The Internet has brought to life many large social trends like networking, chat, blogging – the list goes on. With the ease of Web development and self-publishing, the Internet has also become an outlet for all types of creative writers. For underground writers, zines, or small publications containing self-published text and images, can now be widely distributed and given a louder voice. Fan fiction, in which fans travel beyond the framework of an original work with their own words, is arising from the faithful followers of bestselling sagas like Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, and many others. Creative writing has gained its own fan base and with the help of the Internet (and libraries!), that following is growing every day. The following links and sites are a glimpse at some of the resources providing outlets and cultivating new writers in the world of Internet creative writing.
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NEW! National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
November is National Novel Writing Month, which brings along a challenge for writers to compose 50,000 words of a new novel between the days of November 1 and November 30 each year. This site allows a writer to register, track their progress, receive support from fellow writers, and network with other participants in the project. Started in 1999, over 2 billion words have been produced toward this project, a self described “thirty days and nights of literary abandon.”
The Open Diary (find it on ipl2 – Teen – Reading and Writing – Blogs)
This site is a collection of diary and journal entries from writers throughout the Internet. A writer may create a free account and write their own entries and connect with the entries of others. Open Diary also names November as NoJoMo, or National Journaling Month, and challenges its writers to “write at least one entry, every day, for the entire month of November.”
NEW! Archive of Our Own
As a product of the Organization for Transformative Works and established in 2008, Archive of Our Own (also known as AO3) is an archive of fan works of all kinds – fan fiction, fan art, and fan videos. It is currently in beta, invite-only format and contains a library of almost 250,000 works from over 7,500 fandoms, or original works.
Zine: Xenith (find it on ipl2 – Teen – Reading and Writing – Zines)
A zine originally created for teens in 1997, this online collection of images, prose, literary science, poetry, and general writing thoughts is still going strong with over 3,000 hits per month. News and commentary sections, regular columns, and a reading list accompany the submissions of all previously unpublished creative writing on the site, as well as a forum for writers looking for feedback on their creations and possible contributions to Xenith’s growing number of entries.
A resource for archiving fan fiction, FanFiction.Net has over 2.2 million users and contains fiction written in over thirty languages based on hundreds of original works, including Twilight, Harry Potter, Glee, and Lord of the Rings. Writers may submit fiction without cost and stories are categorized by genre and original work and users may contribute to communities of writers through a forum providing feedback and reviews.
A sister site of FanFiction.Net, FictionPress serves as a digital archive and self-publishing site for Internet poetry, plays, and original stories. Containing a network of over one million writers and readers with a library of over one million works, FictionPress is “a place to showcase your creativity. For a reader, this is a place of discovery and an opportunity to feast to your heart’s content.” Writers can browse fiction and poetry categorized by genre and also find registered “beta readers” to read and proof their content.
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