Friday, July 8, 2011

The Top 5 Tools Every Writer Should Use

First, I'd like to announce the winner of the Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance Giveaway...

KO!

Now back to our originally scheduled Friday Fives.



In every writer's life, a bit of research must fall. Yours truly isn't an exception. Where do I go for all my researcherly needs?

  1. Google by far. I just type in a question and bam! instant answers. Yeah, sometimes I get some hits that are wicked off the mark, but 99% of the time Google gives me answers.
  2. Wikipedia. Great for fact-checking, Wikipedia picks up where The World Book left off*.
  3. Naming the World. The resource used for monthly writing workshops at Newtonville Books, I've gotten a lot of prewriting and scene work done with the exercises from this book.
  4. Guide to Literary Agents, Writer's Market, and QueryTracker. I'll be swimming in all three of these as the summer pushes it's way into fall. These are great for all things literary agent-y.
  5. Google Earth. One of my in-development projects takes place far away from Boston, in a place I've never visited. This application is great in learning about my character's neighborhood and what his school grounds look like.

Now it's your turn: am I missing some awesome-tastic research tool? Tell below or join us at Paper Hangover!
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* For the record, I miss my parents' set of World Book Encyclopedias. Yes, they're from 1978 but they had color plates of all the birds of the world. Young Alicia at some point thought she was an orinthologist.

14 comments:

  1. I hadn't thought of using Google Earth like that -- great idea! And Google was my #1 too.

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  2. Ooh, great resources! I've never heard of Naming the World, but I'll definitely check it out!

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  3. I never thought about using Google earth for those purposes. That's a great idea! Noted. :)

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  4. WOOT! I can't believe I won, because I'm DYING to read it!!! YAY!!!

    These resources are great, BTW-- some are new to me, and I love seeing how others do it. Off to read PR!!!

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  5. Oh, I love Google Earth! I should have made that one of mine.

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  6. I like your Google Earth idea. Very cool.

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  7. Google Earth is awesome. And a total time suck!

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  8. Colour plates of all the birds in the world! So cool. And wow, Google Earth is an intriguing choice! Naming the World sounds interesting, I like a good exercise book. :)

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  9. These are all pretty cool--Naming the World sounds like something I might use for my NaNo idea. BTW- you are a rockin' BETA reader. Like, forrealz :)

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  10. Yikes, I can't imagine writing a book about a place I've never been. Hmm, must be why I don't write fantasy, huh?? Good luck!
    erica

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  11. Ooh - must check out Naming the World! Neat

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  12. Yeah, I sense some serious hours on Google Earth in my future. Got to get those details right!

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  13. Thanks for the tips--excellent. I finally realized why I never make it over here--and remedied the situation. (Blogroll issue) Not that I've been making it to many blogs this summer, have had housefuls of quests for the past three weeks. :) Anyway. :)

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  14. Naming the World??? I can't believe this is the first time I've heard of this. Can't wait to check it out. Nice post.

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