For writing your novel, there are so many books out there. Just go to Amazon and search "writing" and you'll get a huge list. This is not an exhaustive list, but only some of the ones that more people seem to rave about (thanks, Carol, for your recommendations):
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
- The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
- How to Write a Novel by Nathan Bransford
- Hooked by Les Edgerton
- Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder
- Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
While you're writing, you may have some grammar questions. And of course, we all swear by the Grammar Girl.
When I started out, one of the first blogs I followed was Nathan Bransford's. He used to be a literary agent, and his blog had all sorts of great tips for those of us starting out. He's since gone from agent to author, and I haven't been back to his blog in a while, but it looks like he still might be a good resource for those just learning about all of this.
If you're planning on submitting your novel to publishers, you're going to need a query (whether you plan on getting an agent or querying smaller publishing houses yourself). A couple good places to start:
As for marketing your novel, I've found a couple good successful self-published writers who offer their advice about how they got where they are and how one can follow in their footsteps:
I haven't even scratched the surface. But this is a start. What are some other good sites? Any other books to recommend to a newbie?