Braincandy for Writers Post #1

Hi all,

As I’ve mentioned in past posts, I’m away in Africa on holiday. My Zombie Crew will be taking care of stuff while I’m gone, as it’s pretty unlikely I’ll find Internet service in the Ngorongoro crater.

After they devour all the Jello brains I keep in the fridge here at The Bookshelf Muse, I’m sure they will prowl through my secret stash of super helpful links for writing to share with you. Who knows what treasures lie below?

The Grimace Project: Minute facial detail for the cardinal emotions. Great for figuring out an expression for anger, disgust, joy, etc.

Specialty Dictionaries: Need to know more about a specific subject like boats, wine, music, Oil and Gas, mythology, etc? OMG, awesomeness, right here.

ISBN: Looking for a book and want to know who published it? Is your book similar to something on the market and you want to see what other books are published on the same topic? Want to look up a publisher or imprint to get an idea of what they currently publish? Great way to research!

Glossary of Space Weather Terms: Thought I’d forget about my Sci-Fi friends, did you? I might not write it, but this resource can’t be beat for terminology for all things to do with space conditions and weather patterns. Heliosphere, Plasma, Solar Flares, Solar Winds, Radiation Belts… Credible terminology = credible writing.

Titanic Phobia List: Remember those quirks, fears and tics that make our characters unique and interesting? Waiting here is a treasure trove of flaws and conflict pressure points for your character. Bogyphobia (Fear of bogeys or the bogeyman)…tell me that isn’t a story waiting to happen! Or maybe you want to go for something a bit more juiced up, like Geniophobia (Fear of chins), Hylophobia (Fear of forests) or Pupaphobia (Fear of puppets). I could spend HOURS pouring over all these fears and come up with a dozen plot lines for each one. Good times, people. Good times.

Zombie’s Pick: Frawsome (freaking awesome) Generators

Cuss-o-matic
Apocalypse Generator
Dungeon Room Description Generator

Look for Post #2 in a few days, and in the meantime, enjoy! If you want to pass these on, feel free to link to this post, tweet, etc!

About ANGELA ACKERMAN

Angela is an international speaker and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also enjoys dreaming up new tools and resources for One Stop For Writers, a library built to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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12 Responses to Braincandy for Writers Post #1

  1. salarsenッ says:

    Just found it. Thanks.

  2. Jaleh D says:

    Those are some “frawsome” links and sites indeed. More things to add into my bookmarks. Rawr! (Enjoy your trip!)

  3. Heather says:

    Africa, wow! I hope you’re having a great time. I can’t wait to hear all about it. Thanks for taking the time to leave us these great links.

  4. Jan Markley says:

    let’s hear it for the zombies!

  5. Danyelle says:

    These are awesome, Angela! You take such good care of us. 🙂

    I hope you’re enjoying your trip!
    *hugs*

  6. Thanks for all the links. Hope you are having a great time in Africa!

  7. Thanks for a great list! I’ve bookmarked it.

  8. The crater is one of the places on my list of destinations to visit. Have fun.

  9. Love the grimace project! So cool! Thanks for posting it up! 😀

  10. Wow Africa!!! Hope u enjoy ur stay:) We’ll miss you.

  11. Love it! (Especially the Cuss-0-matic!)

    Think I’ll employ some of those right now!

  12. Cool list! I’ve bookmarked this post. Now I’m off to play with those links. Thanks!!

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