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Writing Websites For Writers!

I am one of the many people that procrastinates when it comes to my writing.  To be honest, I think its for the monetary reasons.  See, I was a writer for my own business many years ago and wrote many articles, blogs and descriptions.  But, the money was always up front.  I never had to wait for people to purchase the content.  The money was just… available.  Sadly, I have been running into this issue called impatience lol.  I am having a hard time writing books because the “prize” is not available right away.

Because of this, I wanted to find a way to give myself a prize.  I thought maybe a challenge of sorts would work.  No, its not money.  You can’t buy a car with a challenge, or pay bills with a challenge.  But, it does make you want to write and stop procrastinating!  I researched a lot of different websites you can write on, but I found only a few that really did what I needed it to do.  Here is a little list of writers websites for you to take a look at.

1-  I came upon this website while reading a post on the Writer’s Digest forum.  It is free…. for the first 30 days.  After those 30 days, you cannot use the site anymore?  I don’t know, I could not get anyone to answer me. They don’t tell you that you have to pay until you sign up.  Its $5 a month.  Which might not seem like much to someone like me.  But, other people on the site write to just write for fun, so $5 or $60 a year is a lot to them.  The challenges are pretty cool.  I signed up for the March challenge.  You have to write 750 words (or more) every day for a month.  The stats keep track of recently used words, how you were feeling during a specific post, average words per day/week/month/year, average words per minute, etc.  This is all very useful and fun to see change over the course of a month.  Support:  is absolutely horrendous.  It is actually sad because the site is so fantastic, but getting a hold of support is like pulling teeth.  I have been emailing them for over 2 weeks say I could pay my membership fees.  Still no reply.

2-  Another website I signed up with.  But, I use 750 words more often.  Penzu also allows you to write in a private space that only your eyes can see, just like 750words.  I have not paid for Penzu, but I guess there is a free option, as well as a paid option.  The paid option gives you more choices to customize your journal, but it is $19 a year.  Much cheaper than Penzu.  The biggest complaint that people have with Penzu is the font.  I guess its too small for some people to read and there is no way to actually make the font bigger.  Here are all the options you get with Penzu Pro.  I have used the free version a few times, and I see nothing really wrong with font size.  For the features for Pro I would definitely consider getting it considering there ARE so many options to choose from.  The only reason I have not upgraded yet, is because Penzu is geared more towards journaling and 750 words is geared more towards writers and authors.

3-  Supposedly this website is 100% free with no upgrades and no down grades.  I only signed up for an account a few weeks ago and have not used it yet.  The design is streamlined without a lot of bells and whistles, but sometimes that’s a good thing.  Some of the options are very similar to Penzu and 750words, but again, not a lot of bells and whistles.  Just a few extra options like exporting entries, searching within certain entries, private writing unless you want to share your entries, etc.

4- Then of course you have sites like LiveJournal and Xanga that are specifically for blogging or journaling, as well as Joomla and even WordPress.  You CAN make posts on WordPress 100% hidden or only available for certain people to read, like registered users, logged in users, etc.  But, I prefer to keep business separate from my feelings, thoughts, ideas and creative scribblings.  On the other hand, you could just create a WordPress website for your explicit thoughts and writings and just make everything private.  But, there are much cheaper ways, like LJ and Xanga – both of which I have used for years.  I prefer Xanga by the way!