Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along-Napoleon Hill.
To build something, whether it is a house or a writing career, we need the proper tools. For writers a tool can be a simple resource such as a promt, which can start up our imaginations, or can be as thought provoking as a site asking you to tell your story in six words.
There are plenty of tools out there on the net, but for now here are just a few:
Writer’s Digest Magazine- One of the best resources for writers in any stage of their career. Plus, if you sign up for their newsletter, you will recieve a free e-book 70 Solutions To Common Writing Mistakes by Bob Mayer. There is also a link to request a free copy of their magazine.
Online Dictionary/Thesaurus- A must have (for me at least). If you have ever been stuck for a word, or a synonym for a keyword in an article, you definitely need this tool.
Having An Idea Of How Much To Charge- This tool is especially handy if you have no idea how to price your writing services, or if you are a little squeamish about asking other writers what they charge, or money talk in general.
Blogs- Most bloggers can attest to the fact that having at least on blog, can give you alot more exposure than just simply submitting to article sites. Plus you have the added bonus of reading other writer’s insights and adding your own comments.
Ning- Sart your own social sight about your new book, short story, or any other topic, and really connect with your readers.
Need A Writing Job While Working On That Best Seller?- Anne Wayman’s blog has job posting’s every Monday, Wednesaday and Friday.
Do You Want To Advertise Your Writing Talent?-Yes you do! Try Craigs List, just remember little personal details (an e-mail address is good), and NEVER meet a prospective client alone!
Social Marketing Sites Like Twitter and Facebook-But you’re already using those sites to advertise your writing, right?
I hope that you will be able to utilize these tools to help create a great writing career. And when your novel becomes a best seller, and gets optioned for a movie, be sure to thank me in your Emmy acceptance speech :).