2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006: Named one
of the 101 best Web sites for writers by Writers Digest Magazine.
Using the Internet to
I finally caved. I'm learning to use the computer.
For someone who writes, it seems logical that I would be one of the first people to learn to surf the Internet and use e-mail for queries and submissions.
The truth is, I'm slow to change. Now that I have, I wonder what took me so long.
I use the computer in the following ways:
1. To research subjects for my articles
One day I was working on a religious article. I had a Bible message in mind, but couldn't recall the entire passage and where it was. I simply typed in "Bible" and found a Web site containing the passage I needed.
2. For inspiration
I subscribe to several sites that send inspiration to my mailbox each day. One quotation said, "Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the great make you feel that you too can become great." Mark Twain
I also get a prayer sent to my mailbox. One source is River of Hope. To subscribe, e-mail: RDariverofhopesubscribe@topica.com. Another site is listed at http://www.inspirationaday.listbot.com. You can subscribe from there.
3. To avoid plagiarism
There is a site where one can find out if anything similar has been written. This avoids inadvertent plagiarism. The site is http://www.howoriginal.com.
4. To increase vocabulary
I have a new word come to my mailbox each day. I subscribed at http://www.Words@riddlesandmore.com.
5. To expand markets
I found many sites, each linking to more. One excellent site is http://www.writersweekly.com. To have markets come to my mailbox, I e-mailed email@example.com.
6. To ask questions
There are two great places to ask writing questions: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. I typed in a question about rights and had an answer in 24 hours.
7. To post articles
To post articles, I e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Editor's Note: Ezinearticles.com is a reputable nonpaying site offering free content to other sites and zines.)
8. To connect to references
I use the following sites:
9. For queries and submissions
This chops response time. A word of caution, however, some publications do not accept e-mail submissions. Always check guidelines.
10. To subscribe to newsletters
I subscribe to several newsletters. Here are two email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since using the Internet for my writing, I have doubled my submissions, and found markets for reprint articles.
L. Jans is a freelance writer with numerous writing and photo credits, including Canadian Writer's Journal, Freelance, Longridge, Fellowscript, Tale Spinners, Senior Living and more.