Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Websites and Blogs

Today's weather in St. Peters: Expected high 79, with a chance for thunderstorms this evening.

Most writers have heard the ABC’s of being productive—Apply Butt to Chair. But (no pun intended) spending so much time in isolation makes writing a lonely profession. One way I keep in touch with other writers is through a weekly critique group and a writers’ organization that meets each month. I also find information on websites and exchange ideas on blogs.

Here are two sites I visit regularly:

WOW! Women on Writing http://wow-womenonwriting.com/ isn’t just for women. The site features articles with writing advice, contest announcements, and other helpful stuff. Entering their contests can be fun--and rewarding. In Spring 08 my flash fiction story, “Ida’s Rocking Chair,” was among the honorable mentions. As a winner my story was published on the WOW site, I was interviewed for their blog, received a year subscription to their Premium Green newsletter, and will be receiving a prize package sometime soon. So, if you’re looking for a caring, helpful, and active writing community, check out WOW.

One blog I visit regularly is Literary Agent Nathan Bransford’s. If you need advice on how to write a query letter or synopsis, how to format your manuscript, or how to find a literary agent, this site is golden. Seriously. I always learn something after reading postings on his site. Just the other day there was one about the word count “sweet spot” for query letters being between 250-350 words. Who knew?

Copy and paste this link in your browser to visit his site: http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/

That’s all for now about websites and blogs.

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