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Seven Essential Websites for the Freelance Writer

Updated on July 14, 2014

Merriam-Webster Online

Not only is Merriam-Webster an indispensable resource for definition and correct spelling of words but the online dictionary features the "Word of the Day" to increase vocabulary skills and the Spanish -English translator. Do you want to utilise slang terms to enrich a story or contribute to the formulation and invention of a new word? Submit an idea. Example

whinese (noun) : a language spoken by children or spouses on long road trips

Google Books

Google Books enables you to find, research, and read the world's greatest of treasures. Google Books not only allows you to preview but also read entire text and content. Type a book name or author into the search engine and you will quickly find whatever resource you need. Browse millions of books and magazines online for free. The new Google Play prompts you to explore the eBookstore so you can conveniently read on your phone or tablet.

Internet Public Library

For the most reliable and trusted information use the Internet Public Library website or the iPL2. Wikipedia is a popular source of unlimited information but to guarantee fast accurate facts nothing beats iPL2. The information sources are divided into five sub sites such as "News and Magazines", "For Kids" and "For Teens". iPL2 even features a virtual librarian if you want to ask a question. No over due fees or " sh shhhhhing" of any kind here.

ChaCha

At ChaCha you can ask any question under the sun and get an answer but there is also a fascinating array of quizzes, "How to.." and top trend articles to spark any writer's imagination. Are you curious about the latest dance sensation? Ask! What is the Harlem Shake? Answer: Harlem Shake is a popular style of hip hop dance and the title of a 2012 heavy bass instrumental track produced by Baauer. Their motto is " Want to know? ChaCha and go! "

mediabistro

The website mediabistro allows freelance writer's the opportunity to search for jobs, chat, read forums and keep up to date on the news making headlines. It even offers courses on marketing, copy writing and creating interesting content for a target audience such as women's magazines.

Funds for Writers

Every freelance writer dreams of being able to quit their day job and work on their craft full time. The nature of the business is competitive and it's hard work for little money. If you qualify for a grant or funds to allow you extra time to complete a project why not utilise available resources. Check the website often for fellowships, grant updates, market news or contests like this:

Looking@Democracy: A national contest for creative media pieces about strengthening American democracy. Deadline April 30th, 2013

*Words of Wisdom*

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”- Stephen King

Writer's Digest

Perhaps one of the best and most comprehensive websites catering to the serious writer whose sole purpose is being publicized and published is Writer's Digest. The website features a vast selection of conferences, competitions ,educational resources and community forums. If you can't find valuable information on Writer's Digest you may need to rethink your career. The site features webinars and writers boot camps to get you in shape and build your creative and business minded muscle. You can also check out other inspiring authors on the " Writing Website of the Week." Keep in mind, one day you may be the featured writer.

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*Words of Wisdom*

"Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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