Writing Resources

A source of many links to Web pages for and about writing,
publishers, agents, science fiction.

Once you've learned your craft you need to focus on the business aspects of writing.
This can be via traditional publishing (find a publisher or agent to promote your work) or via self-publishing.
This list contains links to a variety of useful websites that will help get your writing career on track.

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See Also "Career Plan for Fiction Writers"
"How to Succeed in an Online Writing Workshop"
"How to Critique Fiction"
Interested in writing hard science SF novels? SFNovelist Writing Workshop

The following is a list of sources for writers and many writers' home pages. If you would like to have your writing Web page included here, send e-mail to:

  1. 25 Ways to Boost Your Writing Skills

    Some say good writing can’t be taught. We beg to differ. Here are 25 surefire ways to boost your skills and become a master of communication.

  2. 120 Most Helpful Websites for Writers in 2015

    There are many fantastic websites about writing on the Internet, but it's time consuming to sort the decent from the mind-bendingly awesome. After all, writers have to write, not labor away on Google.

    Therefore, we've created a list of websites for writers that we consider to be the vest best. Whether you're looking to improve your craft or forge a career as a writer, you'll find these websites helpful, interesting, inspiring, or perhaps just fun.

  3. 150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively

    This site is a true treasure trove of useful websites on:

  4. About: Fiction Writing

    Help for creative writers, creative writing advice. This time its about dialogue.

  5. Absolute Write

    Welcome, writers! If you're interested in freelance writing, screenwriting, playwriting, writing novels, nonfiction, comic book writing, greeting cards, poetry, songwriting, or-- well, you get the idea-- you're in the right place. Thanks for visiting the one-stop web home for professional and beginning writers.

  6. AllReaders Book Reviews

    "At Allreaders.com, we categorize and review books by plot, character, setting, and writing style and make books searchable by said characteristics. Many people have found our free service useful."

    Note: I noticed it did not list any of my own reviews, while I have several reviews.

  7. Amazing Book Writing Tools

    A collection of available writing tools. Some are free and others cost money.

  8. BeMoreCreative

    "Visit our new bemorecreative link directory - 700+ website links for thinking, working & living more creatively!"

    "With 35,000 quotes online Creative Quotations is one of the largest and oldest quotation resources on the Internet. You can search quotations by keyword, source, topic and author (including name, nationality, profession and birthday). Biographical information and search links are provided for more than 3,000 famous persons. This makes it an excellent research tool for students, teachers, and other professionals. CQ inspires creative thinking!"

  9. Book Covers

    I have used 99Designs, but I contacted the artist directly by email and made an arrangement. I didn't like their bronze pkg at $299.

  10. Book Reviewer Yellow Pages

    Our free book reviewer list is the most popular and comprehensive book reviewer list on the web! No reviewer or website has paid a fee to be listed on our book reviewer list.

  11. Bookwire

    This is a Bowker.com website

    "Welcome to BookWire, the internet resource dedicated to new titles, new authors, and the general scoop on the book industry! Use this site to search book reviews, read about the latest releases, watch author video clips, and learn about upcoming book events."

  12. Critters

    Critters is an on-line workshop/critique group for serious Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror writers moderated by Andrew Burt. There is no requirement to submit manuscripts, but there is a requirement to submit critiques (one a week; or three out of four weeks, if you want your own work reviewed).

    Victory Note: A very good workshop for short story writers of SF/F/H. If you write SF novels, you might want to check out SFNovelist.

  13. Duotrope's Digest

    Welcome to Duotrope's Digest, an award-winning, free writers' resource listing over 3250 current Fiction and Poetry publications. Use this page to search for markets that may make a fine home for the piece you just polished. Use the menus at the top and right to explore the rest of the free services we offer writers and editors, including a free online submissions tracker for registered users. We usually make several updates per day, and we check each of the current listings regularly (once a week for most listings) to ensure the most up-to-date database humanly possible. So far this week, we have checked guidelines for 1330 listings, and we have made 358 listing updates.

  14. EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing / Tesseract Books

    EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is currently looking for submissions. In short, what we want is high-quality science fiction and fantasy novels of between 75,000 and 100,000 words.

    EDGE deals with new and established authors. We don't accept in-progress works or simultaneous submissions, and we really prefer novels that have already been severely edited, revised, and polished, but if a story has potential, we will work with the author.

    Authors do NOT need to be represented by agents to submit to us.

    We have specific submission guidelines; they can be found at Author Guidelines. The guidelines (and the FAQ) will also give you a better idea of the kind of material we'd like to see. Questions regarding submissions should be directed to Cheyenne Grewe at editor@edgewebsite.com.

  15. Free Online Resources for Self-Publishers

    Each site has a section regarding licensing, which needs to be read prior to downloading and using content. Some sites don’t require any attribution, but some do, so make sure to read the fine print.

    You might check out our Knowledge Base.

  16. Good Writing Help tips for academic paper writing

    Our small creative team is more than happy to introduce you our free paper writing assistance website developed specially for student needs! This is a place where every student can find something interesting and learn more about writing academic papers. When you face with some writing problems, when you struggle with your homework or if you just need good guidelines and tips - from now, it is all in one place called GoodWritingHelp.com! We make your education simple and even fun - check it yourself.

  17. GrammarCheck

    Not for free.

    Like many people, you probably learned the basic rules of grammar in school. And like many people, you’ve probably forgotten much of what you learned. Is ending your sentences with a preposition really that bad a practice? Are there hard and fast rules for when to use who, that or which? Where does the comma go? All of these questions, as well as many more, can plague both amateur and professional writers. Our online spelling and grammar checker will answer those questions and (hopefully) help you gain more confidence in your writing.

    The free part is great! : http://www.grammarcheck.net/infographics/

  18. Film Script Writing

    This site offers free information, and has a discussion forum about writing film scripts.

  19. How to Write Awesome Headlines That Will Entice Your Readers

    Do you wonder how to write an email so it will be read? Do you wonder how to write that blurb for the back cover of your book so the book will be read?

  20. Internet Writing Workshop

    The Internet Writing Workshop is a set of mailing lists (groups) that communicate in English by email. We are:

    The Workshop is open to all styles and genres of writing: literary fiction, genre fiction, poetry, children's writing, essays, newspaper articles, scripts, you name it. Members do not need to be published writers, only to be serious about writing and about wanting to improve.

  21. LAwritersgroup.com

    Welcome to LAwritersgroup.com! Established in 2003, we run several writers groups and creative writing workshops throughout the Los Angeles, California area that are open to writers of all levels and kinds, with an aim toward getting words on the page and providing a safe place for writers to create new work and exchange feedback on works in progress.

  22. LiteraryAgents.com

    "Showcase your work to 100 million viewers on the Premier Web Address for Literary Agents Online!"

  23. Market List

    "The Online Resource for Genre Fiction Writers"

    "The Market List - A Writers Resource for all Fiction Genres www.marketlist.com is the original electronic writers market resource. Started in 1994 as an online ezine on AOL and Compuserve, and with the first fully comprehensive writers market guidelines index online, The Market List has a ten year history of providing aspiring and professional writers with potential markets for their fiction."

    Comments from Debi Ohi in Inklings: "Current listing of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror short fiction markets, compiled bimonthly in windows helpfile format. Over eighty markets are included, categorized by professional, semi-pro, 'zine, anthology, and contest. Also, short articles and Q & A with writers and editors, and tips and hints on submitting your work. Searchable keywords include genre, story length, simultaneous submissions, new listing, and average response time. Both Windows and Mac downloadable text files available. I downloaded the Mac version and was extremely impressed by the volume of information. Looks like the info is frequently updated, too. This is definitely a 'must-see' for anyone interested in sf/f/h markets. The site also has a list of 'market listing' websites for writers of all genres."

  24. Merriam-Webster Online

    Authorized free online dictionary and thesaurus. Includes illustrations from the print version plus hypertext links between related words, a word of the day, and an online bookstore.

  25. Novalearn

    "Novalesarn ('new learning') is dedicated to the writer. We are striving to connect you to resources in every category that we think is relevant and helpful to both the amateur and to the professional writer."

  26. Online College Writing Center
  27. Success in your college endeavors depends on a variety of skills, not least of which is the ability to write a solid academic paper. Mastering the art of writing a paper can arguably make your college experience a smoother one and result in a higher GPA. This site provides instruction in how to write an expert academic paper, including the six typical styles of academic papers:

    1.  Cause and Effect Essay
    2.  Comparison and Contrast Essay
    3.  Definition Essay
    4.  Description Essay
    5.  Persuative Essay
    6.  Process Analysis Essay

    The site helps guides you through:
    Developing a topic and outline
    Drats and Revisions
    Common Grammatical and Punctuation Errors
    ESL (English as a Second Language) Student Resources
    Useful Writing Resources for Any Student

    In addition, there is a handy guide to help you find an online school.

  28. Orange County Screenwriters Association (OCSWA)

    Founded by professional writers for writers at any level. Join us online or at our events to network and discuss screenwriting.

    The Orange County Screenwriters Association (OCSWA) is a not-for-profit organization conceived to be a connective resource of creative energy and real-world materials for professional and amateur writers and filmmakers.

    OCSWA is the creation of writers, educators, film professionals and mentors, based in the belief that the passion and dedication to write and produce film is prevalent in our community and should be encouraged so all can achieve artistic, professional and economic success. We are volunteer members who believe in the power of film and the art and craft of writing and producing it. We exist to inspire excellence, and to help empower those interested in film, television and theater.

    To further our goals, OSCWA will produce events that feature industry guest speakers, writing and film contests, discussion panels, seminars, and networking & educational opportunities.

    OSCWA, in partnership with other film and collegiate programs, proudly represents the best that the Orange County film community (and beyond) has to offer.

  29. Personal Knowbase note organizer software

    Not for free.

    Manage your ideas and research notes with this keyword-based free-form text database software for Windows.

  30. Power Thesaurus

    An easy-to-follow, crowdsourced online thesaurus.

  31. Ralan

    One of the best sf-related pages: informative, up-to-date, and has market lists. For short stories, the web site has excellent links to markets.

  32. Rich Hamper's Rth Dimension

    Rich Hamper's home page which has a section on Fiction Writing, with an Emphasis on Science Fiction/Fantasy Writing.

  33. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

    SFWA is the leading organization for SF/F writers. Provides membership info and some valuable tips on writing. It also has three good sample contracts for writers.

  34. Scriptware

    Note: not for free.

    Word-processing program for scriptwriters (film, tv, theatre, video, etc.). The July, 1996 issue of the 'Journal of the Writers Guild of America West' said: "Scriptware is the best overall program for scriptwriters on the market today."

  35. Self-employment taxes

    VC notes: I'm sure most of you already know this but you can deduct expenses of writing if you keep good records."

    Your country must also have a tax treaty with the U.S. If don’t get a Tax ID number, Amazon will withhold 30% of your eBook proceeds for U.S. taxes.

  36. SFNovelist Writing Workshop

    Are you interested in writing hard science SF novels? This online writing workshop is dedicated to novelists who write 'hard science' SF, where the science is believable or at least does not violate currently known science, with a wink toward FTL. If that sounds like what you do, please visit our Web site for more information.

    Victory Note: This is a writing workshop I started in April 1997 and it's still strong today.

  37. ShawGuides

    "The Guide to Writers Conferences & Workshops"

    An excellent source to 292 writers conferences and workshops around the world.

  38. Strunk's "The Elements of Style"

    There is some controversy about using "The Elements of Style".

  39. Turkey City Lexicon

    Common problems in SF writing, such as the Tom Swifty; “Said” Bookism; White Room Syndrome; Deus ex Machina or “God in the Box”; The Grubby Apartment Story; "As You Know, Bob"; Infodump; etc.

  40. Wordpress -  How To Build A Small Business Website With WordPress

    The ultimate 27 step-by-step guide for beginners to learn how to create a business website with WordPress.

  41. Write 4 Kids

    A rich source of articles and information for writers of children's stories. By Jon Bard and Laura Backes

  42. WriteItNow

    Not for free.

    Novel writing software for PCs and Macs. You can take a Quick Tour of its features, study the tutorials, and download a free demo of this inexpensive software. It enables you to write and store complete novels, keeping track of information on story structure, characters, names, events, settings, ideas, etc. The optional "Writer's Interface" has story ideas from experienced writers.

  43. Writers.com

    Writers.com has been offering online writing classes since 1995 -- the first writing school on the Internet.

  44. WritersNet

    A searchable directory of literary agents.

  45. Writing-World.com

    "A World of Writing Tips - for Writers Around the World". When "Inkspot" ceased its famous website, Moira Allen, a long-time contributing editor to that website and its associated "Inklings" email newsletter obtained permission to continue with many of its offerings.

    Moira has added lots more to produce a valuable web site for fiction and non-fiction writers alike, as well as providing links to her own books on writing.

    As Debbie Ridpath Ohi, founder of Inskpots and Inklings, said "I *highly recommend* that you go visit Moira Allen's Web site for writers, Writing-World.com. She has an incredible resource here, including her Freelancing 101 column and archives, link resources, and a free biweekly newsletter for writers."

    Victory Note: This is one of the most valuable web sites for a writer.

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