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The purpose of this page is to share links and tips related to writing - the craft of writing, the business of writing, and other topics of interest to writers and the writing process. If you're on a return visit, you'll find new links and interesting sites to visit this week. If this is your first visit, take a look around and let me know what you think. Since the inception of the page on October 23, 1998, over 2,500 visitors from 27 different countries have visited. If you are a visitor from a nation whose language is other than English, please let me know how you're viewing the page, whether through translation software or other method. I'm considering including an option that would translate the page for you.

NEW LINKS ADDED January 9, 1999! Look below for the links I've added this week. Let me know if you have some links you'd like to include - I'll consider them for future updates.

WACKY WRITER'S WORLD NEWS: This week brought interesting news to Wacky Writer's World. First, it was featured in the January 6 issue of Inkspot's Newsletter, Inklings, which has resulted in a flood of subscribers and visits to the website. A link to Inklings is provided with this week's links. Thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Editor of Inklings, for including this humble site in her newsletter.

In other news, Wacky Writer's World has won its first awards, The Wishing Well Web Page Excellence Award and the Bob-o-link Way Cool Site Award.

Wishing Well AwardBob-o-Link

THE WACKY WRITER Newsletter - The first issue of the sort of monthly newsletter was sent to subscribers on November 8. The next issue will debut in the form of an information-packed version on Sunday, January 17, 1999. In the meantime, click here for the November issue, which includes the article "How to Write a Query Letter", as well as a tips and other interesting tidbits.

NEWSLETTER INFORMATION: If you haven't subscribed and would like to receive the newsletter, fill in the form after the links section on this page. IMPORTANT DETAIL: In the comments block, type SUBSCRIBE along with your FIRST NAME (example: SUBSCRIBE Jo), and I'll add you to the list of subscribers. The reason for the first name is because I like to address everybody as something less clinical than "Dear Subscriber"! The mailing list is not divulged to anyone but me, and never will be - as always, I am keeping the newsletter ad-free and non-commercial.


"Read, read, read. Read everything--trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window."

- William Faulkner

WACKY WRITER'S WORLD BULLETIN BOARD - Click the image below to go to the new WACKY WRITER'S BULLETIN BOARD - This is a place for you to share your thoughts about writing with other writers, pose questions about writing, even share your work for critique. Tell me what you'd like to see in this bulletin board, and I'll be happy to try and make it happen. The first discussion thread is: What inspires you to write? Click below to answer this question or pose your own. The entries so far are very interesting - seems as though most writers write because they simply HAVE to write!

Moon and Star Artwork copyright 1998 Amber J. Merritt


(Updated January 10, 1998)

The first five links are to previous links presented at WACKY WRITER'S WORLD. The remaining links are to other sites. Some time in the next couple of months I will organize the links from previous weeks by category to make it easier for everyone. If you have suggestions as to what you would like to see in the way of categories, please just drop me a line! Thanks! Jo Loving Gann

Wacky Writer's Links from 12/31/1998

Wacky Writer's Links from 12/17/1998

Wacky Writer's Links from 11/29/1998

Wacky Writer's Links from 11/06/1998

The ORIGINAL web page for WACKY WRITER'S WORLD: Includes the underlying philosophy for WACKY WRITER'S WORLD as well as links of interest.

Writer On Line: Okay - here's the shameless plug again. The January 16 Issue of Writer On Line will include my "Hamlet's Soliloquy for Writers". Let me know what you think! End of Shameless Plug.

The Life of William Faulkner: In keeping with Wacky Writer tradition, this link will tell you more about the man who uttered our "quote of the week" for this week. William Faulkner was a private, talented author. Read more about him and his writings at this site. Get a load of the opening quote - it has application to today's political environment.

Inklings Newsletter - Inkspot's newsletter for Writers on the Net: Debbie Ridpath Ohi's Inkspot website puts out an informative and useful newsletter. Take a look, there might be something there for you.

Children's Author Verla Kay's Website: Verla Kay is a marvelous children's writer who unselfishly shares her knowledge of the craft and business side of children's writing. Her site is a good jumping off point for people interested in writing for children.

Keystrokes Ezine: Keystrokes Ezine has great articles and tips for writers. It is also a paying market. Great resource for writers.

Freedom Site: In the town of Freedom on the Planet Promise, anything can happen, literally ANYTHING! Paul Land has created an innovative concept for interactive literature. Take a spin around Freedom and see what you think.

Sewgeeky: Suppose you've created a character who loves to sew or you yourself love to sew. Either way, you'll get a kick out of the Sewgeeky site, a creative way of looking at handcrafted art. This one's for you, Tracey.

Make 'em Laugh: One of my visitors asked that I include a site for writing humorous slogans and such. I'm still searching for other sites, but in the meantime, this article by Susan Malthop should help. Take a look, it's pretty good.

Sarah McLachlan Home Page: The music of Sarah McLachlan is worth the trip to this website. The beauty of the lyrics, and her clear, angelic voice can transport you before you know it. Stop by and learn more.

Profnet: Have an idea for an article and need to interview a few experts? Profnet is a database of 6000 experts in different fields. Take a look - maybe you'll come up with a story idea, or a winning interview.

Roland Baric's Bookroom: I know, I know - Roland's site was here last week and the week before. I've decided Roland gets his own link every week. He is trying to get his site up and running with more content - so if you have something to contribute, or would just like to drop by and say hello, he'd like to hear from you. Roland Baric, a Croatian writer and webmaster, has started a site for writers and other creative people. Available in many different languages, Roland's site offers a view of the future for his fellow Croatian writers - in a country of 5 million people, about two percent have access to the internet. Roland needs writers to submit poetry, letters, essays, or stories to post at his site. Visit his charming pages and drop him a line. Tell him Jo sent you. Be sure and check out Thea's latest poetry submission.

I am also member of a number of webrings for writers and some of general interest. Because there are so many, I set up a page for Webrings only. Click here to visit the webring page.

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