arms is an American non-profit organization which aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery.

The blog of Kristen Kieffer, a creative writing coach, and the author behind the upcoming fantasy novels Dreamworld and The Dark Between.

Writers Helping Writers
The website and blog of Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, the authors of the Emotion Thesaurus, the Negative Trait Thesaurus, the Positive Trait Thesaurus, and the Urban and Rural Setting Thesaurus. I recommend the blog and I highly recommend the books!

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