There has been some recent discussion on this forum about repeat questions from newbies about writing. My personal feeling is that we were all new at this once, and we have to start somewhere to find the answers. Why not here?
However, rather than scatter so much basic advice over a number of different topics, I would like to suggest that experienced writers and newbies alike use this new topic (A Challenge) to post the best resources they've found for answers to their writing questions and concerns.
Your recommendations can range from answers about grammar and syntax to answers about marketing your work, agents, craft, time management, contests, and more. Your "best resources" can include books, web sites, classes, magazines, or other sources you've found helpful. In the interest of abiding by Angela's rules, no blatant self-promotion or advertising, please. Just offer your favorite resources for writers.
Perhaps we can make this a centralized resource list so people won't have to search a dozen back posts to find what they're looking for.
Since my specialty is fiction, I will start with some of my favorite resources:
The Career Novelist, by Donald Maas and Writing the Breakout Novel, Donald Maas
On Writing, by Stephen KIng
2004 Writer's Market
2004 Novel and Short Story Writer's Market
There are other useful books, but I think these are some of the best resources for the beginning writer.
Byline, an excellent resource for the new writer, it also offers small contests that will help you develop your craft and earn some publication credits
Writer's Digest, a magazine I feel is more oriented to commercial fiction and non-fiction but still an industry standard
The Writer, a nice, staid publication that has many articles about the craft of writing, especially for children's fiction and poetry
Poets and Writers, an excellent resource for literary fiction markets, contests, grants, and awards
Romance Writers of America, www.rwanational.org/
Sisters in Crime, www.sistersincrime.org
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, www.sfwa.org/bulletin
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, www.scbwi.org
Associated Writing Programs, www.awpwriter.org
Contests, Fiction Markets, Grants, and Awards--
is an excellent source of information for the fiction writer interested in fiction contests
Also, if you would like to receive daily notification about writing contests (of all genres), you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The listserve is run by a woman named Allison Joseph, and she sends out this list free to anyone who subscribes. There is no attempt to sell any other product or solicitation for you to buy anything. However, you will receive approximately 5 emails a day about upcoming contests, anthologies, awards, etc.
Okay, this is a starting point. Next??