Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Treasure Chest of Resources



There I was in the middle of a sentence—stuck. I couldn’t think of the right word, the right verse, the information that would bring validity to my thought.  Facing a brick wall, at the end of my rope, on a road leading nowhere, and desperate for an idea, a clue, or an answer I opened a treasure chest. 





Today’s post is dedicated to you.  May you find your word, acronym, Bible verse, census data, cliché, Bible study information, decade data, dictionary info, name generator, language translation, old newspaper info, meaning of a phrase, quote, statistic, or thesaurus clue.

I've checked each site below to insure each one is still up and running.



Acronym Finder: http://www.acronymfinder.com/



Popular baby names:  http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames

Baby name meanings: http://www.babyhold.com/



Bible verses and research: http://www.biblegateway.com


Cliché Finder: http://www.westegg. com/cliche

In-depth
Bible study, devotionals and general Christian information http://www.biblestudytools.com/


Terms from the 70's (you can pick the year): http://www.inthe70s .com/generated/terms.shtml

Dictionary:
http://www.dictionary.com

Type in a word, and it will bring up definitions from 12 or more dictionaries. Some are older dictionaries, which helps for words whose meanings have changed over time.

Name generator for character name ideas:
http://www.rinkwork s.com/namegen/

Language Translation: http://babelfish. yahoo.com/



Search old Newspapers:  http://www.newspaperarchive. com


Famous quotes: http://www.brainyquote.com/

Reference and Literary Quotes: http://www.bartleby .com/

Wikipedia to find out a little something to start a search:
http://en.wikipedia .org

Christian-based
Statistics, current information and research: http://www.barna.org/resources



Isaiah 28: 23-29 When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually… His God instruct him and teaches him the right way…all this also comes from the Lord Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom.

What other sites have you used to help you in your writing? 










10 comments:

Krista Phillips said...

Great post, Mary!

I know I have other things I look at...

dictionary.com ...

realtor.com ...

Heck, just google.com and putting in a few words can be helpful!

Mary Vee said...

Oh that's right, I remember you telling us about realtor.com in one of your recent posts. Good idea. Thanks Krista.

Beth K. Vogt said...

Great post!
I love Visual Thesaurus: It's like mind mapping words in living, moving color!
http://www.visualthesaurus.com/;jsessionid=FB8AE10364CC90183E269AADB3F781A4

Pepper Basham said...

Golly gee, Mary Vee (;-)
This is an awesome list. The whole idea of a Visual Thesaurus makes me smile. Wow.
And I'm with Krista,
I'm forever using dictionary.com and realtor.com
Love THEM
Baby names too
I haven't used thesaurus.com so much since I bought my Synonym Finder (recommended by Julie Lessman) - it's been fabulous.
Thanks for the awesome list.

Casey said...

What a great treasure trove- literally! I looove Google Images. That site is amazing and I get to visually see anything I need to. Thanks for putting this together, Mary!

Sidney W. Frost said...

My 7/22 blog is on naming characters and has some of your links. Thanks for all the other links.

Anonymous said...

Huge, HUGE list of resources:

http://www.alden.nu/resources.shtml

Julie Musil said...

This list is amazing! So many here that I haven't seen. Thank you!

Henya said...

Amazing. Thanks.

Angela Ackerman said...

I'm always on the lookout for more writing resources--thank you!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse