About the Writer's Knowledge Base
The Writer's Knowledge Base (WKB) is a searchable collection of articles that are highly relevant to writers. The articles are diverse and cover such topics as the craft of writing, getting published, promotion, etc.
How It Started
If you use Twitter and follow writers you will find that they post links to articles on writing. You will then quickly find the tweetstream of @elizabethscraig who regularly and frequently tweets high quality links. I (Mike Fleming) realized that all of these links -- useful as they are -- had a very short shelf life due to the nature of Twitter. In other words, if you don't catch the link when it's posted you'll likely never find it. So I had an idea about collecting these links and making them available to writers but I back-burnered it since I was working on my online fiction organizer. And then…
Elizabeth wrote a blog post called Writing Links Archive—an Experiment where she described her solution for capturing all of the links in a more permanent fashion.
Naturally, I took that post as a sign to dust off my previous idea and see if it could help solve Elizabeth's problem. Elizabeth agreed that it could and thus the WKB was born. We both realized that a search engine could do so much more than a static list of links.
The Google Factor
Still, you might be thinking "Mike, have you ever heard of this little web site called Google? Why wouldn't I just use that for finding articles on writing?"
You could certainly try using Google for locating quality articles on writing but you'll likely get many more things that you're NOT interested in. Elizabeth explains it better in her post:
"Trying to find an article on POV, internal conflict, scene structure, dialogue? The highest ranking posts 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.
Trying to find industry-related information in a searchable database? Unless you go to individual agent or editor blogs and search on each of their sites, you’re going to get very spotty results on a Google search."
The WKB solves the quality problem by doing Google-like searches against Elizabeth's hand-picked articles on writing. Because of this, all of the results are on topic and much more likely to be relevant to exactly what you're looking for.
Besides being better than Google at finding writing resources the WKB can also present you with random articles from the thousands of links in the repository. This feature allows you to find interesting articles "by accident." You just need to be careful that you don't spend all day reading articles when you should be writing!
Who's Behind It
As I mentioned above, Elizabeth Craig supplies the links for the WKB. Elizabeth is a published author who monitors over 1500 websites for great articles on writing and then posts the links on Twitter. So, the first thing you should do is follow her on Twitter at @elizabethscraig to get the links hot off the press. Then, check out the WKB for the thousands of links you missed.
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.
Sound good so far? This is just the beginning of the WKB and we welcome your feedback for how to make the WKB better. You can help us by spreading the word in any number of ways. For example:
- Tell your followers about us on Twitter, Facebook, and your blog. You can use http://writerskb.com or our Facebook page to link to us.
- Display the WKB badge on your site. See the sidebar on the main page for more information.
We hope you enjoy the Writer's Knowledge Base!