Helpful Writing Links

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Helpful Writing Links

Postby disgruntledpeony » Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:55 am

Writing resources are always a good thing to have, and the internet is full of them if you know where to look. (I'm stealing a fair chunk of the links on this list from a thread I made on a previous forum, although I hadn't organized it into categories at that time.)

Character Development Resources When I need a name, I most often gravitate here. The site, while certainly not all-encompassing, has a wide enough variety of options to get me thinking. While this particular branch of the site is for given names, they also have a website for surnames linked toward the bottom of the page. ... nguage.htm This is a useful resource for finding ways to show a character's feelings and emotions rather than simply telling them.

Dialogue Resources This site theoretically has a number of useful resources (although I'm finding it difficult to navigate at present).
It features American slang, Australian slang, London slang, and a lexicon of thieves' cant, among other options. It also has links to several other slang sites. British slang. Slang from the American West in the late 1800s. (What can I say? I love me a good weird western.) A much more easily navigable source for thieves' cant.

Editing Resources This is a good resource for learning the origins of English words and when they were first recorded. This is, among other things, a good way to ensure you're using words appropriate to the era when writing a fantasy story. I've always loved Babelfish. It's not a great resource for translating full sentences (it has little to no concept of grammar or context in my experience, so the translations are always very literal), but if you need a quick translation to or from another language it's highly useful. My word processor doesn't have a text to speech function; as such, I've found this to be very useful for things like catching duplicate words and grammatical errors. It also helps me make sure my prose flows properly when read aloud. ... anuscript/ In which David Farland discusses how much editing is too much, and also points out that not all writing advice is good.

Research Resources This site has basic overviews of various mythologies. It's not a good place to go to for serious study, but it is a good place to learn enough of the basics to find out what you need more detail on. There are a TON of public domain religious texts, mainstream and otherwise, to be found here. The format leaves something to be desired, but it's free. This will seem silly... until you think about the fact that you can use this site to check what day of the week a specific date fell or will fall any time from year 1 to year 10,000. Sometimes, the little details are useful in a story. I know. I'm a goof. A useful (if grim) resource a friend of mine found when researching what a person's face actually looks like during a hanging. Considering how often characters in stories end up victims, perpetrators, or witnesses of violent acts, this resource can help you get the details right. Intended for use by forensic investigators, but secondarily useful to writers.

Submission Resources Guidelines for manuscript submission! Very useful. This is a great way to find markets for one's stories--and get an idea of how much they pay/how long you might have to wait to hear back from said market. ... -synopsis/ If you're looking to write novels, this talks about how to write a one-page synopsis for someone like your agent.

Feel free to respond to this thread with additional links of your own; I'll do my best to keep the original post updated with a master list for easy reference.
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Re: Helpful Writing Links

Postby Spiraledpen » Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:00 pm


Thanks for the info! It does take a lot to find good information for writing. Some of us who are...shall we say overwhelmed by life’s circumstances are really grateful for any sources that cut back on having to scrabble around for them. Sometimes It can be very frustrating to hunt for this type of data. It graciously leaves us more time to devote to writing when we have so little spare time to begin with. I look forward to checking many of these out and hope I can put them to good use!

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Re: Helpful Writing Links

Postby OldDarth » Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:59 am

Thanks disgruntledpeony!

Most kind.
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Re: Helpful Writing Links

Postby TimE » Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:21 am

I stash away loads of helpful links - then forget where I've put them.
However, I am a member of the Scribophile site (you don't have to pay) - where the articles in the Academy are good, and the Loglines Group has some great information on loglines if you're into that sort of thing. This is Scrib - (I think you have to join to look)
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Re: Helpful Writing Links

Postby SCAFontaine » Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:51 pm

Thanks for the links!

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Re: Helpful Writing Links

Postby TimE » Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:31 am

While this is specific to scripts, it is a good resource for that. And worth considering to get dialogue as good as it can be - when you can tell who is speaking and what their character is without tags etc.
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