Dramaquill's All Things Writing

January 6, 2008

Free ezines for writers

The internet has a ton of resources for all kinds of writers, covering all sorts of topics.  And the best part of all is – there are a plethora of FREE ones.  Check out some of the ones listed below:

http://www.betterwritingskills.com/newsletter.html
Help with proper word usage, grammar, punctuation and more.

http://writesuccess.com/id66.html
Covers a wide variety of topics for all writers

http://www.writing-world.com/newsletter/index.shtml
Articles on the business and craft of writing

http://www.absolutewrite.com/
One of my favorite ezines

http://www.fictionfactor.com/
For fiction writers

http://www.fundsforwriters.com/FFWnewsletters.htm
Hope Clark offers 3 newsletters:  Fundsfor Writers, FundsforWriters small markets and Writing Kid, a newsletter for children/teens

http://www.internetwritingjournal.com/
Wide variety of information, even includes songwriting

http://www.writergazette.com/
Wide variety of information including job markets

http://www.writersweekly.com/
One of the best free ezines on the web

http://www.write4kids.com/pub.html
Great resource for those who write for kids and teens

These are just a few of the great, free ezines offered to writers on the web.  With such a wealth of free information, no writer needs to feel unable to expand their knowledge, research in their chosen genre or lack information about every facet of being a writer.

So what are you waiting for?  Start clicking those links.

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December 7, 2007

My favorite online writing resources

Do you ever get so involved in what you’re writing that even the smallest interruption, like having to get up from your desk and walk over to a bookshelf to grab a dictionary frustrates you?

If you’re like me, when you’re in that zone, you don’t want to break your creative flow and moving away from your keyboard isn’t an option. 

So do you pile your desk with every resource book you own, just in chttp://www.urbandictionary.com/ase you might need one of them?  Well, I couldn’t because I’d be buried under the pile. 

Thanks to the internet, writers can find literally anything they need at their fingertips and I’ve collected a few sites that I really can’t live without when I’m writing.  Many of you may already use these tools but for those who haven’t discovered them yet, here’s a list of my most-used favorites:

http://www.dictionary.com
An online dictionary that’s so easy to use.  Just type in the word you want to look up (I use this most to double check spelling) and get your options. 

http://www.thesaurus.com
Partnered with dictionary.com, this is my other most favorite online resource.

http://www.rhymezone.com
Since I dabble in kidlit rhyming PBs, this site is always one I turn to when my story sends me to words that are more difficult to rhyme.  But I do have one piece of sage advice for all rhymers:  Don’t end a line with orange.  No amount of resources will find you anything to rhyme with that word.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/
Now this is one resource not everybody will find a need for but if you’re writing a streetwise character, it’s worth the look.  Don’t make the mistake of using “out of date” expressions.

http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php
This is one of the best places online for writers of kidlit to chat, ask questions and get the latest info.  Often visited by editors, agents and professional writers in the genre.

http://www.plagiarismchecker.com/help-authors.php
This one is great for writing teachers (and all teachers who have students write papers) but also for authors.  Ever wondered if something you wrote sounds too familiar.  This is the place to check it out.

http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml
This is a neat site to use when you’re on a roll, writing away and suddenly, you can’t think of the right word to use.  Type in a concept or a definition and get the word choices.

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/default.aspx
There are lots of good grammar sites online and I’m sure you all have your favorites.  If you’re looking for something a little different, try Grammar Girl.

http://anotherealm.com/prededitors/
I think this site is the most useful of all my links.  Before submitting anything, check out the information at this site.  Don’t let yourself get sucked into a vanity publisher or a publication known for not paying writers.  Check out a wide variety of topics from Agents to Publishers to Resources to Submissions.  Also a section on Warnings that is very useful.

Now these are only a handful of my favorites.  Care to share any of your links with the readers? 

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