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Absolute Write
http://www.absolutewrite.com/novels/articles1.htm
Lots of free articles

About.com’s Fiction Writing
http://fictionwriting.about.com/popular.htm
Articles on various aspects of the craft of writing, e.g., metaphor, assonance, writing in the third person, flat characters, etc.

Author Link
http://www.authorlink.com/
Thousands of articles and interviews with authors and publishing professionals

Backspace
http://bksp.org/
Articles and advice from industry insiders, conferences, contests, reviews; also a forum, which hosts guest speakers, including literary agents, editors and authors

Character Outline
http://www.toasted-cheese.com/jj/characterdevelopment.htm
An outline to use for helping flesh out your story or novel’s characters

Creative Writing Prompts
http://creativewritingprompts.com/
Got writer’s block? These little prompts might help jumpstart your creativity.

E-Writer’s Place
http://www.ewritersplace.com/
Articles, columns, one free workshop and several subscription workshops

Fiction Factor
http://www.fictionfactor.com/articles.html
Articles on writing basics, honing your skills, launching your career, motivation, etc; you can connect with other writers around the world

First Writer
http://www.firstwriter.com/
They include several databases, including one for literary agents, another for book publishers, and still others for magazines and book publishers.

Funds for Writers
http://www.fundsforwriters.com/
They focus on paying markets, competitions, awards, grants, publishers, agents, and jobs; they also have a free newsletter.

Links for Writers
http://stevens-arce.com/The_Official_Website_of_James_Stevens-Arce/Links_for_Writers.html
Lots of helpful links on a long list of subjects that may be helpful to writers, from agents to music use, to synopsis preparation.

Literary Lawyers (Attorneys who specialize in publishing contracts)
http://sff.net/people/laresnick/About%20Writing/Writers%20Resource.htm#Lawyers

Manuscript Format
http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html
An example of proper MS formatting

Manuscript Format (SFWA)
http://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/the-obligatory-manuscript-format-article/
Another look at formatting, from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Poets and Writers
http://www.pw.org/mag/
This is the online presence of the print publication and includes news and trends, articles, conference and submission calendars, etc.

Poynter Online’s Fifty Writing Tools: Quick List
http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=78&aid=103943
A handy listing of “do’s” and “don’ts,” along with podcasts for each.

Writer Beware
http://www.sfwa.org/beware/
From the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a page of alerts for writers about disreputable book doctors, editor, agents, publishers, etc.

The Writer Magazine
http://www.writermag.com/
The online component of the print publication has several free articles

Writers’ News
https://www.writers-online.co.uk/
This is the online component of Writing Magazine and Writers’ News, this site has some free articles and a forum.

Writers Weekly
http://www.writersweekly.com/
One of the oldest and most respected sites on freelance writing, with articles, news, paying markets, etc.

Writers Write
http://www.writerswrite.com/
Lots of helpful writers’ resource links and articles

Writing.com
http://www.writing.com/
You can sign up for their free service which includes an online writing portfolio, numerous writing tools, email services and forums

Writing World
http://www.writing-world.com/
Lots of articles on the business and craft of writing