Writing-related websites

There are LOADS of good writing-related websites but here are a few that I’ve come across (or been recommended to me)…

  • www.bookviewcafe.com is a “cooperative run by a group of professional authors who post their own work online and blog (journal) about their writing. Content includes short stories, flash fiction, poetry, episodes of serialised novels and occasional podcasts”.
  • www.writershub.co.uk is a website for writers and readers of literature. Writers’ Hub aims to provide a platform for such voices, publishing selected new fiction and poetry from established and debut writers as well as previously unpublished talent. In addition, Writers’ Hub is a both a forum for the discussion of developments in literature, writing and publishing and a writers’ resource – featuring news, reviews, interviews, articles, blogs and podcasts on all aspects of the craft, by writers at all levels of the industry. Writers’ Hub is also a community. Members are able to submit work for publication on the site, comment on and discuss published pieces, make contact with other writers and readers and upload short biographies about their own writing lives. The April issue features new fiction, poetry and reviews and much more. Writers’ Hub is based at Birkbeck, University of London, and edited and managed by staff, students and alumni from the Creative Writing Programme.
  • www.ipoems.org.uk is 57’s website – “designed as a dynamic electronic catalogue – with special audio, audio-visual & interactive features – hosting the new iPoems system – & the world’s first Poetry Video-Jukebox – along with the original Poetry Jukebox – which remains FREE – please enjoy!”
  • Short story author / tutor Joanna Barnden (www.joannabarnden.co.uk ) says: “Some of you may have seen Sally Jenkins writing in the magazines and reporting in Writing Magazine and she is now doing a great blog that I’d really recommend. Find it at: www.sallyjenkins.wordpress.com.”
  • http://www.jbwb.co.uk is one I refer to often and contains great market information (competitions, submission opps etc).
  • The new edition of The Glasgow Review is now online at www.glasgowreview.co.uk: an interview with John Burnside, articles on The Revolutionary Left in the UK and working class poetry as well as reviews of Louise Welsh and Rob Mackenzie part of the Literature Scotland group www.literaturescotland.com.
  • www.isnoop.net/toys/magwords.php, Mslexia says “is an excellent creative tool of procrastination for anyone who loves to play with words. Enjoy free range over words provided on the interactive fridge, making up phrases and poems of your own as well as using your influence over the handiwork of others”.
  • www.lulu.com is recommended by Writers’ News magazine as a free self-publishing service which gets paid when you do. I’ve heard mixed reviews (e.g. on LinkdedIn forums) about Lulu but it is a way for the non-agented (or agented for that matter) author to get their work out there inexpensively.
  • www.pubmatch.org, Mslexia says is “a unique matchmaking website that aims to form literary matches made in heaven. Authors, illustrators, agents and publishers can all join for free, advertise their needs and connect with one another, making this an ideal platform from which fledgling writers can launch their publishing careers”.
  • Sarah’s Writing Journal: Lots of writers blog, and for different reasons. For most, the motivation is shameless self-promotion – nothing wrong with that, of course, writing’s hard, it’s lonely out there, most of us are broke, bitter, paranoid, twisted, feel ignored, etc … but Sarah Salway’s posts are unique. They’re only about her in a self-effacing, poking fun at herself way – they’re never grandiose, narcissistic, or miserable. She’s the most generous writer, she shares prompts, she promotes the work of other writers, she shares wonderful insights into the creative process. She is, in short, a hero. Her posts aren’t about ego – they’re about being kind, and recognising the writer’s life is often frustrating, but that it’s worth doing, for its own sake. Join the devoted following at www.sarahsalway.blogspot.com.
  • www.shetribes.com is a “cross-generation website covering a wide range of issues important for independent women in the 21st century. Writer’s workshops and message boards allow the sharing of readers’ ideas and work.”
  • Spilling Ink Review is a new, quarterly e-journal. “Although SIR is a recent addition to the e-ranks we aren’t going to let that deter our search for quality prose. We’re a troupe of professional writers and readers that shares a passion for the written word as well as compassion for new and established writers looking for an innovative platform. The aim is to create an environment where the unexpected can thrive, where the serious and the humorous can sit comfortably side-by-side, and where we can celebrate both the process and the product of creative writing.” See http://spillinginkreview.com.
  • http://tregolwyn.tripod.com gives small publishers/new authors an opportunity to have the books reviewed.
  • Founded in the 1980s www.truereviewonline.com offers succinct reviews of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, biography, self-help, young adult, children’s and other books.
  • www.verbotomy.com, Mslexia says “is a must for language-lovers, this witty site encourages web surfers to create their own words to fit the amusing definitions provided each day”.
  • Bi-monthly ezine www.visionforwriters.com contains publishing info, articles and book/website reviews.
  • www.wordhippo.com is a fantastic site. You can look at ‘what’s another word for’ (e.g. thesaurus / synonyms), ‘what’s the opposite of’ (antonym), ‘translate the word’ (from any language to any language), ‘find words starting with/ending with/containing’ (perfect for crosswords) and find sentences with the word. If you’re suffering from writers block, this site may help you just by putting in a random word.
  • www.wordlenet, Mslexia (Apr-June 2010) says is a “fantastic idea. Simply enter your collection of words, whether a story or random selection, and create a word cloud. The site allows for words to be weighted differently, affecting their size and shape on the page. Visit the gallery for inspiration, and create your own piece of textual art.”
  • The editors of www.worldstart.com/writers-guidelines seek tips for the ‘computer tips and techniques’ newsletter, a daily email to 125,000 readers aimed at the “average computer user”. Payment is a healthy US$45 for 1 page (c. 400 words), US$55 for 2 pages and US$65 for 3 pages (for all rights).
  • www.lovehoney.co.uk/erotic-story-competition/erotic-writing-help.cfm has a few tips on writing erotica and points you in the direction of other sites that can help.
  • www.londonin2014.org is the website of a committee’s bid to bring the World Science Fiction Festival to London’s new International Convention Centre in 2014.
  • www.short-stories.co.uk does what it says on the tin. 🙂
  • www.archteypewriting.com helps writers develop the psychology of their characters with plenty of information on disorders, research, assessments, shrinks and technical words. There are sections on ‘ask the psychologist’, articles on genre writing, characterisation, using psychology in fiction and a muse which provides idea generators and visual prompts.
  • The Literary Platform (www.theliteraryplatform.com) is dedicated to showcasing projects experimenting with literature and technology, bringing together comment from industry figures encouraging debate.
  • And for something a bit different… www.ukvoices.co.uk often advertises in the national press and say they “need male and female voices of all accents to record scripts for TV, radio and phone services.” See their website, call 0800 019 6493 or text ‘voice’ to 81814. Obviously I can’t vouch for them, but it may be a way of making some money.

We'd love you to leave a comment, thank you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.