Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top 10 Links for Writers

There are tons of websites and blogs purporting to have the secrets that will make you a bestselling author - or at least teach you how to write a fantastic story. I claim neither of these things. What I can do, however, is direct your attention to some websites and articles that I have found useful and/or neat. Without further ado, I present my top 10 links for writers:


Realism in fantasy...

Three great articles dealing with the practicalities of magic systems, armies, and religions.

http://www.writing-world.com/sf/magic.shtml
http://www.writing-world.com/sf/hordes.shtml
http://inkwellideas.com/worldbuilding/worldbuilding-religion-design


A little help with names...

http://nine.frenchboys.net/index.php - a whole bunch of name generators, tailored to particular genres, species, time periods etc...

http://www.behindthename.com/random/ - will generate a random name based on (potentially very detailed) parameters. Those of you with Scrivener should also check out Scrivener's built-in name generator

http://wordoid.com/ - will generate real-sounding words, for several different flavours of real (so you can build several fantasy languages!)


From start to finish...

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2009/06/writing-advice-database.html - An organized list of writing advice articles written by Nathan Bransford

http://queryshark.blogspot.com/ - Literary agent Janet Reid (aka the Queryshark) accepts query letters and tears them apart. It's a great resource to see how other people have messed up the delicate art of query-letter-writing.

 
Practice makes perfect
 
For day to day practice and motivation, why not join FictionPress.com?

And for longer tests of willpower and creativity, join all the other crazies writing a novel in a month: NaNoWriMo.com


Important Side Note: As of about a week and a half ago, I'm officially on Twitter, as @amethystars, aka Morgan Hyde. If I didn't screw up anything when I was messing with the code, there should also be a Twitter widget to the right of my blog posts now, to tempt you into following me. Please do!


Bonus Link!

I'm just beginning to work through it myself, so I can't testify as to it's efficacy, but Holly Lisle's free plot outline course seems pretty neat so far!

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