|Cat the writer (cat_mcdougall) wrote in writers_cafe,|
@ 2007-08-12 22:49:00
|Entry tags:||helpful links, reference, writing aids|
... I fibbed. I did get it done tonight aeriedraconia But I think my eyes are crossing.
I'm sure that I'm missing a few. Google being one (though that seems obvious). What this is is a list of sites or FREE programs that are supposed to help writers. I know there are some organisations listed, but those might be of use to someone. I've checked all the links and they still work, or should. Also, if you have any that I missed please comment, and I'll add it to the list.
SpaceJock's yWriter --Personally, I've never used it, but I've heard people sing its praises. Free
The Snowflake Model --Again, something I've never tried, but I've heard its praises sung. Free
Websites for Contests/Challenges:
NaNoWriYe --National Novel Writing Year; Works much on the principle of NaNoWriMo, except all year long, and you can work on more than one novel. Free
Writers of the Future --it holds a contest, and while it is from our favourite Scientologist, L. Ron Hubbard, it's Free
NaNoWriMo --National Novel Writing Month; 50,000 words, 30 days, 1 insane
Thesaurus.com and Dictionary.com --Because spell checkers are only half the battle. Free
Little Parrot --A vocabulary testing tool.Free (Warning! This is a download)
British English dictionary --Translate what those nutty Brits are talking about Free
InterTran --online text translation. Not the best, but Free
Babelfish --Translator. Free
Eastern European dictionaries --Because sometimes we don't want French/Spanish/Italian translations.
Romani Dialects --a database of Romani dialects around the world. Free
Multilingual on LJ --for all your other translating needs.
Mirriam Webster Online
Websites for posting Work:
Writely.com --Now with the power of Google behind them, all you need is net access to write on any file you choose. Free
Writing.com --Another online writing/posting community for both original and fanfiction. Free
Triond -- this actually pays a portion of the ad revenue to you, but it's up to you to promote your writing. (Like my list of published things is on my IJ)
Improving your Writing:
4-Writers.com --They offer a couple free courses to help budding writers.
Fantasy World Building --Questions that might help you create a more rich world for your fantasy novel. Free
Original Fiction Mary Sue Litmus test --That's right! A Mary Sue test for your Original Fiction characters. Free
Guide to Grammar
The Writer's Medical and Forensic Lab --Just what does a gas chromatograph do? Look here and find out. Free
Wikipedia --Everyone loves the Wiki, just be sure to double check your facts! Free
Resources --an actual online list (much like this one) that links to bunches of other resources. Free However, it does note some paid sites, but it itself is free.
MetroLyrics and Lyrics.com --to find those elusive lyrics. Free
NADA Car pricing guide --to find out just how much that old used car is worth. Free BUT; there is a daily limit on searches.
Wind Names --Names of the different types of winds Free
Behind the Surname and Behind the Name --Learn what those names mean and their origins. That way your Iranian little boy isn't called Charlie. Free
Botanical.com --an herbal for the uses of most known Western/European herbs. Free
CIA World Fact book --need to know the population of the modern Czech Republic? It's here. Free
Correct Noble forms of address --mainly geared toward European/UK nobility, but a good starting point Free
Time and Date.com --just for converting when your friend in Singapore might be up. Free
Little Details on LJ --because someone, somewhere, knows the colour of Martha Stewart's sentencing dress. Free
Virtual Library Museum pages
Things Writers Should know: Or, looking at publishing:
The Truth about Publishing --a no nonsense look at publishing from a published author.
Bookwire.com -- an all around resource. Agents/new books/author interviews/what have you.
Writer's Digest Another trade publication.
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Ingram Book Group
The Editorial Freelancers Association
National Writers Association --I haven't been here in a while, but I'm pretty sure its free.
Gender Genie --Something fun! It tells you, based on words you've written and tells you what gender wrote it. (Only accurate 50% of the time.) Free
Writing Conferences Guide