If you’ve never visited any of the sites I’ve listed below, you’ve missed out. So put your hand on that mouse or touchpad, give the links a click and enjoy!
I learned about most of these from other members of my local critique group, the Arizona Novel Writer’s Workshop. It pays to have writing buddies. http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Writers-Workshop-com/
Lulu is a lot of fun. You type in the title of your novel and it rates the chances of it being a best seller by the title alone. I don’t have a clue as to its accuracy. The highest rating I got (78%) was on a title I’d decided not to use. Mmm… Now what do I do? http://www.lulu.com/titlescorer/index.php
No Swearing is actually all about swearing. It’s not for the faint-hearted. I don’t swear that much, (though I did accidentally teach my grandson to say ‘shit’ when he was about 18 months old) but my characters do. I was tired of all the old standbys so I thought I’d check this site out. It was an education. I had no idea there were so many impressive colorful phrases in the English language and I’ve been exposed to a lot. (Shameless promotion: see my April, 2011 blog, Creative Uses of Words that Begin With the Letter F…) A note of caution about No Swearing–if you have children, you probably don’t want them to know about this site, though chances are pretty good that they already do. http://www.noswearing.com/dictionary/m
Sometimes I’m 12 and giggle when the topic of sex comes up. (No pun intended.) This has to be one of the funniest blogs I’ve ever read. The title says it all. http://therumpus.net/2009/07/how-to-write-sex-scenes-the-12-step-program/
What famous author do you write like? According to I Write Like, I write like James Joyce and Stephen King. Huh? I see no similarities between the two authors, but I’ve decided that if it’s on the Internet, and I like what it says, it must be true. http://iwl.me/b/b3a26720
Looking for an interesting title or phrase regarding animals? These sites list just about every grouping of animals you’ve ever heard of and a lot that you haven’t. For example: a rhumba of rattlesnakes or storytelling of ravens. Rinkworks offers a lot of tidbits of miscellaneous info, too. http://www.rinkworks.com/words/collective.shtml http://www.coolquiz.com/trivia/didyouknow/animal_groups.asp
Does your mind go blank when you’re trying to find a name for a character? Mine does. (I blame menopause) Social Security lists the most popular names used over the past 100 years. This site isn’t near as much fun as the others, but it’s a great resource. http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/top5names.html
Have a Great Week!