May 4th, 2010

Writer's Toolbox

by Laura Drake

At Stephen King’s suggestion (no, he’s not a personal friend – it’s in his book, On Writing), I created a file on my computer entitled “Toolbox”.  In it, I keep my tools for writing.  One section is for websites that come in handy for reading or writing.  I’ll share the best with you here.  More can be found at:

Here are my favorites:

 Reading- - (of course) - For reviews by NYT, and many others - A free online used book sharing site – Did I say FREE?! - find/purchase out of print books

 Writing - - The best online thesaurus I’ve ever found - The best dictionary I’ve found - Online translator – popular languages (no Swahili-sorry) - Names – listed by country as well.

· Quotations:

· Slang:

· Movie Cliches

· Rhyming Dictionary

· Lyrics

Urban Dictionary

Slang Dictionary

Language Dictionary

Alpha Agora: A forum for discussions on dialects, slang, accents, etc.

Internet Acronym Server

RhymeZone Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus

Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online

 Word Spy - The Top 100



WA’s Curious Words Page

· Grammar…

· Ask Jeeves|pg:1

Agent Query - I use this - its’ the BEST! - critting queries free!

Check out agents - scams

· Thesaurus

· Maps

 Critiquing -great, especially for new writers.


Romance sites

Market/event listings/writer organizations - writing conferences

Just plain interesting!

 I collect these like baseball cards – you can’t have too many!  I’m always looking for new helpful sites, so I’d love to hear your favorites.


0 responses to “Writer's Toolbox”

  1. Vince Gibson says:

    Hi Laura,

    Thanks for sharing the wealth! I have a few of those saved already, but had no idea there so many other useful sites.



  2. Daniel says: is great for silly trope fun, in TV and non-TV flavours. It's like Wikipedia but waaaaaaaay more casual and fun to read. They even give writing prompts and trope scrambling.


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