A Piece of My Mind: Net
Most good writers crave tools to help them work and need assistance to
help them succeed!
One of the best tools available to most writers these days is the
Internet itself. Many of the sites on the 'net to help writers are FREE . .
. yes, you read me right, The price tag is FREE! So those writers who have
said to me that they don't have the budget to spend on researchers, they
don't have the time to know what books to get at the book store or don't
have the time to get out to the library. You can't use those excuses anymore
if you have an internet connection. Two to three clicks and as Superman says
"Up, Up and Away!"
One of the best research tools and search engine sites on the web which I
love dearly is Google. If you haven't used the
Google site and its tools yet, you should now. Forget the crap you read
about it in the papers about the government in bed with Google. It has more
information than you can ever use if researching a single subject project.
After I have used the Google site, I suggest using another great web site
. . .
Refdesk. Refdesk is the one stop resource for
research. For writers, this is the Starship Enterprise of research and
trivial data. Everything from the quote of the day to this day in history,
it has it all. If you want research, it's all there. Then there are ways to
reference millions of other reference and fun sites it will lead you to.
Always want to read the classics but can't find them in your book stores
or the libraries? Well read these books on line . . . Yes, I mean on line!
(named after the man who invented the first printing press) has more than
1800 books on line, from e-books to online feeds. It is worth checking out.
If you are sitting at your computer and seeking a job in this crazy
writing field, Maybe the
Write Jobs web site may
help you find one. This site has some job listing for all types of writing
positions. This site also gives job advice on resumes and career resources.
Another place to seek out for writing employment and career help is the
Center web site. A suggestion I
make to all who use these sites or any other internet job sites , like
Monster, Career Builders, etc . . . if the job seems too good to be true or
they ask for a fee up-front. be careful and be wary. There are scams
everywhere , even on internet job sites. There are some sites (like
poetry.com) who want to reprint your prose or poem in their book and ask you
to buy a copy-AVOID THOSE!
In a few months from now, I plan to do another MIND column on
web sites that are useful to you. I want your feed back. Only one ground rule
. . . NO PORN , SEX OR EROTICA SITES, but any other site you know, that
are helpful to you and you want to share are fair game for this column . You
will get a by-line credit for sending me the site if I use it in the column.
So, please send me your favorite links with your name to my e-mail
Also a new feature of this column . . . The BURNING question for the
month which you can e-mail is . . . What person (dead or alive) in your
personal life inspired you as a writer? You can e-mail me that answer with
the word INSPIRE in the subject line (NO ATTACHMENT PLEASE-I will delete
those without looking at them!) .You may send this answer to the
e-mail address . . . I will answer all replies that I receive.
On my own personal note, I do enjoy hearing your feedback , whether on
the Book Expo convention floor at an appearance/workshop or via e-mail. I am
glad to know you are reading and enjoying his column.
So, until next time keep reaching for the stars!
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About the Writer:
Bennet Pomerantz is a media review columnist in
175 newspapers with his weekly column AUDIOWORLD. His fiction and
reviews have appeared in the pages of Affaire De Coeur, Gateways, Mystery
Scene, Power Star, The Hot Corner, Washington Entertainment Magazine, and
many others. He is also known for his review appearances on the MCN
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