For Writers

fullsizeoutput_c89Resources: Amazing Articles

Articles are a great way to test the waters, hone skills and even make a little money. Opportunities abound.  Here’s some tools to help:

Activities to Consider:

Develop a resource list for copyright-free images and illustrations.

Participate with a writer’s group (national, regional or local) to help identify opportunities.

Write and submit articles to competitions.  If you don’t “win,” keep these writing samples for future submissions or rewrites.

Copyright Free Image Sources:

Kaboompics –– A collection of thousands of free photos by one woman photographer.

Library of Congress –– search under “Photos, Prints, and Drawings.” Most are copyright free.  Some are only available by going down to the Library in Washington, DC.  Good source for historic photographs.

Morgue File – All photos are free.

Pexels – All photos are free.

Picjumbo – www.picjumbo.comSome free. Also sells photos.

Picography – Free photographs.

Pixabay – www.pixabay.comFree photos, illustrations and vector art.

StockSnap. All photos are free.

Wiki Media Commons – www.commons.wikimedia.orgAll are free.

Unsplash – All are free. Donated by the photographers.


Online Resources:

 Dropbox –  www.dropbox.comA service used for cloud storage and sharing of files. Free basic service.  Charges for storing larger amounts of data.

 Make a Living Writing – Practical Help for Hungry Free lance writer Carol Tice offers help to writers who wish to earn money writing.  Includes blog posts, courses, coaching, ebooks and other resources. Periodically publishes lists of article markets. Free.  Some resources require purchase.  A platform to share writing. Can read a few articles per month for free or have unlimited access for about $5/month. Writers can share in this revenue, but earnings are typically low.

National Novel Writing– Write a novel in a month.  Can be a nonfiction book or series of articles. Free.

Scrivener “a word processing program and outliner designed for authors.” Useful for organizing all the bits and pieces for writing a book or an article. Available for about $50 for MACs and PCs.“a submission management system.” Offers a way for writers (and other artists) to identify markets, contests, internships, residencies and grants and to submit their work.  A significant number of contests and outlets will only accept work submitted through Submittable. Free to use. Some markets (ex. some contests) require payment to submit which can be done through Submittable.  Can create free organizational “pegboard” for projects. Can also create a shared team experience.  Good for tracking assignments, status of work. Free.

WordPress –  www.wordpress.comCan create a website or blog. Free. (For an annual fee, can purchase a custom website domain name (that doesn’t include the word “wordpress”).

 Write Nonfiction in November– an opportunity tailored to nonfiction writers. Free.


 Online Articles:

Limberg, Alexander. “5 Nonfiction Writing Techniques That Will Keep Readers Turning Pages,” The Write Life(July 21, 2015)

Sager, Mike. (Guest Column) “25 Tips To Make You a Better Nonfiction Writer,” Writer’s Digest(March 20, 2014)



The Associated Press Stylebook 2019 (free on Kindle Unlimited) Published by the Associated Press. Available as a book or as an online subscription.

The Chicago Manual of Style, 17thEdition. Published by the University of Chicago. Available as a book or as an online subscription.

Writers Market 2019 by Robert Lee Brewer, Published by Writer’s Digest Books. Available as a book – ebook or hardcover.




Resources: Ethical Considerations for Writers

These resources are intended to offer writers some insight into the myriad of ways writers, readers, subjects and the public view the ethical issues of writing.


1.Bansal, Vritti. “Working for Binge,” Medium (June 1, 2017)

2.Coulehan, Jack. “Ethics, Memoir, and Medicine,” AMA Journal of Ethics (July 2011),

3.Davret, Barry. “How To Create Your Writer’s Code of Ethics And Why You Should,” Medium(February 20, 2019),

4.Helentjaris, Diane. “Picture Perfect: 10 Sites for Writers to Score Free Images,” Make a Living, Writing,

5.Kennedy, Ed. “Ghostwriter Ethics: A Quiet Word on Quiet Work for New Writers,” Medium(January 5, 2017),

6.Newman, Ed. “Is it OK for artists and writers to use assistants?” Medium(January 21, 2019),

7.Wolfe, April. “A Proposal for a New Code of Journalistic Ethics,” Medium(November 11, 2015),


1.Booth, Wayne C. The Company We Keep: an Ethics of Fiction. University of California Press, Reprint 1989.

2.Eakin, Paul John. The Ethics of Life Writing. Cornell University Press, 2004.

3.Israel, Lee. Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger. Simon and Shuster; Media Tie-in Edition, 2008.

4.Peck, Lee Anne and Reel, Guy S. Media Ethics at Work: True Stories from Young Professionals. CQ Press, Second Edition, 2016.

5.Plaisance, Patrick Lee. Media Ethics: Key Principles for Responsible Practice. Sage Publications, Second Edition, 2013.

6.Surma, A. Public and Professional Writing: Ethics, Imagination and Rhetoric. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

7.van de Pol, Caroline. Back to Broady. Ventura Press, 2017.

8.van de Pol, Caroline, Truth in memoir, thesis, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of   Wollongong, 2013. (Van de Pol’s doctoral thesis addresses some of the issues of memoir and is available for download. Her memoir describes her “harrowing” life growing up poor in Australia.)

Educational Modules and Publications:

1.“Best Practice Guidelines on Publishing Ethics, A Publisher’s Perspective,” Second Edition, 2014, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd  

(Includes a robust list of resources for writers.)

2.“Avoiding Plagiarism, Self-plagiarism, and Other Questionable Writing Practices: A Guide to Ethical Writing,” Online module offered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, The Office of Research Integrity. Revised in 2015.                

(This appears targeted to the scientific community but it includes helpful information for all writers.)


1.Can You Ever Forgive Me(2018) starring Melissa McCarthy.   (This comedic drama, based on Lee Israel’s book Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger, was well received. Academy Award nominations – Best Actress: Melissa McCarthy, Best Supporting Actor: Richard E. Grant)

2.The Wife(2017) starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater. (This drama also was well received. Glenn Close won a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Critics Choice Movie Award. She was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actress and a  BAFTA for Best Actress as well.)