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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:

I have organized this page into sublinks.
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Academic
Book reviews
Marketing
Self-publish
Scripts
Traditional publisher
Website
Writing in general
Writing resources

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Scripts

  • Film Script Writing

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

  • 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.

  • 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 scriptwriterson the market today."

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    Self publish

  • 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 donít require any attribution, but some do, so make sure to read the fine print. You might check out our Knowledge Base.

  • Book Covers

    I have used 99Designs.

  • Self-employment taxes

    VC notes: I'm sure most of you already know this but if you keep good records, you can deduct expenses of writing." Your country must also have a tax treaty with the U.S. If donít get a Tax ID number, Amazon will withhold 30% of your eBook proceeds for U.S. taxes.

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    Writing in general

  • 25 Ways to Boost Your Writing Skills

    Some say good writing canít be taught. We beg to differ. Here are 25 surefire ways to boost your skills and become a master of communication.

  • This site is a true treasure trove of useful websites on:
  • About: Fiction Writing

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

  • 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.

  • Amazing Book Writing Tools

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

  • 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!"

  • 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 "hard science" SF novels, you might want to check out SFNovelist.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Novalearn

    "Novalearn ('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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Turkey City Lexicon

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

  • Writers.com

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

  • Write 4 Kids

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

  • 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."

     

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