Just to be clear I had absolutely nothing to do with this; all thanks must go to Aditi. Unfortunately you can't leave a message on a deactivated page. However, if you use this resource, I'm sure an appreciative tweet in the direction of blottingpaper wouldn't go astray.
I will do my best to maintain this list, so if anyone finds any high quality resources that they feel should be added here, send me a note and I'll do so.
EDIT 16/04/10 It's pretty soon after my previous update, but I was reorganising my bookmarks and found a couple of interesting reads. My poetry section is getting quite long. If you have any good (emphasis on quality) essays/articles on writing prose, do get in touch.
EDIT 05/04/10 I've added a few more links. In the poetry section you will find a long article by Annie Finch on the evolution of the sonnet. The article takes for granted that you understand some basic terminology, which you can always find on Wikipedia if you find yourself stumbling, but what I love about this essay is that it not only details the structural elements of the various kinds of sonnet, but also explains the powers and efficiencies of these elements. It is also full of examples. The fiction section has two links to advice given by various writers about writing fiction, which can vary from the serious to the silly to the downright stupid. It's a question of finding something that resonates. The article on the science fiction 'infodump' is very useful, since it emphasises learning through example, and also indirectly offers an excellent reading list for those who want to familiarise themselves with the genre. END OF EDIT
The news article, if you want to fave it, is here.
Some points to note:
These links have been culled from my previous resource central and from my bookmarks. I have edited out a large number of links for reasons I explain below.
When I created my previous list of resources, I was full of that misplaced optimism which is characteristic of all gallery directors. It's true that some people found it useful, and I'm glad my efforts weren't entirely wasted, but since that time two significant things have happened: I've lost a lot of optimism, patience and faith in people (people in general and specifically people who want to be writers but want to be spoon-fed); and I've become increasingly suspicious of how-to guides, both online and in print. That said, there is a general need to be filled here. A certain amount of writing-related vocabulary, certain concepts and forms need to be familiar to a person before she can reasonably assume she is on the journey towards becoming a writer. Most of these links aim to satisfy this need.
There are also some articles under the headings of 'Process' and 'Essays', which may not concern themselves with explaining terminology or concepts. There are also some advice articles by famous writers. I tend to find these interesting if not helpful in any measurable way. Sometimes they are more helpful than any writing course you could ever take.
I continue to maintain that a large number of these articles are high-school-level, including those written by me. I also do not endorse many of these opinions, including things said by me in the past. I also admire and respect many of the writers here and am always grateful to them, but let's not name names.
On deviantART, there is always the issue of the lowest common denominator. One my major gripes with the previous list was its target audience. Now, this list isn't for the super experienced. The standards are fairly low, but I have assumed that you have a basic respect for conventional grammar, spelling and punctuation and also know most of the necessary rules. If English is your second language or you otherwise need extra help in these areas, this space still has a fair number of helpful articles. Besides helping those who are starting out, this might help writers who are already familiar with these concepts, but need examples, details, or revision. I know I come back to these articles often.
I have linked to some of my own articles with few qualms. This is because barring one essay I'm mostly summarising or quoting from other people's work.
I don't intend to update this space often, but if you have any suggestions or links that may be useful, do let me know in a comment or note.
None of this will get you anywhere if you don't read. If you read less than twenty books (or what equals twenty books in online reading material) a year, you'd better re-examine your plans to become a writer worth reading. In fact, you should be reading closer to fifty or sixty.
Active and passive voice by onewordatatime
Showing by onewordatatime
Cliché by onewordatatime
Writing in the age of distraction (via apocathary)
Thirty-two statements about writing poetry by Marvin Bell
Becoming a poet: one step at a time by John Haines
Advice I wish I'd been told by Walt McDonald
Craft of poetry, Vince Gotera's poetry course online
Tips for the novice by suture
Tips for editing poetry by suture
Linebreaks by PoetryLibrary
A primer on the poetic line by David Wright
Abstraction by PoetryLibrary
Imagery and figures of speech by lovetodeviate
Aural devices 1 and 2 by conorschild
Metre learning guide by darkcrescendo
Basics of metre and more by Professor-Flare
Forms and concepts
Western forms of poetry by lovetodeviate
Chaos in fourteen lines: reformations and deformations of the sonnet by Annie Finch
Found poetry: definition, approaches, treatments and copyrights by Laurence55
Sevenlings by Roddy Lumsden
A word about haiku by Wudang-mountain
Haiku: juxtaposition, brevity and tontoism by TimeFlies
Haiku: kigo by Iscariot-Priest
Haiku: form and observation by Laurence55
Tanka by MSJames
Tanka: introduction, aesthetics and pivot points by :devlaurence55
Senryu by jade-pandora
Haikai no renga by SOLARTS
Haibun: introduction, structure and linkage by Laurence55
Renga: introduction, structure and linkage, Bashō linkage and modern renga by Laurence55
Haiga: introduction, principles, modern haiga and Yosa Buson by Laurence55
Jisei: introduction, perspectives and images by Laurence55
Kyoka: introduction, concepts and examples by Laurence55
Katauta and mondo by Keraness
On Angst 1 and 2 by poeticks
Moves in comtemporary poetry by Mike Young (via apocathary)
Conventions of ekphrasis by Calamity Jane
Haiku exercise for beginners by Wudang-mountain
Ekphrasis by PoeticWar
Lipogram by TheHungerArtist
Guardian poetry workshop
Rehab for Roleplayers Introduction and Parts One, Two, Three, Four, and Five by salshep
Advice on the art of writing short stories by Roberto Bolaño
Eight rules for writing fiction by Kurt Vonnegut
Ten rules for writing fiction (part one) by Elmore Leonard, Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Helen Dunmore, Geoff Dyer, Anne Enright, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, Esther Freud, Neil Gaiman, David Hare, PD James and AL Kennedy
Ten rules for writing fiction (part two) by Hilary Mantel, Michael Moorcock, Michael Morpurgo, Andrew Motion, Joyce Carol Oates, Annie Proulx, Philip Pullman, Ian Rankin, Will Self, Helen Simpson, Zadie Smith, Colm Tóibín, Rose Tremain, Sarah Waters and Jeanette Winterson
Writing advice, basic elements in fiction as explained by Caro Clarke
Plot and narrative: the twin rails of the novel by Caro Clarke
Flat and round characters by lovetodeviate
Murdering Mary Sue by Cei-Ellem
Writing paranormal characters by ThornyEnglishRose
Point of view by DarcKnyt
Avoiding exposition pitfalls by Elsa Neal
The use of adverbs in fiction writing by DarcKnyt
20 great infodumps from science fiction novels by Charlie Jane Anders
Crime fiction: types by poprocksandcharlotte
Children's fiction: voice by ThornyEnglishRose
Erotica by Lisa Lane (via apocathary)
How to write about vampires by MooglePirate9
How to write about werewolves by MooglePirate9
Flash fiction by Steve Smith and Kathy Kachelries
Vignettes by Amberlouie
Folk narrative by wordworks
How to write by danielzklein
How to read science fiction by HaveTales-WillTell
Editorials by GeneratingHype
Reviews by GeneratingHype
News stories by GeneratingHype
Features by GeneratingHype
How to paraphrase by LaMonaca
SCRIPTS AND SCREENPLAYS
Writing a short film script by deviantartfilm
Scriptwriting: characters, audience and from page to stage by BeccaJS
How to revise or critique by SparrowSong
A useful glossary by Mavyrk
The good critique by lovetodeviate
Information on poetry and photography scams by salshep
How to get a literary agent by mree
Cover letters: the why and how by lovetodeviate
The do's and don't's of cover letters by Eleanor M Hamilton
Tips on self-publishing by suture
Careers in writing by WordCount