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8 Great Writing Websites - What Are Your Favorites? Plus, a Prompt


As WD’s Jane Friedman detailed on her blog last week, the latest issue of the magazine features our annual Top 101 Websites for Writers list. Following Jane’s picks, on this WD Mag Wednesday here are 8 digital venues (and their descriptions from the magazine) where I tend to procrastinate best.

What are your favorite hubs? Post them in the comments section below, and they'll be nominated for the 101 list next year.

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Six-Word Memoirs

“The tagline: ‘Everyone has a story. Can you tell yours in six words?’ ” (Awesomely addictive.)

Writer Beware Blog
“Every industry needs a watchdog, and this has long been one of publishing’s most vigilant.” (Awesomely useful.)

Funds for Writers
“This great source of grants, fellowships, contests, awards and markets also offers your pick of three free newsletters, including one dedicated to kids who want to write.”

Book Cover Archive
“Scope out the best in cover design. Especially useful for self-publishing authors making decisions about their own cover packages.” (Literary visual euphoria.)

MediaBistro
“If you’re a freelance writer, this is one of the finest resources at your disposal for industry news, jobs, feature articles, blogs and more.” (GalleyCat, too.)

Query Shark
“Agent Janet Reid critiques fiction queries (for free), dishing out honest—though sometimes brutal—advice and edits.”

The Intern
“An honest, humorous, wise look at the good, bad and ugly sides of publishing from someone who knows the muck and mire well: an intern.”

LibraryThing
“A network for book lovers to catalog and review what’s on their shelves, and also the source of the recurring You Are What You Read feature in InkWell (spotlighting the personal libraries of literary greats).” (Here’s to the aesthetic perfection of seeing your entire library in book-cover mosaic form.)

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