S.J’s Helpful Master Post!

Are you a writer? A game session designer? An actor? Any sort of creative type that uses words for fun? Well, this is my master post of helpful and useful articles, posts, books and groups that have inspired me to keep moving my work forward. I will continue to add to this as I go along, so please, check back every once and a while!


Ninja Writers by Shaunta Grimes – This is a great group of people. A huge group who works together and helps encourage people to complete their projects. It’s a closed group, but they accept almost anyone who applies!

Nanowrimo – If you are a writer, and you haven’t heard of National Novel Writing Month, you need to head over there right away! The group is most active in November, but there are a ton of useful resources, cool people, and inspirations to be found here.

Camp Nanowrimo – This is a more regular, but less intense version of Nanowrimo. If you want to be sorted into a support group and work hard to write together, this is the place for you!


Whatisaplot.com – The woman who runs Ninja Writers on facebook also has a series of courses, classes, and helpful tips on her own website. A lot of the time she has sales/free courses available, so I definitely suggest you go check it out!

Sarah Selecky’s Writing School – Another awesome set of courses at a variety of price points. Ms. Selecky is a great person to follow, an award winning author, and really inspiring.

Jerry Jenkins – Personally, I haven’t taken any of his classes, but I do enjoy his mailing list. I have heard awesome things about them though, so I figured this would be a good one to throw up here.


How To Promote A Blog Post – This is a long one, but absolutely worth it. It breaks down how to promote your blog (and it can absolutely be applied to other writing projects), places to do so, and tons of helpful apps and plug ins. I hadn’t even HEARD of a lot of these!

Words to Replace Said – This. Is. Amazing. I absolutely love it. This is an actually helpful post about words you can use instead of ‘said’. Just go check it out.

Character Secret Generator – Alright, this isn’t a post, but it’s awesome anyways. Is one of your characters feeling flat and boring? Give them a secret!


The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler – Inspired by the Hero’s Journey, this book breaks down storytelling in a way that inspires you to experiment and write your heart out. An absolute MUST have for all writers.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell – If you are looking for something a little more academic than Vogler’s Cambell inspired tome, hit up the original! Campbell is a brilliant literary historian and his book is extremely intriguing. Admittedly he is a little too into Freud’s work for my taste, but the book is still excellent.

The Emotional Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi – BRILLIANT BOOK! It is literally a thesaurus for emotions, helping you come up with creative and interesting ways to mix up your descriptions. I use it all the time. Her other thesaurus’s are also amazing, and if you have the money, I definitely suggest grabbing the whole lot, but start with the Emotional Thesaurus.

On Writing by Steven King – Part autobiography, part inspiration, part advice, Steven King literally writes on writing. It’s a pretty quick read and completely captivating. To look into the mind of someone who has made millions on his books, and to find that he’s just a writer like anyone else (if a particularly dedicated and dogged one) is unbelievably encouraging.


Sarah Selecky – This is one of my favorite mailing lists. Ms. Selecky sends regular, useful, and fun emails often without feeling like you’re being drown in promotions. Most of her emails are writing tips and prompts, all of which are interesting and pretty unique! Scroll to the bottom of her website for the sign up form.

Jerry Jenkins – Mr. Jenkins is a solid rock in a maelstrom of literary advice. He has a solid, patient voice, and his mailing list is a weekly reminder that you’re not alone in your doubts and frustrations. Sign up for his ‘Top Five Free Writing Tips’ near the bottom of the linked page to also sign up for his mailing list.

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S.J. Penner

Author of the upcoming series #Tyrant, artist, and inveterate dabbler. Creator of #guiltfreeswag for writers and gamers at Coffee Ink where 100% of proceeds go to Red Cross Emergency Services.

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3 thoughts on “S.J’s Helpful Master Post!

  1. Great list! I have server all of the books. Another book I found very helpful was ‘How to Write Dazzling Dialgoue’ by James Scott Bell.


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