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Top 10 Resources
January, 2008

Easy Way To Write

Top Ten: Thanksgiving
Writers give thanks for we are blessed
By  Sarah E. White

hanksgiving is my favorite winter holiday (I know, I know, itís only Thanksgiving in America, so I beg a break). Itís not as commercial as Christmas (I read that this year even Ramadan is going toys and tinsel) but thereís still a big meal with family and friends.

The most important part, though -- a no-brainer -- is the expression of thanks. This is a good time of year for everyone from all walks of life to take a moment and think about the people and things for which they are thankful. With we the writers in mind, hereís my list of the top 10 writerly sites. They might actually be in order this time.

Writer's Digest
Writer's Digest is the grandaddy of 'em all. The highest-circulation freelance writing print publication, but online is one of the best. The site to whose "household word" exposure a yearling writers' site might aspire.

Writers Weekly
Writers Weekly bills itself as the highest-circulation freelance writing zine. Itís also one of the best. The site is dedicated to helping writers find legitimate opportunities and to fighting scammers. The markets and article archives are great, and Angela Hoy is as sweet as she is dedicated to writers.

Funds for Writers
C. Hope Clark focuses on grant-writing in her newsletters, but thereís lots of advice here for writers who arenít at that stage. An archive provides about three months of articles, a current market listing. If you want to know how to make money as a writer, this is the place.

Absolute Write
A treasure-trove for writers, Absolute Write has articles, market listings and lots of great information about niches from screenwriting to greeting cards. But this site also has a great and active forum where writers can ask questions, share market advice and network and make friends with writers around the world.

Power Reporting
Iíve been singing the praises of Power Reporting for along time. Itís a portal to all manner of research sites, from people-finders to reference books to government agencies. Designed for journalists, this page is helpful to all nonfiction writers, or anyone looking to add some verisimilitude to a story.

I often need to find sources for my stories from people who live somewhere other than where I do. I love ProfNet because it makes it so easy to tell potential sources what I need and how they can contact me. The press releases are sometimes good for story ideas, too.

Poynter Online
This is a site made for journalists, too, but itís got a lot of great writing hints and tips for writers of all sorts. If you want to know how to write tight, clear sentences, interview like a pro or just keep up with news gossip, this is the site.

National Novel Writing Month
Yeah, Iím one of those people. This month is my fifth trying to write a novel of at least 50,000 words, in no more than a month. Iím thankful for Nanowrimo because itís just about the only time all year I make myself write fiction, and the community there is amazing.

Craigís List
Thereís just something about Craigís List. Itís so easy to use, yet so easy to get buried in forever. But if youíre looking for a job (or an apartment, or a date) there are few better places to go. Yeah, itís a little tedious to search, but Iíve gotten enough jobs from it to be sure itís worth my time.

Sell Writing Online
This site has a good collection of articles and markets, and an even better selection if youíre willing to buy an ebook of markets. There are interviews, columns on writing mysteries and for children and a ton of book reviews.

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Writerís Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails weíve known;
Each writerís 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;
Itís 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
Donít plant your poem on the page
As though youíre hanging drapes;
Itís 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 ďthemes.Ē

Double Vision
A writerís life is paradox,
Itís 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 youíll 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 poemís through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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