External Links

Www-writing resources! Happy exploring.

One Word will give you a daily prompt and one minute to write. Tip: Give yourself enough fifteen minutes offsite to expand on what you wrote. See how far you can go!

Technovelgy (as in, novel technology) features inventions and ideas from Science Fiction. This is a good site for inspiration.

Check your word count at WordCounter.net.

Write or Die program by Dr. Wicked is a punishment tool. That makes sense when you try it.

What is good grammar?

Guide to Grammar by the late Dr. Charles Darling remains my favorite reference.

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips is current and fun. Use the search! The site isn’t the easiest to navigate.

Where can I learn about markets for publishing stories?

Absolute Write’s Index to Agents & Markets in the Water Cooler forums replaced the old go-to, Writer Beware, for help identifying publishing frauds/scams.

Duotrope’s Digest provides listings of fiction & poetry publications.

Ralan Webstravaganza offers market listing for Speculative Fiction and Humor.

The Grinder for “milling your submissions into something useful…”. Like Duotrope, this site also offers a submissions tracker. Unlike Duotrope, it’s free to use.

Which sites host good forums for writers?

Note: I don’t recommend signing up for Absolute Write until they complete their security updates.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual writing project. You can find support for almost any long writing project in their forums.

SFFWorld is “the best in sci fi, fantasy, and horror” for writers and fans of speculative fiction.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is a professional association that offers help to writers at all stages of their professional development.

Writers: "You May Be Luckier Than You Think" © Debbie Ridpath

Who creates helpful pictures?

Inspiration: Inkygirl shares writing-related cartoons (see above) and impromptu art that reveals hidden wonders in the world.

Public Domain Images: Pixabay is a free site for sharing or downloading photographs and vector images. Many of these images permit commercial use, which means you can use it them for book marketing without getting into legal trouble. This is also a easy tool for looking up character or setting references that you may share publicly.

General Design Tool: Canva is based around a free graphic-design software used by non-designers as well as professionals for web and print designs. The website also provides access to templates and over a million inexpensive images and fonts.

Vector Design Tool: Experienced graphic designers might enjoy using Vectr. It’s “a simple yet powerful web and desktop cross-platform tool to bring your designs into reality.”