Link Of The Week- Reverse Dictionary

April 11, 2017

All writers need this!wordfinder-background

I think this link might be one of the most useful we’ve ever found!

“This tool lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be anything at all: a single word, a few words, or even a whole sentence. Type in your description and hit Enter (or select a word that shows up in the autocomplete preview) to see the related words.”dictionary

Link Of The Week- Hashtag Anyone?

January 5, 2016




Link Of The Week- Shut Up The Internet!

November 17, 2015

Fall and winter seems to be a great time to get a ton of words written- especially if you are participating in NaNo. Here are a few places to make the rest of your computer be quiet-



You’re welcome.

Link Of The Week- Prose It!

September 15, 2015


I found this quirky little site and was intrigued with it.

“Remember reading? Words have never been more important. Prose is a digital collection of poetry and prose. Written by you. Read by everyone.”

They have a spot to write and read other people’s work, plus they have an award winning actor/singer reading selected works!


Bonus Link Of The Week- Pace Yourself!

August 11, 2015

Running on our Back-To-School link this week, we thought we’d bring a link to a phenomenal workshop being offered on pacing. This is a crucial element to great writing. You lose the pacing, you lose the readers! It’s as simple as that.



***DEADLINE – August 14, 2015.  PILOT class begins online, Saturday, August 15, 2015. (More details here.)




for a limited time…


the PILOT will be open to a small group, at $100’s off the final pricetag.  This is your chance to learn what you really need to fix, after you’ve done everything right and still haven’t sold… or sold well enough.


For 15 pilot students, this will change everything.  The PILOT cost?  Only $47. 


This 8-week, advanced course is an all-new way to understand why your story succeeds or fails, and exactly how to fix it.


This isn’t your mama’s pacing.

         In fact, it’s not what you’ve been taught before, at all.


It cuts across every technique you’ve already mastered.  And it requires a new roadmap.


While all the other craft-of-fiction techniques (plot, character, setting, theme, dialogue, etc.) are about what YOU, the writer, want to create (and how to pull it off), pacing is about how driven the READER feels to keep reading.


Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew how to assess pacing, this thing that really exists only in someone else’s head, and we knew how to kick its butt?


If pacing is the reader’s reaction to your story, you can’t be asking what the questions you normally ask as a writer (like what you want to create).  Quite simply, you have to ask waaay different questions. And you have to think with a different “brain.”


The Genius Pacing Academy gives you an easy (but deep) framework for evaluating what matters to the reader and what YOU need to put on the page.


All this comes together in The Genius Pacing Academy framework.   Using the framework as a guide, you’ll decode both what you do (words on the page) and what the reader does (your story experienced as her/his virtual reality).


Exactly what’s in The Genius Pacing Academy Framework?


* 10 page-level lenses for every single scene (and every single page) you ever write.


* 3 large-scale, story-level pacing “jobs” that work for every genre and every story-form (novel, short story, even scripts).


The pacing framework takes the unknowable and turns it into a deep, powerful skillset you’ll use every time you write, brainstorm, critique, and revise.


For 15 pilot students, this will change everything.  The cost?  Only $47.  SIGN UP NOW to be one of the pilot students.  Together, we’ll revolutionize the power of your writing.  Your readers will thank you.


GO HERE. (Your secrect code is MUSE.)


Questions? I’m here to help.  Diane Holmes


Link of the Week – Commonly Misused Words

June 9, 2015

25 Common Words That You’ve Got Wrong

cc-RF-dictionaryCame across this item last week on Publication Life and found it interesting. Though I knew most of these, I was surprised by one that I was, in fact, using incorrectly. Fortunately, it is a word I don’t use often at all. Can you guess which one? Were there any that surprised you?

Link Of The Week- I Am The Puppeteer

March 17, 2015

I found a website- that has a whole lot of apps for writers. You can put them on your i phone or android or whatever device suits you best. I was particularly intrigued by an app that dealt with creating characters.


The price is $2.99. Here’s what they have to say about it.

“Writing.Com presents “Character Prompts”, an exciting twist on traditional writing prompts… Put billions of unique character profiles in the palm of your hand! Character Prompts gives you 19 different profile characteristics filled with randomly generated information. We take the process of character development to the next level by adding thousands of character twists and 150 thought provoking questions for your character.”

PS. I bought it and it looks like a fun brainstorming tool and it made me think about characters I would never have created!


Link of the Week – Freelance Editor

July 6, 2014

20140707_115906This week’s link is a Public Service Announcement.

So you think you’re ready for a freelance editor. I just so happen to know someone, someone with competitive pricing,  who tends to be a grammar fanatic, and who pays attention to important details. You know, those pesky plots points, GMC, POV slips, character arcs, dialogue, inconsistencies, story development, genre details, and the like. She’s also a kind cool, witty chick.  ME!

Check me out!

Jennifer Bray-Weber’s Editing and Critiquing

Before There Was You-

June 17, 2014






Writing can be awfully solitary, but, in fact, there are hundreds of thousands of us. Maybe even millions! Have you ever wondered about their lives? What drove F. Scott Fitzgerald to drink? Why did Hemingway say “Adios” before his time? Did you even know Casanova was a writer?zeldaandfscott

The web site is for the curious. If you’d like some interesting reading and one more way of distracting you from doing your work- then this is for you!


PS. Did you know Oscar Wilde was arrested and imprisoned for being gay? Just learned that fun fact while reading through his bio this morning.OscarWIlde


Link Of The Week- Now Smell This!

April 1, 2014



Marie- Claude found this fascinating site for this week’s Link Of The Week. I’ve rummaged around the information and have found many tidbits that I plan on inserting in my manuscript set in Costa Rica. This has applications across many genres and can be mixed with Highland fantasies as well as Jack The Ripper terrors. May your olfactory sense be delighted by this link. Enjoy!