- NaNoWriMo (www.nanowrimo.org)
Every November is National Novel Writing Month - an event in which writers around the world attempt to take on the amazing task of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s a free challenge, requiring immense dedication and many sleepless night if you’re a procrastinator like most of the world, but the motivational speeches sent to you, the general community, and the overall accomplishment make this website an incredible motivational tool to grow and challenge yourself as a writer.
- Fiction Press (www.fictionpress.com)
Run by the same people as fanfiction (a writing community in which people write their own stories using stories written by other authors), fictionpress is essentially the same idea, only it is a community of nothing but completely original stories made by the members. Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction of all genres are put together in a community where feedback is easy to find.
- Good Reads (www.goodreads.com)
While this website supports writing as well, this is more of a focus on the reading aspect of the literary world. This website allows you to find quotations by different authors, and holds a database of almost every book in existence. When you read a book, you can rate it, review it, and based upon these ratings and reviews, the website will recommend you similar reads based on what you like. As reading is arguably just as important as writing in an author’s career, I would definitely advise signing up.
- WE Book (www.webook.com)
Okay, as of right now, this website is down for unknown reasons, but should it come up, this is one of the most valuable resources a writer can have. Among the same lines as Facebook, WE Book is a social networking site in which you write, read, and post your own stories. Group projects can be started, and several competitions are held each year by the website. The feedback given is separated by categories so the reviews you gain are much more focused and helpful, and the website owns its own publishing company and holds a competition every year where the top submissions have the potential for publication. This website, should it come back up, is definitely the place to go if you’re looking to talk to other writers for critical advice.
- Elance (www.elance.com)
This website isn’t exclusively for writing, but a large section is intended for writers. Where writers often face the challenge of asking themselves how to make money using their literary abilities, Elance is a freelance job website where job opportunities are posted or offered. The credibility of the people on the website’s past (for example, whether or not they actually pay up) is shown on everyone’s profile, making it easy to weed out the people who legitimately mean business. Definitely a website worth checking out if you’re looking to make money or even just to meet new people. It’s great if you’re looking for a gateway to the business world of writing.