Enter the Castaways Poetry Competition

If you are looking for a challenge or for inspiration, check out the rules for this free poetry competition. Poems are to be based on sculptures in the city’s collection. Submissions are via email.

City of Rockingham – Castaways.

Reasons to Try yWriter5

I now use Scrivener, but I have yWriter5 too. You can transfer from one to the other by exporting your project. yWriter5 has some great features and it’s completely free! (though donations help the hard-working programmer).

QueryTracker Blog: Why I Use yWriter (Writer Software).


Welcome to the Wattpad Workshop Series. | Wattpad Insider

If you are looking for inspiration and online writing friends, here’s a free workshop series (a new challenge every Monday, along with an archive of previous workshops) and a supportive forum where resulting writing is shared. If you’d like to take a creative writing class, but there is none nearby or your schedule precludes regular attendance, this could be perfect for you.

Take a look. The link is below.

Welcome to the Wattpad Workshop Series. | Wattpad Insider.

Free Novel Writing Software

I discovered this software while participating in NaNoWriMo a few years ago. It is almost too good to be true. It keeps track of your wordcount and scrambles your text for submission to the official NaNo site. More than that, it helps you write in scenes. It is a little more complex than Scrivener, but in some ways that is good. Right now I am using both. You can write in one, save the text as RTF, and paste it into the other. Each has advantages. It is, for example, harder to keep track of characters in Scrivener, but there is no corkboard for scene “cards” in yWriter5.

Ywriter5 is just for Windows, though. If you want to try it, the download link is below.

yWriter5 – Free writing software designed by an author, not a salesman.