from Laura Drake’s files…
You have found Laura’s treasure map to her favorite, most useful, fun online locations for references, writer’s resources, and just plain fun.
Warning: This blog could be hazardous to your time schedule. You’re going to want to spend a lot of time mining for the gold buried in these links!
Language, Grammar, etc.
- Language translator: http://babelfish.altavista.com/
- Elements of Style – Search through Wm. Strunk: http://www.bartleby.com/141/index.html
- Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus: http://www.rhymezone.com/
- Thesaurus and Dictionary (I use this every day): http://www.thesaurus.com/
Names, Quotes, and other stuff:
- Names (foreign and English): http://baby-names.adoption.com/
- Quotations: http://www.quotationspage.com/
- Movie Cliches: http://www.moviecliches.com/
Research – General
Plotting – Structure
- “Snowflake” plotting method
- Ten Ways to Create a Plot Twist
- 12 Stages of the Hero’s Journey
- The Hero’s Wound (his whole website is a treasure-trove)
- How to Create a Plot Outline in 8 Easy Steps
- How a TV Director Writes a Novel
- HOT OFF THE PRESSES! – This hit GalleyCat today – FREE Writer’s Cheat Sheet looks amazing!
Just Plain Fun
- Are you looking to create a character through psychology or just interested in what qualities make up a particular personality? The Similar Minds website has a nearly every personality test developed by man.
- OneWord.com offers one of the simplest (and rewarding) writing exercises I’ve ever seen. One word is listed at the top of the page. You
have sixty seconds to write about it. Go!
- At the Your Amazing Brain website you can explore your brain, take part in real-life experiments and test yourself with games, illusions and
- You might be surprised what you find at the Cliché Finder website
- The Truth About Deception.com website (advice about lying, infidelity, love and romance)
- Epiguide.com has one of the most extensive and detailed character charts I’ve ever seen. If you’re into getting to know your characters before you start writing the story this site is for you.
- Archetype Writing.com (the fiction writer’s guide to psychology) has
a host of fact sheets on psychology for use by writers, articles, a Q & A
section, and a muse section containing idea generators and visual prompts.
Having trouble getting organized? Life Organized.com has a wide
array of articles, checklists, blogs, book reviews and other tools to help
If you’ve got must-have sites, please share them with us. Between all of us here at Writers in the Storm, we pretty much have an interest in everything on the planet! So give us your killer sites!