Sunday, January 18, 2009

InScribe Christian Writer's Fellowship

The links below came from InScribe Christian Writer's Fellowship found at

You may like to visit the site and perhaps even join.

Unless someone advertises themselves as a mentor, finding one involves developing a relationship. Get to know other writers.

Join aith either a general membership or one that fits your preferred genre.

Also try a small group setting. (InScribe has several.) If you are looking for a mentor, this might be the best place to find one. If you want to mentor someone else, a group gives opportunity for you to get to know each other.

Blogs and chat rooms do not offer a face-to-face relationship, but you might meet someone through these online resources that will be interested in a mentoring relationship. InScribe has online critique groups reporting success as they mentor one another.

To find someone who offers mentoring for a fee, check out the links below to individual writer's sites.

Also, you can be mentored by keeping up with the latest information about the craft and the industry. Check out the websites for writers listed on this page.

NETWORKING (Click here to contact InScribe Members)

Blogs: getting started

To Think About

Some countries do not allow feeds from anything with the word "blog" in them, so consider this if you want your blog to go everywhere in the world.

"I fail to see how most writers actually enhance their careers by blogging. Blogs by experts about current events make more sense, because they're commentary by people who have proven expertise in writing about those topics. Most blogs, however, are mental and emotional incontinence. People who claim to be writers should spend more time pitching stories and proposals than venting their thoughts. I would blog only in conjunction with having a book on the market." —Anonymous (From July 2007 Writers Digest newsletter)

Hit counters to put on your blog

Increase traffic to your blog

  • Visiting the blogs of others. Leave your blog URL. If you leave a good comment, the blog owner and others who comment are likely to drop over to visit you. If they like what they see, they may keep on returning.

Ads on your blog?

  • BlogAds - Select ads here, or reverse the process and put your ad on influential blogs. Only ads that you approve.
  • BloggingAds - uses Paypal
  • Blogsvertise - pays in Paypal per task/blog entry, for writing / talking about / mentioning their website in your blog
  • Crispads - bloggers target the ads because you best know your content.
  • Google ads - Pick the style of ads you want and paste the code into your blog template. Google's Adsense crawls the web and chooses content-appropriate ads for your blog. If you are writing about butterflies or yaks, the ads posted will suit your topic. You are credited on a per-hit basis and paid after you've reached the $100 level in your account.
  • PayPerPost - another place to find ads for your blog.
  • Problogger - lots of information about earning money from a blog.

Other Tips

  • Blogspot and others allow you to postdate an entry. After you write your post, click on "post options" beside the box to put in tags. Enter the date and time you want it to appear in the blog. For example, enter 10/21/08 || 6:00 P.M. which will publish it on October 21, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. Then click on 'Publish' and you will see an orange message on the 'edit' screen saying that your post is scheduled and will be published on the date and at the time you have selected. However, DO NOT SAVE YOUR POST AS A DRAFT because it will just stay there. Also pay attention to your dates. If you write them 10/21/08, it may reverse them to 21/10/98.

BLOGS by and for WRITERS (top)


  • Guide to Literary Agents - Editor of this annual volume, Chuck Sambuchino, offers the latest news and views on literary agents.
  • Poetic Asides - Published poets Nancy Breen and Robert Lee Brewer blog on issues affecting poets from the poet's perspective. As the editors of Poet's Market and Writer's Market respectively, Breen and Brewer also share insights on the publishing industry, especially as it relates to poetry.
  • Questions & Quandaries - Don't know the difference between "who" and "whom"? Facing an ethical dilemma about accepting gifts from subjects? Let Brian A. Klems answer your grammatical, ethical, business and writing-related questions.
  • This Writer's Life - "Writer's Life" columnist Kevin Alexander gives his witty take on starting a writing career, posted weekly.
  • The Writer's Perspective - WD Editor Maria Schneider writes a blog dedicated to the publishing industry and other writing-related news, writing essentials, links of interest and commentaries on the industry's hottest topics.

Writing Forums, Lists, Chats (top)

  • Alt.usage.english - newsgroup
  • Analog Science Fiction - Chats with authors, twice a month
  • Burry Man Writers Center
  • Christian Bookshelf - Message board where authors and readers connect, various books are discussed, etc.
  • Christian Market Listserv - "a forum for networking and discussing issues related to publishing and marketing in the Christian marketplace."
  • Christian Writers Workshop Join here and chat in iUniverse chat room
  • Community Live Journal - to help members finish their novels.
  • Creative Pen - Yahoo group for serious writers
  • Crime Writers - a Yahoo group with nearly 700 members who chat about writing crime fiction.
  • Critique Circle - An online workshop for writers of all genres to receive feedback on their work, about 7-10 critiques per manuscript. Also includes tools for manuscript progress, submission tracking, character generation and more.
  • Critters - an on-line workshop/critique group for serious writers of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. You get your work critiqued in exchange for critiquing the work of others
  • Dancing Word Writers Network
  • Dedicated Author - lists opportunities, contests & jobs for writers
  • Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers - a place to meet readers and writers and discuss the latest and greatest fiction that inspires.
  • Faith In Fiction discussion board
  • Faith Writers
  • Fellowship of Christian Writers - listserv, free but must apply, "vision is to provide mentoring and instruction; share skills; offer kindly criticism; supply information on markets, contests, conferences and other areas of interest...; share prayer needs; and to be inspired and encouraged by fellow writers. Our desire is that our written words always reflect Christ and glorify God."
  • Fiction Factor Forum
  • Forward Motion - free forums, workshops and more
  • For Writers - forums, references, markets, groups, conferences, author sites, agents.
  • Freelance Writing - several forums listed
  • Hobgoblin - Sci-Fi, fantasy
  • Jewish Writers - This site will connect Jewish writers with other Jewish writers and give help with navigating today’s market.
  • LitDotOrg - a place to publish and discuss stories, poetry and classics
  • Mss Editing - groups List of groups, includes forums & chats
  • Drew Marshall - Canadian spiritual talk back program.
  • Muslim Writers Society - Place for Muslim writers to post their work, get market information and participate in a chat offered each Sunday open to up-and-coming authors, famous writers and other writing industry professionals (moderated to allow attendees to get the most information).
  • My Writer's Circle - review boards for prose, poetry and scriptwriting, general advice boards, writers resources, a chat room and even a coffee shop (for off-topic conversation), a place that supports writers of all levels.
  • The Next Big Writer - a variety of services including has a forum where writers can post their work and get feedback from other writers. Must be a member; some services are free, others require a fee.
  • Novelspot - “If books were people, they’d mingle at Novelspot.” Site features interviews, tips for writers of action-adventure, fantasy, historical fiction, romance and sci-fi. (Note: some adult content). Also posts calls for submissions.
  • Omnichat Book Chat - various genre chats
  • Online Guide to Writing in Canada - featuring a comprehensive a-z listing of Canadian authors as well as resources and a forum.
  • Romance Central
  • Romance Club Message Boards - for romance writers
  • Speculative Vision, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Story Circle Network. For women with stories to tell, has a newsletter.
  • Toasted-Cheese - site withe feedback and information about issues that affect writers, also contests, forums, chats, encouragement to polish your writing.
  • Today’s Woman Writing Community - offers peer-to-peer feedback, a weekly contest, you own personal page (with photo option) and blog. Men are welcome but no one under 18.
  • WIN - groups Online and real world critique groups
  • WordTrip - family-friendly forums to discuss all genres with other members. Children can use Word Trip Junior.
  • The Writer's Almanac. Radio, poetry & history.
  • Writers BBS
  • The Writing Bridge - requires membership application, has large number of forums, also writing prompts and critique sections.
  • The Writer's Chatroom - site has Celebrity Sundays, where new authors, famous writers and other writing industry professionals stop by and chat online (chats are moderated).
  • Writers' Dock - an international resource site with forums, discussions, various groups, all with help, encouragement and advice for writers.
  • Writers Net Discussion Forums
  • Writers Remember - group that focuses on reigniting creativity, encouraging those burning out. Has forums, resources, an e-zine/newsletter, and a warning section to help you avoid writing scams.
  • Writers Write Forums
  • iVillage - chat about books, etc.
  • Table Talk
  • UPOD - Web group for working journalists.
  • Wordplay - for beginning and established screenwriters.

Websites of other writers (top) (Click here to contact InScribe Members)

Websites for Writers (top)

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