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#1 dancer_princess

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 04:15 PM

I have come across several good websites that have helped me along the way with my writing. I thought it would be neat if we had a reference thread where we could all share some great websites. I can try to edit this page with your links so we have a "master list" of sorts. I've broken down my links into different categories. Feel free to add links to any of my categories, or make a new category!

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Grammar
1. http://grammar.qdnow.com I love this grammar website. Just about every question I have ever had about grammar has been answered here. Not only have I found it to be very informative, but Grammar Girl gives great examples and ways to help remember the rules. I also like that she has a free podcast on iTunes so I can listen to her advice as well as read it.

2. http://grammar.ccc.c...mmar/index2.htm I haven't used this site nearly as much as I have used grammar girl, but as you'll see, there are a lot of links to help answer your questions. An aspect I like about this site is that it has quizzes so you can see how much you know (or don't know--like me!)

Dictionaries
1. http://www.notam02.no/~hcholm/altlang/ This is no ordinary dictionary. It is called the "alternative dictionary" because it contains slang and other phrases not in a regular dictionary. It also has entries from many, many different languages. I wouldn't reccomend relying on this site alone when using the foreign language slang, but it can be one step of research if you do want to incorporate foreign language slang in your stories. In addition, slang changes a lot and could date your story, but it's an interesting site even if you use it for some sort of inspiration.

2.http://www.m-w.com/dictionary.htm This IS your ordinary dictionary, but every good writer needs one!

Words
1. http://www.lunarnut.com/said/ said, said, said-- "I can't believe you stole my pizza," she said. "I could have kicked him in the shins," she said. Ever get tired of said said said? This website lists some alternatives. HOWEVER, I believe that the best tag to use is said, but a little variety is sometimes needed. Be aware that there are some words on that list that you really shouldn't tag dialoge with (such as laugh. I was taught by my writing professors to NEVER use laugh...because really, you can't laugh something. You can laugh WHILE saying something, but you don't laugh words.) I also believe in the notion of show don't tell, so if you can create anger in your characters dialogue, then there is no need to tag it with, "he roared."

Characters
Character Names
1. http://www.20000-names.com/ We've all sat at our computers (or in front of an empty notebook) trying to think of names for our characters. We've used baby books, yearbooks, phone books etc. This website is neat because you can search names by different countries. Do you have a hot Italian boy you just need the perfect Italian name for him?-it may be a simple task with this site!

2. http://www.surnameweb.org/?cxc=427835 This site can help you with your character's last name. I have found it a little hard to navigate if you are looking for a specefic meaning, but it is great if you want to browse names.

Character Charts
1. http://www.charlotte...acterChart.html I, personally, like to create my own character sheets with information I think will be important to create a interesting, three dimensional character. However, I do like to look at character sheets to get my creative mind moving. They also help as a quick visual that helps me keep my characters straight--(Who was it that hates peanut butter?)


2. http://www.eclectics.../character.html Here is another version. There are tons of versions on the internet. I like to take pieces from all of them and create my own.

Misc. Character Information
1. http://www.bls.gov/ This is the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Does your character have a job? Need to research informaion on that job? This would be a pretty good place to find some information.
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#2 Dauntra_is_me

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 03:52 AM

Erm..I've only heard of www.lulu.com which is ace if you want to publish your work.
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Posted 04 August 2007 - 10:11 AM

O.MG, thank you so much for posting those!

You have no idea how you made my day. lmao

Again, THANKS!

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#4 Bella Catarina

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 01:42 PM

Thanks so much! I may not use all of these, but it really did cheer me up to see them all here!

Good idea. :D



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#5 Bella Catarina

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 02:11 PM

And, to add my two cents, I like to use babynamer.com if I'm in a pinch for a character name. It is pretty easy to use, and the website's design is pleasing to the eye--for those of you, like me, who can't stand websites that aren't organised and, well, just nice to look at (however, there are ads at the top of each page. They aren't too annoying, though).

When you choose a name to look at, such things as name meaning, nicknames, possible drawbacks to the name, similar names, namesakes, narratives, popularity, pronunciation of the name, and alternative spellings can be found.

However, what is shown depends on what name it is. While the name Charlotte may conjure meaning, languages, nicknames, alternate spellings, variant forms, non-english forms, similar names, namesakes, drawbacks, popularity, pronunciation and a narrative, other names--unique ones--turn out less.

Awesome website, though.

Reccomended MUCH more than babynames.com. It give a lot more information than any other name database I've come across.




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#6 the_tall_girl

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 05:22 PM

Now as for my contribution. I have recently fallen in love with this site: http://www.grammarbo...ar/cnt_gram.asp
It's is SO awesome. Especially for me and my comma mania. You can find all the grammar rules there. It's really good. Plus, they have that Search box thing which definitely makes things faster to search for. I really do like it.

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#7 Azalea

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 02:10 AM

>.<

I can't think of any websites at the moment as my eyes are in need of some major sleepage.

-_-

Anywho, thank you for contributing the sites on this thread, dancer_princess!

Dictionary.com

^^... Err, yeah... It was easy to remember right now, lol.

Azzy :m:

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#8 awkwardchica

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 10:14 PM

Hmm..

I can't remember the URL, but I think it's marysue.com.

It's to check if your characters are "Mary-Sue"'s or cliche characters.

Jennie :happy8:


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#9 awkwardchica

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 09:40 PM

www.onlyfiction.net/marysue2.html

That's the actual Marysue website.

www.fictionpress.com

You can post your story there, only for many it can be difficult to get reviews.

Jennie :happy8:


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#10 monks

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 12:26 PM

Yahoo! Answers
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 12:27 PM

Erm..I've only heard of www.lulu.com which is ace if you want to publish your work.



To publish with Lulu you have to pay

That=not good

also Para Publishing gives a lot of writing tips

Macmillan too
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 12:55 PM

Meg Cabot's own website has a lot of writing tips written by herself. Read those, they helped me!
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 05:27 PM

I have 2 websites. One is mainly all about writing and it is www.wordtripjr.com and one does have some stuff www.freewebs.com/bt4t
Hope this helps anyone if it does please reply,
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 11:06 AM

the last 2 sites look ok
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#15 Soccer_Fanatic

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 06:04 PM

Wikipedia's a good fact checking sight...okay, I know everyone's usually against it's sources, but the trick is to always check the citations at the bottom of each page.

http://www.wikipedia.org
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Posted 08 September 2007 - 06:07 PM

I second FP (fictionpress)

Every once in awhile you get a gem of a review, and there ARE writers on that site who provide lots of cc.

The downside to that is (as Jennie said) there's so much stuff that it can get lost.

But it still works.

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#17 LadyMMac

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 06:18 PM

Haha, I took the Mary Sue test for one of my characters and I got this:

11-20 points: The Non-Sue. Your character is a well-developed, balanced person, and is almost certainly not a Mary Sue. Congratulations!


My character scored 13 points. That was actually really helpful. Told you what not to do.

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#18 Soccer_Fanatic

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 06:31 PM

21-35 points: Borderline-Sue. Your character is cutting it close, and you may want to work on the details a bit, but you're well on your way to having a lovely original character. Good work.

I need to do more work than I initially thought...
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#19 Heather~bunny

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 05:33 PM

http://www.onelook.c...ictionary.shtml
Just type in the concept your looking for and it will show you some words that fit.

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 08:54 AM

Wikipedia's a good fact checking sight...okay, I know everyone's usually against it's sources, but the trick is to always check the citations at the bottom of each page.


You just gotta be careful in some areas. I know for basic science its pretty good. Generally before I sart reading about more advanced stuff I check wiki, because it puts it in words I can understand. Its also pretty fun looking up legends in there, because it states all the different variations of legends. From what I hear, you just got to be careful in Religion and Politics.

Obviously take everything that's written on the internet with a couple dozen grains of salt. Not just wiki.

writing sites I have to add are:
handgun basics for writers. It might sound a little strange, but i know when I'm reading something, and the science is off, I get annoyed (well actually, my brother and I mock the book/movie for days) and I assume it's the same with other disciplines. If you're going write about something, you should know the difference between the trigger and the barrel.
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#21 the_tall_girl

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 05:00 PM

http://www.writersblock.ca/index.htm
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Posted 11 September 2007 - 05:31 PM

That site is wickedly awesome, Julia. ^^ Now I know what site to browse when I have Writers' Block. Woot.
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Posted 03 July 2011 - 10:55 PM

I'm just bumping this up because I think it's wicked awesome and needs to be on the first page... :)

So helpful!
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#24 24moon100

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 11:13 PM

^ I agree Jamie! This could be a very helpful thread! And I love looking at sites to give me a boost when I need it. :)


Here's just something I found out of the blue a while ago. Read it! Its really great! Lots of great tips to consider!

==> http://www.ralphfletcher.com/tips.html <==

-MEGHAN :icon_study:
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#25 sancia

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 02:18 PM

This is great thread for us whose first language isn't English!
Meg that site hasd good tips!
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 03:10 PM

Hey MCMB people! My mommy found this and showed it to me. Now I'm showing you! :D



==>My link <==


Find your voice everyone :)


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Edited by 24moon100, 24 July 2011 - 03:11 PM.

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#27 Jcrazy

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 03:19 PM

Hey MCMB people! My mommy found this and showed it to me. Now I'm showing you! :D



==>My link <==


Find your voice everyone :)


-MEG


Totally love that.

Learn to hear yourself. My writing voice is really the voice in my head. It’s not how I talk aloud, but how I talk to myself, in the noisy cavern of my skull. I listen to myself talk, inside, and that’s the voice I try to get down in writing.


Me too :P Exactly.

:)

And, ahem, the writers block website: YouTube.com.

Lol, jk. But that's where I usually head. :P
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#28 24moon100

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 03:26 PM

Totally love that.



Me too :P Exactly.

:)

And, ahem, the writers block website: YouTube.com.

Lol, jk. But that's where I usually head. :P



I know right Jamie! I LOVED that part! It spoke the truth. :heartbeat:


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#29 24moon100

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 10:14 PM

http://www.towson.ed...tencestruct.htm really helpful site if you have time to read :)
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#30 Jcrazy

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 12:18 PM

Kind of random, but if you're on Pinterest and search "Writing," "Writer," or something to do with writing and go to the Boards, you'd be amazed with all the resources and websites you can find from that. So many helpful sites...
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#31 Pretty.Odd.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:06 PM

Kind of random, but if you're on Pinterest and search "Writing," "Writer," or something to do with writing and go to the Boards, you'd be amazed with all the resources and websites you can find from that. So many helpful sites...


I find so much good stuff like that on Pintetest!

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#32 24moon100

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:09 PM

^^Pinterest is wonderful. Doesn't surprise me. :P


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