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Exploding Monkey
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Besides here, what are the internet forums/resources that you find the most useful in helping you develop your craft?
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notebored

Liberty Hall


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Exploding Monkey
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Are those online resources? As in Libertyhall.com and noteboard.com?

I'm looking to collect as many help aides as I can. After many years, I've finaly swung my writing into overdrive.

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yes they are:

www.notebored.com

and

libertyhallwriters.org

between the two of them, I get more writing experience and workshopping than I can handle.

I've heard good things of critters.critique.org but have not had time to check it out.

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Exploding Monkey
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Thank you my friend. I will check them out! =)
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www.ralan.com and www.duotrope.com/digest for market lists.

Ditto what Pantros said about Liberty Hall and Notebored. Also OWW, http://sff.onlinewritingworkshop.com . It's a paying workshop (54$ a year, I believe), and it depends a lot on who's doing the critting, but it's worked fairly well for me (I'm selling one by one the stories I workshopped there last year).

I don't like critters, because I prefer receiving a few good crits than twenty crits of wildly varying quality (and I'm too lazy to sift through them, besides ). But I know that for some people it works tremendously well. It's a matter of taste.


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This is awesome fellas. Thanks for speaking up!
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Whatever you do, for God's sake don't go on usenet. It's a troll-ridden last resort which will cause you to despair of the entire English-speaking human race.
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Here's a list I compiled once of sites I've found to be helpful. I hope they are for the most part still up and running.


Absolute Write
This site has a lot to offer. I've signed up for the Premium Edition of Absolute Markets and have found it to be very helpful
http://absolutewrite.com/

Apollo's Lyre is a great site for writing advice and hanging out.
http://apolloslyre.com/

Association of Authors Representatives
Looking for an agent? This is the best place to begin.
http://www.aar-online.org/mc/directory/viewallmembers.do?masthead=true
Character Building Workshop
Some interesting worksheets to help flesh out your characters
http://writersvillage.com/character/index.htm

Character Creation
A great article on how to create memorable characters
http://sfwa.org/writing/character.htm

Common English Mistakes
A great site for learning about common mistakes we make in writing.
http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html

Eclectic Writer
A variety of helpful articles
http://www.eclectics.com/articles.html

FindCliches.com
Wondering if your plot, phrase, or character is a cliche? Check here to find out.
http://www.findcliches.com/

Finding a Book Publisher
A great article for those wanting to find a publisher and wanting to avoid the scam world of the vanity press. Also check out the home page of Absolute Write, there are many more good things for writers at the site.
http://www.absolutewrite.com/novels/find_a_book_publisher.htm

Goals and Writing
A good article on how to set realistic goals
http://www.absolutemarkets.com/articles/khullar01-19-05.htm

Green Tentacles
Website for writers and the business side of speculative fiction
http://www.greententacles.com/articles/2

Hatrack Writer's Group
This site, owned by Orson Scott Card, is a great forum, and fun place to get your stories read and commented on. Try it.
http://hatrack.com/writers/index.shtml

How To Critique Fiction
A detailed look at how to judge other's work
http://www.crayne.com/howcrit.html

Hunting for an Agent - With Sample Synopsis
Just what it says--how to approach an agent with your query and synopsis
http://www.sfwa.org/writing/OP71.htm

Inkpot Poetry Links
A great collection of markets for poets
http://inkpot.com/poetrylinks/

Internet Writing Journal
Great interviews, great links for writers.
http://www.internetwritingjournal.com/

Joe's Writing Tips
A great interview with a writer who kept plugging away and finally got success!
http://www.jakonrath.com/tips5.html

Learning from Criticism
This is number 49 in a great series on writing from the Poynter Institute. The rest are all good as well.
http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=79160

Marcia Yudkin's Free Publishing Advice
A series of helpful articles on getting your work published.
http://yudkin.com/publish.htm

Market List
Online resource for genre fiction writers
http://marketlist.com/

Mastering the Dreaded Synopsis
Ever wonder how to write a synopsis for your novel? Lee Masterson tells you how.
http://www.fictionfactor.com/articles/synopsis.html

Mugging the Muse
A 207 page e-book on the publishing/writing market by writer Holly Lisle
http://writer2writer.com/FreeDownload/Mugging_the_Muse.pdf

Muse It Up Club
A great site for anyone interested in learning more about writing and critiquing--it's a legitimate site and I'm a member there.
http://museitupclub.tripod.com

Muse Marquee
One of the best writing sites on the web--if I don't say so myself! Read my column!
http://themusemarquee.tripod.com/

Mystery Writing
Some advice on how to craft a mystery
http://www.gillianroberts.com/writing.html

Newspaper Links across America
This is a searchable link of most of the daily newspapers in the U.S. and I think maybe some outside the U.S.
http://www.gebbieinc.com/dailyint.htm

Query and Cover Letters
The How-To's of Query and Cover Letter Writing
http://www.underdown.org/covlettr.htm

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association
A lot of cool stuff here, but the writing articles are what I like best.
http://sfwa.org/

Scribe and Quill
A cool site with tons of information and lots of spec fiction/ poetry etc.
http://www.scribequill.com/

Speculative Fiction Markets
Lists markets for speculative fiction by how much they pay per word.
http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~mslee/mag.html

Spicy Green Iguana
This incredible website helps you to find markets for your writing, with an easy click and search function.
http://www.spicygreeniguana.com/search/index.asp

Story Pilot
A great market listing site. Just plug in some key words and you can find your market. Mostly for science fiction and fantasy.
http://www.storypilot.com/

Telecommuting Jobs For Writers
Requires a $15 annual fee to access job listings.
http://www.tjobs.com/new/writers.shtml

The Snowflake Method For Writing a Novel
This guy believes that like a snowflake, novel writing should begin small and be added to geometrically. An interesting concept.
http://www.rsingermanson.com/html/the_snowflake.html

The Writing Fix
This is a cool site with lots of fun stuff to get the creative juices flowing.
http://writingfix.com

Underdown
An excellent site for children's writers
http://www.underdown.org/early_rd.htm

Weird Words
A fascinating collection of obscure words
http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/index.htm

Writers At Work
Another local resource for writers
http://www.writersatwork.org

Writers Write Guidelines
Another searchable database of markets
http://writerswrite.com/guidelines/

Writing For Dollars
A searchable database of markets
http://www.writingfordollars.com/Guidelines.cfm

Writing-World.com
A great source of articles and tips on writing, publishing and agent obtaining!
http://www.writing-world.com/

latterdayauthors.com
This site is a great one for anyone interested in writing for the LDS market.
http://latterdayauthors.com


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Jammrock
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A good collection of tips and tricks from published members of the SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America)

http://www.sfwa.org/writing/


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just be sure if you go over to Liberty Hall to keep yourself more in check than you have here, 'cause the admin over there is one cantankerous son of a gun and quick on the draw.

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Exploding Monkey
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DANG Smuag! Ask and I shall recieve!

You try'n to start something mikemun?!!! Bring it sucka!
I look forward to being a part of your boards. I hope I can contribute as much as I can learn.


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Nice list, Smaug.

Mr. Monkey, I don't just start things; I finish them. *polite smile*

Infuse this level of engagement and intensity into your writing and you'll do well at LH; we understand that it takes a character to write a character. Use your energy to waste our time and you won't be at LH for long. We don't clap and cheer prancing ponies; we shoot them and burrow into the carcass for interesting tidbits to write about.


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Heheh. And he ain't jokin'. Those Texans take their pony-shootin' seriously.

I'll second (or third, or whatever) the nominations of AbsoluteWrite, Liberty Hall, and the Notebored. The SFWA site taught me loads at first, too -- Hatrack and the SFWA material got me my first legs as a specfic writer and kept me out of all sorts of trouble.


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Exploding Monkey
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Oh great, another Texan! Polite and friendly as you could hope, but yah piss ’em off and they’ll mop the floor with yah!

Thanks for all the advice and links everyone. This thread had been very helpful to me!


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Teraen
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I like:

www.writingexcuses.com
www.publishersmarketplace.com


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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Freelance Survival Guide:

http://kriswrites.com/freelancers-survival-guide-table-of-contents/


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Just got an email from Writing Raw, an online literary zine that announced interviews in their September 2009 of several authors including David Drake and Tad Williams, as well as interviews of some literary agents.

In case anyone is interested.


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I'm going to second Teraen's Writing Excuses podcast recommendation. Very handy.
http://www.writingexcuses.com

Also, I got a lot out of the old 'Miss Snark' blog. It was from an agent perspective, but seeing successful and unsuccessful queries (as well as seeing questions answered) made it relevant even in the early writing stages.
http://www.misssnark.blogspot.com/

I now get my agent-y fix from Nathan Bransford. His blog is still active.
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/

Books I keep handy for reference are:
On Writing -- Stephen King
The Elements of Style -- William Shrunk Jr. and E. B. White
How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy -- Orson Scott Card

Also, I don't remember where I found this link, but I check my stories against these common mistakes:
http://www.sfwa.org/2009/06/turkey-city-lexicon-a-primer-for-sf-workshops/


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