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“It’s very easy to quit during the first ten years of writing. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.” Andre Dubus

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

More favourite websites for writers - Online Writing Advice

Hello there!My first post on 10 Favourite Websites for Writers was well received and some of you asked for more. This time I'll give you some favourite Writing Advice websites. Some of these were found at Writer's Digest and have undergone rigorous road testing by moi.
  1. The Writers Knowledge Base: This is a relatively-recent site run by author Elizabeth S. Craig and Mike Fleming as the brilliant technorati. It calls itself: 'The best writer's resource' and I think this is pretty spot on. Many of you have the badge on your blog. It's often my first stop when I want to get tips for writing a Pitch, a Synopsis or Character building. Great for the technicalities of novel writing.
  2. Grammar Girl: I don't got many problems with gramma being an English teacher  like, who has had grammarh drummed into her all her life like, but gee, it is a growing problem for many as grammar is not taught well in most of our schools and many teachers lack the fun-de-mentals. So if you're on struggle street in dis area, check out Grammar Girl, especially before ya hit Publish on your latest e-book like.
  3. InkyGirl.com: This is writer Debbi Ridkpath Ohi. She provides tips and tools for writers. You'll find her all over the social media sites. Check out her popular Twitter feed.
  4. Nathan Bransford: I'm sure you know/follow Nathan, but just in case you don't, you'll find heaps of practical information on the writing gig here. Nathan is both a published writer and a former literary agent.
  5. A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: I like writer J.A. Konrath's blog as he gives his personal experience of his experimentation with both traditional and self-publishing. He's a bit of a ground breaker.
  6. Novel Rocket: A fantastic collection of interviews and advic from published authors and literary agents. 
  7. Story Fix: Larry Brooks is both an author and writing instructor. He has no-nonsense advice on what makes publication-worthy writing. I've found expert advice on story structure, character development and related topics.
  8. Writer Unboxed: Top-notch contributors offer valuable business and craft advice for all writers.
  9. Writing Forward: Here you'll find helpful writing tips and ideas.
  10. Preditors & Editors: This site offers great advice on who or what predators to look out for when you're seeking publication.
  • I hope you find all/some of these sites helpful. Do you have any great sites that offer writing advice to share with us?









24 comments:

  1. Awesome list of helpful stuff for writers1

    Thanks for the post. I know you just helped many people.

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  2. Good list.
    My favorite place for an online writers' community and critque is Compuserve's Books and Writers Forum. You can't to wrong with this bunch of talented and generous folk.
    http://community.compuserve.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?nav=start&webtag=ws-books

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    1. I'm glad you shared that link Zan. I like it too. D.

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  3. Awesome list Denise, a few familiar ones and a few new ones for me! I'm not as organised as you, I tend to visit sites randomly, lots of very helpful ones (just can't remember where they are!).
    Vannguard tomorrow! Yay :)

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  4. I follow two of them. I remember when Elizabeth launched that site.

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  5. I follow a few of these but like Charmaine I'm very random and pop in now and then all kinds of places, never remembering where I get what info. Very helpful list, thank you Denise!

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  6. Awesome list. I go to a few already but there are some I want to check out. Thanks!

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  7. I remember Predators and Editors -- thanks for taking the time to compile this list, Denise!

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  8. Been meaning to mention, I love the design in your header. Lovely.

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    1. Thanks for noticing Suze. I like it too. D.

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  9. Thanks! I need to check these out :)

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  10. That's a good list! I love Nate, Writer Unboxed and Preditors and Editors.

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  11. Great list Denise, very helpful. Some of these are new to me, and I'll steal the links to put in my resources list in my own sidebar. I've found posting this stuff on my blog helps me find things when I need ideas.

    Are you all packed yet? Man, I wish I was going with you.

    .......dhole

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    1. Heading to the beach for the weekend then back to Brisbane and packing! D.

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  12. Your blog is a breathe of fresh air. Useful to say the least. Thank you for the tips and I am sure as a new writer I will need to go to all those sites!
    http://mymindwordspaper.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Hi Denise
    I'll have to come back and take a look at those sites when I have my own computers to help me. You are such a great support my friend.
    Nancy

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    1. Can't wait til you're fully on board again Nancy. D.

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  14. Hey Denise,

    Great links! I just started my own blog so this will be a great resource.

    Thanks,

    John

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  15. Hi Denise .. the first two I know .. then not being an aspiring author .. I haven't ventured into websites for writers' .. but a great list of resources ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  16. Dear Denise,
    Thank you for your kind words abour my purple earrings.

    I have found a cat hotel, and purchased three air tickets. We leave on Monday. Now I must start packing!

    I want to rewrite my story before posting it. We'll see if I can squeeze it in or if I just have to post it, flawed, as it is.

    I love this list of the sources of inspiration for well known authors.

    Best wishes & hugs,
    Anna

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  17. Oh dear! My comment is on the wrong post!
    Anna

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  18. Oh, thanks again! Your last list like this helped me so much.

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