Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My Favorite Writing 'Cheat Sheets'

The day before Thanksgiving (US) may not be the optimal time to post, but here goes anyway. Consider this a little holiday treat and my best wishes that everyone enjoys their holiday (or regular) weekend.

Based on the positive response from my last blog post, I thought I'd share another one of my favorites lists with you. Here's a collection of reference web pages (i.e., cheat sheets) I use when writing, mainly in pursuit of finding the right word. If you have good ones to share, please do.

41 Flavors of Body Language for Writers by Susan J. Morris at Omnioracious  Describing body language of a non point-of-view character is one way to convey their mental state with head-hopping.

Catalogue of Human Features by Majnouna at DeviantArt  An excellent tool to help all your character descriptions from sounding the same. Also useful for those times when you can envision how a character looks, but can't find the right words to describe their appearance.

HTML Color Chart with 140 Color Names  I'm bad at remembering the less common names of colors. This helps me combat that flaw.

Character Trait Chart and Personality Components By Sandy Tritt at Women on Writing  There are a million character trait charts on the Internet, but this comprehensive compilation is my favorite (so far).

60 Synonyms for “Walk” by Mark Nichol at Daily Writing Tips  Walk is an easy word to overuse and it's also a usual suspect for unnecessary adverb addition.

Character Feelings Chart from CALIHOO  Angry, sad, and mad are great, but it doesn't hurt to mix it up a bit. With feeling!

Character Moods of Emotions from CALIHOO  A great list for finding the right word to describe the exact emotion you're looking for.

And one for when you're finished with your masterpiece:

Six Things an Author Should Include at the End of Their Novel by Jessica at Compulsion Reads

Did I miss any of your favorites?  Let me know!

Author Update: Since my last update, I've been finalizing the second edition of Crimson & Cream. I'm hoping to make use of the holiday weekend to finish my re-work (two chapters remain) and send it to my editor in December. Then, I plan to finish implementing her editorial suggestions to Mirrors & Mist (Book Two of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy).


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Title : My Favorite Writing 'Cheat Sheets'
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November 2013

The day before Thanksgiving (US) may not be the optimal time to post, but here goes anyway. Consider this a little holiday treat and my best wishes that everyone enjoys their holiday (or regular) weekend.

Based on the positive response from my last blog post, I thought I'd share another one of my favorites lists with you. Here's a collection of reference web pages (i.e., cheat sheets) I use when writing, mainly in pursuit of finding the right word. If you have good ones to share, please do.

41 Flavors of Body Language for Writers by Susan J. Morris at Omnioracious  Describing body language of a non point-of-view character is one way to convey their mental state with head-hopping.

Catalogue of Human Features by Majnouna at DeviantArt  An excellent tool to help all your character descriptions from sounding the same. Also useful for those times when you can envision how a character looks, but can't find the right words to describe their appearance.

HTML Color Chart with 140 Color Names  I'm bad at remembering the less common names of colors. This helps me combat that flaw.

Character Trait Chart and Personality Components By Sandy Tritt at Women on Writing  There are a million character trait charts on the Internet, but this comprehensive compilation is my favorite (so far).

60 Synonyms for “Walk” by Mark Nichol at Daily Writing Tips  Walk is an easy word to overuse and it's also a usual suspect for unnecessary adverb addition.

Character Feelings Chart from CALIHOO  Angry, sad, and mad are great, but it doesn't hurt to mix it up a bit. With feeling!

Character Moods of Emotions from CALIHOO  A great list for finding the right word to describe the exact emotion you're looking for.

And one for when you're finished with your masterpiece:

Six Things an Author Should Include at the End of Their Novel by Jessica at Compulsion Reads

Did I miss any of your favorites?  Let me know!

Author Update: Since my last update, I've been finalizing the second edition of Crimson & Cream. I'm hoping to make use of the holiday weekend to finish my re-work (two chapters remain) and send it to my editor in December. Then, I plan to finish implementing her editorial suggestions to Mirrors & Mist (Book Two of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy).


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My Favorite Helpful Websites

I've compiled a list of my favorite 'go-to' websites related to writing, quasi-Listverse-style. Hopefully you'll find a hidden gem or two in this list.

Indies Unlimited  What it is: A blog run by and for independent authors.Why I like it: Indies Unlimited offers 3-4 posts per day, covering a plethora of topics including, but not limited to: free self-service promo features (Freebie Fridays, Thrifty Thursdays, Print Book Paradise), flash-fiction contests, new release announcements, video trailer features, sneak-peek showcases, interviews, guest posts, a bookstore featuring members, and a knowledge base featuring past articles, which include great tutorials on just about everything related to indie writing. Plus, the folks that run IU are nice, helpful, and accessible.

Pro Writing Aid  What it is: A free online editing tool that lets you paste blocks of your writing and then analyzes it and highlights problems and offers tips and suggestions. Why I like it: It's free and has more features than some paid services. I have more details in this post.

Free Thesaurus.org  What it is: A free online thesaurus (duh!). Why I like it: There are a lot of options for free online thesauri, but I like Free Thesaurus.org more than others because of the Visual Thesaurus feature (graphically-linked word diagrams) and it's clean, quick interface.

MorgueFile  What it is: An online database of free reference images (although not public domain images). Why I like it: MorgueFile has a huge selection of images and the usage requirements of each image is clearly described. I use it primarily to find imagery for my blog (see image below), but it can be used for any variety of non-commercial uses.

Visual Dictionary Online  What it is: Merriam-Webster's free online dictionary featuring image-themed definitions. Why I like it: As a visual person, a picture is definitely worth 1,000 words to me. These graphics are great for learning all the various parts and pieces that comprise an object.

Catalogue of Human Features by Majnouna What it is: A poster-like graphic on DeviantArt that displays and labels a wide variety of human features, such as face shapes, eye and hair colors, body types, and more. Why I like it: It's a nice reference chart for describing in writing the characters I envision in my head. Works in reverse, too, when trying to envision characters. Majnouna has a lot of other great graphics on DeviantArt as well.

Spreeder What it is: A free online tool for improving your reading speed. Why I like it: Because it seems to work, and as a writer, I love to read, so the ability to read (and comprehend) faster is a trait I covet. I cut and paste blog posts and other articles I'm interested in, then read them on Spreeder, cranking up my word speed a little every time.

Maxwell Alexander Drake's Class List  What it is: The support website for fantasy author Maxwell Alexander Drake's Creative Writing Sessions, including class handouts and materials. Why I like it: Because I attended four of Drake's sessions at Comic-Con each of the last two years and find myself returning to his class resources for reference and refreshing. I suspect his handouts have stand-alone value, even if you've not attended any of his sessions.

Author Update: After some brain-storming with my editor, I've decided to re-work several (I think six) chapters from Mirrors & Mist, Book Two of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy. Basically, I'm removing a lot of flashback scenes and putting more focus on the story's present-time. I'm also adding some of the flashback/backstory to the second edition of Crimson & Cream, to better setup book 2. In December, Crimson & Cream will go back to my editor for a final polish and while she's doing that, I will finish the changes to Mirrors & Mist. Meanwhile, 2013 continues slipping away . . .



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Title : My Favorite Helpful Websites
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November 2013

I've compiled a list of my favorite 'go-to' websites related to writing, quasi-Listverse-style. Hopefully you'll find a hidden gem or two in this list.

Indies Unlimited  What it is: A blog run by and for independent authors.Why I like it: Indies Unlimited offers 3-4 posts per day, covering a plethora of topics including, but not limited to: free self-service promo features (Freebie Fridays, Thrifty Thursdays, Print Book Paradise), flash-fiction contests, new release announcements, video trailer features, sneak-peek showcases, interviews, guest posts, a bookstore featuring members, and a knowledge base featuring past articles, which include great tutorials on just about everything related to indie writing. Plus, the folks that run IU are nice, helpful, and accessible.

Pro Writing Aid  What it is: A free online editing tool that lets you paste blocks of your writing and then analyzes it and highlights problems and offers tips and suggestions. Why I like it: It's free and has more features than some paid services. I have more details in this post.

Free Thesaurus.org  What it is: A free online thesaurus (duh!). Why I like it: There are a lot of options for free online thesauri, but I like Free Thesaurus.org more than others because of the Visual Thesaurus feature (graphically-linked word diagrams) and it's clean, quick interface.

MorgueFile  What it is: An online database of free reference images (although not public domain images). Why I like it: MorgueFile has a huge selection of images and the usage requirements of each image is clearly described. I use it primarily to find imagery for my blog (see image below), but it can be used for any variety of non-commercial uses.

Visual Dictionary Online  What it is: Merriam-Webster's free online dictionary featuring image-themed definitions. Why I like it: As a visual person, a picture is definitely worth 1,000 words to me. These graphics are great for learning all the various parts and pieces that comprise an object.

Catalogue of Human Features by Majnouna What it is: A poster-like graphic on DeviantArt that displays and labels a wide variety of human features, such as face shapes, eye and hair colors, body types, and more. Why I like it: It's a nice reference chart for describing in writing the characters I envision in my head. Works in reverse, too, when trying to envision characters. Majnouna has a lot of other great graphics on DeviantArt as well.

Spreeder What it is: A free online tool for improving your reading speed. Why I like it: Because it seems to work, and as a writer, I love to read, so the ability to read (and comprehend) faster is a trait I covet. I cut and paste blog posts and other articles I'm interested in, then read them on Spreeder, cranking up my word speed a little every time.

Maxwell Alexander Drake's Class List  What it is: The support website for fantasy author Maxwell Alexander Drake's Creative Writing Sessions, including class handouts and materials. Why I like it: Because I attended four of Drake's sessions at Comic-Con each of the last two years and find myself returning to his class resources for reference and refreshing. I suspect his handouts have stand-alone value, even if you've not attended any of his sessions.

Author Update: After some brain-storming with my editor, I've decided to re-work several (I think six) chapters from Mirrors & Mist, Book Two of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy. Basically, I'm removing a lot of flashback scenes and putting more focus on the story's present-time. I'm also adding some of the flashback/backstory to the second edition of Crimson & Cream, to better setup book 2. In December, Crimson & Cream will go back to my editor for a final polish and while she's doing that, I will finish the changes to Mirrors & Mist. Meanwhile, 2013 continues slipping away . . .