Make use of these resources for writers to improve your work, get published, enter competitions and join the worldwide writing community.
You don’t have to be a professional to enjoy writing or to publish your work. Anyone can enter writing competitions and have their work critiqued.
- Writing prompts – oriented towards school students, but good for all ages.
- Writer’s Digest’s creative writing prompts.
- Daily writing prompts from The Daily Post.
International writing events
- April: NaPoWriMo – National Poetry Writing Month. 30 poems, one each day.
- November: NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. A novel in a month.
- JustaContest.com – list of local and international writing contests.
- WinningWriters.com – list of poetry contests (requires a free newsletter subscription for a partial list, or premium membership for the full list).
- Writers Reign – writing contests of all types: poetry, books, performance arts, non-fiction and short stories.
- Book Trust – list of short story competitions.
Great writing software, apps and websites
- 750words.com – encourages you with accolades to write 750 words daily.
- Evernote – a great note collation tool, used in combination with Scrivener for longer writing tasks. Also OneNote has caught up and in some ways overtaken Evernote, offering more functionality.
- Scrivener – the best and most flexible editor for books and long research papers.
- The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition – William Strunk Jr., E.B. White and Roger Angell (And a free online searchable version)
- Eats, shoots and leaves – Lynn Truss (amazon.de, amazon.com) A wonderfully humorous book on why punctuation is important.
- Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide – James D. Lester (amazon.de, amazon.com)
- The Craft of Research – Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams (amazon.de, amazon.com)
Free online writing courses and tutorials
- RMIT Writing Lab.
- Writing and humanistic studies – from MIT Open Courseware.
- The Online Writing Lab (OWL) – Purdue University. For students of all ages, ESL students and professional writers.
- A freelance writing career guide – useful for those thinking about becoming freelance writers.
- Writing Research Papers – David R. Caprette, Rice University
- Online guide to writing and research – University of Maryland University College
- Intro to Tech Communication – MIT Open Courseware
- Professional, Technical writing – Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
- Technical Writing – Wikiversity courses and articles
- Editing Hacks – learn editing techniques, watch tutorials and read interviews with professional editors.
- Proofreading – Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Blogs on writing
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