Writing Resources

Writing is one of our 50 most popular hobbies, so it’s no wonder a Google search for “writing” yields over 500,000,000 results.  So what makes writing so popular, anyway? At its core, writing is a form of expression as well as an important way to record our history. The earliest forms of writing were found in tokens used to represent a record of land or livestock. As time went on, writing became a way to express emotion. Today, writing is used in everything from poetry to stop-signs, from marketing campaigns to great works of literature. Heck, I’m using writing right now to talk to you about writing. I don’t have to say a word; in fact, we don’t even have to be in the same room. Wonderful, isn’t it?

What Kind of Writing Do You Want to Do?

Before adding writing to your hobbies list, decide what kind of writing you want to do. Your choices are nearly limitless.

If you’re serious about writing or are considering a career in writing, you might want to consider enrolling in a writing class. If not, all you need is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper (or a computer, if you prefer typing). Here are some types of writing to consider and some resources to get you started:

Poetry

There are all kinds of poetic forms–sonnets, haiku’s–there’s even free verse. If you don’t care about publishing, all that is needed is to write what you feel. If you do care about publishing, the best thing to do is read some poetry first. Here are some other poetry resources to get you started:

http://www.essortment.com/all/howtowritepoe_rjsm.htm – Basic course on how to write poetry
http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Poem – A wiki on how to write a poem
http://www.baymoon.com/~ariadne/how.to.write.books.htm – A list of books on how to write poetry

Fiction

Novels, films, plays, and short stories–fiction writing is diverse and exciting. Go to your local bookstore and browse the fiction section for some ideas. Or you can check out these links:

http://www.scifidimensions.com/Mar02/howtowrite.htm – How to write fiction by Nick Pollotta
http://www.essortment.com/all/howtowritefic_rrch.htm – More on how to write fiction
http://www.fictionfactor.com/ – The online magazine for fiction writers

Nonfiction

Nonfiction writing requires research and verification of facts. If you want to write nonfiction, check out these resources:

http://writingnonfiction.suite101.com/ – A great resource full of information on nonfiction writing
http://www.viacorp.com/how-to-write-non-fiction.html – How to write a nonfiction book
http://www.essortment.com/all/writingnonfict_reju.htm – 5 fast and easy steps to writing nonfiction

Journal Writing

Journal writing is a great hobby because you can write about anything you want! Many people use journals to record their emotions and work through life problems. Here are some resources to get you started:

http://www.livejournal.com – Keep an online journal
http://www.journalforyou.com/ – Enhance your life through journaling
http://daily-journal-writing-prompts.com/ – Journal writing prompts

Business Writing

If you want to make money writing, business writing is the most sure-fire way. It includes technical writing, resume writing, copywriting, grant writing, plus more. Here are some resources for business writers:

http://www.businesswritingblog.com/ – An excellent blog about business writing
http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/faculty/kbrown/writing.html – A brief guide to business writing http://www.4hb.com/letters/ – A long list of sample business letters

Academic Writing

This includes essays, reports, and research papers. Check out these resources for academic writing:

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~writing/materials/student/ac_paper/what.shtml – Dartmouth’s guide to writing the academic paper
http://www.utoronto.ca/writing/advise.html – Advice on academic writing
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~wricntr/documents/Overvu.html – An overview of the academic essay from Harvard University’s writing center

General Resources for Writers

http://creative-writing-mfa-handbook.blogspot.com/ – MFA blog about writing and writing programs
http://www.pw.org – Poets and Writers magazine: writing contests, connect with other writers, etc.
http://www.verlakay.com – Website for children’s writers and illustrators
www.duotrope.com/ – Free, searchable list of markets for fiction and poetry writers

If you have a favorite writing resource, leave a comment and we’ll add it to the list!

Comments

  1. I love writing. I mostly do fiction, but sometimes do fan-fiction, poems, and sometime I plan on making a non-fiction piece on big cats. :mrgreen:

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  3. I love writing, but there is a problem : I can’t. I am not very good in writing and every idea is doomed to be a bad one. But there are so many ideas in my head that I want to try one, and there it goes wrong… What should I do? (I am more creativ than I should be :p)

    • Write all your ideas down then choose a few. Write a paragraph for each then go with the one you like ????????????.

  4. You forgot to add in letter writing! A lot of people write letters or emails for fun.

  5. I love writing it is my favorite subject!In fact I am working on writing a book right now.I love writing because it is a great hobby.I also love it because it can express feeling!

  6. I love writing, but unfortunately for me I prefer to write on my laptop, since it makes it easier to publish it on the internet. I say “unfortunately” because I share a laptop with my gaming addict mom, and my Facebook addict sister! Lol, but either way writing is a great hobby. I would love to someday publish my own book, whether it be a novel or just a children’s book!

  7. write it down, save it and return to it. No matter what it is write; it will click. Expand on it. Jot notes to it. New ideas will turn up.

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