There is a lot of talk about how the internet is a horrible time suck, a devil waiting to distract writers from their work. This certainly is true. However, it also can be a great way to prepare for starting a new project. The trick is to set limits on how long you rev your writing engine before you actually start writing.
In the spirit of inspired beginnings here is a podcasts series, a YouTube and websites I used recently to help me get ready to start my new project.
1. Narrative breakdown—an amazing and ongoing series with hosts Cheryl Klein and James Monahan as well as guest co-hosts, such as Rainbow Rowell and E. Lockhart. Covers a wide range of writing topics, including many that will help with developing story ideas.
2. Difference between mystery and suspense—One of the problems I have when beginning a story is making sure I choose a beginning that matches the genre I’m aiming for. This link and the next are excellent for focusing on that issue.
3. Tons of inspiration here--even if romance is secondary and not the focus of your project.
4. Building a fictional world. A TED-ed talk by Kate Messner. This short talk is purely for fun—and it’s a great reminder about world building no matter what genre you write.
5. Writing a killer opening line. Great inspiration, but remember you’re about to write a first draft. Chances are the first sentence you write will not be the one you end up with after revision. However, this article applies to more than that single sentence and is worth a read.
6. And, as a bonus, the secrets to writing a best selling novel--because why not start with a positive attitude.