Braincandy for Writers: Post #4

Hi all,

I hope you’ve found some good stuff in these links I’ve bookmarked over the last few years. Right now I’m in Zanzibar at the Kichanga Beach Resort, relaxing on the beach or taking in a Spice Tour, knowing this is my last day of this incredible vacation. I’m probably a bit sad, but also a bit happy to be heading back to my corner of the world.

Restless, the Zombie Crew has taken one last lurch-and-grab at my links to stave off the boredom of knowing only one word to express their vast range of emotions from hungry to, well, hungry. I hope you enjoy this final installment of Braincandy, and I’ll see you all in a few days! 🙂

Nonverbal Dictionary: Know all those non-verbal gestures (a blush, a bobbing Adam’s apple, a chin jut or crossed arms, etc) that slip our minds when we need them most? Well this dictionary has got you covered. All the possible human gestures are explained and many shown, which makes it an excellent companion to the Emotion Thesaurus (in sidebar).

Synonyms for Commonly Used Words:
Here’s some alternatives for those bland or overused words we sometimes dump into our MSs like Bad, Get, Go, Have, Look, Move, Put, Take, Show, etc. Great for that final polish.

OneLook Reverse Dictionary:
Okay, I’m breaking my rule on not posting anything I’ve linked to before, but ONLY because this resource is one I would crumple up and DIE without. I love how I can search for a word or idea that is kinda-sorta-ish what I need and then get a huge host of other words that are related to it. I use this often for my Thesaurus Posts, for example, because I can type in the subject I’m focusing on and often get a slew of content that is directly related to it.

Fae Dictionary: If you’re looking for faeries, good and bad, this is a pretty good alphabetical list. There’s some bonus potions at the bottom, too. 🙂

World Building: If you’re worried your WB might not be in depth enough, Holy Zombies is this the resource for you. This covers all aspects of building a world for the writer to pick and choose which components will round out their setting and society. Just scroll down for different areas like architecture, animals, clothing, language, laws, etc.

Canadianisms: Why? Because I’m Canadian and I KNOW you all want to know more about us Canucks.

Detecting Lies: Great breakdown of how Liars manipulate and have physical ‘tells’. Perfect for your lying, thieving, no-good antagonist.

Zombie’s Pick: Frawsome (freaking awesome) Generators

Zombie Generator
Clothing Generator

If you missed any of the earlier Braincandy posts, just search up the label, ‘braincandy.’ I’ll see you all in a few days, and in the meantime please feel free to pass this on if you like, either through tweets, blog mentions, 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.
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10 years ago

Thanks for the links! I was actually looking for a nonverbal dictionary earlier today (okay, Friday) and that synonym list is going to prove handy very soon. Gratias!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Jaleh D
10 years ago

Holy sweet candies! Great stuff here.

Karen Lange
10 years ago

Good links, thanks! Hope the rest of your trip was great.
Happy weekend,

Stina Lindenblatt
10 years ago

Wow, Angela, your braincandy has been great. I’ll linked them to my cool links Friday when I get back from vacation. 😀

Liana Brooks
10 years ago

I feel like you’ve been holding out on me. A zombie generator? Angela! I thought we were friends… How could you *not* tell me?

Matthew Rush
10 years ago

This post (as are all your posts) is the tops, hey!

Thanks Angela.

10 years ago

omigosh enjoy your fabulous vacation!