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PostSubject: Writing tools   Sat Mar 28, 2009 5:26 am

MY ESSENTIALS:

www.openoffice.org - compatible with most, FF.net supports it too. FREE.

www.mozilla.com - I need this, because it contains a dictionary that tells me when I dorktype.

www.dictionary.com - to make sure everybody understands the same meaning of the words I type.

www.thesaurus.com - the key to being a good writer is to never repeat the same word more than twice in a page (like shenanigans, lol.) in my opinion, and I feel like a noob if I don't know how to add variety in my language

http://starwars.wikia.com - yeeeeerrrrrp!
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PostSubject: Re: Writing tools   Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:40 am

I was lucky to get my own copy of Microsoft Word so that's my word processing program of choice.

After that:

Thesaurus.com

Wookieepedia.com

When it comes to dictionaries, I'm still in the dark ages and rely on my old Webster pocket edition. I would use the same for my Thesaurus, but it's lost somewhere in my parent's house. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Writing tools   Sat Mar 28, 2009 6:24 pm

Tips on writing military SF - a great site for those of us without a military background or knowledge and need an insight into that life. Great to have in handy.
Mary Sue litmus test - to know if your character is in danger of being an annoying one.
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PostSubject: Re: Writing tools   Sat Mar 28, 2009 6:30 pm

Gratulor's body wrote:
Tips on writing military SF - a great site for those of us without a military background or knowledge and need an insight into that life. Great to have in handy.
Mary Sue litmus test - to know if your character is in danger of being an annoying one.

Great links! I could really use the first one. Badly.

Doing the Mary Sue test is one of my favorite pastimes. I think my character Verda scored a whopping -2. Then Signe was like a 7. Haha, fail.

I mostly just use Wookieepedia for weapons, events, etc in my fanfics, and sometimes I pop on dictionary.com for words. Also I feel the need to Google image search random things like sci-fi cityscapes and the like so I can get a better feel for what I'm trying to get the reader to visualize.

I think one of my biggest tools is music though. I create playlists all the time to match a mood!
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PostSubject: Re: Writing tools   Sun Mar 29, 2009 2:28 am

Gratulor's body wrote:
Tips on writing military SF - a great site for those of us without a military background or knowledge and need an insight into that life. Great to have in handy.
This is awesome, thanks for posting this.


I'm reading the billet article right now and I realize just how dumb I was in my writing and it makes me want to try a completely different approach with my "tactical action" scenes. The relationships between officers, NCO's and the troops can define the outcome of any operation and to illustrate my point I can't help but mention the TV mini-series Generation Kill, a very realistic and unaltered portrayal of Recon Marines in the 2003 Iraqi operations.

But that website makes me want to read more military SF in the near future, I feel like I could learn more from different authors (might even try my brains at Tom Clancy but not entirely sure about that).


On another note I remember using the Mary Sue litmus test years ago for a different character and have kept some guidelines in mind to avoid writing one. It's golden, thanks for that contribution, Gratulor!
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PostSubject: Re: Writing tools   Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:34 pm

I use a dictionary and thesaurus Wookiepedia, Wikipedia, and google/google images.

And when I need help with naming things I go to Seventh Sanctum. It helps with boredom too.
I think I used it to name an RPG I had a long time ago.

I love the Mary Sue test.
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PostSubject: Re: Writing tools   Sun Mar 29, 2009 3:45 pm

Tenna wrote:
I use a dictionary and thesaurus Wookiepedia, Wikipedia, and google/google images.

And when I need help with naming things I go to Seventh Sanctum. It helps with boredom too.
I think I used it to name an RPG I had a long time ago.
I'm really liking the character scrambler! Thanks for posting this Very Happy
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