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  • Writer's pictureMegan DiMaria

How to gather FREE writing tips and find inspiration from the pros

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m always up for getting some topnotch advice from industry professionals. In addition to going to writing conferences and seminars, and hanging out with other writers, I’ll make time to read articles, listen to podcasts, and attend webinars. I’ve gotten a lot of good tips and advice on the craft.

Last week, while I was searching some writers hashtags (#amwriting, #amediting), I came across some great info. If you have some time, just scroll through those hashtag topics, and you’ll glean some great insight from writers, editors, and literary agents. One of the favorites I ran across was this from Robert McKee: "A premise is a daydreamy hypothetical that floats through the mind, opening the door to the imagination where everything seems possible." Isn't that good?

Last week's exercise inspired me, and I challenged myself to see how much information I could gather in less than 20 minutes to share with you.

Here we go!

MICHAEL HAUGE is a story expert, author and lecturer who works with writers, filmmakers, marketers, business leaders, and public speakers, both in Hollywood and around the world. If you’ve ever had the pleasure to hear one of his seminars, you’ll be thrilled to know that in addition to his books on craft, he also offers FREE articles online.

Writer’s Digest offers top resources for exceptional writing advice from among the 101 websites for writers featured in Writer's Digest.

Robert McKee is a screenwriting lecturer who educates and mentors screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, poets, documentary makers, producers, and directors internationally. His website also offers links to resources on topics that will help and interest writers.

The Steve Laube Agency has a page devoted to writers’ resources.

Donald Maass is president of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. He has written several highly acclaimed craft books for novelists including The Breakout Novelist, The Fire in the Fiction, Writing the Breakout Novel, and The Career Novelist.

He’s got several great articles on the Writer Unboxed website.

Thomas Umstattd Jr. is an award-winning speaker who teaches audiences all over the world. Lately, I’ve been attending some of the webinars that he hosts on Crowdcast. He also hosts the popular Novel Marketing podcast and the Christian Publishing Show.

Tim Grahl is a book marketing guru who offers free webinars regularly. I've attended some and he shares good stuff.

The Creative Penn hosts podcast episodes that are posted every Monday and include interviews, inspiration and information on writing and creativity, publishing options, book marketing, and creative entrepreneurship.

See all those sites with great info? I found them all in just a flurry of searches on a quiet afternoon. Be inspired, and go see what you can find!

Write on, friends!



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