I hope you all enjoyed the first round of Braincandy for Writers. If this is your first time here, just scroll back a post or search the Keyword at the bottom. While I’m zipping around in a Land cruiser at Tarangire National Park, my Zombie Crew has once again plundered my super-secret stash of writing links and listed them below. Now I know they are trying to be useful while running The Bookshelf Muse, but really, would it kill them to dust the place and maybe throw in a load of laundry once in a while, too?
Life in Ancient Egypt: A popular setting for books, this will tell you everything you need to known to insert realism into your writing. Clothing, food, metals, currency, beliefs, work, slavery…you’ll find a trove of good content for this culture.
Senses Word Pack & More Senses Word Packs: Here’s two neat little list of words for Taste, Smell, Sounds, Textures and Sight. It might help you brainstorm an exact match for your character’s experience.
Character Archtypes: A list of 140 different archtypes. I know–140? I had no idea there were so many out there in the big bad world of fiction and film, but here they are. This is probably the most complete list I’ve ever found.
Food, Past and Present: OMG people. This is so much more that a simple Food Timeline. You have to see it to believe it. If you are writing about any point in history and want to know exactly what crops were available, what people in different countries ate and how it was prepared then BAM, this is the place.
The Renaissance: Literally EVERYTHING you could ever need to know about this time period, broken down by topic or significant event. The lady who compiled this is nothing short of OMNIPOTENT.
Zombie’s Pick: Frawsome (freaking awesome) Generators
Horror Plot Generator (Warning: Hilarity!)
Detailed Character Generator
Look for Post #3 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!
Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
Murr Brewster says
I just gave up Googling for early 19th century Pennsylvania food items and decided to stroll around somebody’s blogroll and here you are. I also was looking for early 19th century mentions of menstruation, and sadly, I found it. Anyway, thanks!
I am going to begin with the food first, and then will be able to tackle the 140 #…
Loved this post.
Medeia Sharif says
I love the title of those links. I’ll check them out.
Mary Witzl says
The senses word packs will come in handy, especially when I’m wracking my brains for ways to describe smells. There are just so many words you can use to talk about peppermints.
Most enjoyable post.
Shannon O'Donnell says
Angela, you are truly the best source out there. I checked out part #1, and you know exactly what I’ve done with both posts. Yep! I’ve added them to “the folder”. Ha ha. 🙂
Wow, these links are amazing! Definitely “braincandy!”
Erin Cole says
Thanks for all the info!
Oh, man, you’ve just given me my next 50 blog posts. You rock!. I’ll have to check out that braincandy, thang, too.
These links are awesome! Thanks for sharing them.
Jaleh D says
You have some fantastic things in your bookmarks. Your zombies are doing great!
🙂 sweet thanks for posting these ones!