7 Fantastically Useful And Free Resources For Writers

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    The Web is abundant with free resources for writers. The fact is, there’s so much out there that it’s difficult to sift through the clutter to find what might actually be helpful.

    So we’ve done the work for you. Here are seven essential free resources for writers that you will bookmark and turn to again and again in your writing career. And the very best part—they’re all free.

    1. U.S. Copyright Office

    This is the spot to quench your copyright concerns and even register your work for a copyright.

    2. Merriam-Webster

    This is the most reliable online dictionary and it’s also the house standard for many magazines and publishers. There’s also a handy thesaurus so you can find just the right word.

    3.Reverso Grammar Checker

    If you’re a little fuzzy on passive tense or your commas are out of control, check out

    4. Agent Query

    An indispensable free resource for finding a literary agent. They also offer a handy query tracker.

    5. Duotrope’s digest

    This site offers a searchable database of 2300 current poetry and fiction markets.

    6. Elements of Style

    The classic writing style guide by William Strunk, Jr. is now freely available online. Even if you studied it in college, read it again, you’ll take away something new that will refresh your writing.

    7. Poets & Writers

    The website of the venerable writing journal provides the most comprehensive guide to writing contests and grants.

    If you know about more great, free online resources, please share with your fellow writers here in the comments section.

    About the author:

    Maria Schneider is the former editor of Writer’s Digest magazine. Find more of her tips and articles on writing and publishing at http://editorunleashed.com.

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      Maria Schneider

    • Bhabish Pradhan says:

      Hey Maria,
      I found a spelling mistake in your post. In your introduction there’s “seveb” instead of”seven”.
      Hope you will correct it soon

    • Very good list! I’ll bookmark this. Thanks!

      -<a href="http://thetriondexperiment.blogspot.com/

    • Excellent info! Thank you so much!

    • What a useful list! Every beginning writer needs to bookmark this. I’m about to Retweet.

    • Movies says:

      Thanks, very good

    • Your article very interesting, I have introduced a lot of friends look at this article, the content of the articles there will be a lot of attractive people to appreciate, I have to thank you such an article.

    • Excellent list, though I question the inclusion of the U.S. Copyright Office. Every writer should know that it is not necessary to register a work with the Copyright Office, and that, in fact, you hold the copyright the moment you write a piece.

    • HI Mary – I just found you via your article on CopyBlogger – I’m HOOKED – just signed up for both of your blogs’ subscriptions. So glad to have found you…Julie

    • Dennis says:

      looking forward to reading…….

    • Arif says:

      For the wannabe poets who are reading this, http://rhyme.poetry.com it’s the best rhyming dictionary on the planet. By the way, http://www.onelook.com is a darn-good dictionary as well as a great phrase-finder too.

    • I would also include Wikipedia. It’s always my first stop for research on any subject.

    • Maria

      Fantastic resources. Another item to be added to this list is a book titled “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser. Possible one of the best books written on writing nonfiction- of course Elements of style is an all time classic. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.


    • I happen to be reading “Elements of Style” right now, for the second time.

      The OWL has great tutorials, I agree.

      By the way – to the editors of WritetoDone – the byline which alerts us to who the guest poster is, looks much better now.

    • Hi Joanne,
      I just check on Query Tracker—their site must be down. Hopefully it’s only temporary.

      I also recommend http://www.agentquery.com/
      Be sure to check them out too!

    • Joanne says:

      Thank you for this great list, Maria. I tried to access query tracker.net (#6 on the list) and I get a “forbidden/you don’t have access to this site”. I’m trying not to take this personally…anyone else having trouble with this one? The handy query tracker sounds helpful.

    • joylene says:

      Gosh, it feels like my birthday. Thanks, Maria. These are an excellent gift.

    • Thank you for sharing these 10 free resources. The main one is the copyright as I never want people to try and steal my content and never have to pay for it. There are just too many people that will not give you credit for your own content.

    • Hi Trevor,
      I recommend Merriam-Webster because it’s the house dictionary of many publications. I find it to be the most reliable, but I’m sure others here may have different opinions. Thanks for reading.

    • Trevor says:

      Great list.

      Why do you suggest Merriam-Webster instead of dictionary.reference.com?

    • Thank you for sharing this list. This is great!

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