The Writer’s Knowledge Base: A Free and Valuable Resource for Writers

The Writer’s Knowledge Base: A Free and Valuable Resource for Writers discusses an amazing free resource for writers created by Elizabeth S. Craig and Mike Fleming.

Today I thought I’d share a great resource for writers. It’s called the Writer’s Knowledge Base and it’s been put together by author Elizabeth S. Craig and Mike Fleming, creator of Hiveword, a web-based novel organizer.

Elizabeth had the idea for a knowledge base based on tweets and discussed this in a blog post in 2010Writing Links Archive—an Experiment. Mike had an idea for a collecting links to great articles mentioned in tweets and between them they came up with the Writer’s Knowledge Base: The Search Engine for Writers was born.

Elizabeth collects the links from the hundreds of writing-related websites she monitors and tweets them out. Mike does the behind the scenes technical stuff to make the knowledge base site accessible to everyone online. And, we all benefit from this collaboration!

So What Can We Find in the Knowledge Base?

Lots of good stuff!

How about 3189 articles on author platform? Or, how about 5825 links to articles on point of view, 571 links for ghosts, or 187 articles on forensics for crime writers?

This is just a sample of what’s available through the database and remember, it is continually growing.

Writer’s Knowledge Base Links

Here are all the links you need to follow Elizabeth and Mike:

Writer’s Knowledge Base page

Elizabeth: Mystery Writing is Murder
Mike: Hiveword Blog

Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Writers Stack Exchange: A Great Resource for Writers, Editors, Reviewers and Publishers

Writers Stack Exchange: A Great Resource for Writers, Editors, Reviewers and Publishers explains how Writers Stack Exchange works and why authors, editors, reviewers and publishers might want to use it.

Stack Exchange started out as an online community for computer software developers, a place where they could ask questions and get answers to technical issues.

It was a huge success, so they decided to try creating other communities on other topics and now there are in excess of 125 Stack Exchange sites covering specific topics in Business, Professional, Life/Arts, Science, Culture/Recreation, and Technology.

New Stack Exchange sites must go through a number of steps. Area 51 is the staging area where new sites are proposed, discussed and, if there’s enough interest, go on to beta mode.

Writers Stack Exchange

Writers Stack Exchange is found in the Life/Arts category and is in beta phase. It’s a great resource designed to be used by authors, editors, reviewers, and writers – both professional and aspiring, and it’s a great way to get answers to your questions, share your expertise and gain a reputation as an expert in the industry.

Here’s how it works

  • The site is moderated.
  • Sign up, log in and ask a question. Anybody can ask a question and you can add tags to your questions to make them easier for people to find. Users have profile pages.
  • Anybody can answer a question. There can be multiple answers to a question. You can also comment on your own question or answer to ask for more information, or edit a question or answer to correct mistakes.
  • People can vote for what they think are the best answers. The answers getting the most votes will rise to the top of the answers.
  • The person asking the question can mark the answer they like the most as accepted.

Simple, right?

Asking questions
Questions should be about specific and actual problems pertaining to:

  • Nonfiction writing
  • Technical writing
  • General copywriting
  • Academic writing
  • Poetry
  • Song lyrics
  • Blogging
  • Editing
  • Publishing

The site is not designed to request editing or proofreading services, feedback, or book reviews. The intent of Writers Stack Exchange is not to be a discussion forum but instead to be a place where questions are answered.

You build your reputation with points and badges by participating and being voted for in Writers Stack Exchange. Your reputation signifies the level of trust that users in the community have in you. Question, answer, participation, moderation and tag badges are assigned to your profile page as you reach specific milestones. You can also lose points for having a question or answer voted down or posting SPAM. You can also earn privileges.

For More Information

Top questions about Writers Stack Exchange

Starting your own Stack Exchange site

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