How to Write a Story Online

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If you are an aspiring writer, you can find many ways online to get help writing a story. You can write your story on a blog and get feedback from readers, or you can join an online writing community to workshop with other writers or learn how to write within a particular genre. Before the Internet, hopeful writers would send their work to publishers and wait to see if anyone would take it. Nowadays, anyone can publish stories online, where they can be read by hundreds, or even thousands, of people.

  • Consider publishing your work on a blog. There are many free blog platforms available such as WordPress.com, Blogger.com, and LiveJournal.com. To begin writing your stories online, just sign up with one of these platforms and start writing. It's good practice and it provides an easy way to get feedback from readers.

  • Try blogging a chapter a week to get help in writing a novel. Readers can tell you where your prose isn't working or make suggestions on which directions your novel can take. You can also get good writing practice and inspiration by inviting readers to challenge you with parameters for your story, such as types of characters or settings to write about.

  • Check out online writing communities, such as Writing.com, StoryWrite.com or FanStory.com. These communities are all free to join, and they all accept user submissions that can be rated or critiqued by other members. Members can discuss their writing in the forums, and sites like these regularly hold free writing contests.

  • Become part of an online writing community. Just as a face-to-face writing group allows you to work with like-minded people who meet regularly, an online community of writers within your genre can make reading suggestions, give you helpful feedback on your work, and allow you to read other aspiring writers' work. Writing with others can give you new ideas and help you learn more about the audience you're writing for.

  • Use a website like WriteMyMemoirs.com to publish biographical or autobiographical stories. This website also is free to join; it gives you advice about how to frame your story, as well as other writing and publishing tips. Other websites, such as HereForLife.qld.co.au and ExperienceProject.com, invite users to share their personal true stories and participate in social networking with like-minded people.

  • Use online story writing as part of your drafting process for autobiographical writing. Writing about personal experiences can be difficult, because it's hard to narrow your memories down to the most important parts or to choose a direction that will make them interesting for other people to read. By writing drafts of your memoirs and inviting other people to critique them, you can pare your personal story down to the most powerful elements.

Tips & Warnings

  • Read the membership agreement carefully before publishing on any website. While you generally retain the rights to anything published on a blog platform, other websites might require you to give up the rights to your work before they'll publish it. Be wary of online writing contests that you have to pay to enter. Many of these are scams that collect writers' money and never award any prizes.

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