Attention All Writers…

A Word. My Kingdom for a Word!

Have you ever sat in front of the computer, staring at your monitor or searching a Thesaurus for a word…and still felt frustrated because nothing seemed to convey exactly what you had in mind?

I have. And if you’re a writer, I know you have, too. What tools do you use when a dictionary and standard thesaurus just don’t seem to work?

I’ve compiled a list of websites that will help you break through the block. I can’t take credit for finding all of them. They come courtesy of some savvy tweeps on Twitter, great bloggers and a lot of internet research. I especially want to mention Angela Ackerman as an awesome resource. You can follow her on Twitter @WriterThesaurus or @AngelaAckerman. She blogs at http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/.

I hope the following links will be as useful to you as they are for me.

Reverse Dictionary: http://www.onelook.com/
List of Phobias: http://phobialist.com/
Emotion/Setting/Colors & Shapes Thesaurus: (and much more!) http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/
Character Trait Chart: (another great blog chock full of wonderful advice) http://www.inspirationforwriters.com/techniques/character-trait-chart.html
Writing Realistic Injuries: http://www.users.totalise.co.uk/~leiafee/ramblings/realistic_injuries.htm
Sounds: http://www.writtensound.com/index.php
The Character Archetypes: (This link is for heroes. Look in the left column for others) http://www.tamicowden.com/heroes.htm
Plot Generator: http://funstuff.pantomimepony.co.uk/writers-plot-ideas.htm
Grammar & Punctuation: http://www.grammarbook.com/ and http://www.getitwriteonline.com/archive/tips.htm
British Phrases: http://englishclub.8m.com/ukus1.htm
Cliches: http://www.clichesite.com/index.asp
Slang Dictionary: http://www.peevish.co.uk/slang/
Research Links: (a delightful hodge podge of interesting links) http://www.charlottedillon.com/ResearchLinks.html

There’s so much information in cyber  space; this list could go on and on. But I’ve given you enough distraction. Now go back to what you should be doing which is finishing your manuscript!

Deb

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About Debra S. Sanders

Debra is an RV nomad, traveling full time with her husband, dog and cat. She writes, hikes, star gazes and explores myth, lore and curiosities from America's back roads. She also indulges in colorful sunsets and good wine.

1 Response

  1. kristallee

    Thanks for the links, Deb. There have been times my blinking cursor has nearly hypnotized me as I stared it willing the “perfect” word to come forth.

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