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My Top Ten Websites for Fiction Writers

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on May 24, 2010 12:23:19 PM

As a writer of fiction, you have to be a jack of all trades at times. I have gone to many strange places on the Internet in search of information or knowledge that would help make my story that much better. The Internet truly is a virtually endless source of facts and - yes - misinformation. These are the ten sites I have found to be the most useful resources for fiction writers.

 

Dictonary.com - Can't remember how to spell chrysanthemums? Need another word for maniac? Not really sure what the word didactic means? Dictionary.com is my favorite spot on the Internet for all things words. Whether it's the meaning, the proper spelling, or a more literary synonym, you'll find it here.

 

Baby Names World - Nickelodeon's Parents Connect Baby Names World website isn't just a great place to find the perfect name for that next bundle of joy. It's also great for finding a fitting name for your protagonist. Looking for a name that means "brave" or "wise" or virtually anything else, you can probably find it here. Their search by meaning option has been a lifesaver for me on a number of occasions.

 

Crime and Clues - Want a peak into police procedure on a crime scene? Maybe you need to tap into that criminal mind, but you of course do not have the personal experience to draw from. Crimes and Clues can help you tangle that mystery you're trying to build.

 

Mythical Creatures Guide - There are more than just vampires and werewolves to include in your next horror novel. Cultures from throughout history and in every corner of our globe have had a catalog of monsters that have provided plenty of screams and scares. The Mythical Creatures Guide can provide you with plenty of inspiration for your next creepy creature.

 

This Day in History - Even if you're writing fiction, you want some basis in fact. This Day in History provides a great database of historical events on every day of the year. Just type in the day, and you'll be on your way to giving your story a little historical perspective.

 

Popular Science - This is a fantastic site for a look at all the latest advances in technology and science. You'll find plenty of information on what's current and what the future may hold.

 

How Stuff Works - Details can flesh out a character and plotline. Even in a fictional world, authenticity can take your story to a whole new level.

 

Space - The final frontier is a mystery in and of itself. The more you know about the skies above you, the more you can draw your reader in and make them true fans of your work, particularly if you're a science fiction author. Just because it's "science fiction"; doesn't mean your reader doesn't want it to be plausible. If you write that Titan orbits Neptune, you'll probably lose a reader.

 

Snopes - There's nothing built better for a book-length work of fiction than a good urban legend. But does that urban legend contain any truth to it? Snopes is a website dedicated to solving the origins of urban legends.

 

Strange Facts - Did you know that there are 18 different animal shapes in Animal Cracker cookies? Or that forest fires move faster uphill than down? If you visited Strange Facts, you would know all that and more. A great place to find those little tidbits that may separate your story from others.

Those are mine. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments below.

 

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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