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Friendly Friday


Thanks to Shannon Howell (you can check out her blog, here) for passing along the Versatile Blogger award to me.

As part of the award, I’m supposed to list things about me my readers may not know (I already did this, here) and then list some of the blogs I read (which I also did in that last post).

So, instead, I think I will list some of the most important websites for writers.

1. Poets & Writers Magazine – Information, listings, opportunities, and a magazine I read on a regular basis.

2. Duotrope – Market listings, research, and the ability to track your writing submissions. It’s free. (Though, if you use the service, a donation of $5 or $10 a year goes a long way to helping them keep operating.)

3. AWP – Association of Writers and Writing Programs – I’ve not yet used this resource to its full ability, but I am slowly integrating it into my regular routine.

4. Grammar Girl – Quick tips for sorting out grammar questions that plague most writers. Even when I’m “pretty sure” about something, I like to double-check.

5. Name Meanings (first names) and Meaning-of-Names (last names) – Sometimes a name is more than just a name, and if you want to add an additional layer of meaning to a character (or, re-ignite a character with a name change) these resources (or similar ones) can help.

6. Bibliodata – Need a quick synonym? Got it. Need links to check things like English vs. American spelling? Got that, too. Several great uses of this page.

7. This Day in History and Crazy Fads and Song Year and The People History – These are all great tools for adding a detail, a sprinkle of trivia, a dash of authenticity to a story, or, they can be great starting points for inspiration. These aren’t academic resources, but a fun place to start a study of place and time, and expand from there.

That’s a pretty good start to my list of resources. Obviously, there are loads of others. Feel free to list some of the ones you use most, below.

Hope you had a great week, and may this weekend treat you well.

Take care, friends. And, Happy Writing!

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