Common Errors in English -
A comprehensive expose over the words or phrases that are common errors, such as the title says. Don't be discouraged by the simple layout. It holds many gems.
OneLook Reverse Dictionary -
OneLook's reverse dictionary lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. If this sounds confusing to you, don't worry, they've got lots of examples of exactly what they mean on the first page.10/31/2008 #31
Archetype writing -
This site deals a lot with psychology and forces you to look deep within your character's mind. A place with many helpful goodies. Do check it out.
Body Language Expert -
Get some ideas on how your character would communicate with others through body language.
Cliché Finder -
The place to go if you want to use some cliché expressions but feel you have run out of them.11/1/2008 #32
Creative Writing Prompts -
Helps you get your creative juices flowing.11/1/2008 #33
The 100 Most Important Things To Know About Your Character -
Well, as the title says. Forces you to think about your character and good for those that have trouble fleshing them out.11/3/2008 #34
Editor's Pet Peeves -
An articles that touches upon things that will get your story rejected. Learn to avoid these.
Tip of the Day -
Many collected tips over time. You may just get an eye opener from one of them.
Holly Lisle -
Articles, how-to's, workshops. Plentiful of helpful links, basically.11/3/2008 #35
I would really appreciate it if I could get in some helpful poetry resources. These are very lacking. I have tried searching myself but I just don't know what is helpful and what isn't regarding this type of medium I have minimum knowledge about.
Of course, writing resources are still appreciated, I am just concerned for the poetry section.11/3/2008 #36
Popular baby names -
More than it sounds: This page tells what name were popular at what years from 1880 and forward. You can also see, if you already have a name, how it ranks on the popularity charts.11/5/2008 #37
Story Starters -
The Story Starter provides 373,067,200 creative ideas and writer prompts for writers of all ages. Use it or abuse it, there is not much difference.11/6/2008 #38
They don't just have prompts to get your ideas started, they have prompts specialized for right-brained people, and for left-brained people.11/7/2008 #39
Military Jargon -
Tells you what means what in the military.11/8/2008 #40
Daily Writing Tips -
The title does sound limiting, but this site is so much more than daily writing tips. It also has a list (and explanations) of misused words, features a word of the day, and goes into the areas of spelling and grammar. And much more!
(I am personally enjoying this page :3)11/8/2008 #41
Behind the name -
Since Frac brought up the topic of character names, I think this site is pretty good in the sense that it tells you the origin of the name and what it means, should you want to name your character based on personality traits11/10/2008 #42
Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test -
Very good test...at least I think so11/14/2008 #43
Poetry - Rhyming
Your one stop for all your rhyming needs. Separates results alphabetically and by syllable. Shows only exact rhymes, and has a whole host of archaic words.11/24/2008 #44
Write or Die! -
For those that suffer from a writer's block, this might help you get some writing discipline!11/26/2008 #45
A mood music generator. Want to write something in a dark mood? Then go for it. Musical genres are also available to choose from, to further narrow the results.
(I personally adore this one)11/29/2008 #46
How to Spice up your Writing with Dialog -
Short but to the point on what not to do when writing dialog.
If this is in the wrong category please inform me and I will change it!
I have decided that I need some device to improve my writing. I have already found some books about style and stuff like that but I need now something that is especially written about english grammar.
I am not a native english writer so I might need something like a textbook for pupils. Most books about writing are telling what are the do and don´t of writing but they are referring to grammar rules I do not know.
If you know a book that will provide me with the basic rules of English grammar, preferrably with examples I would be very grateful!12/20/2008 #48
If you could get your hands on The Concise Wadsworth Handbook Second Edition (that's the one I have) I think it might help you out a lot. It's been a great help for me. It explains grammar rules with examples and goes into other details too. You might find it useful. :)12/20/2008 #49
Flaws or Advice
I think tvtropes.org is a pretty good Wiki on cliches, including for the actual books themselves. You can search for books/tv/movies for their 'tropes.' Also, it lists why, and also how/if they have been 'subverted' or 'averted' from the cliche.
It encompasses most everything on cliches, if you have any problems with that. It also provides a good laugh.12/23/2008 . Edited 12/23/2008 #50
I edited the first post and linked to the three main posts in this topic (link, books and other)
If you people have any good books on writing, feel free to recommend. I think we need more books, and I am also interested in buying one :o Maybe one that deals with how to deliver descriptions and progress plot naturally XD1/11/2009 #51
I will add amazon-reviews of these books and I will always pick the one that was voted most helpful. If there are summarys I will add them as well.
Okay here are some referenz-books for writers, they list facts on different topics especially for writers:
- Deadly Doses: A Writer´s Guide to Poisons, by Serita Deborah
Deadly Doses is an excellent beginning resource for the writer interested in using poison as an element within a story. It gives a brief history of poisoning, clearly divided chapters (plant based poisons, industrial, medical, etc.), and an easy to read format for each entry. Each poison is listed with a toxicity rating (6 being the highest), form, effects and symptoms, reaction time, antidotes and treatment, case histories, and notes of interest. Because the book has to cover so much, each entry is necessarilly brief and many less toxic forms of poison are glossed over or omitted. The author is quite open about this from the start.
In addition to the known poisons, the author provides a chapter on how to create an imaginary poison for the sake of your story. You may not find exactly what you need to kill your main victim with, but you will certainly come out of this book with a much stronger sense of how to do it and where to look, thanks to a very infomative biliography. As an unlooked for benefit, you may find yourself far more knowledgeable of dangerous substances in your own life, and, while one hopes such knowledge will never be necessary, knowing the syptoms and treatment of a common household poison may be useful (especially if you have children!)
! I would also recommend to use this mostly as basics, further research should be done !
- Armed & Dangerous: A Writer´s Guide to Weapons, by Michael Newton
! This book was pulblished in 1990, so some information might be out of date, however if your piece is a historical one you will be fine with it !
- The Writer´s Complete Crime Reference Book, by Martin Roth
Roth deals with all of the major issues involved in crimes. He has a comprehensive list on topics such as motives for homicides, frequently abused drugs, and firearms. The book explores the workings of the police, justice system and investigations. At the end of every chapter you will find a reference list for additional information on the topics covered. Note that this is a reference book--it is not meant to read cover to cover. Browse through the book, highlight, and reread the sections that interest you. This is an essential book for any mystery writer.
! Keep in mind that this book might be a bit outdated if you are writing about recent crimes. As the book is not covering the most modern techniques it should be used as an addition. However the covered parts are good !
And those are some guides to different genres:
- Hillary Waugh´s Guide to Mysteries & Mystery Writing, by Hillary Waugh
- How to Write & Sell True Crime, by Gary Provost
- How to Write Mysteries, by Shannon O Cork
- How to Write Romances, by Phyllis Taylor Pianka
- How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, Orson Scott
- How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction, by J.N. Williamson
And some books about characters:
- Characters & Viewpoint, by Orson Scott
- Creating Characters: How To Build Story People, Dwight V. Swain
I will add the summarys/reviews/advice about the books but in the meantime you can look them up at amazon.
@Mods: please don´t mod my post or I won´t be able to add the stuff later.1/14/2009 . Edited 1/14/2009 #52
Thats awesome :D
Could you give a summary for each of them? What you think about their usefulness if not a summary.1/14/2009 #53
I havent read all yet but I can look up what amazon is saying about them.1/14/2009 #54
Net have your books arrived yet?1/25/2009 #55
Links, Stories, General.
The Writing Gym:
The Writing Gym is a Web site where writers can read about the craft and business of writing in practical terms with opportunities to practice what they learn.
Too many sources provide writing advice in esoteric terms without anything concrete beneath it. Here, we try to give you solid advice and solid practice: only what you need and nothing more.
-above is taken from site-
The Writing Gym is a great website with articles on writing, such as improving prose, grammar technicalities, style, a section on 'business', and 'workouts' to refine any writer's craft.1/28/2009 . Edited 1/28/2009 #56
Links, Stories, General.
Helpful article on understanding the pros and cons of showing and telling.2/4/2009 #57
You can delete this if you want, but I just want to say that this thread is frikkin' awesome. If I find anything to contribute, I promise to put it up.
Can’t tell you much about the books but printable worksheets might help you in writing.5/15/2009 #59
Good news, I think I've found a pretty nice batch of links :D
Bad news...still not much useful for the poets. Except maybe this one;
Descriptive Words --
Can be used by anyone who wants to make an imagery and couldn't find the words.
(I personally find it comforting to have those all laid out there so nicely and categorized too XD Link with major potential!)
Can't think of anything? Need a bit of inspiration? Try using this generator. At least you'll be amused.
(This is what I got: A soldier who has the nickname "Marbles", a lawyer who has a tattered journal and clogs, a politician who has a mysterious past, and a pirate who has a kindness toward animals and a sack of stolen money go on a suicide mission, play baseball, and practice speaking without prepositions in this erotic adventure set in a downtown deli, a secluded area of the beach, a tent, and a thrift store.
What the hell, right? XD But in a good way)
Writing Realistic Injuries by Leia Fee --
As an author it is your DUTY to make your characters suffer. Some authors make them suffer physically. Here's some tips on how to keep it real. From fainting to burns.
(if the link doesn't work, google the title!)
A Novel Writing Handout --
It's a really extensive worksheet that you could pick out certain parts you want to use or print out the whole thing. It's useful either way. Makes you think about some issues.
(I experienced a weakness for the Random Character Generator on page 10. I definitely want to try that one out.)
Takes up most aspects of writing a story, I think.
I will edit in these later into the first post. Gonna go back and study now.
Hope these are helpful!
Edit: Edited into the post now. The descriptive word thing is in BOTH writing and poetry section. Ok, that's all.5/18/2009 . Edited 5/20/2009 #60
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