There’s a reason why the Internet was called the “information superhighway” in the 1990s. Although the term itself is somewhat out of date, the significance is not. Today’s search engines pull up thousands of web pages in seconds, so which sites should you be visiting and why? Here are some of our suggestions:
Publishers Weekly: Whether you know you’re going to self-publish or not, you should always keep an eye on the pulse of publishing. It’s helpful to know what genres are hot, how authors got their start, and what self-publishing phenoms did to market their titles. Although technically a trade journal, Publishers Weekly presents everything from industry news and deals to author interviews and the latest on the expanding digital market.
Absolute Write: First, check out the blog, which includes helpful articles such as: how to write good web copy and how to handle feelings of frustration. Then head over to the forum, where you can connect with thousands of writers about anything and everything. Engage in discussions on grammar and syntax, specialty genres, e-publishing, and even the freelance market. The site also serves as a place to take, or teach, writing classes.
Critique Circle: If you’re looking for honest feedback on your work then look no further than Critique Circle, which is a forum to help writers connect with one another. This free service allows writers to submit their work to a select few and garner feedback in a private exchange. According to the site, stories receive on average between 7 to 10 critiques each. If that’s not enough there are other handy tools that will help you bring your characters to life (and come up with their names), track your own progress, and write a paragraph a day thanks to the Paragraph-A-Day tool.
The Plot Whisperer: If you struggle with plot, then you need to visit this website now, tomorrow, and at least a few times a week going forward. Written by Martha Alderson, an award-winning instructor, and author in her own right, the blog features tips on sub-plots, how to go from researching to writing, etc. What’s more: the site doesn’t only focus on fiction. Martha dedicates her time to memoirs and screenwriting as well. Last but not least, there are numerous articles on various plot themes, drama, and character in books by some of today’s most popular authors.
Writer Unboxed: Originally created by two aspiring novelists, the site now boasts monthly contributions from literary agent Donald Maass, former Writer’s Digest publisher Jane Friedman, and best-selling young adult author Robin LaFevers. The blog posts are varied and may include: PR tips, an interview with top editors and publishers, flash fiction contests, and strategies for overcoming writer’s block.
There are thousands upon thousands of resources for writers on the web, and this list is short, so expect part 2 to this piece coming soon. In the meantime, tell us about the places you go every day or once a week for all things writerly.
If you found these resources helpful, keep on reading! We’ve got Part Two for ya as well!