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What's your favourite writing website?
« on: December 15, 2005, 09:45:42 AM »
What's your favourite writing website? Apart from Mywriterscircle.com, of course! I thought it might be fun to start a thread devoted to this topic. To kick off then, here's one of mine...

The Guide to Grammar and Writing - http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

As someone with a particular interest in the 'nuts and bolts' of good writing, I really like this informative site. Designed and written by Professor Charles Darling of the Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut, it covers just about every aspect of grammar and writing you could want to know about. The 'Word and Sentence Level' section alone comprises pretty much an entire in-depth course on English grammar. The site also includes some of the best self-study tests and quizzes I have seen on the net, all with instant feedback. And there is a free 'Ask Grammar' service for any grammar-related questions you may have. Check out the huge questions archive first, though, as it is quite likely that someone has asked your question before! Unfortunately Professor Darling has been unwell recently, but according to the site he is making a good recovery, so I'd like to wish him a speedy return to full fitness.

So that's my favourite site (or one of them, anyway). What's yours? It could be a grammar site like mine, or an online magazine, or a writer's blog, or a market information service, or a research resource, or something else. Post your nomination here, along with a paragraph explaining why you think it's such a great resource for writers. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

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Re: What's your favourite writing website?
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2005, 09:29:19 AM »
At the moment, my favorite website is Online Writers Workshop. (http://sff.onlinewritingworkshop.com) It's a great place to post work in progress and get feedback. The rules are strict, as they should be. In order to get a critique, one must give a critique. The members range from newbies to well known published writers. Another site that I like is Elfwood (http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se). I write fantasy and s/f and this is a site that caters exclusivly to that genre.  :) Finally, for us newbies, I've found a new peachy little site in UK called Newbie Writers of all things. http://newbie-writers.com.
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Re: What's your favourite writing website?
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2005, 08:01:45 AM »
I did go on a site for a while - CritiqueCircle I think it was called. It is quite useful for getting feedback on your work if that's what you need. Got a bit of a slating from a couple of people regarding the subject matter of a synopsis I posted so I didn't go back.

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Re: What's your favourite writing website?
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2005, 03:56:07 AM »
Hi,

As I'm new to this internet Writing Aids thing, I've not come across many.  I was recommended this one site, which is full of good tips and pointers, it's worth a read.

http://wisewordsonwriting.blogspot.com/

And this one is great if you want to stop writing poetry, it did it for me when someone posted it as a response to one of my poems.  Really it wasn't that bad...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A577118

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Re: What's your favourite writing website?
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2005, 06:06:05 AM »

Nick, thank you for recommending  such a great site 'The guide to grammar and writing.'
It is so much better when examples and quizzes are also provided.
I find I really need to improve in this area; when I am writing features I am constantly checking grammar and punctuation and it really does waste time.
Should anyone like to share any other punctuation or grammar sites, they would be much appreciated

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Re: What's your favourite writing website?
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2005, 08:06:28 AM »
http://eclectics.com/writing/writing.html   is a good website that has tons of information for writers!  :-*
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Re: What's your favourite writing website?
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2005, 04:08:53 PM »
Currently I am in FanStory.com.  You do have to pay a membership, but It has a great system of earning points to review...causes lots to do so...and you use your rewards or pay to promote your work  Once you filter through the snobs that have been on the top of the list you do get to find some interesting groups that are just there to write and enjoy a good story.  You must have a thick skin to be there though, some comments can rip your head off or you can get ignored, but you truly find some geniuine people too.  Anyone can browse the site, and reveiw, you only join if you choose to post.

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Re: What's your favourite writing website?
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2005, 06:06:40 PM »
aelfwin,
I just visited Elfwood and went through the application process...whew...Hopefull it will pay off and I'll get to delve in Fantasy when I need the submerssion.  Thanks for the tip on the site.

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Re: What's your favourite writing website?
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2005, 10:39:51 AM »
JC, Yeah, it's quite a process, but worth it for the exposure. Watch out for the submersion however, I once got submerged and when I woke, I had inherited a vicious snarling muse that won't leave me alone.  :)  :P  Aelf
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Re: What's your favourite writing website?
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2006, 08:52:19 PM »
Oh I haven't joined many so I guess I'm not the best authority HOWEVER, I found one that pays you (not a lot but you can earn a couple hundred a month) for writing anything you want.  For details go to the jobs wanted section - I posted the info there and don't want to re-post it again for fear of spamming you all! (It is an ad after all).

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Re: What's your favourite writing website?
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2006, 04:13:04 PM »
The critique circle.

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Re: What's your favourite writing website?
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2007, 11:48:51 AM »
I suppose it's a bit odd to be coming from a Norwegian, but I hold the two BBC sites http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom and http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/getwriting to merit a closer look. I've certainly learned a lot from them.

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Re: What's your favourite writing website?
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2007, 09:44:51 PM »
www.youwriteon.com is very good as apaprently as it works with literary agents and a few people a month win the chance to have a proffesional critique.

Thanks for all the useful websites as well - good idea for a thread. I never knew such places existed. I must be really bad at googling either that or these places are secretive.
« Last Edit: January 21, 2007, 09:46:34 PM by Fiona »
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Re: What's your favourite writing website?
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2007, 09:48:20 PM »
Thanks for all the useful websites as well - good idea for a thread. I never knew such places existed. I must be really bad at googling either that or these places are secretive.

if you use firefox, go to stumbleupon.com. install the stumble plugin, set your topic to writing (and only writing) and then click away on the stumble button. That's how I found this site and a ton of others all writing related and useful.