Resources for writers

Sabine’s struggled hard to learn the craft of story writing on her own through reading books, articles and by writing. Although she believes that the best way to learn is through practice, there are a number of resources she has found useful over the years.


1. Critters is a great resource for new writers. The group is highly organized and critters usually give ruthless critiques which helps a not-so-sensitive writer to improve upon his or her story.


2. ‘You write on’ is also a fabulous source of critiques and also a good way to judge the merit of the story as compared to other stories on the site. A story is rated by fellow writers and best stories get selected in the top ten. The top stories also win professional critiques by editors.


3. Sabine has written a number of articles on the craft of writing and publishing:

Types of Fantasy Fiction



Five Promotional Techniques for Self-Published Authors

Motivate yourself to writer after Rejection Letters

Character Development—The Modern Witch In Story Writing

Character Development-The Sidekick In Story Writing

Basics of writing Fantasy Fiction

High Concept Versus High Treatment in Story Writing

Self-Publishing is Not a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

How to Create a Believable Villain in a Fantasy Story

Why Every Novel Writer Needs an Editor

Character Development—The Growth of a Protagonist

So You Want to be a Story Writer?

Character Development—The Bad Witch in Modern Story Writing

The Importance of the First Chapter in a Novel

Story Writing—The Purpose of the First Draft

Five Self-Publishing Truths Revealed

Five Traits of Successful Self-Published Authors

Conflict in a Story

Guest Post at Nyx Book Reviews: Sword and Sorcery Fantasy

Guest Post at Amy’s Book World: The Writing Process

Guest Post at All Things Books: Building a Book Blog

Guest Post at The Kindle and Me: Common Mistakes made by Self-Published Authors

Guest Post at To Read or Not to Read: Story Writing – Why Less is more?

 Guest Post at Once Upon a Time: What do Authors want from Book Bloggers?




4. For new writers an excellent way to finish that first novel is to participate in NaNoWriMo. Thousands of writers commit to writing a novel of at least 50,000 words starting the first of November every year. Although there are no awards, but it is a great and fun way to finish that first draft that you have been sitting on.

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