Writing Topics

Wilburta Arrowood--Writing books you can trust.

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.   Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

(Revelation 21:5) And he who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new. And He saith, "Write: for these words are faithful and true."

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The Internet Acronym Server. See this site if you have the acronym but don't know what it stands for, or vice versa.

Bartleby Lost your copy of a favorite classic in your last move? No problem. Columbia University has put the 1918 edition on-line, with search capability.

Bartlett's Quotations. It's the 1901 edition, but the Shakespeare citations in particular are quite complete.

Lexical Connected Thesaurus

THE DIALECTIZER- Just enter the text you want to see in another dialect such as, Redneck, Jive, Cockney, Elmer Fudd, Swedish Chef, Moron, or Pig Latin, and it will show you how your character will say whatever you want him to say.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Reference Desk? This reference desk has links by the dozen on a blizzard of topics, from today's stock quotes to ZIP codes to sports.

Encyberpedia An impressive portal connecting to on-line encyclopedias and other troves of knowledge.

The Phrase Finder The folks at Sheffield Hallam University in England have compiled 5,000 common phrases, indexed them and provided the meanings and origins of the phrases.

Bill Walsh's "Curmudgeon's Stylebook,"

Dictionary.com hubs all the top dictionaries, thesauri, style books, and more, and it also offers some basic English language tutorials:

Your Dictionary This link has dictionaries in hundreds of languages, and specialty "technical" dictionaries, etc. Quite a treasure trove of info.

The Free Dictionary  This has numerous technical (legal, medical,  acronymns, etc.) dictionaries as well as foreign language dictionaries. It also offers  pronunciation of the words.

World Almanac Quickly find facts and figures about more than 190 countries.

Idiom Site Learn more about idioms than you ever wanted to know.

Feeling words

Another feeling words site 

Merriam-Webster Online

Roget's Thesaurus

What is? Technology terminology of all kinds!

ITools Tons of research info here. Great site.

Travlang's Translating Dictionaries site provides multilingual on-line dictionaries including German, French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and more. Use this site to translate a single word from one language to another.

Babelfish If you need to translate entire sentences, AltaVista's Babelfish is a robotic translater that produces reasonable results in many cases, but it doesn't support as many languages as Travlang.

Writer's Free Reference Myriad resources of all sorts.

Capital Community College Grammar Help Use the pull down menu for specific grammar help and some fantastic Power Point presentations.

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Copyright resourcesWhat are trademarks, patents, and copyrights, and why should I care?

Info on fair use.

Copyright basics

U.S. Copyright office


Cliché finder

Movie clichés

Sports cliché list

The political cliché site

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Manuscript formatting:

Most Common Spelling and Punctuation Mistakes

"Warnings and Cautions for Writers" by Victoria Strauss

E-book Tax Information  What you need to know about how to record tax information.

The Writer's Block bills itself as "The Creative Reference for Today's Writers" The site provides feature articles related to writing, book reviews and offers an editorial calendar for those who wish to contribute.

Writers Net is a site that helps build relationships between writers, publishers, editors, and literary agents. It currently consists of two sections: The Internet Directory of Published Writers, and The Internet Directory of Literary Agents. There are links to web pages of published authors editors, publishers .

Writers Write:

The Writing Corner Tons of writer?s links including book reviews by readers.

God Uses Ink (Canada)

The Archives and Library Resources site has literally thousands of links to sources and references archives in the world - repositories of primary sources - historical photographs, manuscripts, rare books; genealogical databases; genealogy services; libraries and museums.

Perpetual Calendar 

Librarian's Index of the Internet

525,000 Baby Names...you can also "test" a name and receive a wealth of information about that name.

Behind the Name . . . Search out a meaning and find the perfect name for your character.

Random Name Generator Both first and last names generated here. Nice site.

Nativetech site Superb native American site

Newspaper archives of many papers Search old papers

Information Please is an on-line dictionary, an internet encyclopedia and almanac. It is like having a stack of reference books inside your computer.

Wedding zone Wedding traditions, etc.

Fish and Wildlife Service homepage:

World Time 

Census Bureau

50 States This is a totally awesome site for links to each state's government, songs, unclaimed funds, flora, fauna, etc, etc etc re: all the 50 states.

How Stuff Works - This site has it all: how car engines work; how NFL equipment works; how to fix just about anything; how to get into Medical or Dentistry School.

The Household Cyclopedia of General Information Great research site for lots of household how-to information.

Internet Public Library The University of Michigan has staked out this ambitious claim and so far, seems to be delivering. The reference section sends the user to appropriate sites for information on areas ranging from arts and humanities to associations.

Library of Congress. The site provides access to the Library of Congress catalogs and other research vehicles.

MagPortal This one is good for contemporary research.

List of Music in Public Domain You can use lyrics from these songs in your works.


Cowboys Barrel Horse Site with links to several sites

World Factbook. Everything you need to know, from population to exports, about every country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. A wonderful resource for developing contemporary fictional settings or for nonfiction research. A site with hordes of links for all sorts of things.

Thirty-six dramatic situations plus one.

BookPage: Reviews, etc.

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Blue Ridge Christian Writers' Conference

Colorado Christian Writers' Conference

Florida Writers' Conference

Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers' Conference

Mount Hermon's Christian Writers' Conference

St. David's Christian Writers' Conference

Shaw Guide to Conferences


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