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
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
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!