Becoming a Professional Writer: Sharon's notes on starting out as a writer.

How do I publish my book (traditional).

How do I publish my book (indie) (unfinished/unlinked - check back soon).

Text analyzer: because every has crutch words they must learn to avoid (or at least retroactively search and destroy). Analyze any story you've written to learn what words you use...and use...and use. 

Expand your vocabulary: go sign up for Merriam-Webster's word of the day.

William Shunn's manuscript format recommendations. The vast majority of short story publishers utilize this format.

I prefer old-school two- or three-page outlines before I dive into writing novels, but many people swear by Scrivener. Here's a review that might help you decide if it would be worth it to you.