This page is under constant development. At present, it contains:
- A frequently updated Creative Writing Contests Table.
- A list of 10,000+ first names from many countries.
- Websites of Interest to Writers (with links): Duotrope, The Society of Authors, Book Review Yellow Pages, Writers Reign (UK),
- Websites of interest to Readers (with links): Goodreads, Daily Cheap Reads,
(The small image above, to stimulate your imagination, is one of over 500 posted to Picfair.com, a site where I’m now selling some of my best images. They’re available to use online or to print at large size at very reasonable cost. You can access the full version of this one here.
Creative Writing Contests:
I keep a table of basic details for creative writing competitions and post it here. Click the link and you’ll get the current Word document, which you can copy and use: Table of Contests.
I’ve now changed the document source to OneDrive, as I’m now using a new Windows PC. All new entries will now carry an active link. For those that were placed prior to changing this from GoogleDrive to OneDrive, the links will remain as they are (some are active, but for others you may have to copy and paste the URLs into your browser. Sorry.)
I update this list frequently. To be reminded of updates once a month, go to the sidebar on the ‘blog’ tab, and follow by email. I won’t scam or spam you. It’s just that this is the most efficient way of informing readers of changes to the site. WordPress won’t share your email with anyone else.
And the picture at the head of the post? Simply for inspiration. I’ll try to change it from time to time.
First Names From the World Over:
Do you struggle to find names for your characters? Or maybe you’re seeking a name for your newborn? In either case, this link will take you to a PDF document listing 10,000+ first names from all over the world. I’ve collected these over the years and present it here so others can benefit from the compilation. Names are listed alphabetically, with males in blue and females in red. Where possible, I’ve included the country (or countries) of origin. Download and enjoy. Use it as you will. But, if you decide to share the document, please link it back to my website. Thank you.
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Websites of Interest to Writers:
Short fiction submissions;
Duotrope is a site that provides links to over 5,400 journals, online, print, or both. They also provide a story tracker so that you know exactly where each of your stories is and what stage in the submission/publication process it has reached. Current costs are $50 or £35.00 per year, and this is good value for money. You can try out the site with a free trial for 7 days. It’ll give you time to understand how it works and whether it’s for you.
Society of Authors (UK)
The Society of Authors is a site for members of this professional society that supports, advises and helps authors in many different areas of their craft. If you’re published, and British, you may be eligible to join.
This site offers a couple of books writers may find of interest, but it’s best attribute is the readily accessed list of book review websites, which is free. If you’re looking for a site that reviews books, this is a great resource.
A site full of information, help and guidance for writers. You’ll find a great deal of useful stuff here and, although there are associated links to sites selling wares of interest to writers, there’s definitely no hard sell here: it’s very much a friendly site. Try it.
Websites of Interest to Readers:
Goodreads is a community website entirely devoted to books. Both readers and writers have their place in this community and there’s a lot of interaction. It’s a great place to discover new books, to find like-minded readers, and join discussions about everything to do with books. And there are thousands of reviews written by people who actually read books. I’ve been a member since August 2010, when I joined as a reader. Once I realised authors could develop a page for their works, I produced one that allows me to involve readers in my writing.
I also belong to many of the groups that exist. Most of these I contribute to only rarely, as I’m generally too busy writing, but they can be valuable as a source of information, opinion, news and discussion.
This link will take you direct to my author page. From there you can easily investigate the rest of the site and decide whether it’s for you. I recommend it.
This is a site offering exactly what it says; books that are on offer, often for a limited period. There are many different genres represented and it appears to be an Amazon associate account and looks legitimate.