Online Resources

I was recently online and read someone’s question asking for help with improving writing skills. I was shocked at the answers people gave. Someone actually said that there weren’t any online resources.

Come on! This is the internet! You can find anything. If you wanted to build a nuclear bomb, you could probably find a tutorial on it. I would not suggest doing this, however. Building a nuclear bomb seems like it could probably be a bad idea. Just saying. (PS, I’m probably now flagged by the NSA. Hi guys!)

There are a ton of resources online to help improve writing skills. Who’s you favorite author? Chances are that he/she has a blog and you can learn from that.

Type in free online writing classes to Google and see what comes up. I bet you can find a lot of sites with that.

Did you know that Brandon Sanderson teaches at BYU? And that his lectures were recorded and can be found on youtube? Not only will you learn a lot from these, you will also laugh, because he, unlike me, is actually funny.

Find out what kinds of conferences are in your area. Here in Utah Valley, there is Life, the Universe, and Everything once a year, LDStorymakers once a year, and iwritenetwork.com has started putting on both a summer and a winter workshop. Yes, all of these conference cost a little money, but you have to spend money to make money, right? And trust me, they are worth it. I’ve gone to LDStorymakers the last two years, LTUE this year, and both iwritenetwork workshops this year. They were all awesome and I learned a lot.

You can also look for writing groups in your area. In Utah, you can join The League of Utah Writers. There are a total of 16 chapters and chances are you can find one close to you. Iwritenetwork.com also has a chat room that you can join where we all talk and help each other. Anytime one of us has a question, the rest either answer it, or help brainstorm so the one with the question can figure out what s/he wants. I’m on there almost daily and have made some good friends with amazing people.

I hope you find this helpful. I never want anyone to feel like they are alone. Yes, one of the best ways to get better at writing is to practice writing, but you don’t have to do it alone. Join us, let us help you. We can all grow together.

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About Jae Randall

I am a writer, a certified Medical Assistant, EMT, and Firefighter. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2011. I have written 5 books and am working on writing my 6th, outlining my 7th, and beating out my 8th. I hope to have all three written by the end of 2013.

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