There are so many great resources for writers out on the web. I have to be careful and limit my time each day to reading this valuable information online, because it cuts into ACTUAL writing time. And, as I understand it, if you want to be a writer, you need to WRITE!
With that said, I have to tell you about two of my favorite online writing resources (links below on the sidebar to both sites).
1. Flogging the Quill - I have learned a great deal about the importance of your first 16 lines from the real life examples on this website. I have even submitted the beginning of my current work in progess to him - for public flogging. YIKES! He said it will be about four weeks before my piece makes it onto the site. So, I will keep you posted. In the meantime, check out his site.
2. Kidlit - Even if you don't write for the Young Adult or Children's market, you should check out this site. She shares SO MANY great writing, revising, and agent seeking tips that are applicable to all writers. She is currently offering a contest this month. Check it out: http://kidlit.com/kidlit-contest/
Now, stop surfing the web, and get back to work (talking to myself). :)