Today almost any information a writer might need is only a click away on the Internet. Whether you need writing tips, or to research your character’s hometown, or want to know how to start a blog, you’ll find websites hoping to answer your questions. The experts at Web Design Relief have searched the Internet to bring you the top resources and best websites to help writers succeed (including a close-to-home favorite!).
The Best Websites For Writers
The Write Life. Whether you have questions about publishing, freelancing, or blogging, you can find the answers here! The folks over at The Write Life also have their own helpful roundup of best websites for writers (psst!—Writer’s Relief is one of them!).
Grammar Girl. For all your grammatical questions, no matter how complex, Mignon Fogarty—aka Grammar Girl—has the answers!
Editors’ or agents’ blogs. Reading editors’ and agents’ blogs will help you learn about what types of submissions they are interested in.
NaNoWriMo. Writing a novel in just a month? We know it sounds stressful, but the object of NaNoWriMo is to do just that, and many writers say it’s the most fun they’ve ever had! The organization’s website, complete with tips and loads of connections to other writers, certainly helps relieve the stress of pounding out 50,000 words in thirty days.
Pitch Wars. In this mentorship program, volunteer authors and editors choose writers to mentor and offer advice on improving their manuscripts.
Freelance Writing. Whether you want to hire a freelance writer or become one yourself, this site is full of job postings and resources!
Writers In The Storm. This group of seasoned authors has the experience and resources to help you in your struggles through your own personal writing storm. There’s lots of useful information on this blog for aspiring writers about craft and inspiration.
Beyond Your Blog. If you’re thinking about starting a blog (or already have one), this website features lots of tips for writers in many different genres.
AAR. The AAR, or Association of Authors’ Representatives, holds literary agents and playwrights’ agents to a stringent standard to best protect writers. The site can be used to answer questions about procedures, contracts, and much more about the publishing industry.
DIY MFA. Earning an MFA can be expensive. This website believes that the basics of a Master of Fine Arts is simply Writing + Reading + Community = MFA. There’s plenty of information here to help you excel in each category!
Six-Word Memoirs. Inspired by the famous, ultra-short Hemingway story (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn”), Six-Word Memoirs challenges writers to use this same micro-format to tell a complete story. If you’re in a writing rut, this is a great way to get your creative juices flowing again!
How To Type. Never learned how to type? This website is full of tutorials, lessons, and typing exercises—and it even lets you practice by typing quotes from famous novels!
A writers’ organization for your region or genre. Find a writing group to join based upon your genre and stay connected with members online. SCBWI (the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), RWA (Romance Writers of America), and SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) are all great examples! Many of these national organizations have regional groups.
Writer’s Relief—of course! Part of our company family and definitely a worthy resource for every writer. The Write Life has chosen Writer’s Relief as one of the top 100 best websites for writers for several years in a row! Writer’s Relief has been successfully helping writers of poetry, short prose, and books meet their publishing goals since 1994. As of this article’s writing, clients have received 21,406 acceptances from literary journals and requests from agents. Listen to testimonials of happy clients here.
QUESTION: What’s your favorite online resource for writers?