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10 Fundamental Reference Sites for Writers

Below is a list of useful, everyday reference sites for writers.

# 1 is the world's leading online source for English definitions, synonyms, word origins and etymologies, audio pronunciations, example sentences...

# 2 is the world's largest and most trusted free online thesaurus.

# 3 Rhymezone

A language arts reference tool and comprehensive search engine for words. Includes the functions of a rhyming dictionary, thesaurus, and spelling checker...

# 4 Grammarly

Grammarly is an American multinational technology company that develops a digital writing tool using artificial intelligence and natural language processing. "Eliminate grammar errors. Easily improve any text."

NB: I do find that this site isn't always totally accurate and so shouldn’t be a replacement for your own editing/proofreading process. However, it definitely provides that extra support to pick up on the odd misspellings and simple grammatical faux pas you'd be ashamed not to have picked up on.

# 5 Writer's Encyclopedia

Here you can find the tips, tools, and inspiration to create a new generation of sensational stories.

# 6 Writer's Digest

Writer's Digest is an American magazine aimed at beginning and established writers. It contains interviews, market listings, calls for manuscripts, and how-to articles.

# 8 BBC: The Writer's Room

We discover, develop and champion new and experienced writing talent across the whole of the UK.

I often find great opportunities here for writers wanting to get into film and television.

# 9 Play Submissions Helper

A huge compendium of tons of play submission opportunities.

This site provides a regularly updated list of publishers accepting play submissions for writers wanting to get into theatre.

# 10 National Novel Writing Month Blog (NaNoWriMo)

The National Novel Writing Month blog (NaNoWriMo) provides inspirational posts year-round for when you're stuck with writer's block, and offers guidelines on everything from the publishing process to finding feedback.

This blog and its content are very well known and popular amongst modern-day writers.


Do you use any of the sites above?

Got any more you can think of that aren't listed?

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