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Useful Writing Resources

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So today I was struggling with finding a name for a type of architectural structure when I stumbled upon Wikipedia's Glossary of Architecture.

I thought other people might find it useful when they write, so I encourage you to post whatever helpful information resources you can in this thread for others to learn from. This includes writing tutorials, description aids, various how-to's (e.g. blood spatter analysis, surviving in the wilderness) and other neat information you think will help others with their writing.

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  • DO post helpful resources in any form, whether it be through video, audio, infographic, pdf, or website link. Don't be afraid to recommend books as well. Feel free to also request help to find resources to aid in your writing or character building/development.
  • DO feel free to ask for particular resources (in addition to posting a resource) or respond to other user's pleads for assistance with their writing! If the conversation should last longer than a couple posts, then please move to PM.
  • DO NOT turn this thread into a circlejerk about "things you hate that other writers do" and instead work on providing solutions. If you want to correct someone on an incorrect resource they've posted, provide an alternative resource and leave a brief comment notifying them of their error.
  • DO NOT litter the thread with chatter! If you have something you'd like to discuss with another user, PM them!

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UPDATE 12/18/15: You can now access a fully compiled document of all the resources posted in this thread. It will be updated with every new full page that gets added to this thread.

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I'm too lazy to find links but to name a few

 

-David Farland's Daily Kick

-David Farland's YouTube vid on editing

-The NaNoWrimo forum has a section that addresses all sorts of strange questions that people have regarding facts they want to put in their book

-The books Story by Robert McKee and Character and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card

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The Chicago Manual of Style can answer basically any question you've ever had about grammar or typography.  Unless you have a subscription (and if you go to a university, no matter your major, you probably have access through them) a lot of it is not accessible -- but there is a free trial and the book is also printed.  I've seen it at half-price books for cheap as well as libraries and I imagine libraries might have a subscription as well. 

 

This is also extremely useful.  Essentially covers everything typographical, in more depth than CMOS, and justifies the reasoning behind the answers provided.  There are a few places where Bringhurst disagrees with CMOS -- but he's an extremely famous scholar recognized in academia, so even if you're writing an academic paper and you use Bringhurst's rules, they'll be considered correct (which is a rarity -- since CMOS is like the bible for many people in academia).

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So many tasty treats!
 
https://www.vocabulary.com/ - Although I think reading (learning) and writing (applying) is a better way to learn words, I had fun with this site and found its interface novel enough to at least feel some progess was being made (when I used it when I wasn't reading or writing, which is pretty rare tbf). 
 
http://www.youtube.com/user/SoundEffectsFactory - Just a bunch of different sounds. 
 
http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/what-is-point-of-view - I shouldn't even have to make this disclaimer but just to make sure, this isn't supposed to be a treatise on point of view. Just a quick, light article with a nice overview and concise explanations of perspectives. 
 
http://www.amazon.com/The-Elements-Style-Fourth-Edition/dp/020530902X - Some might disagree, but for the prize and for its size (can fit in larger pockets), I think this is a useful buy for the writer that wants to refine (not mindlessly adopt).

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10 amazing feats achieved by humans: http://www.squidoo.com/10-amazing-feats-achieved-by-human-beings

 

Maybe not as strictly useful as some of the other guides being thrown up here that delineate more specific metrics, but I think knowing some of the incredible feats that a human being is capable of (as well as the averages) will help you portray both limitations and exceeding those limitations in human beings realistically. 

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Can we include rainymood.com to this? I find it to be a very soothing background sound for writing.

 

I posted this in another thread, but http://mynoise.net/ is actually better in that it lets you customize the kind of rain you want, simulate changes in weather, and also can do different soundscapes like wind, chanting, or a café.

 

Also http://8tracks.com/ is super handy for finding character/mood/scenario themed playlists without having to painstakingly create your own. You can search tags like  villain, hero, epic, classical, battle and get the playlist you want.

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