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Websites and Blogs

Many writers have webpages or blogs. Jane Friedman’s site discusses whether you should have one, and what it should say.

And if you decide to set up a website, WPBeginner has a few platforms to consider.

If you are looking for creative writing prompts, try:

Think Written’s 365 creative writing prompts.

Writer’s Digest’s creative writing prompts.

Writing Exercises prompts and exercises.

Writers writing about writing:

Medium has articles from writers, discussing writing.

Newstraining has articles written by newsroom trainer and consultant Michael Roberts.

Writing Tools:

Writers and Editors



Linguee bilingual dictionary

Urban Dictionary



Story pilot: a searchable database of fiction markets



KDP Amazon: Self-Publishing lots of videos to get you started.



Corsinet is a great site to find a lot of trivia, places, and brain Candy.



Ozline is an online thesis builder



Meetup is a site where you can meet other writers/people/anyone-in your area- for coffee or at your local library.  You can start your own local group. Check it out.



Visuwords: is a visual dictionary, visual thesaurus, and av interactive lexicon



Onelook: just add a word and see a list of words or phrase connected to that word.



Writer rhymes: helps when you need to find that right word, just type in a word, then ‘option click’ and a list of words that rhyme will pop up



Verbix: Type in the verb and it will list different tenses and how they are used.

(This one I need to bookmark)



Academic Microsoft: Research papers, authors, topics, conferences, journals, and institutions



Sites that announce publications accepting submissions:

Authors Publish:  Canadian, has a magazine, offers free copies of books on writing, but most importantly lists sites that are open for submissions and usually divides them by category (literary, mystery, etc)



My Little Corner also lists sites that are open for submissions, and those that have closed.



The Submission Grinder not only lists sites, but also gives information on how many have been accepted. This site also publishes stories.




Info on writing: Some of these blogs charge for certain services but they also send out useful information if you subscribe for free


ALLi Self Publishing Advice Center offers advice on self publishing. They also have seminars periodically. The information available for free is vast



The Independent Publishing Magazine,  based in Holland, includes interesting articles and offers publishing services



Jane Friedman’s blog is published frequently. I receive the summary of recent blogs every Sunday and there’s always something interesting.


 Nicole Faith-Hill publishes a blog, mostly about writing.





I  Contests To Kick Start  2019  


The Manchester Writing Competition offers the UK’s biggest literary awards for unpublished work. Each year two £10,000 prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize (for best portfolio of poems) and the Manchester Fiction Prize (for best short story). The competition is open internationally to new and established writers.




Carve Magazine offers the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (now on its 18th year). It is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world.  It opens April 1 - May 15; the winners are published in the fall issue in October.




Aftermath magazine raises awareness of the harm we are doing to our planet and the dire consequences this will have.  The contest is in its second year. It has prize money of $1000. In the website there are fact sheets listing many of the threats facing our environment to help writers find inspiration. You can also read the last year contests winners and runners-up to give you an idea of the type of story they are interested in.



St Francis College Literary Prize: is a biennial $50,000 Literary Prize sponsored by St. Francis College to offer its support and encouragement to the literary community and mid-career authors who have recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction. The good news is that self-published books and English translations are considered. Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2019. Shortlist will be announced: August 15, 2019.




II Fiction Magazines Websites That Are A Great Source Of Information:


Carve magazine: You can read some of the stories online for free to give you an idea of what the magazine publishes. It also offers critique (at a price) and keeps a list of magazines that have accepted stories rejected by Carve (which can come in handy to build a portfolio of literary magazine to submit)




New Pages is a great site for resources and reviews of magazines; it also lists upcoming new literary magazines and contests.





III Resources On Law Enforcement, Crime, And Forensic Science


Every writer soon or later will need some information of these subjects; below are some interesting websites.


Crime Museum: is a great educational resource on law enforcement, crime history, and forensic science.


 Best colleges website: has a forensic science resource link which includes open forensic science courseware and Open Access Forensic Science Journals.



Crime scene investigator Network: has lots of resources on crime scenes, such as crime scene response guidelines, crime scene procedures, evidence collection etc.



If you are looking for writing tips, there are 20 at iuniverse by 12 Fiction Authors, including Neil Gaiman and Joyce Carol Oates.


Sometimes we ponder how to write nonfiction narrative. Well, I found this site of 50 nonfiction narrative books, from The Dutch Wife to The Secret Life of Lobsters.


James Patterson’s site includes free chapters to read, FB interaction, and even a sweepstake. I enjoy his BookShots and his kid’s books and even dream of taking his writing course some day.


Joyce‘s Choices is our very own hilandum’s blog, where she reviews the books she reads…and rumor has it that she is beginning to blog on knitting, too.


Grant Hilary Brenner, MD wrote an article, Your Brain on Creativity, in Psychology Today. Neuroscience research reveals creativity’s “brainprint, Feb.22,2018.


Freeology is an educational site with worksheets and if you are looking for ideas to write a story or article about Halloween, there are 13 prompts.


NaNoWriMo is where you can write the rough draft of a novel during November.