Writing Resources

Our favorite resources for writers ready to level up their craft

As fellow SFF writers, we know how important it is to study the spellbooks and regularly educate yourself on your craft. No mage–or writer–walked into a fully-fledged career without investment and continual practice. 

To support you on your journey, we compiled our favorite resources for you. There are gems here for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned author or just beginning.

25 Questions to Ask Your Manuscript

Nicole and Rebecca developed this freebie to benefit writers at various stages in their journey from idea to finished novel. If you’re outlining, this list of questions will help you plan your novel more thoroughly and ensure you’re off to a strong start. If you recently finished a draft, the questions will provide you with a mini edit and frame your books so you can see how it functions as a whole. 

This free PDF is a valuable tool for any novelist. Sections on story building, drafting, developmental editing, line editing, and publishing will highlight elements authors struggle with. Provide your email to get “25 Questions to Ask Your Manuscript” sent to your inbox today. 

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Books for Writers

In our Bookshop storefront, we compiled a list of our personal favorite books on the writing craft and business of being an author. We know they’ll help you because they helped usin finding better work-life balance, gaining confidence as artists, and brushing up on our grammar. 

Below are our top five selections. Check out the full list at the bottom to see more options. Bookshop.org is an online bookseller dedicated to supporting independent bookstores. A portion of each purchase supports us here at Conquer Books as well (Read more about this dynamic addition to the book industry here).

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Poets and Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer
The Complete Guide to Being a Writer
Story Genius by Lisa Cron
Story Genius by Lisa Cron
Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer
Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer
Steering the Craft by Ursula Le Guin
Steering the Craft by Ursula Le Guin

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Select Articles on Writing

If your story suffers from over-writing, unclear plot lines, or aimless characters, whittling the whole thing down into these three sentences can make for some manuscript-saving clarity.

On the lookout for a solid plotting formula? The beat sheet structure will help you plan your story through predetermined points of flow (beats). You’ll come away with a timeless and engaging plot that will please readers.

This video on our top writing resources includes books, websites, courses, and more. We delve into how the tools helped us and why they deserve to be on your list of writerly support as well.

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