Ink&Keys is a small group of women, in the Buffalo area, who meet on a semi-regular basis to encourage one another in our writing endeavors and to give feedback on each other’s writing.
We encourage others to create or join a writer’s group because it is a wonderful way to keep moving forward in your writing goals, whatever they may be.
We have put together a few resources that may be helpful to you if you are just starting your writing journey or even if you’re in the midst. So click below for some tips!
If you are interested in starting your own writer’s group or are looking for others who have open space, you can email me. I’ll compile a list and let you know if anyone else in your area is looking. Just tell me your name, contact info, area you live in, and the kind of writing you do. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Writer’s Market—this resource can be purchased at most bookstores with a writing section. There are several editions in varying genres—it’s worth a trip to the bookstore just to look through it for inspiration, though if you’re serious about getting started it is a wonderful resource to own.
Elements of Style, Strunk & White- Classic and very well respected book that explains the nuts and bolts of writing, including grammar, punctuation, syntax, etc.
Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott (this classic book on writing is a must read no matter what genre you are working in!)
Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldman
Self Editing for Fiction Writers, Renni Browne & Dave King- If you haven’t taken a class on editing, buy this book. It’s indispensable.
Handling the Truth: On the Art of Writing Memoir, Beth Kephart
On Writing, Stephen King (geared more towards fiction writers, but a good read for all writers)
On Writing Well, William Zinsser
Errors in English and Ways to Correct Them, Harry Shaw
The Craft of Revision, Donald Murray
How to Study Your Bible, Kay Arthur (a great resource for those writing with a scriptural message in mind)
Websites and Blogs
–American Christian Fiction Writers website: www.acfw.com
-Jeff Goins website: www.goinswriter.com Excellent tips on getting started with writing.
-Michael Hyatt website: michaelhyatt.com Former CEO of Thomas Nelson. He’s a great resource for writers.
-Media Bistro—a good website for those who want to think about freelance newspaper and magazine writing. www.mediabistro.com