Every year Writer’s Digest comes out with an issue featuring the 101 best websites for writers. These sites are categorized into writing advice, agents and publishing resources, and writing communities, just to name a few.
With this magazine issue listing 101 websites and a brief paragraph each, plus all their regular columns, there isn’t enough space to fit them all.
The following are five additional sites that are priceless for your writing journey.
- Scribophile: Scribophile is a large online writing community best known for its critique community. The site also offers writing contests, groups and forums by genre, and a blog full of writing advice, interviews, and many other helpful tidbits for both emerging and experienced writers.
Here’s how it works. You critique writing and earn Karma Points. Then you turn around and spend your Karma Points to post your work. Because you generally get 1-2 Karma Points for each work you’ve critiqued but need 5 Karma Points to post a piece of writing, you will have to make a time commitment. However, the quality of those writers who join and stick around are invested in the give-and-take of Scribophile, and this shows in their critiques.
Scribophile is free; however, there is an optional premium membership. With the upgraded membership, you can post unlimited work, send and receive unlimited messages, enter contests without paying Karma Points, and get more critiques per 5 Karma Points. If you have big plans for your writing and need fresh eyes on your work, paying the yearly fee of $65 to reap more benefits is worth it. If you’re not sure about getting a return on your investment, do a test run by paying $9 for one month.
- Free Writing Events: This website is run by Mica Scott Kole, a writer, and editor who also interned at Speilburg Literary. Her site is best known for its thorough monthly calendar of free writing events, including contests, scholarships, and Twitter events. Feel free to send Mica your free events, and she will add them to the calendar. She promotes all of these events on her Twitter page.
In addition, she offers critique and beta read services, ranging from $5 for a query critique and $5-$10 per 2000 words for developmental, beta and editing. With a graduate degree in Creative Writing and her experience as an agent intern, she provides invaluable input.
Mica also has a blog with writing tips. For example, she wrote a series on the topic show, don’t tell.
- Evolved Publishing: This indie publisher believes in providing excellent stories where the relationship between author and publisher is more of a partnership. What makes this website so amazing is their Resources for Writers page. Filled with blog topics about common writing challenges and how to fix them, this is a go-to site for succinct, easy-to-follow advice for topics such as eliminating passive voice, replacing adverbs with stronger verbs, and writing believable dialogue.
- Jessica Morrell: This is another website chock full of valuable information for today’s writer. Jessica Morrell is the author of many books, including, Thanks, but This Isn’t for Us, A (sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected. Her website features writing advice, worksheets, writing exercises and prompts, and insider information on the book publishing industry. Full of lots of great ideas to get your creativity flowing and a blog in the same straightforward, no-holds-barred voice as her book, this website will help you through those writing moments when you just don’t know what to do.
- Gotham Writers: Gotham Writers is a well-known writing school offering classes and workshops both online and in New York City. Their website includes contests, some of which cost money. The rewards may be monetary but always include free Gotham writing classes. The Resources tab contains writing tips, interviews with writing professionals, and recommended reading lists, just to name a few. In addition to their contests is a monthly Twitter event called Stories Everywhere. The topic is listed on their site, and you have to write a story within 154 characters. The winner gets a free class.
Although these five sites weren’t featured in Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites issue, they contain invaluable tools for those who like to create with words. These sites are definitely worth checking out and bookmarking.