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== Web Tools Useful for Writers ==
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= Web tools =
* [http://wordsmiths.net/Maygra/RTG.htm Random Title Generator]
 
* [http://writing.teiru.net/fog My readability analysis CGI] that uses Lingua::EN::Fathom and the UNIX style utility.
 
* [http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/thesaurus Merriam-Webster OnLine]
 
* [http://freemind.sourceforge.net Freemind open source software for mind mapping]; see also [http://www.tranglos.com/free/keynote.html Keynote]
 
* [http://thinking.teiru.net/oblique Oblique Strategies]
 
  
== Writing Advice and Articles ==
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== Web Tools Useful for Writers  ==
* [http://www.rsingermanson.com/html/the_snowflake.html "The Snowflake Process for Writing a Novel" by Randall Ingermanson]
 
* [http://www.talewins.com/plotting.htm "Plotting" by Jeff Heisler, of Heisler Ink]
 
* [http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/plot.shtml "Plotting by Personality" by Marg McAlister]
 
* [http://www.sfwa.org/beware/copyright.html Copyright info] and
 
  [http://www.sfwa.org/beware/epublishers.html Electronic publishing] info from the Science Fiction Writers of America.
 
* [http://www.hollylisle.com/ HollyLisle.com]
 
* [http://www.midtel.net/~roediger/faq.html Patrice Kindl, Children's Author]
 
* [http://www.underdown.org/basics.htm Getting Started: Really Basic Information for Children's Writers and Illustrators]
 
* [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/guides/guide-display/-/3E0D2R49QS6FV/102-1456311-9564914 Amazon.com: So You'd Like to... Write Classical Children's Fantasy]
 
* [http://www.nanoedmo.org/ National Novel Editing Month] (<em>March</em>)
 
* [http://arwenbooks.com/a_brilliant_opening.htm The Opening Sentence]
 
* [http://creativecommons.org/projects/founderscopyright/ Founders' Copyright  Creative Commons]
 
  
== Writing Communities ==
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=== Mind Mapping  ===
* [http://www.fmwriters.com Forward Motion Writer's Community] -- looks really good!
 
* [http://www.critters.org aburt's critters Writers' Workshop], a large, active community of writers who help each other through frequent critiques.
 
* [http://www.scbwi.org/ The Society of Children's Book Writers &amp; Illustrators]
 
* [http://www.geocities.com/arwzone/ ARWZ.com: Alternative Reality Writers' Zone. An online community for writers and readers of speculative fiction: fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, horror, supernatural, cross genre]
 
* [http://diaryland.com/error.phtml Diaryland members area]
 
* [http://www.write-on.org/ Write On!    Discuss the art and craft of writing]
 
  
== Self Publishing ==
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*[http://freemind.sourceforge.net Freemind open source software for mind mapping]; see also [http://www.tranglos.com/free/keynote.html Keynote]
* [http://www.lulu.com/ Lulu: Marketplace for digital content]
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*[http://www.spacejock.com.au/PlottingANovel.html How to plot your novel using Freemind] - Simon Haynes. Also see [http://crystalking.wordpress.com/2007/07/01/writing-as-therapy/ this blog entry from Crystal King]. [http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page Freemind is a mind-mapping application].
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*[https://bubbl.us/ bubbl.us online mindmaps]
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*[https://coggle.it/ coggle.it online mindmaps] - very beautiful
  
== Writing References ==
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=== Organization  ===
* [http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html Common Errors in English]
 
* [http://www.nanowrimo.org/2004 2004 NaNoWriMo]
 
* [http://www.nanowrimo.org/2003 2003 NaNoWriMo]
 
* [http://www.nanowrimo.org/2002 2002 NaNoWriMo]
 
  
== Other Writing Links ==
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*[http://www.epiguide.com/ep101/writing/charchart.html Character chart] - really detailed!
* [http://www.internet-resources.com/writers/wrlinks-wordstuff.htm Internet writing links for writers]
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*[http://www.storyright.com storyright.com - storyboards, character sheets and more]
* [http://www.nanowrimo.org/userinfo.php?uid=9203 lazym] posted this at NaNo:
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*[http://www.tiddlywiki.com/ tiddlywiki - a self-contained local wiki for you to organize characters, plot, etc]
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*[http://www.panix.com/~felicia/character/character.php Insanity level character chart]
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*[http://www.archetypewriting.com/articles/writing/ExerciseBeginnings.htm Beginnings] (Nov 1st: let's go!)
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=== Generators  ===
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*[http://wordsmiths.net/Maygra/RTG.htm Random Title Generator] - good for book/chapter titles or just ideas  - ''wordsmiths.net''
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*[http://mdbenoit.com/rtg.htm Random Title Generator] - ''mdbenoit.com''
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*[http://www.writingfix.com/ writingfix.com -- interactive site for writers]
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*[http://traevoli.com/story.php Story Idea generator]
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*[http://chaoticshiny.com chaoticshiny generators (Fantasy focus)]
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==== Character Names  ====
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*[http://nymbler.com/ nymbler] - ''is a website where you can type in up to 6 names you like and it comes up with a lot of similar names, both of ethnicity, feel and sound.''
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*[http://www.dilloscape.com/generatorz/cng.htm Fantasy Name generator]
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*[http://www.seventhsanctum.com/index-name.php Seventh Sanctum Name generators]
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**[http://www.seventhsanctum.com/generate.php?Genname=adname Demons/Angels/Creatures]
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**[http://www.seventhsanctum.com/index-name.php Surnames]
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*[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/dnd/20010208b D&amp;D Name generator]
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*[http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~pound/ A collection of name generators]
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*[http://www.kleimo.com/random/name.cfm What's in a name?]
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*[http://www.20000-names.com/ Random name generator] uses data from the US Census to match first and last names with differing degrees of probability
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*[http://www.behindthename.com/ Names from around the world] - Etymologies and Name Generators
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*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/surnames/a.html Etymology and history of first names]
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*[http://nine.frenchboys.net/ Names of People and Places]
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**[http://nine.frenchboys.net/country.php Evil name, planet name, angel and demon name generators] Plus lots of links and a place name generator
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**[http://nine.frenchboys.net/medieval.php Medieval names]
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*[http://incompetech.com/named/ Name database]
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*[http://www.babynames.com/ baby names]
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*[http://www.nameseekers.co.uk/surname.htm surname meanings]
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*[http://www.last-names.net last name meanings]
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*[http://www.namepistol.com/medieval-name-generator.html Medieval name generator]
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*[http://www.rinkworks.com/namegen/ fantasy name generator]
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*[http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/ American names (socialsecurity.gov)]
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*[http://chaoticshiny.com/ Everything Generator]
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=== Writing Prompts  ===
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*[http://www.tdbspecialprojects.com/ Idea generator]
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*[http://thinking.teiru.net/oblique Oblique Strategies]
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*[http://melydia.zoiks.org/writing/writing-prompt-websites/ Writing Prompts - a list]
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*[http://www.livejournal.com/community/nano_prompt/ more Novel writing prompts]
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*[http://www.jjuriaan.com/Fifteen_Craft_Exercises_for_Writers.htm Writing Prompts]
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*[http://www.diyplanner.com/node/824 D*I*Y Planner article with pointers to journaling prompts]
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*[http://daringtolivefully.com/writing-prompts Daring To Live Fully pointers to writing prompt resources]
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*[http://kgillsrpc.tumblr.com/post/36586432177/kazzas-list-of-character-plots-and-secrets List of character plots and secrets]
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*[http://dailywrites.com/ 31 Days of Writing Activities] (get in the habit of writing daily!)
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*[http://sff.net/paradise/plottricks.htm Plot Twists] - ''sff.net''
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*[http://fearingisland.net/ Plot Twists/Characters/etc] - ''fearingisland.net''
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*[http://flashfiction.net/flash-prompt/ Flashfic prompts]
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*[http://writingprompts.tumblr.com/ Tumbler Prompts]
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([http://www.writersdigest.com/prompts Writer's Digest Prompts]
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=== World Building  ===
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*[http://www.web-writer.net/fantasy/30days.html 30 days of world building] - [http://www.web-writer.net/fantasy/days/index.html index]
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*[http://www.tageo.com index of country and city names]
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*[http://www.larseighner.com/world_builder/ Patricia C Wrede's worldbuilder questions] - very good prompts for world builders
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*[http://www.elfwood.com/farp/thewriting/liljenbergworlds/liljenbergworlds.html Article on world building]
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*[http://www.thescriptorium.net/world1.html world building reference at thescriptorium]
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*[http://www.seventhsanctum.com/ General references from the seventhsanctum]
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*[http://hollylisle.com/maps-workshop-developing-the-fictional-world-through-mapping/ Holly Lisle - developing the fictional world through mapping]
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==== From "I am Tasha" (2011) ====
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* [http://www.forresterlabs.com/limyaael/titlelistall Limyaeel's Rants] More can be found [http://limyaael.insanejournal.com/ here] and [http://limyaael.livejournal.com/ here].
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* [http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=XRPFREE2 A Magical Society: Guide to Mapping] This one is worth the download, I swear it is. If you want to create a realistic map, this should be your Bible. There is also a longer version of this that includes notes on the Ecology and Culture, but you have to pay for it.
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* [http://www.elfwood.com/farp/thewriting/liljenbergworlds/index.html Creating Fantasy and Sci-Fi Worlds] This is the most helpful world-building tutorial I have found online. Period.
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* [http://www.writing-world.com/sf/magic.shtml What's the Magic Word: Defining the Sources, Effects, and Cost of Magic]
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* [http://www.zompist.com/kit.html The Language Construction Kit] Great for those who want to create their own language
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* [http://www.omniglot.com/ More language construction] - ''omniglot''
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* [http://www.involuntaryart.com/worldbuilding/index.php?title=Main_Page The Educated World Building Guide] I believe this one is actually run by Nanoers working on worldbuilding.
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* [http://www.web-writer.net/fantasy/ Magical World Builder's Guide] Written by the same chick who did the 30 Days of Worldbuilding guide.
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* [http://www.pantheon.org/ Encyclopedia Mythica] You want a myth or folktale? They're here.
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* [http://www.siue.edu/COSTUMES/history.html The History of Costume] An old book from the 1880s. Useful for researching period dress.
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* [http://www.thearma.org/essays.htm#MedievalFighting Fighting and Swordplay Essays] Essays from the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts about the topic.
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* The link appears to be broken at the moment, but the site called the "Mythopoet's Manual" is another good resource.
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* [http://www.jacmus-prime.com/World%2BBuilding%2BGuide JPWB's Fictional World Building Model] Another alternate theory about world-building
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* [http://shoomlah.deviantart.com/journal/41630014/ Historical Costuming Resources] These are from the girl who did all of the historically accurate Disney princesses that have been floating around online, so they're definitely legit sources.
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* [http://www.springhole.net/writing/marysue.htm The Mary Sue Litmus Test] Always.
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* [http://hollylisle.com/maps-workshop-developing-the-fictional-world-through-mapping/ Maps Workshop] Another great mapping source from Holly Lisle
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* [http://www222.pair.com/sjohn/blueroom/demog.htm Medieval Demographics Made Easy] To show you exactly how many people would be in that poor rocky village halfway up the coast in medieval times.
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=== Analysis Tools  ===
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*[http://writing.teiru.net/fog My readability analysis CGI] that uses Lingua::EN::Fathom and the UNIX style utility. See the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flesch-Kincaid_Readability_Test Wikipedia definition for the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test].
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*[http://www.wordcount.org/main.php wordcount frequency]
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= Software =
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== Writing Software  ==
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*[[Vim for Writers]] - how to most effectively use the [http://www.vim.org ViM modal text editor] for novel planning and writing
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*[http://www.37signals.com/svn/archives2/writing_words_vs_writing_software.php Writing words vs. writing software] - some essential truths about writing
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*[http://romanzo.teiru.net Romanzo] - ideas for an heir to [http://papel.teiru.net Papel]
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*[http://www.dklevine.com/general/software/tc1000/jarnal.htm Jarnal], open source software to annotate PDF files
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*Need help with time management/motivation? Try [http://todoist.com todoist] and [http://www.joesgoals.com Joes Goals]!
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*[http://softwarebybrian.com/cms/content/view/20/2/ TextBlockWriter] - Windows freeware that lets you manipulate virtual index cards.
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*'''Also see [http://naperwrimo.org/wiki/index.php?title=Software_for_writers this list from our NaperWriMo Wiki]'''
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*[http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter.html - yWriter: Free word processor software specifically for novel-writing] - see [http://www.pcworld.com/article/2017450/review-ywriter-is-a-distraction-free-free-of-charge-organizing-tool-for-writers.html this review on pcworld]
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*[http://baara.com/q10/ q10: free portable writing program that can run off a pen drive.]
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*[http://www.richardsalsbury.com/ Another novel word processor]
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*[http://docs.google.com google word processor and spreadsheet] - can access from any computer, collaboratively edit and save to Microsoft formats
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*[http://celtx.com Celtx] - screenwriting software that can be used for novel writing
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*[[ViM]] - modal ASCII text editor with lots of useful plugins
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*[http://chir.ag/projects/tip-of-my-tongue/  Tip of My Tongue] (Find that word that you've been thinking about but just can't seem to remember)
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*[http://www.literatureandlatte.com/ Scrivener] - (Storyboarding, Novels, Screenwriting, Name Generators, etc!) 


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*[http://www.libreoffice.org/ LibreOffice] - a free Office suite like Microsofts
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*[http://getyarny.com/ Yarny]
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*[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jurgen-fauth/ipad-apps-writers_b_3199044.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003 Ipad Writers Apps]
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*[http://brettterpstra.com/ios-text-editors/ Ultimate list of iOS TextEditor apps]
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*[https://www.dropbox.com/ Dropbox]
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*[http://www.blackobelisksoftware.com/ Liquid Story Writer]
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*[http://hiveword.com/  Hiveword] (plotting software, track characters, plotlines; name generators,etc.)
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=== Online Writing Software ===
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*[http://www.litlift.com/ LitLift] - novel planning and writing online
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*[http://writeordie.com/ Write or Die] - minimalist
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*[http://writtenkitten.net/ WrittenKitten] - reward yourself with a cute kitten as you write
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*[http://www.oneword.com/ One Word/60 seconds]
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*[http://coffitivity.com/  Coffitivity] (stimulate creativity by creating a coffeshop auditory ambiance)
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=== Timelines ===
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*[http://www.scribblecode.com/ Aeon Timeline] (Mac-only)
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*[http://thetimelineproj.sourceforge.net/ Timeline]
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= Index Cards =
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== Writing using index cards  ==
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''Rescued from the 2007 NaNoWriMo Technology forum article by [http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/4423 MSRenfrow]''
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*[http://www.pileofindexcards.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page Pile of Index Cards] - a wiki dedicated to the use of index cards
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*[http://absolutewrite.com/novels/index_cards.htm Holey 3x5 Cards Empower Creativity] by Will Mitchell.
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*[http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Use-Index-Cards-to-Write-a-Novel-Outline&id=537666 How to Use Index Cards to Write A Novel Outline] by Stuart Brown.
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*[http://www.autocrit.com/articles/?a=articles&p=85 12 Easy Steps Make a Novel] by Ann Major. Advocates always carrying around index cards in first stages of plotting.
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*[http://members.optusnet.com.au/~charles57/Creative/Idea_Recording/lila.htm Extract from Lila] by Robert M. Pirsig Published by Bantam Press – 1991. Actual real-live novel excerpt where the main character describes his method of using index cards.
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*[http://wiki.43folders.com/index.php/Index_Cards 43 Folders Wiki entry: Index Cards]. Discusses several other authors who use index cards.
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= Advice =
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== Writing Advice and Articles  ==
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* ''Larry Brooks has [http://storyfix.com/category/story-structure-series/page/3 a very informative 11 part blog series on story structure].  In it, he describes the 4 parts to every great story and what moves stories forward.  It's one of the best descriptions of story structure I've seen.''
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''Jamie Gold made [http://storyfix.com/a-simple-story-development-tool-4-u an excel spreadsheet with the major points from this].  Plus there is a corresponding beat sheet worksheet that is available here.'' -- ContemplativeCat
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*[http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/10/07/writing-excuses-7-41-seven-point-story-structure/ Seven point story structure] - ''www.writingexcuses.com''
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*[http://www.sff.net/people/alicia/10prob.htm Top ten plotting mistakes]
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*[http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/art/scene.php Writing the Perfect Scene] - Randy Ingermanson (the Snowflake method guy) - about the Motivation-Reaction units (From Dwain McSwain's Techniques of the Selling Writer)
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** [http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/ The Snowflake Method]
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*[http://bksp.org/secondarypages/articles/authors/DRobbins1.htm Advice for Writers by David L. Robbins]
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*[http://www.fictionwriters.com/tips-novel-writing.html Novel writing tips] from Fiction Writers Connection (short list of ten; high level advice)
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*[http://www.rsingermanson.com/html/the_snowflake.html "The Snowflake Process for Writing a Novel" by Randall Ingermanson]
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*[http://www.talewins.com/plotting.htm "Plotting" by Jeff Heisler, of Heisler Ink]
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*[http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/plot.shtml "Plotting by Personality" by Marg McAlister]
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*[http://www.hollylisle.com/ HollyLisle.com]
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*[http://dmoz.org/Arts/Writers_Resources/Fiction/ Open Directory - Arts: Writers Resources: Fiction]
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*[http://www.starrigger.net/advice.htp Writing Advice from Science Fiction author Jeffrey A. Carver]
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*[http://www.sff.net/odyssey/podcasts.html Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop - free podcasts] - some interesting advice for writers!
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*[http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/how-to-write-faster-better-and-easier/ Great article on how to write faster, better and easier] by K. Stone
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*[http://www.gapingvoid.com/Moveable_Type/archives/.html Article on how to be creative]
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*[http://lillieammann.com/blog/2007/08/24/blogs-by-and-for-writers/ Blogs by and for writers]
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*[http://www.musik-therapie.at/PederHill/Dialogue&Detail.htm Learning about writing dialogue]
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*[http://www.diyplanner.com/node/878 Journal writing tips from D*I*Y*]
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*[[Novel Writing Tips|Novel Writing Tips]] - a mindmap with notes from two good novel writing books
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*[[Notes from Techniques of the Selling Writer|notes from Techniques of the Selling Writer]] - a mindmap with notes from the great book by Dwight Swain
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*[http://writingwhilethericeboils.blogspot.com/2010/09/rubiks-cube-plotting-in-9-easy-steps.html Rubik’s Cube Plotting]
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*[http://www.thewritersjourney.com/hero%27s_journey.htm The Hero's Journey]
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*[http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com/2010/03/plotting-made-easy-complications.html Hero's Journey Plotting Questions]
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*[http://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/ Blake Snyder's beat sheet]
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*[http://io9.com/5916970/the-22-rules-of-storytelling-according-to-pixar Pixar's 22 rules of storytelling]
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=== Starting your Novel/Inspiration  ===
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*[http://www.darcypattison.com/revision/opening-lines/ 12 ways to start off your novel] - ''Darcy Pattison''
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*[http://watchout4snakes.com/CreativityTools/Main/Main.aspx Creativity tools]
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*[http://www.creativewriterwithin.com/creative-writing/where-should-you-start-when-you-want-to-learn-how-to-write-a-book Where you should go when you want to learn how to write a book]
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*[http://arwenbooks.com/a_brilliant_opening.htm The Opening Sentence]
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*[http://www.scottberkun.com/blog/2007/how-to-write-a-book-the-short-honest-truth/|Scott Berkun blog: How to write a book - the short, honest truth]
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*[http://oldpoetry.com/opoem/show/43542-Charles-Bukowski-So-You-Want-To-Be-A-Writer So you want to be a writer] - An inspirational poem by Charles Bukowski that has the ring of truth...
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*[http://www.logicalcreativity.com/jon/quotes.html Quotes about writers]
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*[http://www.52projects.com/52_projects/2006/05/simple_things_y.html Jump start your writing!]
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*[http://naperwrimo.org/wiki/index.php?title=Use_of_emotional_response How to use emotional response to create plot elements]
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=== Writer's Block Advice  ===
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*[http://www.languageisavirus.com/ Tools for curing writer's block]
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*[http://www.copywriting1.com/2007/03/eliminate-writers-block-forever.html How to eliminate writer's block forever] by Andrew Cavanagh
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*[http://www.getfreeebooks.com/?p=4872 101 Tips to Fight and Overcome Writer's Block]
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=== Finishing your Novel  ===
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*[http://www.timothyhallinan.com/writers.php "Finishing Your Novel"] by Timothy Hallinan
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*[http://www.dumblittleman.com/2007/09/complete-your-first-book-with-these-9.html Complete your first book with these 9 tips!]
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*Needing some motivation? Check out [http://writerunboxed.com/2007/06/12/the-unpubbed-writers-7-deadly-sins/ this devastatingly candid article about the 7 deadly sins of unpublished authors]
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*[http://www.nanofimo.org/resources.html National Novel Finishing Month] (30,000 words to finish your NaNo novel in December) has a terrific resources page
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=== Children's Novel Writing  ===
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*[http://www.midtel.net/~roediger/faq.html Patrice Kindl, Children's Author]
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*[http://www.underdown.org/basics.htm Getting Started: Really Basic Information for Children's Writers and Illustrators]
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*[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/guides/guide-display/-/3E0D2R49QS6FV/102-1456311-9564914 Amazon.com: So You'd Like to... Write Classical Children's Fantasy]
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*[http://www.scbwi.org/ The Society of Children's Book Writers &amp; Illustrators]
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=== Editing  ===
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*[http://www.nanoedmo.org/ National Novel Editing Month] (''March'')
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*[http://www.timothyhallinan.com/writers.php Inspirational resource to help folks with their rewrites if not finished]
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*[http://www.eeicom.com/staffing/marks.html proofreading marks ref]
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* [http://www.youngadultwriters.com/story-analyzer/ Story Analyzer]
(Analyzes your story for overused words, passive voice, cliches, -ly words, etc.)
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* [http://d3k9gxxxyh3lif.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/checklists.pdf Story Plan Review & Revision Checklists]
(scroll to end for checklist)
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* [http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/word-count-for-novels-and-childrens-books-the-definitive-post Word Count Estimates for Genres  Genres & Subgenres (now that you've written it, classify your novel!)]

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* [http://writers-write-creative-blog.posthaven.com/story-questionnaire Story Questionnaire: 100 Questions to Ask (it says before you write, but probably more useful for revision)]
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* [http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_literary_genres
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* Genres & Subgenres (now that you've written it, classify your novel!)
 +
* [http://www.stroppyauthor.com/p/how-to-read-publishing-contract.html How to Read a Publishing Contract]
 +
* [http://www.springhole.net/writing/marysue.htm Mary Sue Litmus Test]
 +
 
 +
 
 +
=== Writer Beware!  ===
 +
 
 +
Here are some cautionary sites (taken from an article by [http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/24904 AngelSong]):
 +
 
 +
*Writer Beware - http://www.sfwa.org/beware/
 +
*Helpful information about bogus agents and publishers - http://www.absolutewrite.com/freelance_writing/writer_beware.htm
 +
*Absolute Write forums - http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=22
 +
*5 reasons to avoid PublishAmerica - http://writing.articlesarchive.net/5-reasons-to-avoid-publishamerica.htm...
 +
*"Preditors" and Editors - http://anotherealm.com/prededitors/
 +
 
 +
=== Blogging ===
 +
* [https://websitesetup.org/how-to-start-a-blog-guide/ How to start a blog] - a guide by Robert Mening
 +
 
 +
= Copyright =
 +
 
 +
== About Copyright  ==
 +
 
 +
*[http://creativecommons.org/projects/founderscopyright/ Founders' Copyright Creative Commons]
 +
*Kimberly Dawn wrote:
 +
 
 +
Because there are HUGE misunderstandings about what a copyright is these days and I keep seeing them repeated over and over again. I thought I could help.
 +
 
 +
[http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html]
 +
 
 +
There's a good start.
 +
 
 +
So, yes fan fiction is a violation of copyright.
 +
 
 +
[http://www.keytlaw.com/Copyrights/top10myths.htm http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html]
 +
 
 +
[http://www.theistudio.com/seven-online-copyright-myths.html http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html]
 +
 
 +
[http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/ http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html]
 +
 
 +
Copyrights are made as soon as you make them into apparent form. So automatically everything in this post is being copyrighted as I write it.
 +
 
 +
This post will be invalid in its copyright after I'm dead for EIGHTY years.
 +
 
 +
Also another thing to know is that an official copyright is EXPENSIVE, which is why most publishers will do it for you. It will cost you quite a bundle, unless you intend to have a high volume, and should be done through a lawyer. Trade mark and copyright often get confused, BTW, but you can't copyright titles to books, etc. You can copyright ideas, expressions of art, etc. specific phrases, slogans and titles are trademarks. ^_^
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.sfwa.org/beware/copyright.html Copyright info] and [http://www.sfwa.org/beware/epublishers.html Electronic publishing] info from the [http://www.sfwa.org Science Fiction Writers of America].
 +
 
 +
*MThornton
 +
 
 +
official copyright requires the filing of form TX for literary works, sending along 1 or more copies of the work to be copyrighted and $30.00 Copyright itself is not the expensive part. correcting an error in the submission is $100.00 and any investigation into existing copyrights is $75.00 per hour.
 +
 
 +
Trademark application as of this year is $325.00 per each class of goods or service that you submit.
 +
 
 +
ISBN registration is done in blocks of 10 and begins at $225.00 with an additional publisher registration fee of $25.00
 +
 
 +
I've got a list of links to various agencies US, UK, Aus and others listed [http://www.darkescapes.net/node/426 here], along with other information for registration or self publishing, including ISBN and barcode ordering.
 +
 
 +
= Communities =
 +
 
 +
== Writing Communities  ==
 +
 
 +
*[http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf.composition/topics rec.arts.sf.composition] (''usenet group'')
 +
*[http://www.fmwriters.com Forward Motion Writer's Community] -- looks really good!
 +
*[http://www.critters.org aburt's critters Writers' Workshop], a large, active community of writers who help each other through frequent critiques -- great resource for critiquing, including [http://www.critters.org/resources.html these great references about how to be effective in critiquing other's work]. This is a must read!
 +
*[http://www.geocities.com/arwzone/ ARWZ.com: Alternative Reality Writers' Zone. An online community for writers and readers of speculative fiction: fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, horror, supernatural, cross genre]
 +
*[http://diaryland.com/error.phtml Diaryland members area]
 +
*[http://www.write-on.org/ Write On! Discuss the art and craft of writing]
 +
*[http://www.inkify.com/ inkify forums] - "A place to talk about books and writing"
 +
 
 +
= Publishing =
 +
 
 +
== Self Publishing and Publishing Refs  ==
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.lulu.com/ Lulu: Marketplace for digital content]
 +
*[http://www.weberbooks.com/publish.htm Plug your book!] (a blog about publishing)
 +
*[http://www.brendahiatt.com/id2.html - How much will they pay me for my book?] A wonderful site to fantasize over--a survey of typical advances, royalty percentages by publisher. Mostly romance publishers, but TOR is in there, too.
 +
*[http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/peala.htm - Predator editor/agents to avoid]
 +
*[http://www.absolutewrite.com/ absolutewrite.com - writer's resource]; also check out the ''beware &amp; background check'' thread in the forums for info on disreputable publishers (&lt;a href="http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/" title="http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/"&gt;http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/&lt;/a&gt;)
 +
 
 +
= References =
 +
 
 +
== Plotting tools and worksheets ==
 +
*[http://www.kkitts.net/downloads/downloads.html Various plotting tools and worksheets by K. Kitts]
 +
*[http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/workbooks NaNoWriMo YWP Workbooks for Plotting/Setting/Characters/etc]
 +
 
 +
== Writing References  ==
 +
*[http://www.bryndonovan.com/2015/04/05/master-list-of-facial-expressions/ Master list of facial expressions]
 +
*[http://changingminds.org/techniques/body/parts_body_language/lips_body_language.htm lips body language] (how to say things with the lips)
 +
*[http://www.nowhitespace.org/writing/ NoWhiteSpace Writing Cheat Sheet] - great little two-pager chock-full of writing references!
 +
*[http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html Common Errors in English]
 +
*[http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/thesaurus Merriam-Webster OnLine]
 +
*[http://www.gutenberg.org/ Project Gutenberg]
 +
*[http://www.gopdg.com/plainlanguage/ plainlanguage.com]
 +
*[http://www.phrasefinder.co.uk/ Phrase Thesaurus]
 +
*[http://www.writingforums.org/showthread.php?t=15157 more action verbs] from writingforums.org
 +
*[http://www.msgarrettonline.com/descripwords.html descriptive words], [http://www.msgarrettonline.com/actionverbs.html action verbs], [http://www.msgarrettonline.com/100ways.html 100 ways to say said] and [http://www.msgarrettonline.com/trans.html transition words]
 +
*[http://www.geocities.com/evelynleeper/ Evelyn Leeper's homepage with many useful links]
 +
*[http://www.diyplanner.com/node/304 D*I*Y Planner - On using index cards for NaNoWriMo]
 +
*[http://writingniche.rebeccathomasdesigns.com/?m=200511 Writing tips from DragonChild (ML)]
 +
*[http://www.thewatchmakerproject.com/projects/267/a-writers-toolbox A Writer's Toolbox] with links related to writing
 +
*[http://del.icio.us/Razorkitten/resource Razorkitten's del.icio.us bookmarks] (mostly with a fantasy bent)
 +
*[http://www.truckpoetry.net/resources.php NaNoWriMo resources] (collected by Cameron Matthews)--includes character creator
 +
*[http://www.silveragebooks.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/mag/ns/november_spawned.htm Rolnikov's November Spawned] site, with four issues of NaNoWriMo-inspired literature and a very useful booklet of writing tips (update: looks like the page is gone; the [http://www.silveragebooks.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ site still remains] but the booklet isn't there. :-(
 +
*[http://babelfish.altavista.com/ babelfish online translator]
 +
*[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage TVTropes] (tropes/ideas for Plot/Setting/Character Type/Character Trait/Relationship/Backstory/Motive/etc.)
 +
 
 +
=== Science Fiction  ===
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/ctnlistalpha.asp Glossary of science fiction ideas]
 +
 
 +
=== Editing Tips ===
 +
*[http://musingsonfantasia.blogspot.com/2012/12/4-tips-on-cutting-word-count-for-short.html tips on cutting word count in short stories]
 +
*[http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/02/how-to-slash-your-word-count-by-20-40.html How to slash 20-40% of your word count and tighten your narrative]
 +
*[https://litreactor.com/essays/chuck-palahniuk/nuts-and-bolts-“thought”-verbs Nuts and bolts: thought verbs] (some NSFW language)
 +
*[http://magmapoetry.com/25-rules-for-editing-poems/ 25 rules for editing poems]
 +
*[https://michaeljmcdonagh.wordpress.com/tag/list-of-filter-words/ List of filter words] (some NSFW language)
 +
 
 +
= NaNoWriMo =
 +
 
 +
== NaNoWriMo  ==
 +
 
 +
*[http://2006.nanowrimo.org 2006 NaNoWriMo]
 +
*[http://2005.nanowrimo.org 2005 NaNoWriMo]
 +
*Unfortunately, archives of years prior to 2005 are not available
 +
*[http://www.tinman.org/nanowrimo/home.html NaNoWriMo Windsor: National Novel Writing Month 2003] - lots of great tips and tools.
 +
*[http://www.zokutou.co.uk/wordmeter/ Create word-count bars for your journal/blog]
 +
*[http://www.lazette.net/Free%20Stuff/NaNo.htm Lazette Gilford's NaNo for the New and the Insane] - free e-book
 +
*[http://www.wikiwrimo.org/wiki/Main_Page WikiWriMo] - Unofficial NaNoWriMo wiki written by Wrimos, for Wrimos
 +
*[http://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/1951946-October-Nano-Prep-2013-Calendar NaNo Prep Daily Challenge for October]
- ''writing.com'' (Not sure where to start prepping? Daily activities to develop your plot, characters, etc. throughout Oct)
 +
 
 +
= Other Links =
 +
 
 +
== Other Writing Links ==
 +
 
 +
*[http://b33m3r.spaces.live.com/Lists/cns%21E2D3A560DD1675E7%21232/ Writer Resources] - an annotated list.
 +
*[http://www.internet-resources.com/writers/wrlinks-wordstuff.htm Internet writing links for writers]  
 +
*[http://www.nanowrimo.org/userinfo.php?uid=9203 lazym] posted this at NaNo:
 
<blockquote>
 
<blockquote>
* [http://www.kleimo.com/random/name.cfm What's in a name?]
+
=== Where am I?  ===
* [http://www.20000-names.com/ Random name generator] uses data from the US Census to match first and last names with differing degrees of probability
+
 
* [http://www.behindthename.com/ Names from around the world]
+
[http://www.erikbenson.com/nanowrimo-report-card.xls A phenomenally complete Excel spreadsheet] that helps you keep track of your progress. It could save you time, unless you use it obsessively just to watch the charts and graphs change. Includes a morale tracker.
* [http://genforum.genealogy.com/surnames/a.html Etymology and history of first names]
+
 
* [http://www.seventhsanctum.com/index-name.php Surnames]
+
=== What AM I doing?  ===
* [http://nine.frenchboys.net/country.php  Evil name, planet name, angel and demon name generators] Plus lots of links and a place name generator
+
 
 +
[http://www.thescriptorium.net character worksheet and other resources] It may be a bit late muck around with plotting, but you never know what you're gonna need. This is where our character worksheet came from. The site also includes character biography worksheet, fantasy and sci-fi world-building forms, and story starters.
 +
 
 +
=== Is this for real?  ===
 +
 
 +
Check out the Character and Plot Realism thread on the [http://www.nanowrimo.org/modules/newbb NaNo forum]. This is the place to go for the skinny on weight-lifting, Italian folk magic, creative assassinations, or summoning angelic beings. It's also a great place to mess around when all you really want to do is, well, procrastinate.
 +
</blockquote>
 +
*[http://www.lulu.com/static/nanowrimo.php lulu self-publishing company] offered one free published B&amp;W book for each NaNoWriMo novel. Offer expired 01/15/2005 but maybe they'll repeat it.
 +
*[http://www.moleskineus.com/ Moleskine Notebooks, Journals, and Date Books - MoleskineUS]
 +
 
 +
== Writing Games  ==
 +
 
 +
*[http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/9/9476.phtml RPGnet: Review of Nanofictionary]
 +
*[http://www.wunderland.com/LooneyLabs/Nanofictionary/NanoBlanks.html NanoBlanks: Make-Your-Own Nanofictionary Cards]
 +
 
 +
== Procrastination / Research ==
 +
 
 +
* [http://www.wordle.net/ Word Clouds]
 +
* [http://storywonk.com/podcasts-2/ StoryWonk Podcasts]
 (has NaNo Poscasts!)
 +
* [http://www.writingexcuses.com/ Writing Excuses Podcasts]
 +
* [http://iwl.me/ I Write Like]
 +
* [http://www.readabilityformulas.com/free-readability-formula-tests.php See What Grade Level You're Writing On]
 +
** [http://computersherpa.deviantart.com/art/Periodic-Table-of-Storytelling-203548951 Periodic Table of Storytelling]
 +
* [http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.ca/p/the-emotion-thesaurus.html Emotion Thesaurus/Written Expression of Emotions]
 +
* [http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/78517219/Emotion%20Amplifiers%202.pdf Emotion Amplifiers] (addendum to Emotion Thesaurus) (PDF)
 +
* [http://nanotoons.net/ NaNo Cartoons]
 +
* [http://nanomusical.com/ A Musical About NaNoWriMo] (Start with Episode #1)
 +
* [http://www.bartleby.com/81/ Dictionary of Phrase & Fable] (Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, & Words)
  
=== Where am I? ===
 
[http://www.erikbenson.com/nanowrimo-report-card.xls A phenomenally complete Excel spreadsheet] that helps you keep track of your progress. It could save you time, unless you use it obsessively just to watch the charts and graphs change. Includes a morale tracker.
 
  
=== What AM I doing? ===
 
[http://www.thescriptorium.net character worksheet and other resources] It may be a bit late muck around with plotting, but you never know what you're gonna need. This is where our character worksheet came from.  The site also includes character biography worksheet, fantasy and sci-fi world-building forms, and story starters.
 
  
=== Is this for real? ===
+
<headertabs />
Check out the Character and Plot Realism thread on the [http://www.nanowrimo.org/modules/newbb NaNo forum]. This is the place to go for the skinny on weight-lifting, Italian folk magic, creative assassinations, or summoning angelic beings. It's also a great place to mess around when all you really want to do is, well, procrastinate.
 
</blockquote>
 
* [http://www.lulu.com/static/nanowrimo.php lulu self-publishing company] offered one free published B&W book for each NaNoWriMo novel. Offer expired 01/15/2005 but maybe they'll repeat it.
 
* [http://margaretfisk.home.comcast.net/links/writing.htm A whole bunch of writing resource links] -- found this referred to on the [http://www.nanowrimo.org NaNoWriMo] site.
 
* [http://www.tinman.org/nanowrimo/home.html Found this intriguing nanowrimo resource site] with lots of great tips and tools.
 
* [http://www.gutenberg.org/ Project Gutenberg]
 
* [http://www.gopdg.com/plainlanguage/ plainlanguage.com]
 
* [http://dmoz.org/Arts/Writers_Resources/Fiction/ Open Directory - Arts: Writers Resources: Fiction]
 
* [http://www.starrigger.net/advice.htp Writing Advice from Science Fiction author Jeffrey A. Carver]
 
* [http://www.tinman.org/nanowrimo/home.html NaNoWriMo Windsor: National Novel Writing Month 2003]
 
* [http://www.moleskineus.com/ Moleskine Notebooks, Journals, and Date Books - MoleskineUS]
 
* [http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/9/9476.phtml RPGnet: Review of Nanofictionary]
 
* [http://www.wunderland.com/LooneyLabs/Nanofictionary/NanoBlanks.html NanoBlanks: Make-Your-Own Nanofictionary Cards]
 

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Web Tools Useful for Writers

Mind Mapping

Organization

Generators

Character Names


Writing Prompts

(Writer's Digest Prompts

World Building

From "I am Tasha" (2011)


Analysis Tools

Writing Software

Online Writing Software

Timelines

Writing using index cards

Rescued from the 2007 NaNoWriMo Technology forum article by MSRenfrow

Writing Advice and Articles

Jamie Gold made an excel spreadsheet with the major points from this.  Plus there is a corresponding beat sheet worksheet that is available here. -- ContemplativeCat

Starting your Novel/Inspiration

Writer's Block Advice

Finishing your Novel

Children's Novel Writing

Editing


Writer Beware!

Here are some cautionary sites (taken from an article by AngelSong):

Blogging

Self Publishing and Publishing Refs

Plotting tools and worksheets

Writing References

Science Fiction

Editing Tips

NaNoWriMo