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Table of Contents:


I.    Writing Tips and Help -- All Genres

II.   Writing Tips and Help -- Romance

III.  Writing Tips and Help -- Other

IV.  'Universal' Research Sites 

V.    Historical Time Periods:

[Tip:  Look for content chronologically or by height of popularity.  For example, Wikipedia informs readers that pirates were active in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas as early as the 14th century BC, but the years 1650-1720 AD are recognized as "The Golden Age of Piracy."  Therefore, you'll find information and links for Pirates falling under 'The Baroque Era' (1600-1750).]

The Ancient Era (4000 B.C.-476 A.D.)

The Edwardian Era (1901-1919)

The Modern Era (1919 forward)   [not a link, scroll down]



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I.  Writing Tips and Help -- All Genres:

Inspiration and FUN Stuff:

Hatch's Plot Bank --
From Author A J Barnett --
500+ Words for Said
From Author A J Barnett --
400+ Words to Describe Texture
From Author A J Barnett --
The Structure of a Novel
From Author A J Barnett --
Story Dialogue Revealed
From Macmillan Dictionary --

Creating the Perfect Character:

CHOOSING NAMES FOR PEOPLE:
From the US Social Security Administration --
Most Popular Names by Date
From Fantasy Name Generators --
Real Name/Fantasy Name Generators
Other Character Naming Resources --
http://www.writing-world.com/links/names.shtml
Exotic Names  -- Origins, pronunciations, and metaphors explained
Heather's Page of Unusual Names   (wonderful site but watch out for ads -- rc)
Behind the Name


CREATING REALISTIC SETTINGS:
From Mithril Mages --
City and Town Name Generator
Modern Type-of-Business Generator
Modern City Block Generator
Manmade Feature Generator
Natural Geographic Feature Generator
Restaurant Name Generator
Street Name Generator
From Fantasy Name Generators -- (many other options are available here!)
English Town Name Generator
Assorted Description Generators
Other Name Generators!    (amazing site! --rc)


CREATING BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS:
Charater Profile Questionaire
http://www.creative-writing-now.com/writing-character-profiles.html
From Mithril Mages --
Modern Occupation Generator
Random Criminal History Generator
Jumpstart the Process - From moosh.net and Mark Hassman --
Feath's Bookcase including Character Generator
Character Trait Chart and Personality Components



Grammar/Technical:

Ask the Expert
Laura's Lists of Twenty
The Writer's Knowledge Base
English/Grammer/Research Web Links for Writers

Tara K. Harper:Technical/Literary Resources for Writers



The Dreaded Synopsis!







Support/Training/Classes:

Writing Blogs and Websites:
http://www.writing-blogs.com/
http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/
http://www.writersdigest.com/
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/


Tips on Historical Research for Fiction by Catherine Lundoff:

Classes:
ProWriter: Secrets of Traditional Publishing Success with NY Times bestselling author CJ Lyons. Recommended by Joanna Penn:  "The information I learned from CJ in this course helped me immeasurably. It’s only US$99 and there is serious gold in this course."

Writing Communities:
http://fanstory.com

Programs:
Your Guide to Scrivener -    http://ow.ly/kr1a9


Agents/Contracts:

From Joanna Penn @ thecreativepenn.com 

Self-Publishing:
Hot D_ _n's price list-     http://thekilliongroupinc.com/services/


Writers' Block:

http://www.internet-resources.com/writers/wrlinks-life.htm#block

Lisa R. Cohen's Dealing with Writer's Block

How to Cure Writer’s Block ... 
http://ollinmorales.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/productivity/



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II.  Writing Tips and Help -- Romance:


Resources:

Romance Writing Resources from eBook Crossroads  
Charlotte Dillon's Resources for Romantic Writers
Erastes Resources for Romance Writers
Karen Witemeyer's Resources for Writers
The Passionate Pen
The Romance Author's (Reference) Page


Support/Training/Classes:

Romance Writers of America
Romance Writers on the Journey (Critique Partnerships and Tips)


Marketing -- Romance: 

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III.  Writing Tips and Help -- Other





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IV.  'Universal' Research Information


General/Misc:

Weather Links

Maps/Location Info:

Historical Maps of Europe
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/history_europe.html
University of Texas Map Collection

Historic Cities
http://historic-cities.huji.ac.il/historic_cities.html


Research:

Library of Congress
Legends of America

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V.    Historical Time Periods:


The Ancient Era (4000 B.C. - 476 A.D.):
http://www.erasofelegance.com/history/ancient.html



The Medieval Era (476 - 1450):

Fordham University's Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Medieval Names Archive
http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/
From Mithril Mages --
Medieval Name List
Medieval Name Generator
Medieval Technology Pages
Arts and Sciences of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Medieval Scotland Links (some have expired)

The Labyrinth



The Renaissance Era (1450-1600):
Arts and Sciences of the Middle Ages and Renaissance


The Elizabethan Era (1558-1603):



The Baroque Era (1600-1750):

17th Century Baroque Fashion, 1636-1664

18th Century Late Baroque and Rococo Fashion, 1700-1729
http://www.marquise.de/en/1700/pics/1700a.shtml

Pirates/Piracy/Barbary Corsairs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracy



The Georgian Era (1714-1811):
Eighteenth-Century Resources by Jack Lynch





18th Century Late Baroque and Rococo Fashion, 1700-1729

The Regency Era (1812-1830):

Regency Name Generator
Jane Austen Information Page
Candice Hern's Regency World
Allison Lane's Common Regency Errors
The Regency Collection




The Victorian Era (1837-1901):
The Victorian Web
Victoriana
Victorian and Western Clothing Styles
Victorian Fashions
Victorian Web Sites
Victorian Slang Dictionary
The Victorian Dictionary
Monuments and Dust
Journal of Victorian Culture Online




The Edwardian Era (1901-1919):



Myths and Legends
Myths and Legends
Encyclopedia Mythica





American History
The World Wars
The Great Chicago Fire
The American Revolution
San Francisco History
The American Memory
The Story of the Pullman Car
The American Prison in Historical Perspective
http://www.jblearning.com/samples/0763729043/Chapter_02.pdf

The History of Women's Prisons in the United States

The Old West/Pioneering:
(For more help with The Old West, check individual categories under Romance)
Jim Janke's Old West
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
Rails West
The Overland Trail
Chuckwagon History
Victorian and Western Clothing Styles
River Junction 19th century dry goods
Old West Insults
Handguns of the Old West
PBS - The West

Food Timeline.org FAQs: 19th century American foodways


 For Crime Writers:

Cops & Writers/The Definitive Resource for Writers
The Crime Writers' Association
Deadly Diversions Forensics Links
Deadly Diversions Police Sites
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
Crime Magazine/An Encyclopedia of Crime
Crime Scene
In Reference To Murder: Weapons
Serial Killers and Mass Murderers
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 to 1834
True Crime Links
Police Procedure Links


From Mithril Mages -- 
Twists, Slugs and Roscoes, a glossary of hard-boiled detective slang




Misc:






























Field-Specific Sources --

Financial and investment dictionary  
http://www.investorwords.com/

Medical, pharmaceutical, biomedical and healthcare dictionary with acronyms and abbreviations. 
http://www.medilexicon.com/
From Mithril Mages --
Wound and Disease Generator


Submissions, General:
The BIG List of Literary Magazines
Creative Writing Contests/Fiction, Nonfiction
Literary Markets
Find a New Poetry Magazine/Current listing, publishing short-form genres:
Open Submissions






Miscellaneous:

Astonishing Song Writing Facts That Will Release Your Inner Genius
Quotes




1 comment:

  1. I can give you another good resource to check the orthography - http://orthographiccorrector.com/. I think it will be a great addition to your section "Writing Tips and Help - All Genres".

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