Recommend your favorite writing reference sites

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  1. JRS

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    A few references for general writing a.k.a Writing 101


    Writing 101- collected by MI6 member Lethal Weapon

    11,000 baby names- a site for names. Note that they are not always accurate on nationality.

    Wikitravel- A good resource for (real life) locations.

    The Universal Currency Converter- This currency converter even converts obsolete currency(like francs).

    The CIA World Factbook- This site has a lot of info, but it is a useful resource if you know what you are looking for.

    Merriam-Webster Online- A dictionary that seems to also embrace "queen's" English as well as American English.

    Free online Thesaurus

    The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.

    The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association of America Articles on Writing
     
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    Quick question, does anyone know where to find the movie script to Star Trek 2009 film? I dont want to have to keep watching the movie over and over again. I mean I would enjoy that but it makes my writing slow.
     
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    THANK YOU!!!! I was looking for this! If you were here, I would definitely give you a big hug! -Squeeze- =]
     
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  8. Nerys Ghemor

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    OK...so you'll actually have to get a BOOK, a real, paperback book...but trust me, it's worth it. :)

    It's called Checking on Culture, by Lee Killough, and it is an amazing (yet concise) worldbuilding guide for sci-fi and ANY type of writing you could do, that helps you get a handle on your world so that it's internally consistent and you know what may be different from our world. It has a "checklist" of areas to go through, that are an awesome help for brainstorming.

    It's sold by a small press--Yard Dog Press--in Arkansas, but don't let that fool you. It's GOOD.

    http://www.yarddogpress.com/Checking%20On%20Culture.htm
     
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    Free writing tools:

    I love this dictionary/thesaurus. ctrl/right click on any word in any application, instant meta-lookup:
    http://wordweb.info/free/

    Note Tab Light: free notepad editor that does heavy duty fast:
    http://www.notetab.com/

    Never want to go back to how it was before I started using these. :)
     
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    The Mary Sue Litmus Test further up the page is very witty. :)
     
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  14. Nerys Ghemor

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    Those can be fun. :) Of course, whether or not your character is well written and sympathetic to the reader is not necessarily a factor of how a character scores on that test. Even the "dreaded" Author Insert can be done with style...especially if the character who is inserted into the story has to face real challenges, take the consequences of his or her actions, and even fail sometimes.
     
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    This is a bit of tooting my own horn since I am one of the administrators, but the Star Trek Expanded Universe wiki has been going for the better part of the past ten years.

    http://stexpanded.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

    It's available for all of your fanfic needs without any of the canon restraints of Memory Alpha or Memory Beta. If you want to archive your story, go right ahead.

    Seriously, go right ahead. Unfortunately, with Abrams' film being the only major Trek production in the past five years, our membership has seen better days and we could always use more members.
     
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