Saturday, July 30, 2011

1001 Sites To Distract Or Help You


I must admit that sometimes I spend too much time looking for who knows what on the internet. Hours later, I wonder where the time went. It’s fun but it is a distraction from actually writing. I thought I save you some time and share some sites with you. Okay, there aren’t 1001 sites. But, it may take you at least 1001 minutes to look at all of them.

SITE FOR READERS AND AUTHORS
http://www.wattpad.com/ site to read free ebooks and place to hang your hat to gain a following
http://thebookbreeze.com/Home_Page.php site for readers and authors

WRITERS BLOCK/PERFECTIONISM/PROCRASTINATION
http://hillaryrettig.com/books/overcome-procrastination/ Free ebook about procrastination, perfectionism and writers blocks
http://joanswan.blogspot.com/2011/07/writing-exercises-to-remove-writers.html

BUSINESS
http://www.leilimckinley.com/ social media
http://vipauthors.com/

VIDEOS ON WRITING
http://www.youtube.com/user/marthaalderson#p/u/19/ESfT2Lh1cWo videos on plotting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcmiqQ9NpPE Dan Wells on Story Structure
http://wordplay-kmweiland.blogspot.com/ Videos on writing character and plot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BfHGeZqJvE Elizabeth Lyon, [author of Manuscript Makeover] on style and voice

SIZING UP YOUR CHARACTERS
http://charactertherapist.blogspot.com/search/label/Psychological%20Theories%20for%20Writers
An online therapy service for fictional characters.
http://www.cvisual.com/film-techniques/writer-character-trait-list.asp List of character traits
http://www.personalitypage.com/html/INTP.html myers-briggs personality
http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/ 9 personality types
http://www.psyweb.com/ psychology web site
http://www.jnforensics.com/ Decoding human behavior

BLOGS ON WRITING
http://writerunboxed.com/
http://hollylisle.com/
http://seekerville.blogspot.com/2008/09/portable-plotting-board.html Portable-plotting board
http://www.magicalwords.net/stuart-jaffe/writing-theory-the-monomyth-part-1/ Writing theory – monomyth 4 parts
http://www.magicalwords.net/free-writing-downloads/ Free downloads
http://udleditions.cast.org/craft_intro.html Narrative Elements/Literary devices
http://www.lisagardner.com/tricks/synopsis.htm Synopsis
http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/Word+Count+For+Novels+And+Childrens+Books+The+Definitive+Post.aspx Word count for novels
http://writingright-martin.blogspot.com/search/label/Creating%20Emotions Conflict=Tension=Emotions

FORENCIS
http://www.dplylemd.com/
http://writersforensicsblog.wordpress.com/

GRAMMAR
http://www.spunkandbite.com/

WRITING TOOLS
http://editminion.com/ A paste-in and check editor for adverbs, weak words, "said" replacements, passive voice and ending with prepositions.
http://www.writersdiet.ac.nz/wasteline.php Another paste-in and check editor. This one checks "be" verbs, abstract nouns, etc.
http://textalyser.net/
Another paste-in and check text tool. This one gives you stats on readability, sentence length, etc. You can also analyze a website by pasting in the URL.
http://www.wordcounter.com/
Another paste-in and check tool. This one counts the number of repeated words and gives you a most frequently used hit list.
http://bookblog.net/gender/genie.php Paste and check editor. This one uses key words typically used by males and females and tells you whether you write like a guy or a gal.
http://visual.merriam-webster.com/
http://www.onelook.com/index.php?e=1 One look dictionary
http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/2008/01/introducing-thesaurus-thursdays.html for emotions
http://moods85.wordpress.com/mood-list/ mood list
http://www.scriblink.com/index.jsp?act=phome&roomid=9974&KEY=BCEBF3D83B398F5E0FDC36B9D58960D9 drawing tool online
http://www.online-stopwatch.com/large-stopwatch/ Online stopwatch
http://www.proginosko.com/leechblock.html For Firefox: a tool to block the sites that stop you from writing
http://macfreedom.com/ Another tool to block out distractions

FOR THE SPIRIT
http://www.livingdeeply.org/
http://www.jamesallenlibrary.com/james-allen/divine-companion James Allen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTic21Z0gZo Writer’s meditation
http://www.markdavidgerson.com/index.html “Rules” for Living and Writing
http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html Elizabeth Gilbert on Genius
http://harvardmagazine.com/2008/06/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination JKR benefits of failure
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c9-XaA2f00 Buddhist chanting
http://greatday.com/motivate/index.html

Do you collect links too? What’s your favorite?

Till next time,
Elizabeth

17 comments:

Rosi said...

This is great! Thank you so much. One of my favorites is Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tricks.http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/

Melissa Stark said...

Thanks so much! I love writer resources and having them all in one place is especially helpful. Thanks!!

EW Gibson said...

Rosi,

Thank you, I will add your fav to my ever growing list.

Elizabeth

Ella Gray said...

Looks like a great list, Elizabeth. I know what I'll be doing tonight, LOL.

EW Gibson said...

Melissa,

I feel the same way about having the resources in one place for easy access.

Elizabeth

EW Gibson said...

Ella,

At least, we can claim the time spent as doing research. Right?

Elizabeth

Shelley Munro said...

What a great collection of links. I'm almost frightened to start clicking...

cgibson5o said...

Impressive list!!!! That's got to help save some of those precious writing minutes.

Anonymous said...

What a terrific list, thank you!
I always need character names, so one site that I go to constantly is Behind the Name
http://www.behindthename.com/
-- first names, surnames, popularity over the years, ethnic and country of origin, meanings, etc. etc.

DMac

EW Gibson said...

Shelley,

Be afraid be very afraid. They are addictive.

Elizabeth

EW Gibson said...

CBGibson,

Thanks! Hope they're helpful.

Elizabeth

EW Gibson said...

Anonymous,

Me too! The right name is so important. I'm adding that to my list. Thank you.

Elizabeth

Marsha A. Moore said...

Great list! Saving this for future needs. Thanks!

EW Gibson said...

Marsha,

I'm so happy you will be able to find some use for the list.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

What a gold mine. Thanks for providing this list, I've book-marked it and plan to visit many of those sites.

EW Gibson said...

Elizabeth aka Mrs Seraphina,

Thanks and enjoy. Hope they prove useful to you.

Elizabeth

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