Seven Essential Websites for the Freelance Writer
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
- Merriam-Webster Online
Definition of word from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary with audio pronunciations, thesaurus, Word of the Day, and word games.
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.
- Google Books
Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book Search. Discover a new favorite or unearth an old classic.
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.
- ipl2: Information You Can Trust
ipl2: Information You Can Trust features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites; links to online texts, newspapers, and magazines; and the Ask an ipl2 Librarian online reference service.
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! "
- Questions & Answers | ChaCha
Get human-powered answers to any question - anytime, anywhere, all for free - on the web and through your mobile phone by texting 242-242...
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.
- mediabistro.com: jobs, classes, community and news for media professionals
Jobs and recruiting for social media and traditional media professionals covering journalism, social media marketing, social games, web development, publishing, TV, PR, graphic design, and advertising
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
Run by prolific writer and author C. Hope Clark, FundsForWriters is an award-winning source of numerous grants, fellowships, contests, awards, markets and nonprofit partners for serious writers.
*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
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.
- Write Better, Get Published, Be Creative | WritersDigest.com
Writer’s Digest is the No. 1 Resource for Writers, Celebrating the Writing Life and What it Means to be a Writer in Today's Publishing Environment.
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*Words of Wisdom*
"Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book."
Ralph Waldo Emerson