Every November, thousands of writers embark on the same goal: to write 50,000 words in one month. The community is fantastic, the peer pressure great, and MIRACLE wouldn't exist without it.
I still struggle with plot basics, and Writing Excuses has an excellent article about what a typical 7-point plot looks like.
Sometimes writers don't have all the answers, but K.M. Weiland's article can help a writer develop character-building answers and tie it into the plot.
What started out as a small contest on Twitter for writers mentoring writers, Pitch Wars grew into a fast-paced vehicle to help writers grow their writing, get agents and book deals. I was SO lucky to participate in Pitch Wars 2017 under #teammascaratracks Cindy Baldwin and Amanda Rawson Hill, and alongside co-mentee Remy Lai. It changed my writing and my author trajectory forever.
For querying writers, Query Shark is a huge repository of successful queries, tips for dos and don'ts, and crafting a good query.
One of many Twitter pitch contests, #DVPit stands out because it highlights BIPOC and other marginalized people groups.
When you set up THE CALL with a prospective agent, you'll have a million questions. Cindy Baldwin has a list of fantastic questions to ask to make sure you and your prospective agent are a great fit.
Society of Children's Writers and Book Illustrators (SCBWI) is a great group of aspiring authors and published authors. "It's a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people." (quote from SCBWI website)