Online Writing Resources

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Absolute Write

One-stop web home for professional and beginning writers


Agent in the Middle

An agent's blog


The magazine of Speculative Fiction



Search for agents by genre.


ALLi/Alliance of Independent Authors

Self-publishing advice and reviews

Authors: Warning Signs That You’re Being Scammed

Your book is your dream and your baby. You want it done right, and you don’t want to fall prey to things that can a) cost you a ton of money and b) delay your success.


AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

Protect your computer with anti-virus software, free of charge.


Best Website Builders Reviews

Assistance in selecting a website provider.

Best Website Builders

Assistance in selecting a website provider.


Book Cover Design/99 Designs

A custom-designed book cover - Starting at  US$299
Work with 10+ designers
100% money-back guarantee

Build Your Own Blog

Information on starting your own blog-
including a blog post generator if you have writers block.
If you need help learning WordPress, go here for step by step videos. 


Critique Circle

Critique Circle offers writing critiques, writing tools, exercises, and writer forums.



A site where sci-fi writers can share work.

An online dictionary with additional thesaurus and reference material.


Duotrope's Digest

Search for publishers of short fiction, novels, collections, and poetry.




Easy Songwriting for Aspiring Musicians

Composition tips.


Emerging Writers Network

A place to start.


Essay Guide

A primer on essay writing.

FAQ's About Children's Writing

What to submit to publishers and conventions of various children's/young adult genres.

Fiction Factors
Articles on writing and publishing in a variety of genres.


Freelance Writer and Blogger Career Information and Resources

Freelance writing as a career has existed for a long time, but in the internet age it's easier than ever for anyone to get started earning a living as a writer or blogger.

25 Freelance Writing Resources to Get Paid More and Get More Work

Resources to jump-start your freelance career.



A site for many genres of independent music.


Grammar Check

The 33 Commonly Misunderstood Words & Phrases

Grammar Checker

Online grammar checker

Historical Romance Writers

An organization for writers of the genre.

How to Start a Blog

A step by step guide for beginners.  Learn to create a Blog (with images).

How to Start a Blog

A really simple beginners guide on how you can create your own blog in just 20 minutes.

How to Start a Blog

Start a Blog Guide with the help of many authority bloggers. Our guide contains a Free eBook and many Video Tutorials that will help future bloggers better understand the world of blogging.

How to Write a 5-Paragraph Essay

Provides simple rules which help even inexperienced writers to create a well-structured essay on any topic.


How to Write a 10 Minute Play

Guidelines for writers.

How to Write a Horror Story

How to Write a Horror Story: 7 Tips for Writing Horror

How to Write for Young Adults (Even If You Aren’t One)
Tips from NY Book Editors


How to Write Paranormal Romance 101

Advice from miladyinsanity.


How to Write Poetry

A poetry index featuring information on form.




Indianapolis Public Library

Library locations and hours, online renewals/hold requests, events, and more.


International Thriller Writers, Inc.

An organization for thriller writers.


Journalism Jobs

Employment opportunities for those in the media.


The Letter Exchange

An opportunity for writers (and others) to engage in the time-honored art of letter writing, while exercising their creativity at the same time!


Literary City Guide for Indianapolis

A Guide by freelance writer Susan Hoskins Miller.


Media Bistro

Online courses, jobs, articles, news, and blogs. Subscribe to the daily news feed for updates on all forms of media

Middle Grade Ninja

Rob(ert) Kent's blog about reading and writing middle grade novels utilizing ninja stealth and skill.

Mystery Readers International
Mystery Readers International is the largest mystery fan/reader organization in the world, is open to all readers, fans, critics, editors, publishers, and writers.

Mystery Writers of America

Sponsor of The Edgars.




Nanowrimo/National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.  On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

The National Writers Union

The National Writers Union is the trade union for freelance and contract writers: journalists, book authors, business and technical writers, web content providers, and poets.

New Media Journalism Sites

A list of 105 sites dedicated to New Media Journalism-the most fun and informative blogs covering general new media journalism topics, digital storytelling, interactive media, video, photography, and news articles that anyone within the industry would find useful.



A listing of literary magazines sponsored by NewPages.


Of Ages Past

Links for writers of historical fiction.

Online Word Counter

An online word counter that helps you meet word requirements, evaluate length of sentences, and define typing and reading speed.



Pen on Fire

Podcasts of interviews with various authors.


Playwriting 101

A playwriting tutorial.


Poetry Forms and Terminology

From the WORDshop.


Poets & Writers Magazine


Preditors and Editors

A guide to publishers and writing services for serious writers.


Project for Excellence in Journalism

A research organization interested in educating journalists and citizens through unbiased reporting.


Publishers Marketplace


Publishers Weekly

Publishing industry news.


Pub(lishing) Crawl

We're a group of authors and industry professionals (formerly known as Let the Words Flow) who blog about all things writing, publishing, and books!





An online dictionary of rhymes.


Romance Writers of America


Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Sponsors of the Nebula Awards.


Screenwriter's Utopia


Start Blogging Online

How to Start a Blog – Step by Step Guide


The SF Site

Read reviews of Sci-Fi and many links along the left side.


Sisters in Crime

Proponents of female authors in the mystery genre

Structure of an Academic Paper 

With few exceptions, all academic papers are written in a similar format: an opening paragraph, followed by supporting information, and a clear conclusion in the final paragraph. While it is not always required, three supporting paragraphs are considered standard.




 Ten Best Website Builders

We’ve bought and tested 10 most popular website builders.

Time and Date

Calendars for any year, world time zones, sun and moon calculators, and the like.


The 80 Best Tools for Writers in 2016

Many of these tools have multiple functions and may fit under more than one category, while others are very similar. It’s about finding the ones that work best for you.


The Poets Studio

Where working poets talk shop.



Tips for Writing Middle Grade Novels

Sponsored by Squidoo.


Ultimate Song Writing

An extensive resource for songwriters that includes information on recording.

Ultimate Fiction Writing Guide

A comprehensive guide for writers – and aspiring writers – of fiction 


Online encyclopedia driven by users.


Word Spy

Learn the latest words and phrases.



A large site devoted to writing for children.


Writer Beware

Warnings About Literary Fraud and Other Schemes, Scams, and Pitfalls That Target Writers from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.




Writer's Digest

Write better, get published.

Writer's Edit on Young Adult Fiction

Top 5 Tips For Writing Compelling Young Adult Fiction

The Writer Magazine


Writers Market

Where and how to sell what you write.

Writers Tool Box

Young Adult Fiction tips from Gotham Writers

Writers Write

50 Fabulous resources for writers of Crime fiction

Writing Excuses

Writing Excuses is a fast-paced, educational podcast for writers, by writers.

Writing World

A site with loads of information for writers of all levels and types.


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