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Here are some sites I use/have used to help me build my craft. Feel free to leave your own suggested sites in the comments.

Free Writing Resources


Writing Excuses
15 Minutes of delving into various topics related to genre fiction. Always ends with a writing prompt.

Hide and Create
30 Minute discussion of various aspects of genre fiction.

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips
6 Minutes-ish addressing specific aspects of grammar, not genre focused.

Stuff You Should Know
45-60 Minutes of interesting bits of reality. Good for research and idea-sparking.

Youtube Channels:

Write About Dragons
Brandon Sanderson's lectures on creative writing at BYU.

Geek and Sundry--The Storyboard [currently on hiatus]
Patrick Rothfuss hosts discussions about writing.

Extra Credits
This is a show about game development, but many of their topics are equally applicable to creative endeavors of any kind.

Assorted Websites:

Helps you proofread your own work

Pretty much everything you wanted to know about markets

Submission Grinder
A place to keep track of your submission history

David Farland's Daily Kick in the Pants
He kicks you in the pants. You're going to like it.


A great place to chat about fantasy

A great place to chat about writing fantasy

Research abounds

Even more research

Writers of the Future Forum
Full of dedicated aspiring writers

Neo-pro writers and beyond. (has qualification requirements, please check to make sure you're eligible before applying)