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A Summary of Web Resources for Writers

Ananova (https://ananova.news/)

This site has gone through several name changes, but it's currently back to Ananova. It's not your usual news site. It specializes in the news you are not likely to see on your average news site and certain things they don't feature on CNN. It can be a nice site where you can get unusual inspiration. Can't decide what to write your next story about? Take a tour through this site to find interesting characters or situations which you can turn into fiction.

Brainy Quote (https://www.brainyquote.com/)

I don't know about you but I'm always looking for quotes to use in a story. This site touts itself as the biggest collection of quotes on the Web… and it probably is. (Although technically, I expect IMDB has more, but it's limited to one industry.) Brainy Quotes not only has regular quotes but picture quotes as well. If you can turn a blind eye to the frequent ads, this site is a treasure trove of useful data. What makes it extra special is its search capability. Looking for a quote about hard work? Just type it in the search tool, hit enter, and as Jackie Gleason used to say… 'Away we go…'

Wikipedia Dates (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_historical_anniversaries)

Did you know the date of our next meeting is the anniversary of Mexico declaring war on the United States? Did you know Wikipedia keeps not only a list of dates in history but also a list of other sites that do the same? I didn't; not until recently. I was also able to find out exactly who shares my birthday. Not only the date but the year as well. I also found out that UNESCO has a world-wide holiday on my birthday – one that involves writing. Who knew? Now tell me you don't want to know what happened on your birthday. I can see your fingers itching to look it up right now.

Names (https://www.behindthename.com/)

Before you say it, yes, there are plenty of sites out there with baby names… granted. But what if you need a character name for someone who is Ndebele, Limburgish, or Occitan? What if you are looking for names popular during the Medieval period because you are writing a fantasy epic? Well, look no further, this is the site for you. And I don't know about you, but I'm always on the lookout for a good character name. The site also contains anagrams of names. Come on, if you're a mystery writer tell me you don't want to know Sergi is an anagram of the name Régis. I can write a whole story on this alone. There is also a name translator. How many of you know that the Maori, New Zealand name for Susan is Huhana? You can also use this site to find out what the surname Plamondon means. If you're looking for information on identity, I name this site as the one to visit. (No, do not pardon the pun… it was intentional.)

Word of the Day (https://wordsmith.org/words/today.html)

Did you know, increasing the price of something after the buyer has accepted the first price is called a gazunder? This happens frequently in the housing market. A real-estate company even offers a helpful article on How To Gazunder successfully. No? Well, you might have heard of this word if you visited this site, which introduces you to new words daily. Does it have value? Heck, I'm even thinking right now of a story about the comeuppance visited on a less than ethical real estate agent who tries to gazunder the wrong person.

Book Designer (https://www.thebookdesigner.com/)

This site has all sorts of details on how to plan, format, and market an eBook. One of the more recent articles is news you can now sell books directly through the Apple Bookstore even if you write on a PC. You can find out what an award-winning book cover looks like and even get useful, popular templates for your book (be forewarned… they want money for these templates.) There's information on how to write press releases, as well as articles on legal issues. It may not help you write your book, but this looks like a useful resource to help sell the book once written.

On-Line Learning Courses for Writers (http://onlinelearninghub.com/onlinecourses/arts-humanities/writing-literature/)

Want to learn more about the craft of writing? Not ready to pay an arm and a leg for the privilege? Well, how about starting with a few free online courses. You read it right… free. The link here is to the writing courses, but there are also courses on Film and Psychology… two other topics of use to a writer. There are even several business courses available with could have some useful impact on starting a business such as professional editing or may have an impact on techniques for marketing your book. And by all means, if you liked a course (or even if you didn't) write a review for LCRWriters.

Daily Writing Tips (https://www.dailywritingtips.com/)

Do you know the difference between cartomancy, chiromancy, and rhabdomancy? It could be very useful when you are writing about your next fortune teller to know the answer to this question. This is where the site Daily Writing Tips comes in handy. It has topics which include, Business Writing, Mistakes, Fiction Writing, Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, and Style. Whatever your writing issue is, this is a good place to look for a solution. My cartomancy reading tells me you'd find at least one article on this site interesting.





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