This is a list of my favorite websites for readers or writers. I think these are great resources that can be used every day, they have enough content and interesting posts that make them worth exploring.
1. Functionally Fictional
Okay, so I may be a little biased with this one because I am a contributor, but it is really turning out to be a goldmine of good books with quality reviews. Everyone reads a little bit of everything, but right now the majority of books reviewed are in the YA genre. But we are branching out to include a little bit of everything. A reader’s paradise. You can find it here.
This is a subscription where you can read an unlimited number of ebooks, audiobooks, sheet music and documents for a measly $8.99 a month. It saves me a lot of money on books and allows me the freedom to have a wide selection of books and genres for a small fee. You can sign up for it here.
3. NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo
Run by donations this nonprofit allows writers to complete a 50,000-word novel in a month in November, and choose their own goal and project in April with the Camp version. With fun stuff like T-shirts, mugs, magnets and other knickknacks for sale to help support it, you can brag your writer-nerddom to the world. Plus one account allows you to sign up for both websites. You can find NaNoWriMo here and the Camp there.
4. DIY MFA
Based on the idea that you don’t have to pay a bunch of money for the equivalent experience of an MFA in writing, the founder of this website set out to creat a community of writers and a resource that allows them to get the same three components of an MFA without going into thousands in debt. The three components are lots of writing practice, reading with a purpose, and creating a sense of community with other writers. She also does a podcast packed with information and will respond to your emails personally. You can find it here.
5. Facebook Groups
I have found that finding Facebook groups in your niches are a great way to make good friends. Yes, you have never met in person, and yes, you have to be careful about who you share personal information with online, but I have found some good friends who are interested in the same things I am through these groups. Some of my favorites are Creative Central with Debbie Burns (for female fiction writers), ProBlogger Community (for all of those bloggers out there, from beginning to advanced), Word Nerds Unite (for the members of the DIY MFA website), and Fans of C. J. Redwine (for all those who love her books). No matter what, you can find friends in every interest there could be.