Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

Beyond Google ~ a Search Engine Just for Writers


Most blogs have a built-in search engine (look up and to the right…)

Many blogs also have a Top Tags feature—selecting groups of posts by keywords (scroll down in the left side-bar…)

So, writers can go to other writers’ sites and find information about writing, right?

Of course, there is the work of finding the other writers that you want to read

And, speaking of reading, I simply have to direct you toward a post I wrote early in the life of this blog—Learning How To Be An Author Means Much More Than Reading About How To Write…—which cautions about reading too much about how to write and gives other advice for the aspiring writer…

Still, there’s a certain amount of reading about writing that all writers do and many regularly go to Google (often, for valid research for what they’re writing about)

However, here’s a comment from author Elizabeth S. Craig:

“Trying to find an article on POV, internal conflict, scene structure, dialogue? The highest ranking post in Google for any given writing search is frequently an assignment that a college professor has posted (an assignment on the topic, not a resource), or a vague article by a content mill site that doesn’t address the topic in any kind of depth. It’s just not what writers are looking for.”

Elizabeth is an interesting person—she’s collected over 30,000 links to timely and informative articles by writers (and, is still collecting more…); and, she also “…monitors over 1500 websites for great articles on writing and then posts the links on Twitter.”

But, you don’t have to follow her on Twitter to find those links

Mike Fleming, creator of an on-line Fiction Organizer, has helped Elizabeth create the Writer’s Knowledge Base—enter some words and go straight to carefully selected articles—well, I’ll let Mike tell you:

“While Elizabeth supplies the content I develop and maintain the WKB from a technical perspective. We both see the WKB as an extension of the service Elizabeth provides to the writing community via her tweets. Over time, we have plans for making the WKB experience better for both readers and article writers. If you are an article provider we hope you’ll start to see more traffic to your site as the WKB gets more popular.”

Also, with MyWKB, the Writer’s Knowledge Base “can remember what you like and present the best articles on writing to you in a variety of ways. It’s free!”

And, for you writers who blog, you can add this code to help folks get to the Writer’s Knowledge Base:

<a href=”http://writerskb.com”><img src=”http://images.hiveword.com/WkbBadge.png&#8221; width=”106″ height=”57″ alt=”Writer’s Knowledge Base” title=”The best writings on writing”></a>
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5 responses to “Beyond Google ~ a Search Engine Just for Writers

  1. Salvatore Pope Ritondo August 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    This is an excellent resource that I have instantly fallen in love with thank you for posting this database!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai August 12, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      You’re Very Welcome, Sal; I think it's my new go-to place for material for this blog ;-)

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  2. Jane Watson August 12, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    I agree, I went to The Writer’s Knowledge Base and the on-line FictionOrganiser – I am joining both!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai August 13, 2015 at 3:55 am

      Good on ya, Jane :-)

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