Collection of Writer Resources on the Net
These links have been hanging out in my favorites and I actually forgot they were there. I figured if I stick them on my blog I would be able to find them more easily all in one place. Oh, and they might be useful to you too. Win/Win.
Creative Writing in General
FictionFactor.com – How Long Should Your Story Be? by Lee Masterson – A great in-depth explanation of the industry standard lengths of short stories, novels, novellas and other pieces of fiction.
Short Story Group – Short Story Writing Tips by AnnieMation – A quick run-down on what a short story needs and what to avoid.
How to Write a Novel: The Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson – A nifty way to organize your ideas and structure your novel, along with some good advice for writing in general.
FictionAddiction.com – Character Creation Questionnaire by Apryl Duncan – Long but printable questionnaire to help you come up with a well-rounded character.
Writersresources.com – Overcome Writers Block with Snake Dancing – Why you’re stuck and ways to help you get unstuck.
Writing Prompts that Don’t Suck – Most writing prompts on the internet are really just kinda boring and never got me going. These one are interesting!
everywritersresource.com – Best Online Literary Magazines – They compiled a list of the top 50 and information about each one.
Amazon.com – Kindle Direct Publishing – You can publish your book and upload it to Amazon where people can find it and pay you!
FictionAddiction.com – How to Format Your Manuscript by Janet Sue Terry – They’re picky, but if you want to get published…
Thebookconsultant.com – Three Ways to Get Your Book Published by James H. Byrd – Types of publishing and what you need to know about them.
Matilijapress.com – 6 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Your Book into Bookstores by Patricia L. Fry – Extremely important if you plan on taking the self-publishing route.
AgentQuery.com – “Agent Query offers the largest, most current searchable database of literary agents on the web—a treasure trove of reputable, established literary agents seeking writers just like you. And it’s free (not because there’s a catch, but simply because not enough things in this world are free).”
Grammar & Punctuation Help
Commnet.edu – Rules for Comma Usage – Very helpful to those of us who often get confused with this punctuation mark (me).
WikiHow – How to Use English Punctuation Correctly – Easy to follow, with examples.
Open Office – A free alternative to Microsoft Office. You have to get used to it if you’re used to working with MS Office, but it does all the same things and you can even save documents with the MS Word file extension.
Writing.com – I use this mainly to get reviews on my writing from other writers. You can have a free account but you can only have 10 items on there at one time, but that’s okay by me. They also send out emails with helpful information.
WritersBeat.com – A forum to get critiques and learn from other writers.