For those of us writing about women warriors, the website Women in Reasonable Armor has beautiful pictures for inspiration.
Another place for inspiration is this list of fiction curse words--some ideas for making up those fun curse words so often seen in science fiction lit.
To help with diction, check out Wordle. You can paste in text and it creates a word cloud where greater prominence is given to more frequently used words. Good for seeing what words you are using too often. And one of the wonderful things is that you can remove common words like "and" or "the".
One of the downfalls is that it can point out things like the fact that one of the most common words in your ms is "like". I need to look into that.
Wordle is also a great tool for teachers to create word banks, personal word walls, etc.
And I know these have been blogged about time and time again, but since we are on the subject of fun things to do while you should be writing, check out these as well: The Gender Genie and I Write Like.
New blog alert! For the Love of Contemporary focuses on contemporary YA. There are already a few book reviews up and it sounds like a lot of wonderful/interesting posts are planned for the future.
Finally--my only link re writing assistance this week--Writer's Digest has a question and answer session with Donald Maass, James Scott Bell and Christopher Volger about Story Structure.
WiP Update/ CP Updates
Ah..I'm still moving very slowly on my WiP. But I'm at 6ok, which means I should be getting to the end at some point here.
My CPers are working away as always. Marie has been polishing, polishing, polishing her WiP for the Colorado Gold Conference. She is pitching--but she won't know for sure to which agent until she gets there. Good luck Marie!
Gina has been in the query trenches for a few weeks now--riding the ups and downs that are part of the experience. Hop on over to her blog and give her some support!