free resources for writers

  • Copyscape is a free service that will help you to determine if anyone has plagiarized your online work.
  • GrammarBook.com offers comprehensive information about grammar, punctuation, and other rules. It has one of the most detailed explanations on the rules of capitalization, for example, and it is my go-to guide for other topics as well.
  • Grammar Girl offers “short, friendly tips to improve your writing” (such as when to use “everyday” or “every day”) and covers “the grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers.”
  • Grammar Taming: A Few Grammar Basics, posted on the “Scribophile Writing Blog,” provides tips about some grammar fundamentals, including where to place apostrophes; how to use “their,” “there,” and “they’re” correctly; and when to use “affect” and  “effect.”
  • The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016  Although you will have to do some digging to find the real gems on this site, it will be worth the effort. Resources fall under the following categories: blogging, creativity and craft, entrepreneurship, freelancing, marketing, publishing, and writing communities. (NOTE: This has not been updated for 2017, but the information is still solid.)
  • The Legal Guide for Bloggers offers “a basic roadmap to the legal issues you may confront as a blogger, let[s] you know you have rights, and…encourage[s] you to blog freely with the knowledge that your legitimate speech is protected.”
  • Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is an invaluable resource for writers, where you will find information on just about any writing-related topic you can think of (from correcting a dangling modifier or a run-on sentence to conducting research and using appropriate citation and format styles).
  • In the 7 Fundamental Rules of Poetry, Allison VanNest gives readers helpful advice about writing a memorable poem, (including the importance of avoiding clichés, being emotionally honest, and using imagery).
  • In “10 Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make,” Christina Desmarais discusses grammatical errors even the most intelligent among us make, and she shows how, if we “wield those [misused] words skillfully,” people might see us not only as smart but also as “poised, persuasive, and funny.”
  • The United States Copyright Office provides step-by-step guidelines about how to register a copyright.

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