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Ten Great Writing Websites and Forums

Updated on October 11, 2013

Finding Strength in Numbers


I have often said that writing is a lonely gig. We writers spend countless hours hovering over our keyboards, pounding away in search of the perfect phrase. We mutter to ourselves, chastise ourselves and mentally flog ourselves each and every day, all for the opportunity to follow our passion.

Rejections slips pile up and days go by without a single positive comment from readers. A good hitter in baseball succeeds three times out of every ten. As writers our batting average is considerably less and yet we keep searching for new ways to combine nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives, and we follow that inner voice that keeps telling us that today will be the day.

If you are feeling a bit walled-in, and would like to rub proverbial shoulders with other writers who feel and think as you do, then the following websites might be worth a visit. Some of these websites will help you to become better writers. Some will help you to find motivation. Still others will aid you in being seen in the community through networking possibilities.

Whatever you are looking for or whatever you many need, chances are you can find it in one of the following websites.

From one writer to another
From one writer to another | Source

BACKSPACE www.bksp.org

The mission statement of Backspace is to provide a forum where writers can help other writers. They offer a free five-day trial and then membership is $40 annually which includes access to discussion forums.

This is a great website of writers who believe that writing should be a community effort and not a competition. They are there to help each other, and the existing group includes quite a few bestselling authors.

You can find help with your first manuscript. You can find advice on how to market your work. You can find help from agents and publishers who will give you invaluable suggestions.

AUTHONOMY www.authonomy.com

I love the mission statement of this site. “To flush out the brightest new writing talent.” How can you pass up a site like this one?

Registration is free on this website with an email address and password. You can even download manuscripts with a 10,000 word minimum.

This is a clearing house for writers to test their work and receive feedback in the process. Publishers and agents regularly visit this site to find the next great author.

NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH www.nanowrimo.org

Their mission statement says it all: “To help people bash out a 50,000 word novel in the span of one month, November…and have a great time doing it.

There is no entry fee required. Simply click on “sign up now” and follow the simple instructions.

When you aren’t writing your novel in November, this site offers forums for novel swapping, conversations and tips.

Words of advice

WRITING.COM www.writing.com

Close to a million members and growing, this site was created “to provide a creative environment for writers, offering them hundreds of unique tools and opportunities for inspiration and creation.”

Registration is free and with it you receive a portfolio, personal email address, storage space and tools for uploading work. You can also pay for five other levels of involvement that give additional storage space and tools.

FREELANCE SUCCESS www.freelancesuccess.com

Membership is $99 per year for this forum and a weekly market guide. This is a great place to meet other writers, make new friends and build up your networking.

ABSOLUTE WRITE www.absolutewrite.com/forums

Within this forum are mini-forums for different genres including freelance writers, novelists, bloggers and screenwriters. This is a very supportive group where encouragement is the name of the game.

It all begins in the writing studio
It all begins in the writing studio | Source

The importance of a website

CRITTERS WORKSHOP www.critters.org

Designed specifically for science fiction, fantasy and horror writers. Most downloaded pieces will receive 15-20 critiques, which of course can be daunting, intimidating but always useful.

THE WRITER’S DIGEST FORUM http://www.writersdigest.com/forum/

This is a free site where writers can share advice, share compliments and also share leads. The more active you are the better your chance of finding something you dearly need that will help you grow as a writer.

THE INTERNET WRITING WORKSHOP www.internetwritingworkshop.org

This is not a traditional forum but rather a set of email discussion lists. Browse the lists and find one that works for you. These lists are extensive so no matter what genre you write in, you are sure to find something here for you.

MY WRITERS CIRCLE www.mywriterscircle.com

Very popular site with writing challenges, critiques, job opportunities and friendship. Great site for networking and becoming a part of a large writing community.

Good luck!
Good luck! | Source

Of Course, There Are Many More


All you have to do is go to Google and type in “writers sites” and you will be inundated with possibilities. However, these ten have been personally checked out by yours truly and thus carry my seal of approval.

I hope you find these helpful. I am a firm believer in the fact that you get out of something what you put into it, and writers’ sites are no different. The more you become involved, the greater the rewards that you will receive.

Good luck and happy writing!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

"Helping writers to spread their wings and fly."

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Allen, you beat my last attempt. LOL I took a part-time job last year and made it one day exactly. Perhaps we both should just write. :)

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      Aliswell 21 months ago from Iowa

      Well Bill, My return to the workforce lasted 1 day and 2 hrs....I think the prodder of my persuasion is trying to tell me...' Just write, and let the words, phrases, paragraphs, and Yada, Yada, Yada,

      Fall as they May??

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope so, Vellur. I hope so. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 21 months ago from Dubai

      Writing is a solitary pursuit, these websites will be great for writers to feel at home and keep writing. Thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, my friend. Good luck!

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      McKenna Meyers 21 months ago from Bend, OR

      I'm glad I stumbled upon this, Bill. I was getting so discouraged in this solitary pursuit of writing. It's good to know there are support systems out there. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Allen, you've got me laughing. Quite reading my drivel and start writing!!!!!

      and thank you

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      Aliswell 22 months ago from Iowa

      Wow oh Wow Bill!!...When will I ever find the time to write, when All I am doing is reading your Hubs and getting Pumped Up??

      Your introduction hit me very close to the core on this Writing Thing...Especially the 'Flogging' thing.

      Great information again, about sources to maybe put some more fuel to that tiny little ember of Writing Passion that dwells in that Dark Little Cave of my Brain matter.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monis, it is my pleasure my friend. I hope you do find the time to visit some of them and that they help you.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Thanks, Bill, I ma have visit some of those websites. I actually can't wait to do that :-). Thank you for doing the research!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Dianna, and thank you. Have a great weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, Bill, for sharing such wonderful resources.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...my pleasure, Kim!

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 4 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Goodness...thank you. I'm definitely beyond turning red now. ;)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, I'm sharing your story on Facebook...it is a must read.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      klid, I don't lie....you are an excellent writer.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 4 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Wow, Billy. You just made my week! *blushing*

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      klid...I just read one of your works....you are an exceptional writer.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 4 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Absolutely! If it keeps me from thinning prematurely than I'm all for it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, thank you so much for those kind words. Anything I can do to keep you from pulling your hair is a good thing, right? :)

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 4 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Billy,

      Two thumbs up for all your knowledge and support to us fellow writer's. I know, personally, that all your advice is highly prized and appreciated. I don't seem to yank my hair as hard after reading your words of wisdom and just wanted to take the time to say thanks.

      Take care,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, I hope these help you. Thank you and best wishes to you.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy,

      You have been publishing great contents for emerging writers like me. I will have to bookmark this hub and comeback for further reference.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      seanorjohn, I hope they do too. I wasn't even aware of that until someone else mentioned it. Good luck and thanks.

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      seanorjohn 4 years ago

      Thanks for doing the research. Hope some of these sites accept people from the UK. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, if I'm helping people then I'm happy. They go hand in hand as you well know. Thank you my dear and have a wonderful Sunday in California.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is a great list of resources! Sure appreciate all the time you must have put into this useful hub. But then, you always go the extra mile to help out your hub buddies. You are so awesome!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I understand...I have so much on my plate it's falling off on the floor. :) Thanks for reading, anyway.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to help, Vellur! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks again for the tipoffs, Billy. Right now, I just plan to stand by here. With a full time job, pictures and the lake, I think I have enough on my plate right now.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Thank you for sharing this information. Writers need a lot of help and support.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good deal, Alicia! Thanks for stopping by as always.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for this very useful list, Bill. The only site that I'm familiar with is the Writer's Digest site. I'll definitely be exporing the others!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Art, I have done my share of mumbling. LOL Glad you liked this and thanks for stopping by.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Good looking out for your fellow writers because we mumble to ourselves and need the company.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, you are very welcome. Thank you for always being here my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you are a doll and I am very grateful to know you. Thank you as always....I really do appreciate you greatly.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, Delilah is one busy bug, but you never know when she is going to appear. LOL Thanks for that and thanks for being you.

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

      Bill, I had absolutely no idea of these sites. Interesting and useful collection. Voted as such. thanks.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      This is my second, and assuredly not my last, visit to this piece, Bill.

      I feel confident checking out these websites that have your seal. Thank you for this amazing and generous resource. Voted UP and UABI.

      Love, Maria

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I'm not a fiction writer (yet?), but it's always good to have a list of resources on hand just in case a novel-inspiring ladybug lands on my butt.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peg, I hope you find some of these helpful. What can it hurt to check them out??? Thanks for stopping by.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks for the options, Billybuc. Of these, I'm only familiar with the Nanowrimo site where a couple of friends have joined. It's always good to have some first hand insight into the possibilities.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, there is safety in numbers. :) I love the friendships I have made with writers. I hope you enjoy those sites when you do find the time to visit. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I hope you do let me know. I'm curious if anyone else finds these sites helpful. Thank you my dear.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, you are not expected to follow everyone on those sites. Do what you can in an allotted amount of time and then move on. :) Your writing is important.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cydni, good comment. Critiquing to push their own agenda....yes, I have seen that, and I don't understand it at all. We should be helping each other and not acting like we are competition. Thanks for the visit and good luck to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, you never know when I'm going to pop up. LOL As for angel??? is there such a thing as a rabble rouser angel? :) Thank you my dear!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I agree, every little bit helps us writers. We are a community of writers helping each other. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Martin, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      grand old lady, you are very welcome. Thanks for stopping by and I hope my face didn't scare you. :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks, Bill, I always enjoy your selections, and at some point I will check them out. It is nice to be around other writers.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful once again Billy and I am going to have a nose on a couple which caught my eye especially www.internetwritingworkshop.org

      I shall let you know how I get on my friend.

      Lots of love. Eddy.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Ha, yes! I feel such guilt for not reading everything on the groups....I feel behind on everything over spring break last week. There are so many talented writers here and I'm realizing I have to be economical with my time or I too will get nothing new written. :-)

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for supplying the writing resources. It's always helpful to know there are groups to connect with, especially those that are supportive and not interested in critiquing in order to push their own agenda. I'll bookmark and share.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Funny you should post this now. I came back from my writers' group the other night a bit down. The people are lovely but I feel they don't understand online writing. It gets frustrating because the conversations tend to be one-way.

      And now here you come with a way to connect with people who do understand. I should call you GA (guardian angel) because you seem to pop up with advice when I need it.

      These sites sound inviting. Another bookmark for me.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks Bill for the great information every bit helps. You're advice is always appreciated. Passing this on.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for these leads.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 4 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for this very helpful and informative article. It was also nice to see the face behind the name, as I often come across you in forums. Again, thanks for this piece:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, that's the problem with the Facebook groups...they demand a great deal of time. I finally had to greatly scale back on it so I could get some writing done. :) Thank you and good luck with that time management thing. I can see the day coming when you will curse me for signing you up on the Facebook groups. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mr-veg, my pleasure. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      This is great! It's all I can do to keep up with Facebook and Hubpages, but in the future I will be coming back to these suggestions. Thank you for another great writers' resource! :-)

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Thanks Bill for these lovely suggestions !!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, I've got a lot inside of me just busting to get out. :) Thanks for stopping by my Georgia Peach.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flightkeeper, you are very welcome. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rolly! Hugs and blessings coming right back atcha!

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      I can't keep up with you, you write so much so quickly! Great resources here. I will be hanging on to this one for future reference.

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      Flightkeeper 4 years ago from The East Coast

      What a great resource! Bookmarked and thanks billybuc.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... great resource with a large amount of information... well done and bookmarked...

      Hugs and blessings to you both...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I love it...pay it forward indeed! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So are you, Sha, and never forget it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      :-), :-). You're the best my friend!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for doing all the research and sharing these interesting writing sites with us, Billy. Now I will share them to 'pay it forward.'

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hell, Sha, they ain't doing me any good. Might as well share them. LOL

      Just giving back my dear friend. You know all about that, right? Right!

      love,

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Ok, Bill, your writers tips are clogging up my desktop. You're covering up Yanni for God's sake! I think I need to print out all of these tips and start a binder called, "Billybuc's Tips for Becoming a Successful Writer". Yes, I'm going to do just that.

      You are the best, my friend! Anyone else would keep these secrets to themselves. But not our Trumpeter! :-)

      Love Ya Lots,

      Sha

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Carter, good to see you. I hope you like some of these....I also like Absolute. :)

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Great article Billy - a fantastic informative & helpful read as always - loving the sound of Absolute write, def check that out!! Voted Up, tweeted & all the rest:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      whonu, always glad to help out buddy. Thanks for stopping by.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for this great info Bill. I will definitely check them out. whonu

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, that brought a smile to my face. I am more than happy to help good people, and you are good people. Thank you for the gift of a smile.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      GClark, I'm glad you like them and hope they will be useful for you. Thank you!

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      Kim Diaz 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      You are too kind, dear Bill. Thank you, thank you, a million times...thank you! Your support and assistance with this process has given me what I've needed to continue on...did I say "thank you"?

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      GClark 4 years ago from United States

      Lots of resources - looking forward to exploring some of them. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Melissa! There are some talented and very successful writers on Backspace....a bit intimidating at first but well worth joining.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Carly! Hope it helps.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      A very resourceful hub!! I have bookmarked this to reference when I need to. Thanks for all the hard work my friend.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Excellent list of sites for us to check out, thank you! I was recently searching for "writing contests" and came across the backspace site. It looked really interesting but it said you didn't have to pay the membership to enter the contests, but you wouldn't have access to a lot of the other functions. Thanks for clearing that up! I also saw one of the endorsements was from an author that my son really enjoys, so it is neat to see that people have actual success out there! I will have to check out some of these other sites, as well. Very helpful!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope so, vkwok...best of luck to you and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Just trying to help out, Pearl! That's what we are here for, right, to help members of our community?

      Thank you kind lady.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I can definitely use this hub for my writing career if I ever hit a dead end. Thanks!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, bookmarking this one for future reference. What a great guy you are to share all this useful info! Voted Up and then some.

      ;) Pearl

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Arun. I hope they help you in some way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jaye...I just checked the darn thing four days ago...sigh! I'll change it and thanks again for the heads up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mekenzie, you are very welcome and thanks for the visit. I hope these help you.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Excellent hub and thank you very much for sharing such useful information.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill...You are so generous to share these sites with other writers. Thanks! I checked out several and will also look at the others. They each seem to have something valuable to offer the freelance and/or budding writer.

      By the way, the Writers Digest forum link didn't work as such, but I managed to find the site at this link, which was suggested by Google:

      http://www.writersdigest.com/forum/

      (Websites tend to change while your back is turned sometimes!)

      Voted Up++ and shared

      Jaye

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      billy, I am so excited about this list! What a treasure house for writers. Thank you for using your nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs to keep your reader engaged. :)

      Bookmarking this page.

      Love it! voted Up and across

      Mekenzie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sgbrown, my pleasure...truly! I'm just trying to give back to some great writers who have helped me. Best of luck and I hope you enjoy these sites.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, that was a very sweet thing for you to say. I hope I don't let you down. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valene, it is my pleasure to help you...and I hope these do help you. Thank you!