THE WORLD IS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
On-Line Resources Current at The Time Of Publishing
Las Vegas is full of good resources for writers, but one of the fantastic advantages of living in the electronic age is the wealth of information at our fingertips.
Before the internet
Imagine visiting the library, then getting back to your typewriter (since there were no computers) only to discover you didn’t get all the information you needed and couldn’t continue to write without it. Back then, you might call the one of the many libraries in Las Vegas with the hope an accommodating librarian would be able to help, but if it was something only you would recognize, that meant going back with a complete list of everything you had to research.
I remember lugging my laptop to the library back in the mid 90s.After pulling big reference books from the shelf, I entered the data I needed into a Word 3.1 file. Not many people had laptops back then and mine had a whole 50 megs of RAM. Not as much memory as a flash drive. Now, in most cases, all I have to do is click.
When using the internet as a resource, remember to exercise caution—since anyone can post documents or launch websites, it’s a good idea to be sure the sites you find have reliable information. Don’t rely on one site. It’s a good idea to search more than one on the same topic. The internet is a time vampire, so resolve to use discipline and call upon tunnel vision to research topics or information you need. Otherwise you might spend the whole time clicking other interesting sites just waiting to sap your time. Stay focused. Time for fun later.
Partial resource list
Here are a few worthwhile sites for writers. The web addresses are accurate at the time of writing, but remember, websites are constantly being launched, but many are also abandoned. You might have to navigate past pop-up ads on some, but it’s worth it. Keep track of the ones you like by adding them to your Favorites.
http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/prompts.html This is an interesting site for writing prompts, and a prompt is a good way to jumpstart a writing exercise. I use prompts often in the workshops I teach.
http://www.ourecho.com Want to post one of your stories on a website? Since everyone has a story, and visitors to this site want to read stories, check it out. It was founded by Scott R. Lupo with the goal of documenting stories so future generations can enjoy them.
http://www.nanowrimo.org If you don’t already know about this website, it swept the internet a few years ago, growing stronger every year, it is the November challenge to write a 50,000 word novel within the month of November. Many authors have actually edited their book later, if needed, and gotten published.
A great blog that offers news, information and guides to literary magazines, alternative media, contests, creative writing programs and more
News for writers about happenings in the publishing industry
This is a very informative site for avid readers, yet-unpublished writers, and published authors. The site includes original book reviews and book giveaway contests, writing prompts and advice.
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