Best Websites for Writers

Whether you want to write for fun or for profit, these websites can help guide your process. We’ve included some general writing websites, several that provide a creative prompt, and a few that can help you with the publishing process. With so many options for online support, there’s no reason not to write—so get those creative juices flowing!

General Resources

askoxford.com
Get grammar tips and view the Word of the Day.

babynameworld.com
A great way to name your characters. 

bartleby.com
A resource for literary reference and verse.

copyright.gov
Guide to copyright laws, including forms.

grammarbook.com
Check your grammar and punctuation.

merriam-webster.com
Access the Word of the Day, word games, dictionary, and thesaurus.

writing.shawguides.com
Find a writers’ conference near you.

facebook.com
Social networking is for writers too.

twitter.com
Don’t underestimate this free marketing tool!

Creative Prompts

savvyauthors.com
Writers helping writers.

sixsentences.blogspot.com
Can you write a story in six sentences? Submit your mini masterpiece for consideration here.

smithmag.net/sixwords
Never mind six whole sentences: This site challenges you to write your memoir in only six words.
The best of the bunch are compiled in book form.

writingfix.com
Filled with useful lessons and tips, WritingFix also offers a fun writing prompt generator.

writersdigest.com/writingprompts
Offers a wide variety of prompts for poetry, short stories, and more.

Genres

Children’s
kidmagwriters.com

Fantasy/Science Fiction
sfwa.org

Fiction
fictionfactor.com

Freelance
freelance-zone.com

Horror
horror.org/writetips.htm

Poetry
wildpoetryforum.com

Romance
romancedivas.com

Scriptwriting
moviebytes.com

Thriller
murderby4.blogspot.com

The Lit in Cleveland, a local resource:
The-Lit.org

Publishing Resources

alongstoryshort.net
The editors of this e-zine reply personally to every author who queries and offer suggestions on how to improve work.

fictionwriting.about.com
Updated in blog fashion, this site has great advice on fiction writing. Be sure to take its Figurative Language Quiz.

meredithsuewillis.com/writingexercises.html
This author offers more than 100 free writing exercises.

pageonelit.com
Page ONE is a one-stop shop for author interviews, contest news, inspirational quotes and writing resources.

plotwhisperer.blogspot.com
This blog offers great plot tips for writers.

writersweekly.com
A great place for self-publishing resources and new writer tips, this site also offers a substantial bank of reprinted articles on writing.

writingcontests.wordpress.com
Often updated, this site hosts info about any and every writing contest its editor can find.

Jobs and Markets

Get published!

duotrope.com

ed2010.com

fundsforwriters.com

freelancewriting.com/guidelines/pages/index.php

fwointl.com

helium.com

journalismjobs.com

lulu.com

marketlist.com

mediabistro.com

writergazette.com

writersdigest.com

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