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Writing your way to fame

If you love to write, here's your chance. From ideas for stories to publishers' addresses, it's all there on the web. Log on to learn the nuances.

BE IT writing a letter to the editor in a newspaper, sending a query to some column, or attempting poems/ short stories for your college magazine, everyone dreams of seeing his name in print. But, penning the thoughts in a meaningful sequence and stringing the words together in a balanced manner are not easy tasks. And, writing does not come naturally to all. However, help from outside is always a boon to wannabe writers. Here are some links for you to tread your road to fame. Read on.

Write your novel now

http://www.writeyournovelnow.com : A comprehensive source of tips and encouragement for budding novelists. It is a handy starting point with pearls of writing wisdom such as Oscar Wilde's "I spent the morning putting in a comma and the afternoon taking it out."

English online

http://english.unitecnology.ac.nz/writers/home.html : Oodles of great ideas for writing stories. Young writers can start their own things or contribute to an ongoing tale. Students up to the age of 17 can submit poems too. Let your imagination run wild.

Absolute write

http://www.absolutewrite.com: Helpful articles for beginners and pros, markets, even fun stuff when you need a break. If you are interested in freelance writing, screenwriting, playwriting, writing novels, non-fiction, comic book writing, greeting cards, poetry, song writing, or - well, you get the idea - you're in the right place.

Fiction factor

www.fictionfactor.com: A free online magazine that produces monthly tips for writing better fiction, getting published, finding the right agent or promoting your writing. The site contains information on - mostly American - websites that will pay to publish your stories. It also has an e-book section containing free literature.

Double dare press

www.doubledarepress.com: A varied website that takes unpaid contributions from all over the world from writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as photography, oil paintings, comics and everything under the sun.

Short stories

www.short-stories.co.uk: Another option for Net users looking for a quick read or a place to publish. It is pretty selective, however, with editors vetting contributions before they're put online.

Script buddy

http://www.scriptbuddy.com: Fancy yourself as a scriptwriter? Scriptbuddy is an excellent tool to enable writers to build their own screenplay. Advice is given on presentation and further resources are suggested. It is free to use once users have logged in.

Book careers

http://www.bookcareers.com: Some advice and information on getting your foot in the door of the publishing industry. Don't just consider working for a publisher - read the articles on bookselling and having your own writing published.

Authors link

http://authorlink.com: This site is, in part, a market place for rights. Editors, writers and publishers gather here and sometimes deals are made. The site provides the serious writer with access and exposure to the broadest range of legitimate publishing professionals. Plus industry news, information, and marketing services.

Writers digest

http://writersdigest.com: The online version of Writers Digest magazine. Markets, tips, contests, and a market for articles about writing. The site is updated everyday and includes daily market updates, database of writer's guidelines and coolest places to get published.

AYYAPPA NAGUBANDI

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