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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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