Writing and Language Resources
What is this category? Well, I am a writer by hobby, education,
and hopefully profession, some day. I love words. They continue
to fascinate me. So, I have gathered some of my favorite writing
and word links and put them all in one place. Of course, what is
a fiction writer without some way of coming up with names for his
or her characters? So, I have naming resources here, as well. And
just because I cannot read another language well doesn't mean I
don't like other languages. So, to top it all off, I have listed
English sites explaning other languages.
Just recently, I started a website devoted just to writer's resources.
It's very new and has a bit of growing to do, but you can find it
at writer.lacuna.us. Feel
free to check it out and let me know what you think.
Last updated 06/10/07
Newest items marked with a *
BitBooks Writer Resources
my Head - Advice for writing fiction. Posted in blog format,
but still a useful site.
Bulwer Lytton Writing
Essays on the
Craft of dramatic writing
Fantasy Writing Rants
Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers
Tenebris - Publishing
WikiQuote - Yes, it's
true. You can find all sorts of quotes on this site, for many,
many notables. You can even add your own (appropriately sourced)
quotes, as well.
Here, Write Now
|Dictionaries, Thesauri, etc.
Pound's Language Machines
Banished word list
Way with Words
in English Words & Phrases
Voycabulary - turning
pages into dictionaries
Dictionaries - Slang and Profanity
- Get confused by "affect" and "effect?"
How about "their," "they're" and "there?"
Well, this site helps you figure these words out.
|Grammar and Style
to Grammar and Writing
Errors in English
- Teacher oriented, but useful site for English and education
|Word Fun, Games and Etymology
Fun with Words -
from the site: "dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities,
and oddities of the English language: wordplay. Playing with
words and language is both entertaining and educational. Here
you can have plenty of fun with words with over 500 pages of
word puzzles, games, amazing lists, and fun facts."
Word for the Day
The Word Detective
- A word etymologist, humorous and amusing, writes a regular
My favorite Word
- A bit odd, this is a site where you can submit your favorite
word in the English language and explain why you like it. That's
all there is to it.
of Biological Nomenclature
Names of the British Isles
the Name random names
SSA list of Popular
Baby Names - The Social Security Administration has been
keeping track of names (among other details about the American
people ) for years. One nice thing about all that data is that
you can see what names were popular when.
Cool Baby Names
- Besides the traditional way of looking up baby names, you
can also look up names by meaning, and by culture of origin.
They also have the most popular names of a given year and have
a bunch of info for new parents.
Baby Name Search
- Seems to be a standard name search, but with some nice extra
features, like finding "unusual" names, name puns,
science fiction names and more.
123 Baby Names - Look
up name meanings and origins. You choose gender, the cultural
background, and the starting letter or letters to find what
Baby Hold - Has baby
name lists by ethnicity, various helpful suggestions for choosing
a name that is right for your baby (or character) and a lot
of baby-centric information for pregnant women (who may or may
not be writers, after all). Of course, it gives name meanings
and also lists name trends for several years.
Baby Name Genie
- It sounds strange, but yes, a "genie" grants your
wishes and gives you first and middle names, after you supply
the last name. Although it isn't perfect (what is?), it does
give some interesting tips in naming children (and characters).
Yucatecan Mayan Language
- English Dictionary
of Language Dictionaries
to English Dictionary
to Shoshoni Dictionary
Based O'odham Dictionary
Virginia Mingo Language
Code Talkers' Dictionary
Indian Language Resources
Onelook - Dictionary search
engine that looks across multiple sites for definitions of English
words. Has advanced search options.
list of Dictionaries
to Word Language Resources
Languages and Scripts
Loy's Egyptology Page
Dictionaries of other languages
Omniglot - Writing systems
and languages of the world
Dictionary - in pdf format
- Online translation service. Claims to have 1600 language pairs.
I get good results with this site.
Translation Guide - For all your translation needs. This site
is a guide for the professional, the student and the traveler.
Online Translation - Like Babelfish, you just type in the
text you want translated, or the website you want to translate,
and choose the to and from language, then hit translate. Not
perfect, but no translation service is perfect.
Language Guesser - You just enter in a sample of the language
you are trying to figure out, then it will spit out the results
to you. Pretty cool service.
Babelfish - by
AltaVista. This is the first tranlsation service on the web
that I encountered. Still a great resource.
Authors on the Web
- Resource for finding information about your favorite authors.
Well, they have a lot of authors, and they do interviews and
Book Crossing - This
is like a great big online book swap, only you give your books
to strangers. Through a unique system, each book is labeled
and given a unique number, then left somewhere. When another
person finds it, he or she goes to this site (because of the
labeling) and reports that they found it. Spreading good literature.
Book Reporter - A
site dedicated to book reviews. Authors are encouraged to submit
theirs for review, and site users can even volunteer for duty.
One nice touch is having a "books to movies" section
(which talks about books that have been Hollywoodized, of course).
- Has the biographies of over 10,000 authors and info on over
200,000 books. Tons of info here for the browsing reader.
Internet Book List - The
IMDB of books. This site lists a ton of authors and reviews.
A must for the book fan.
Love Reading UK
- British site for book lovers. Sure, it allows you to buy books
in the UK, which may not do much for people in the U.S. (such
as myself), but it also has unique "guidance tools"
that help you choose what your next book will be. Great resource.
Paperback Swap -
How this one works is, you list the books you are willing to
part with. If someone requests it, you mail it to them, no cost
to them. But if you see books someone else has that you want,
you can make requests yourself. The only cost is for shipping.
Reading Group Guide
- A directory to over 2000 book reading groups. Has advice and
hints for starting your own reading group, book reviews and
even a newsletter.
Whichbook - This is
a cool site that helps you choose a book to read based on your
mood or interest in a particular race, setting, type of plot,
and more. Haven't seen anything else quite like this.