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I want to get a [email protected]** thread with a bunch of websites that are great to hone in your craft.

If you want to post an obvious one (like thecreativepenn.com) feel free, but I am looking more for the hidden gems you have found.

TIA!

P.S. - if there is something else that really helped you become a better writer (other than writing/reading more  ::) LOL) please share!
 

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Probably Baen's Bar or it was at one time. I haven't been there in a long time. Critique Circle is also an active writing advice forum where you can find a lot of beta readers for your work.

ETA: Baen's Bar is mainly for SF and Fantasy. CC has writers of all genres who are members.
 

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I'll put in a plug for Romance Divas (http://www.romancedivas.com), where I'm a mod, and the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood (http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com), where I'm a contributor.

RD has won numerous awards (6 years straight in Writers Digest 101 Best websites), and the Ruby blog is frequently mentioned by aspiring and debut authors as being instrumental to their success. Just yesterday I came across a random newly-published book in which the author (who is NOT a Ruby, btw -- I had no idea who she was) gave a shout-out to the Rubies because it was our Winter Writing Festival that finally gave her the push to complete her first manuscript.
 

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http://www.hollylisle.com

Seriously, I have learned SO MUCH from her about every aspect of writing. She had something like...what, 32? novels trade published before taking the self-pub leap a couple of years back. But even before that, I was buying her books on writing, and taking her courses (How to Revise Your Novel saved a project I really thought was hopeless)

But even before that, I was eating up all the free writing stuff on her website. Hands-down my favorite.

ETA: Yay Nathalie! Great minds think alike ;D
 

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I like Holly Lisle, too!

Not a web site, but [urlhttp://selfpublishingpodcast.com/]The Self-Publishing Podcast[/url] is full of good advice and interesting tidbits on writing via the archives. Beware of coarse language, if you are sensitive to such things!
 

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ElHawk said:
I like Holly Lisle, too!

Not a web site, but [urlhttp://selfpublishingpodcast.com/]The Self-Publishing Podcast[/url] is full of good advice and interesting tidbits on writing via the archives. Beware of coarse language, if you are sensitive to such things!
Very cool!
I will have to check that out.
Thanks for sharing. :)
 

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I see a lot of ROMANCE links here, but hardly any that are outside of that realm. So....

Dean Wesley Smith:
http://www.deanwesleysmith.com

Wordplayer
http://www.wordplayer.com/pros/welcome.html

A Must-Watch Interview with Dean Koontz
http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jennifer-fulwiler/a-must-watch-interview-with-dean-koontz

There are others like Konrath, Ruby, etc, but Dean's site is unmatched. Konrath comes close but I don't really get that mentor vibe that I do with Dean. Every now and then Konrath will hit a home run, but with Dean, almost every single post (some admittedly controversial) its out of the ballpark.
 
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