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I have a few helpful links that I use.

This one is just the overview of all the articles on writing. There are articles written on characters, settings, poetry, writing fantasy, etc., etc.

This one I accidentally stumbled upon. It focuses more on getting published and the like, but someone might find it useful. :)

Although I'm sure most people hanging out on this forum know how to avoid a Mary-Sue, I figure I might as well give you the link anyways...

I'm a little hesitant about recommending this next one as I haven't had the chance to read it yet, but I have been told to read it by a published author, so I figure it can't be that bad...So, the book Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass might be a good one to put on the list.

If I find any other good ones, I'll post those too.

6/8/2009 . Edited 6/9/2009 #61
Fractured Illusion

Horror Writers Association: Articles -

The whole site is useful I presume but this particular link features writing tips to horror writers. Just scroll past the book ad.

7/30/2009 #62
Me or the Wallpaper

Fictionpress and its writers have been reviewed at Ranting Raving Reviews.

9/12/2009 #63
Theodore C. Coolidge

Advice for action stories from the hand of one of the pulp writer's god, Lester "Doc Savage" Dent, enjoy the pulpy wisdom:

9/13/2009 #64

for what it's worth...

names the from the Census Bureau, apparently. The place to find your John Doe.

And I know langugageisavirus has already been linked, but I want to specifically mention the site's "Character Name Database"

it's pretty handy.

9/17/2009 #65
Sercus Kaynine

The Elements of Style by E.B. White and William Strunk Jr. link:

online text:

Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.

This is a very helpful little book. Most of it, as mentioned in the summary above, is about grammar rules and such, and the bulk of the useful part of the book deals with writing with style. Not to mention it's short, to the point, and easy to understand. A definite must have for those students serious about writing!

9/20/2009 #66
Loki the Jackal

I think people have enough name sites but I have one to mention because I find it reliable:

You can find all sorts of names there.

I can't even begin to say how much this forum is helping me, all sorts of great sites and other subjects I never quite thought of.

Oh! Anyone ever heard of How to write Damn Good Fiction: Advanced Techniques in Dramatic Storytelling? It's by James N. Frey.

I'm not 'advanced' but this is a good read either way for writers. For me it's kind of inspirational.

9/20/2009 #67
Fractured Illusion

Links - general

50 Free Resources That Will Improve Your Writing Skills --

As the title says. It has different categories it brings up, and overall it seems like a good collection.

10/12/2009 #68
Nicki BluIs

for my canadian friends - writing contest

CBC Literary Awards, 1st prize is $6000 :D

10/19/2009 #69
Fractured Illusion

Writing Exercise/General

(could be used for those who write poetry as well, I reckon)

One Word -

A small little writing exercise to help you get going. You get one word and 60 seconds to write about it.

10/23/2009 #70
Sercus Kaynine

I thought this to be rather useful:

A writing steps/organization guide.

11/1/2009 #71
Fractured Illusion

Temptation Blocker -

Temptation Blocker is a program that lets you lock yourself out of specific applications for a specified period of time. A window displays how much time remains. In order to unblock a program you must enter a 32 character string as a disincentive.

[only for windows]


Basically, this removes the temptation of procrastinating, as it is too tedious to unlock.

I know lotsa people here in RG are doing Nanowrimo this month, so I figured this would help them alot. I hope you guys win!

Also this could be used outside of Nanowrimo, of course :p

11/2/2009 #72
Cinnia Aine

--Off Topic--

The geocities websites don't work: Yahoo took down the website builder.

--End Off Topic--

These are really useful websites, thanks! (I don't know if anyone has already mentioned it, but there are a few articles on that are useful. I'll try to find them and post them here if no one has already.)

11/5/2009 #73
Theodore C. Coolidge

I found a website wiht articles about how to write a goood horror story: character development, plots, clich├ęs to avoid.

11/14/2009 #74

they specified and wrote a little article for writers! how nice of them. :)

1/3/2010 #75

Plot starters:

3/24/2010 #76

this thing is actually really cool! it may not be entirely helpful if you're looking for something specific, but if you're looking to get your brain churning a little bit, I recommend this.

basically, when randomized, it will give you (1) a list of objects, persons, things, etc. (2) a list of styles, adjectives, etc. and (3) a story conflict list.

it can turn out to be pretty funny, but it just gets the creative juices flowing a little bit. :)

4/14/2010 #77

Fun link I just found via a friend Stumbling.

10 Songs for English Majors and Other Word Nerds:

4/27/2010 #78
Fractured Illusion


The Fantasy Novelist's Exam -

It's basically a quiz on your story to see if it's cliched or not. It's kind of quick to get over with, as opposed to example Limyaael's rants that are many and awesome rants but still time consuming. This is more of a quick fix.

6/4/2010 #79

a short list of words that are "overused" and supply some alternatives =]

6/6/2010 #80

Detailed differences between "showing" and "telling" in writing.

6/7/2010 #81

advice on how to improve writing productivity problems

6/21/2010 #82

Hey all! This is my contribution to the resource pile: this is a great place to develop characters and hone your writing skill!

6/22/2010 #83


New Rhyming Dictionary and Poet's Handbook

--By Burges Johnson (Book - 1991)

--ISBN-10: 0062720147, ISBN-13: 978-0062720146

The first 65 pages or so gives examples of various forms of meter and fixed styles of poetry. It also contains an extensive discussion of rhyming form and technique with examples. The rhyming dictionary section is organized by vowel sounds with the most basic sounds like ATE, IN, OW, EAR listed first,you versification skills through exposure to rhymes. and then more complex combinations listed toward the end. As a whole, it teaches you versatile

Life In The Middle Ages

--By Kathryn Hinds (Book - 2001)

--ISBN: 0761410074 (The Castle), 0761410058 (The City), 0761410066 (The Countryside)

These books focus on different aspects of medieval life. The volumes open with a good general overview of the period, followed by a host of extensive and well-documented details. The texts provide clear explanations of the people, places, and cultural events of this intriguing time. Interesting sidebars feature recipes, games, and stories.

City begins with the fundamental question of where power lay in urban areas and looks at how the answer changed over time. Countryside explains manorialism (the social system in which a lord granted land and protection to peasants in exchange for their labor) and distinguishes it from feudalism. The layout of a medieval village as well as its residents, their work, recreation, and customs are vividly described. In Castle, the focus is on the people. An explanation of feudalism shows the relationship of the vassal to the lord. The daily life of the many inhabitants from lord and lady to servant are covered in detail along with descriptions of festivities and various forms of entertainment.

Man, Myth & Magic

--(Publisher: Marshall Cavendish) The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mythology, Religion, and the Unknown - (Book - 1995)

--ISBN: 185435731X


Wolf Song Alaska -

--A pretty decent site about wolves. Tons of information.

7/3/2010 . Edited 9/10/2010 #84

Not sure if this would help anyone, or would classify as a "resource," but is a great site that helps you stumble upon websites of interest. Adjust your search specs accordingly, make yourself comfortable, and click the 'stumble' button. It's kind of addictive, but also quite helpful. I've found some wonderful sites using this method. I highly recommend everyone check it out.

7/4/2010 . Edited 7/17/2010 #85


The Alchemy Website and Virtual Library -

--Completes a complete on-line guide to alchemical books, symbols, quotations and discussion groups. You will even find self-study courses on the practice of alchemy.

Natural Magick by John Baptist Porta --

-- If you want to find out more about what wizards really thought and did in the 1500 & 1600s, you can read this book on the Web

The Twilit Grotto Esoteric Archives -

-- A huge online library of magical texts, most of which were first published in 1500s and 1600s. Among many others, it includes a work in four volumes called On Occult Philosophy by Henry Cornelius Agrippa. This is one of the standard books on Natural Magic. The archives also includes a selection of "grimoires," or spell books.

7/4/2010 #86
Fractured Illusion

Overused Plots in Speculative Fiction --

Compiled by a web magazine with that focus.

7/12/2010 . Edited 7/12/2010 #87

this is a REALLY good article on how to write a really good opening scene. :D

7/16/2010 #88


Just glanced at some of the sections, but didn't delve in too deeply. However, it looks pretty solid so I'm recommending it. -

-General advice about writing. Includes sections on getting started, characters and viewpoints, dialogue, description and setting, story structure, flash fiction, general tips, and getting published.

7/19/2010 . Edited 7/19/2010 #89

I just stumbled upon an awesome name generator site, so here we are.


Serendipity (not sure if that's the official name) -

A rather impressive list of various generators that range from French Female names to Room Descriptions. This one is quite hilarious, I must say. Try out the Cuss-O-Matic or Fantasy Gown generators for some good laughs.

8/6/2010 . Edited 8/6/2010 #90
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