Writing Resource Links
The following writing-related resource links are an accumulated collection of resource links that have been featured at some point in my Writing Help Central Update
Newsletter and/or The Write Place
From time-to-time, I mention specific writing-related resource sites in my newsletter and/or Blog. Periodically those new links are added to this collection. They are organized alphabetically, by category heading.
AspiringAuthors.net is a one-stop resource site for anyone who ever dreamed of writing their own book. Webmaster Yvonne Richards has assembled a comprehensive set of information resources supplememnted by a team of expert advisors and professionals that can hold your hand every step of the way through the someVerdana daunting publishing process. If you've ever thought of writing your own book, no matter how modest, Yvonne's site has the information you need to help make it a reality.
AwakenTheAuthorWithin is the brainchild of veteran teacher Glenn Dietzel. On that Web site Glenn claims that he can tell you, and I quote, "How To Start, Finish and Publish an eBook in 29 Days or Less". Even better, over the years he has developed a proprietary formula that he says will allow you to draft a 90 page eBook in just 12 hours of actual writing! Just to get you started, Glenn is offering a free eBook entitled "7 Secrets of eBook Authoring". So, if you've ever wondered about whether you might have an eBook inside you, Glenn's site is a must.
Book Summary Services
GetAbstract Business Book Summaries is a high quality professional book summary service for business and gradutae students. At last count it listed more than 5,000 of the top management and business books. With this service you can stay up-to-date with the latest developments and learn from the best business books ever published. This is an excellent way to stay "ahead of the curve" in these days of information overload.
Book Writing and Authoring
Instant Book Writing Kit shows you how to write, publish and market your own book/ebook using previously unknown online distribution channels rather than via the old money-losing book publishing model. The kit's unique 17 Action Steps For Online Publishing Success provide a step-by-step walkthrough explaining exactly how any aspiring author/publisher can implement this breakthrough model and make significantly more money than with the traditional book publishing method. Anyone wanting to make some decent money from their book/ebook will definitely want access to this information.
How To Write A "How-To" Book (or eBook) sets the modern standard for creating "how-to" books, ebooks and info-products. It holds that anyone with a hobby, interest or activity they are passionate about can easily create their own how-to book/ebook - no matter what the subject. Its step-by-step approach covers every aspect of producing a unique how-to book. It stresses the importance these days of including resource/reference tie-ins with the Internet. Includes a chapter on how to extend and add value to your how-to book/ebook. If you think you have a book inside you, this will help you find it.
Business Letter Writing Basics is a site maintained by Kenneth Beare of About.com. There he explains basic business letter formats and offers a number of sample business letters for different situations. Here's the link:
Instant Business Letter Kit is a comprehensive business writing toolkit that combines "how-to" tips, tricks, advice, and information with over 100 real-life templates for writing any type of business letter that you can download into your word processor and use as you choose. The Kit also includes a special bonus book containing business form templates ranging from, invoices and purchase orders, to minutes of meetings, and trip reports. Whether you're involved in small business, home-based business, or large business, if you need help writing business letters, you could make this Kit your business writing style guide.
Savvy Business Correspondence is an interesting general business correspondence site that covers a broad range of business letter subjects including: envelopes, paper, formats, fonts and samples. Oh, did I mention that it is hosted by a cat named Dixie? Really. Check it out:
DailyWritingTips.com maintains a compendium of business writing articles covering just about every situation imaginable. It provides regular and useful content for those looking to improve their written business English. You can expect to read new article posts regularly, covering a range of business-related topics.
College and Grad School Admission
Instant College Admission Essay Kit is a low-cost solution to the high cost of developing application essays and personal statements for admission to college and university programs: undergraduate, graduate, MBA, law, and medicine. This unique essay writing toolkit is packed full of advice, tips, pointers, and "hands-on" tools designed to fast-track the essay development and writing process. It also contains many real-life essay templates that can be downloaded into your word processing program. If you're looking for a cost-effective alternative or supplement to the expensive essay preparation services, this Kit is definitely worth checking out.
Admissions Consultants.com is a quality service that has been around online since 1996. It helps both undergrad and graduate applicants increase their chances of gaining entry to their preferred programs by pairing them with appropriate admissions consultants. All of their consultants have first-hand admissions committee experience at top schools, giving them a thorough understanding of admissions dynamics and decisions. They use that knowledge to help their clients make informed decisions and prepare effective application packages.
College Admission Advice
Make Your Words Sell! is recognized as the master manual on persuasive copywriting. Co-written by Internet marketing guru Ken Evoy and pro writer Joe Robson, it transforms traditional copywriting techniques into "the art of e-persuasion". Concepts are applicable both online and offline. An extensive value-added "how to" and reference guide. A "must have" in my book.
Courses and Classes
Tips and Tricks For Writing Success is a FREE e-mail writing course designed to help people with everday writing tasks including: personal letters, business letters, resumes, cvs, term and research papers, essays, reports and more. Thousands of people from all over the world have taken this course and the rave reviews keep coming in every day.
WritingClasses.com claims to offer the most comprehensive creative writing classes "online or in New York City." Also known as "Gotham Writers", they give 10-week classes in 19 different types of creative writing, from fiction and screenwriting, to mystery, romance, and songwriting. They also deliver customized and/or private workshops on specialized subjects, as well as a series of custom classes for aspiring teen writers.
The Dialectizer will take any English text you provide, and then translate it into any one of a number of well-known comic dialects. I ran the home page of my Writing Help Central Web site through it, and the results were actually quite hilarious. I especially liked Elmer Fudd! For a good laugh, give it a try:
Editing and Proofreading
WritingEnglish.com is a quality service that has been operating online for more than a decade. The editors at at WritingEnglish are graduates of English-speaking universities in North America and have acquired significant business experience in English. All take a great interest in the written word. The person, who reviews your work, will be the author of one or more books of fiction or non-fiction, or published articles.
WritingEnglish.com is an extensive English Grammar help and resource site created by George Robinson of Montreal. The site contains the rules of English grammar, a glossary of grammatical terms, online tests and vocabulary exercises, tips for writing business letters, cover letters, resumes, and other writing, and more, in addition to a description of its English proofreading and editing service. This site's mission is to "Ensure that your writing will make a good impression."
English Idioms and Expressions
English-Idioms-and-Expressions.com contains more than 2000 English idioms and expressions along with their meanings and examples. Some interesting expressions and proverbs from other languages and cultures are also covered, along with a number of humorous illustrations. Creator and host, Reza Mashayekhi, claims that the site is unique in the way it allows visitors to easily contribute to the site and, in some cases, even set up their own page where others can make comments or have discussions. If you are interested in the usage, meaning and/or origin of idiomatic expressions in the English language, this site is for you:
English (and French) Language Courses
Discovery Language Centre has been providing language training for both corporations and individuals since 1992. It focuses on the language skill needs of businesses and professionals. Based in Montreal, the Centre offers quality language training in English, French, Spanish and other languages to an international clientele. Its unique interactive teaching methodology is ideal for small to medium national and multi-national companies which need a fast-track language training solution for their people. Training can be delivered in most countries. If you or your people need quality language training in a hurry, DLC is definitely worth checking into:
Essay Writing Help
International Student.com has compiled an excellent collection of essay writing tips and examples. The site contains help for researching and writing essays, from understanding the topic and essay question, to editing the final draft. If your looking for essay writing help and guidance, this site is well worth checking out.
Essay Writing Resources is a short list of quality essay writing resources for all types of essays and research papers. The essays referenced there are in the sense of a "term paper" or a "research essay" -- NOT admission essays. Writing an admission essays for college or university entrance is covered above under "Collegege Admission". If you are searching for help with a term paper or research paper, you will want to check out this page.
Essay Writing Resources
Grammar and Spelling Help
Grammar Slammer is a shareware program, available for a Free 21-day trial:
Guide To Grammar & Writing was created years ago by Professor Charles Darling of Capital Community College in Hartford CT, USA. Sadly, he is no lonhger with us, but jhis legacy has been maintained. It is a really neat website that uses a series of dropdown menus to help users find the type of writing help they're looking for. Whether you need help with basic sentence or paragraph structure, or with an essay or research paper, this is a content rich resource site.
Hand Writing to Font Conversion
This amazing service will actually turn your own personal handwriting into a True Type Font! Just imagine watching your own handwriting appear on the screen as you type! This is a perfect way to personalize letters and other typewritten documents with your own handwriting! This Handwriting to Font conversion service will transform any handwriting into an actual font for use on any Windows or Mac PC.
Convert Hand Writing To Font
The ability to write reasonably well is probably the single most important skill needed to build and run a successful home-based business on the Internet. So it's not surprising that Ken Evoy, the co-author of "Make Your Words Sell" (see Copy Writing, above) is now recognized as a major Internet Marketing guru. Recently, Ken converted his immensely popular e-mail course "Affiliate Master's Course" into an eBook that you can download for FREE. If you ever wondered how it's done, take a look at this:
Letter Writing - General
Instant Letter Writing Kit is considered the ultimate general letter writing resource. It combines a letter writing style guide WITH more than 100 fully-formatted real-life templates that can be downloaded straight into your word processor. The templates in the Kit are for the top letters that people are most often searching for online, and are said to represent over 99% of ALL letters ever written or requested. This Kit covers every kind of letter you'll ever need to write.
Instant Home Writing Kit is a one-stop writing toolkit that contains "how-to" information for writing the most sought after personal and business letters including: recommendation letter, resignation letter, business letter, thank you letter, complaint letter, cover letter, and sales letter. The Kit contains over 60 fully-formatted sample templates that users can downloaded into their word processors and work with. A powerful letter writing tool.
Medical Residency Statements
Medical Residency Personal Statement Kit was developed exclusively to help MDs create a professional quality personal statement for their medical residency applications, for any medical specialty. In addition to the how-to tips and tricks, all of the downloadable templates (MS-Word) included in the Kit are full-length professionally written personal statements that have been used by MDs in real-life residency application submissions. If you are looking for a low cost way to create a high quality medical residency personal statement, be sure to check out this one.
Medical Residency Personal Statements
Online Style Guides
Style guides are the reference books that tell you what is right and wrong when writing in English.
Writing Style and Usage Tips is a directory of links that go to a number of pages specifically designed to help with the "style" side of writing; without getting into the technical details of English grammar. The material covers the most common stumbling blocks encountered by people when trying to improve their written English for day-to-day usage.
Writing Style and Usage Tips
The classic, "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk, Jr.
Wikipedia Style Guide is not exactly a traditional style guide but it does contain examples as well as links to style guides covering English usage in many different countries. It's worth checking out.
Wikipedia Style Guide
Proposal Writing Tips is a set of resource pages that have been put together to help people understand what proposal writing really involves. It also lists the 20 different types of "business" proposals for which people regularly seek help writing. It does not cover personal proposals such as wedding proposals or marriage proposals. If you need help structuring and writing any type of business proposal you will want to check out this page.
Proposal Writing Tips
Recommendation Letter Resources
Instant Recommendation Letter Kit is a toolkit for the writing all types of letters of recommendation and letters of reference for both employment and college admission purposes. The Kit contains 89 real-life sample letter templates that users can download straight into their word processor and work with.
Recommendation and Reference Letter Templates
Recommendation-Reference-Central.com is a comprehensive one-stop information and resource center for the writing of all types of letters of recommendation and letters of reference. These types of letters are are often difficult to write and are frequently confused. If you need help writing any kind of letter of recommendation or letter of reference; for business, work, college admission, or home, this site is your one-stop information source.
Recommendation Letter Writing Resources
Business Report Tips explains that there are many different generic types of business reports from: general business reports, to business plans and proposals, to marketing plan and strategic plans, among others. Although the technical content and terminology will vary from report to report, the actual "report writing process" will be essentially the same.
Business Report Writing Tips
Resume Writing Resources: This page contains links to dozens of resume writing resources including: style tips, professionally written real-life samples, and resume writing services. The real-life sample templates will help you write a more professional looking resume that will help you get that job you are seeking.
Resume Writing Tips and Samples
Free Resume Database Sites This service offers you access to hundreds of free resume databases and job posting sites from one single location. They claim you won’t ever need to search for free resume sources again!
Sales and Marketing Letters
Yanik Silver has developed a powerful set of fill-in-the-blanks sales letters called "Instant Sales Letters". It contains dozens of proven sales and marketing letter templates for every kind of small business imaginable, from retailers and restaurateurs, to physicians, lawyers, and veterinarians. A fine set of tools that work. I recommend it highly for anyone starting or growing their business:
Real-life Sales Letters
iSpeeches.com: free speeches, instant speeches, graduation speeches, birthday speeches, eulogies and wedding anniversary speeches. iSpeeches.com claims to be the World's largest speech store.
CollegeStudySkills.com is full of resources to help students with all types of academic writing including: essay writing,
term papers, and admission essays. In addition to writing assistance, webmaster Rob Rob Seiler, B.Sc.B.Comm (Hons), also offers advice and resources on a variety of study techniques including: speed reading, memory techniques and learning style. Well worth checking out:
Term Papers and Essays
American Psychological Association(APA): Organization responsible for the APA documentation style, with links to the APA Publication Manual.
Modern Language Association of America(MLA): Organization responsible for the MLA documentation style, with links to the MLA Handbook and Manual.
General MLA Resources and Links
AbiWord is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft Word. It is suitable for typing papers, letters, reports, memos, and so forth. You can download AbiWord at:
WriteDirections.com is maintained by Beth Mende Conny. It is a resource-rich Web site that is the best that I have found thus far that bridges that gray area divide between practical everyday writing and creative writing. Her site, WriteDirections.com contains an excellent collection of "how-to" articles as well as lots of other good stuff. Don't miss it:
Writing.com is an online community for writers of all ages, interests and skill levels. Anyone may create a free portfolio and exchange feedback with other writers. This site was rated by Writer's Digest's 101 as among the "Best Websites For Writers, 2005" and has thousands of writers within its community.
Writing Help Tools is a one-stop quick reference resource site that offers fully-researched links to the best writing-related resource tools on the Web that are designed to help users with their personal and business writing needs. If you need "how-to" information and practical tools to assist you with your personal or business writing work, Writing Help Tools will point you to resources that will save you time, money, and energy.
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