Resource Links

RESOURCES

Urban Dictionary - A very cool tool, ya dig.

100 Best Novels - and other 100 best lists.

Read/Print - Very nice site, clean design; good author profiles and lots of free online books.

Free E-Books of Classic Literature

Bibliomania - Lots of free books and study guides to read online.

INTERVIEWS

Interview with David Foster Wallace

ARTICLES

Becoming a Fiction Writer: Amanda Kendle's Blog
Amanda Kendle is an Australian travel addict, writer and English teacher who's visited more than thirty countries. As well as regular blogging jobs including Jaunted, HotelChatter and Vagabondish, she writes magazine articles and is working on her first novel.

7 Self-Publish Websites to Jumpstart Your Travel Publishing Career
A good article by Amanda Kendle surveying seven print-on-demand publishing services.

LINKS FOR SCREENWRITERS

Screenplay Formatting - At this site you'll find a sample screenplay format in a PDF you can download and study.

InkTip.com

IndieProducer.com

LINKS FOR SONGWRITERS

Live from Daryl's House - Live From Daryl's House has become a destination for music fans seeking the latest in up-and-coming artists collaborating with the legendary rock singer/songwriter Daryl Hall.

LINKS FOR BLOG WRITERS

Blog Writing - How To Write Remarkably Creative Content


General Writing

  • Writer's Digest - Writer's Digest is a one-stop shop for creative writers. The site hosts everything from writing advice and prompts to community forums and blogs.
  • NoviceWriters.net - If you are looking for a critique, writing tips or someone to chat with, NoviceWriters.net is the place to be. The site accepts fan fiction submissions, original stories and artwork.
  • Writing Fix - This site offers interactive lessons and quality resources for creative writers. Specific resources include creative writing prompts, plot generators and character trait generators.
  • Writer's FM - Writer's FM is a radio station created by writers, for writers. The station broadcasts music and author interviews all day every day.
  • U.S. Copyright Office - This government website offers up important copyright information for creative writers, as well as a step-by-step guide to registering your work.

Writing Prompts

  • The Story Starter - This website offers nearly 350 million randomly generated story starters for creative writers.
  • CreativeWritingPrompts.com - With more than 300 clever prompts to help you start a story, this site is one of the places on the web to find creative writing prompts.
  • Fifteen Minutes of Fiction - This site offers daily writing prompts and challenges writers to craft a story or poem in fifteen minutes. Users can publish their work and chat about it in the site's forums.
  • Imagination Prompt Generator - The Imagination Prompt Generator generates one prompt after another to get your creative juices flowing.
  • Bonnie's Online Story Spinner - Bonnie Neubauer's Online Story Spinner offers millions of computer generated story prompts for creative writers. The Story Spinner provides setting, starting phrases and four words that must be included in your story.

Writing Mechanics

  • Grammar Girl - Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips (delivered via podcast) will help you keep your creative writing error free.
  • SparkNotes Searchable Database - If you need a quick answer to a grammar problem, SparkNotes' online guide to grammar is the place to look. You can browse by topic or type your question into a searchable database.
  • The Owl - Purdue University's Online Writing Lab plays host to all sorts of writing resources and instructional material. It is a wonderful place to learn about grammar and mechanics.
  • Web English Teacher - This site provides an excellent section on grammar that any writer could benefit from. Covered topics include grammar, parts of speech, sentence structure and mechanics.
  • AutoCrit Editing Wizard - If the idea of memorizing a whole bunch of grammar rules bores you to death, you can skip it all and send your story through the AutoCrit Editing Wizard. This free program will point out all of the errors in your manuscript.

Writing Forums

  • WritingForums.org - This growing writing community has nearly 7,000 members. Forums are organized and encourage friendly community interaction.
  • Writing.com - Writing.com is an online writing community with nearly 700,000 members. Users can post stories, store work and take part in other community activities. Membership is free and available to writers of all skill levels.
  • The Water Cooler - The Absolute Write Water Cooler is a great place to chat with other writers and learn about the creative writing craft. Membership is at 25,000 and growing daily.
  • About Fiction Writing Forum - The About.com Fiction Writing forum provides a place to share work, get writing tips and chat with other writers.
  • The Writer's Beat - This site hosts a small, but tight-knit writing community that welcomes all sorts of authors.

Getting Published

  • First Writer - First Writer is the ideal website for any writer who is interested in searching for magazine publishers, book publishers, agents and writing contests. The site also provides writing tips, book reviews and copyright information.
  • Agent Query - With the largest searchable database of literary agents on the web, Agent Query is the place to go when you're looking for agent representation.
  • Literary Marketplace - Literary Marketplace is a 50-year-old organization that serves as a directory of American and Canadian book publishers. Their website offers a database of large publishers and small presses.
  • Duotrope's Digest - Duotrope offers a database with over 2275 markets for creative writers. Markets include opportunities for short fiction, poetry and novels.
  • Funds for Writers - This site specializes in grants for writers, but also offers market listings and contest listings. Users can also sign up for three free newsletters.

AT RANDOM by Lee Zacharias

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