Tips and Resources


Feel free to copy and use the following character and setting papers I have developed. Let me know how they helped you, or if you have other suggestions.

1. Fictional Character Development Sheet - view and download here.
2. Fictional Setting Development Tools Sheet - view and download here.

Handouts 
Brainstorming tips for creating conflict, ramping tension, and defining the goal.
Includes Appendices for Brainstorming techniques and Plots in Literature


BETA Readers - what are they and how to use them

Influencers - how to help out other authors without being a writer


Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/


Here's a great article I recommend you read about editing and editing services 

Are you ready for an editor: See the post on Cherie Burbach's Working Writers and Bloggers 



Helpful Organizations with resources:
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators: http://www.scbwi.org
Association of Independent Authors: http://www.independent-authors.com
Preditors and Editors: http://pred-ed.com/
Publishing Central: http://www.publishingcentral.com/

The Nuts and Bolts of Submission

Find out about submissions, queries, synopses and the little details that make up a standard proposal. The following lessons are from an online workshop:

Nuts and Bolts of Submission: Overview
Writing is like a journey - how to start: Lesson One
Do I have what it takes - sample query letters included: Lesson Two
The parts of a submission package: Lesson Three
Going home: What do you do while you're waiting? Lesson Four

For in-person visits, "SHARING A STORY FROM YOUR LIFE" workshop pieces in progress now available

Geared especially for grandparents or anyone who wants to share a story with a child, we'll learn about what makes a good story and how to pull those stories out and turn them into the best-loved "tell me again, Grandpa" stories your readers will ask for.
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This is one of the best checklists I've seen for writers!


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On Line Resources

Language/Words
http://www.dictionary.net - a little less formal dictionary than Meriam-Webster, Thanks to alert reader Serge Matson, who sent in the tip
AlphaDictionary -http://www.alphadictionary.com/index.shtml provides access to a variety of different dictionaries and articles on words and word usage.
To see a word expand, a visual thesaurus: http://www.wordhippo.com
Online Etymology Dictionary - provides historical meaning and sounds of words. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php
http://www.bartleby.com/ for poetry and classic literature

Grammar/Punctuation
Thanks to Sheryl Witte for suggesting this site: http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/ultimate-grammar-resource-guide.php

Physical Attributes
Using Body Language -http://changingminds.org/techniques/body/body_language.htm -A great resource on how emotions and mental states reveal themselves in body language.
http://www.faceturn.com/ - to view facial expressions on a digitally-generated face

Research
To explore European art, artifacts, books, and sounds:  http://www.europeana.eu/portal/en
Quick and easy access to dozens of European library collections: http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org/tel4/
CIA World Factbook for maps and interesting info:  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
US historical database:  http://bit.ly/1he1Xpn
 http://Timeanddate.com - provides historical printable calendars and other great information
Writer's Dream Tools -http://www.writersdreamtools.com/view/decades/default.asp?Decade=1650 great reference site for historical research
www.CostumeGallery.com - provides information on clothing from the 18th Century to the 20th Century.
 http://www.costumes.org/ - a broader resource on historical clothing.
www.OldandSold.com Antiques Auction and Marketplace - A great resource for finding historical artifacts.

Thank you to reader Lilly Ray who offered two sources that are helpful research tools for sight-impaired readers:
The Time Now is a site with a world clock, weather information and astronomy data.

General to Specific Knowledge and Resource for verified source material
http://names.mongabay.com/ For character names in any era - learn the most popular names of historical periods, cultures, or develop a unique name of your own
For writing credible medical scenarios: http://medicalscenewriter.blogspot.com 
For writing about law enforcement scenarios: http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/03/10-tips-for-writing-about-law.html

And, THANK YOU to my friends from the TEEN ZONE WRITING CLUB in Colorado for this link to determine legitimate resources: http://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/credible-sources
To check for sites that are easily accessible to all internet users, use this link: WAVE Web Accessibility

General Publishing Info
United States Copyright office online: http://www.copyright.gov/ 
Library of Congress Control Numbers: http://www.loc.gov/publish/pcn/
Legitimate source for ISBN: http://www.bowker.com
For more resources on checking for and using information, data, quotes, that are copyrighted, and a Fair Use policy, use this Fair Use Evaluator tool on Library Copyright.net

For information on Plagiarism and a plagiarism checker, use Plagiarsma.net