Resources

Agent Query Connect — These forums are the best place to go once you’ve finished your first manuscript. There are people who will help you write a query, post helpful information about agents, walk you through the self-publishing process if you so choose, and much MUCH more.

Agent Query — The internet’s most trusted database of literary agents, publishers and their guidelines.

Wordle — Creates a weighted word cloud based on any text you copy and paste into the content box. I did my entire manuscript and it took under a minute. Now I have a cool little poster AND it helps me know if I’m over using certain words. It automatically excludes words like “an” and “the.”

Word Frequency Counter — Like the above, only it doesn’t generate a cloud. The list also includes ALL words, including conjunctions and articles.

Phrase Frequency Counter — Like the above, only it counts phrases.

Pro Writing Aid — This is the most amazing, FREE website you’ll ever stumble across. You can have it analyze your manuscript in-depth and email a report to you. We’re talking chapter-by-chapter here. Plus, there’s a whole host of other goodies on this website just waiting for you to dive in.

The Bookshelf Muse — This website rocks my socks. Not only are they an all-around fabulous resource for writers, they have sample entries from their book The Emotion Thesaurus, as well as a Character Traits Thesaurus; the Weather Thesaurus;  the Symbolism Thesaurus; the Sensory & Setting Thesaurus; and the Color, Textures & Shapes Thesaurus.

1,000 Verbs to Write By — by Deanna Carlyle

100 Exquisite Adjectives — by Mark Nichol, via Daily Writing Tips.

The Snowflake Method — A method of writing a book from beginning to end as painlessly as possible. Great for people who straddle the fence between seat-of-the-pants and outlined-to-death.

OneLook Reverse Dictionary — Type a word, a phrase, a definition or a question and receive a list of other words that may be related to your query.

The Hero’s Journey —  A summary of the steps.

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