This is the place I share all my resources and books links that I’m reading so that you can join me while I’m on the road. Let me know if you have resources to add to the list to help our fellow writers! ~Yoon Ju
New Book Releases:
Now Published! Writer’s Journal 30 Day Writing Prompts, Notes, and More by WritersBlockInc.com is in the final stages of publishing. This book is filled with 30 days of writing prompts, note pages, and other pages to help build your own resources and work on your writing. After 2 years of not being able to write, this is the way Yoon Ju got back in track and in a healthier way. Over 200 pages devoted to helping you write again.
- Get 30 days of writing prompts
- Lined pages to write
- 12 months of calendars to track progress and goals
- Space to write weekly to-do lists
- An organized space to write your favorite books and build your resources
- Extra pages to keep writing
- Over 200 pages
- Available at https://www.amazon.com/Writers-Journal-Writing-Prompts-Notes/dp/B0931QRL7C
Now available! Just in time for Mother’s Day, May 9th!
This Gardening Journal was created by author, Yoon Ju Lee, to help her mother keep track of her changing gardens every year and keep record of her favorite plants for future generations. Yoon Ju added in additional pages to keep track of the family budget, compost schedule, projects, planting schedule, plant names, locations, and jot down notes to grow your skills. The idea to to create a log for future family so that they can remember how and what their grandmother grew. The idea is to share, log, and grow.
- To-do lists
- Plant and lawn care lists
- Budget planning lines
- Compost schedule
- Seasonal Planning
- Gardening Plot for planning
- 12 months of calendars and a place for projects and ideas
- Notes for types of seeds and date planted
- Available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Gardening-Journal-Yoon-Ju-Lee/dp/B0932JC7P6
Books about Writing:
Write Naked by Jennifer Probst. A New York Best Selling author helps other writers follow the same path to success.
Bird by Bird by Ann Lamont helps writers fine tune their first drafts. She also helps writers find their voice.
Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. A short writing style guide that is a quick and entertaining read.
Atomic Habits by James Clear. This book is about creating effective strategies to form good habits and reach your goal.
Other Writing Resources:
Writer’s Digest provides resources, classes, and other tools for writers. They also have contests. This is a great way to work toward a deadline.
SelfPubBookCovers Buy Book Covers for Indie Authors. Free unlimited typographical changes, and ownership of a unique cover that is removed once you purchase.
My artwork and miniatures:
Audio Books for on the Go:
I go to Audible.com for all my audio books when I travel.
Unleash Creativity with these reads and audio:
Atomic Habits by James Clear is about making small changes to change your habits. It’s about finding the right system and doing.
Show Your Work by Austin Kleon is about creating the right kind of genius by sharing. It’s no longer a solo act, it’s about including other creatives. Ego is removed from the connective group genius.
October and November audio books:
Getting ISBN number and Barcode:
I recommend that you get your title, back cover summary, author bio, and pricing set-up before you buy an ISBN.
Amazon KDP – Amazon will assign an ISBN if you do not have one but it can only be used to sell on their platform. You can find the information at https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G201834170.
Bowker – Identifier Services is an official site where you can buy an ISBN (2021 – 1 is around $125 and to buy the barcode is an additional $25 – once you set the price you can’t change it or you need to purchase a new one. I recommend getting everything set-up first and then do this step last). The website is at https://www.myidentifiers.com/.
Barnes & Noble will direct you to the same Bowker site to buy an ISBN and ISBN barcode.
ServiceScape helps writers on Youtube at:
iWriterly interview on Fantasy Romance –
“Don’t write what you know, write what you want to understand. I write from a place of deep curiosity about the world.” -Aminatta Forna
Found at the Quotidian Writer by Diane Callahan at
Online Classes or Events for Writers:
MasterClass Online at https://www.masterclass.com/.
NaNoWriMo (October preptober and November) at https://nanowrimo.org/.
To Be or Not To Be Minnesotan:
Get Minnesota Wild Rice at https://amzn.to/3liUGpj and a history with cook book, Wild Rice: An Essential Guide to Cooking, History, and Harvesting.
Places I’ve stayed while traveling and writing:
Places in Minnesota for inspiration during the holidays? Follow the link.
October & November:
Country Inn & Suites (this is not sponsored) at 235 Park Ave, St. Cloud, MN 56301
St. Cloud is a little getaway from the Twin Cities in Minnesota and I have a friend that I visit while I’m there when we’re not in lockdown. I posted a video about this little gem in one of my tiktoks (@yoonju_writes) because I wished I would have stayed here first.
This hotel was tucked away from a busy street near a quiet residential area. The covered entrance was lined with holiday planters and when you entered the lobby you were greeted with a warm fireplace and updated lobby. It was clean, modern, and inviting. The staff was friendly and even helped me when I turned down the wrong hallway.
I took the stairway in the lobby to the second floor and felt like I was walking up a stairway at home or at a country lodge. I was surprised when I opened the door. It was cleaner than other places I stayed in the previous weeks.
As a writer the first thing I notices was the small table for 2 and the writing desk. It was a small touch but it was one of my pet peeves of other hotels when I had to bring back late night dinner with no place to set my food. A writer also checks out potential writing areas. The room had a microwave, refrigerator, and most standard amenities (those things were scarce at other place I just stayed at in previous weeks).
I faced a Bavarian style apartment complex outside my window but it was quiet. I didn’t hear traffic and there wasn’t the 1:00 am hallway welcome of my last hotel of noisy, drunk neighbors. I would recommend this place if you’re looking for a place to get away and write but not blow your budget.