Occasionally I like to share websites and resources that I find helpful for writing (or for entertaining me while I pretend to write).
Halfway now through NaNoWriMo and I'm starting to pick up the pace. The Costume Maker is moving along well, although I'm finding I need to deepen two of my main trio's characters. The irony is the most shallow character seems the best hashed out. I think the other two need deeper flaws, so I'll do some research and that may be the topic of my next post.
For now, here are links I'm enjoying:
The Stoakes-Whibley Natural Index of Supernatural Collective Nouns
Did you know a group of Unicorns is a 'fondle'? Alan Baxter's page has a chart of most supernatural creatures and their collective nouns. I find it great for suggesting mythical characters for my Fantasy stories.
Mostly geared towards Sci-fi and Fantasy, this site has got interesting content. Also a complete section for those who are not sure about the defining difference between Sci-fi and Fantasy (like my bookshop that always mixes them).
Mastering the Long Flashback
Anna Staniszewski's site is a little difficult to read because of the dark background, but the content is extremely helpful for those of us (me, I mean me), who are clumsy with flashbacks.
Language is a Virus
Designed specifically for NaNoWriMo, this site has loads of widgets to cure writer's block. Games and plot generators.
Thirteen Ways to Write With Magazine Cut-Outs
Valerie Storey has put together a great blog post with incredibly imaginative ideas. Check it out and have your paper, scissors and glue handy!
The Art of Misdirection
The Gotham Writers' Workshop site has an endless number of scholarly articles on the practice of writing. Impressive resource for fiction writers.
The Magical Writer Journey
I've always believed that you can do anything. Sounds naive I know. For me writing is a skill that you can improve by... writing. Sure there are some people born more creative than others, but actual story structure, grammar etc, it can all be taught (otherwise I'll be wasting my time teaching highschoolers English). Legands about writers scribbling notes on a napkin and then making millions is not good for my moral, I don't want to strike it lucky. I want to provide a great product. This blog post puts it in perspective.
A writer friend of mine, who blogs regularly about her stories, writing process and insights. Has a wonderful e-book The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make about Dogs, I urge anyone who includes a pooch in their story to read this. Understand the psyche of your four legged character.
The Creative Penn
I've listed this site before, but it's really worth checking out! There are free downloads and one in particular talks about how to market yourself as a writer. Essential in today's online world. You can also buy her e-books from this site. I subscribe to the podcast through iTunes, always relevant, interesting and fun.
What I listen to:
There's a lot of talk about soundtracks people use when writing. I don't listen to music when I write, I either have silence or I listen to a Podcast about writing. Here are my favourites (you can search for them in iTunes)
The Writing Show - with Paula B.
The Creative Penn
The Secrets Podcast for Writers
I Should be Writing
Litopia After Dark
I'd like to start listening to Podcast novels and would love to create one (if I ever have a fully polished manuscript, and my voice magically improves so I no longer sound like I'm six in recordings).
Do you have a favorite Podcast or writers' site? Add the link in the comments (then we can all have an excuse not to finish our NaNoWriMo novel).