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January, 2008

Easy Way To Write

Top 10 IN Resources: Communities
Come together... right now
By  Sarah E. White

There are lots of holidays out there on the web that are hard to verify, and this month I’ve come across another one. June 13 to 20, apparently, is National Hermit Week (no surprise why the sponsoring organization doesn’t have a website).

As writers, we feel like hermits most of the time. But every now and then we need to seek out like-minded folks, if for no other reason than to remind ourselves that there are other people out there going through the same things we are. In honor of not being hermits, just for a little while, I bring you the top 10 resources for writers’ communities, in no particular order.

If you’re looking to break into science fiction, fantasy or horror writing and want to connect with like-minded individuals, check out Speculations, which offers a monthly market list, tons of articles on the website and the Rumor Mill, a lively discussion area that includes information on markets, rants, resources, networking and warnings.

The Berton House Writer's Residence Retreat
The Berton House Writer's Residence Retreat provides a unique opportunity for a professional Canadian creative writer to work in a remote Northern community. The writer is housed free of charge in the boyhood home of author Pierre Berton in Dawson City, Yukon.

Providing a community for writers, an online literary magazine and a ebook dominated worldview, NetAuthor also provides a library of interviews and articles and a collection of resources and links. This site is unique because it offers advice and is also a paying market so you can get practice querying, writing and editing.

Burry Man
The Burry Man Writers Center is a great resource for markets, news and business resources. But it also has a chat room known as the Pub, which is always open for writers to connect with other writers. The Pub also offers regularly scheduled chats on topics such as general writing, romance writing and writing at night.
The website formerly known as is still a great place to read and be read and to connect with other writers. You can post writing of all sorts for review and review other people’s work, as well as send comments, enter writing contests and interact with other writers through writing.

Scrawl: The Writer’s Asylum
Similar to but exclusive to poets, All Poetry gives writers the changes to show off their poetry, take online classes, enter contests suggested by other people on the site and more. There are also forums and groups here, so if you’re looking for poetry critiques and information you’re sure to find it here.

Online Writing Workshops
Sometimes we writers need to connect with other writers to get honest opinions about our work, and that’s what’s available from the fiction, romance and science fiction, fantasy and horror workshops at Online Writing Workshop. The site also provides space for private workshops to be conducted online.

Forward Motion
Founded by Holly Lisle, Forward Motion is a one-stop shop for information, discussion, marketing resources, critiques, classes and workshops, all available for free and online. (Free membership is required.) Many of the resident “writing geeks” here are quite experienced and dedicated to helping others. It’s definitely a place you should bookmark and peruse

Lyrical Line
This site claims to be the largest songwriting community on the Internet. It offers articles, information and a forum to connect with musicians, producers and others. Calls for composers, writers and musicians are posted and you can have your songs critiqued by other writers, sign up for their newsletter, or enter contests.

The Writer’s Nook
This online community evolved from a paper publication and offers regular chats on topics such as poetry, short stories, essay writing, novel writing, business and finance, wellness and mystery writing, as well as an always-on chat room There’s also information about contests, awards and markets and a general forum site.

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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

Double Vision
A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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