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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Resources for Writers

I know I have that handy little list of sites for writing over there on the sidebar *points* but today I wanted to do a more in-depth post on great resources for writers.

Absolute Write Water Cooler
AW is a forum for writers that is a goldmine of information. There are subforums for every genre and format of writing as well as a place to ask questions for story research and a subforum for finding beta readers. Perhaps the greatest resource is the subforum on publishers and agents for background checks. There's also a section for sharing your work and critiquing the work of others.

Emotion Thesaurus
This is a thesaurus of signs of emotions. There are also thesauruses for settings, character traits, weather, colors, textures, and shapes, and symbolism.

Character Therapist
The character therapist takes questions from characters and answers them from a therapist's standpoint.

Baby Names
There are lots of baby name sites and books, but this one is my favorite. You can search by alphabet, origin, or category. You can also see what the top baby names were by year all the way back to 1880. If you want to go for relevant meanings, you can search by those too.

Behind the Name
This is my first stop when I'm looking for last names for my characters. You can browse by alphabet or by origin. You can also search for the most common surnames for various countries. This website also displays some history about the names.

What are some websites that you can't live without when it comes to writing or writing advice?

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