Search Engines for Serious Writers June 20th, 2010 Finding the information you need as a writer shouldn’t be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of search engines out there that are designed to help you at any stage of the process, from coming up with great ideas to finding a publisher to get your work into print. Professional Find other writers, publishers and ways to market your work through these searchable databases and search engines. Writing These helpful tools will help you along in the writing process. WriteSearch: This search engine focuses exclusively on sites devoted to reading and writing to deliver its results.The Burry Man Writers Center: Find a wealth of writing resources on this searchable site.Writing.com: This fully-featured site makes it possible to find information both fun and serious about the craft of writing.Purdue OWL: Need a little instruction on your writing? Research Try out these tools to get your writing research done in a snap. Reference Need to look up a quote or a fact? Niche Writers Books Blogging
Writer's Workshop Resources and Ideas The majority of time of Writing Workshop is devoted to independent writing. During this time, students are prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing their pieces. Depending on the age and abilities of your students, independent writing can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as 45-60 minutes. It helps to build stamina with your class, beginning with a short amount of time and building that time until they can work for up 30 minutes or more. According to Katie Wood Ray (The Writing Workshop, 2001), students can also do other activities during their writing time, such as writing in their schema notebooks journal writing writing exercises to experiment with language and style conducting peer-conferences reading to support writing During independent writing time, the teacher confers with students about their writing. Teachers should keep conferences short. Websites on Conferring:
Writing | Help for Writers The web is crammed with advice on writing. A lot of it is even accurate. But for what it's worth, here's my take. Writing Getting Published I wrote this quite a while ago, and I'm not sure how badly it's dated. Update! Update 2! Approaching Publishers If you live in the US, you can probably forget about this right now. If you're in Australia, however, you're in luck. In fact, in Australia it seems to be harder to get a good literary agent than a good publisher. The best process for approaching a publisher is to accidentally bump into a senior editor at a cocktail party, get drunk together and take incriminating photos. Target some publishing houses Look up similar books in bookstores and check out who publishes them. Avoiding Assholes This is more important than you might think, especially if you're trying to find an agent in the US. Given that you've probably never heard of any literary agencies, ever, you need to be able to tell which are genuine and which are blood-sucking parasites.
How to write a novel* Ever wanted to write a novel but had no clue how? Having just finished my fifth novel, I am now ready to pass on my accummulated novel-writing wisdom to those what have never writ one but wants to. Here is the complete, full and unexpurgated guide: First of all you need a computer. On that computer you need a word processing program. If you want to write your novel relatively quickly and productively, it should have no access to the interweb thingy, also no games, or anything other than the two aforementioned programs. Once you have your equipment set up in a suitably ergonomic way (that’s right, I’m with Scalzi on the efficacy of coffee shops—that way lies bad backs, soul-destroying one-night stands, and caffeine-stained teeth) open up your wp program and type in the title of your novel. Do not spend a lot of time on this. Sometimes working titles wind up being the actual title (Snakes on a Plane, anyone? Do you just start the novel or do you outline? Hang on, what am I saying? To sum up:
Writers Workshop Teaching writers workshop is a beautiful and amazing thing because it allows our own creativity to flow out on to paper for our student’s to see. Watch me model a lesson. :) I used to be scared to death of teaching writing. So, I didn’t really teach it. I was caught in a world of prompts, forced topics and “journals”. At the time I didn’t realize that this wasn’t building authors, I just knew that there was pencil put to paper, so I thought I was fine. In the past year I was introduced to “crafts”. I was in love with writing. Writer’s Workshop now is a joyous and electrifying time in my teaching day. So, where do you begin? Well, you need to learn the basic outline for Writer’s Workshop. Let’s go through step by step with one of my favorite books The Very Lazy Ladybug. With The Very Lazy Ladybug , a great first lesson is on “word wrapping”. As you can see from the title of the book, the words “wrap” around the pictures. PART 1 - Mini-Lesson: 10 – 15 minutes “Hi boys and girls! New teacher?
HOW TO FIND A (REAL!) LITERARY AGENT by A.C. Crispin IntroductionAgents–When Do You Need One?Getting Started–Compiling a List, Researching Agent Listings, and Following Submission GuidelinesHow to Recognize Real AgentsWriting the SynopsisWriting the Query LetterSending Out Your Query LettersPlaying the Waiting GameMake Sure Your Manuscript Lives Up to Your QueryThe Psychology of Querying Introduction The following article lays out the basic elements that I teach in my “How to Get a Real Agent” workshop. Agents–When Do You Need One? Okay, so you’ve written something. If your work is one of the following, you won’t need to start an agent search, because reputable agents don’t handle: poetry, short stories, articles, or essays. (Before someone chimes in to say that they heard that Famous Author’s agent handles his poetry or short stories, this can be true…for Famous Author. In the case of some non-fiction, an agent may not be necessary either. If You Have Determined You Do Need an Agent: How to Recognize Real Agents 1. 2. 3. 4.
25 Things Every Writer Should Know An alternate title for this post might be, “Things I Think About Writing,” which is to say, these are random snidbits (snippets + tidbits) of beliefs I hold about what it takes to be a writer. I hesitate to say that any of this is exactly Zen (oh how often we as a culture misuse the term “Zen” — like, “Whoa, that tapestry is so cool, it’s really Zen“), but it certainly favors a sharper, shorter style than the blathering wordsplosions I tend to rely on in my day-to-day writing posts. Anyway. Peruse these. Absorb them into your body. Feel free to disagree with any of these; these are not immutable laws. Buckle up. 1. The Internet is 55% porn, and 45% writers. 2. A lot of writers try to skip over the basics and leap fully-formed out of their own head-wombs. 3. 4. I have been writing professionally for a lucky-despite-the-number 13 years. 5. Luck matters. 6. Nobody becomes a writer overnight. 7. Your journey to becoming a writer is all your own. 8. 9. 10. Value is a tricky word. 11. 12.
50 of the Best Websites for Writers There are tons of reference sites on the web that can help you find a job or write a poem, essay or story. Here is a list of the best 50 websites for writers. Reference Websites Merriam-Webster Online - Merriam Webster is the perfect place to look up words and find information. General Writing Websites Writer's Digest - Probably one of the best all-around websites for writers, Writer's Digest offers information on writing better and getting published. Fiction Writing Websites About.com - About.com publishes a Guide to Fiction Writing with general information about fiction writing and a number of community forums for both current and aspiring writers. Nonfiction Writing Websites Bella Online - This site offers a large collection of resources for nonfiction writers. Websites for Freelance Writers and Authors Media Bistro - This site is a good place to find freelance jobs online.