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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*

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you for reading and commenting Bonnie.

    You have such a great variety of interesting and informative Hubs, I look forward to reading more.

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    Bonnie-Jean Rohner 4 years ago from Williamson, New York

    This is a great door-opener. Online writing creates iisolated individuals, and as such we don't know where/what resources are available. Thakn you.

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    Abba Elijah aka elijagod 4 years ago from Nigeria

    You are welcome !

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    Abba Elijah also known as elijagod (elija_god)

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you for reading and commenting abbaelijah.

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    Abba Elijah aka elijagod 4 years ago from Nigeria

    Thanks for the info !

    you are the best, thanks again !

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you, Ebonny.

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    Ebonny 4 years ago from UK

    I will bookmark this for future reference. Many thanks for sharing.

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Vinaya,

    It was a pleasure putting this HUB together and I'm so happy Hub readers and writers have found it useful. Thank you for commenting.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

    For the past few years I have been reading Writers' Digest but I did not know about other sites. Thanks for this fabulous hub.

    Good luck for Rising Star

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you for all your encouragment, Bill. As you know, there is great satisfaction in sharing, especially when other people find value in your work.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Hooray and congratulations on the HOTD!

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    randomcreative, Very pleased you found it useful. Thank you.

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    Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Great list! Adding this to my bookmarks. Thanks!

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you, Gail. I'm pleased that readers have found it useful. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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    Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

    This is great! I have never heard of a couple of these. Thanks of the information. Voted up and useful.

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you for exploring the Hub, Rwritings. It's a pleasure sharing with readers.

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    Rwritings 4 years ago

    Very informative. Thanks for posting those links to those websites.

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you for stopping by, Kosmo.

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    Kelley 4 years ago from California

    For decades "Writer's Digest" has been helpful and inspirational for writers of all sorts. Thanks for reminding me about it. Later!

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you!

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you for reading the Hub, Chin chin.

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    Chin chin 4 years ago from Philippines

    The first two I know but the others are fairly new to me. As a writer of sorts, I need this. Thanks for sharing the information.

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    AHMAD SH 4 years ago

    THANKS KM

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you for reading, bzirkone. I love rearching. It's the writing I need to develop. Researching is even more gratifying when others find it useful too.

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    bzirkone 4 years ago from Kansas

    Good hub. There are tons of resources for us out there, but these are good staples in any collection. Thanks for the research.

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you for reading, ytsenoh. Although, "whinese" was an example it was created by another person. Can't take credit for that!

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    Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    Good hub. Glad you included Writer's Digest because it does offer a lot of helpful resource information. I think I've decided that your example word, "whinese," should be added as a new word, very creative and applicable as I'm sure most of us can say we've actually experienced! Also, learned something new with the sharing of the ChaCha site, never heard of it, but glad I have now. Thanks very much!

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Thank you , Rajan!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful list. Voted up.

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    Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

    Yup! Loving this list!

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    Ahmad Sheikh 4 years ago from Pakistan, Lahore

    Thanks Jay

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    Ahmad Sheikh 4 years ago from Pakistan, Lahore

    Thanks Jay

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    Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

    Thank you for all the great information. Well done.

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    Welcome to the Hub, Ahmad. I look forward to reading your work.

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    Ahmad Sheikh 4 years ago from Pakistan, Lahore

    Not Gone through yet.

    ll see the

    eminence and respond. Thanks

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    Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

    Interesting article, especially the part on the Internet Public Libary, I will have a look!

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    You are welcome, Proud Foot. The FundsforWriters was a site I discovered a few months ago. Not many people realize there are monetary resources like grants and fellowships available if you qualify.

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    Proud Foot 4 years ago

    There are many sites here I had never heard of previously. Thank you for sharing!