In the few short years of my writing career – which I define as when I began to write for others to read and enjoy too – I have developed the habit in my research of taking notes. Brief jottings or quick summaries about anything & everything that inspired me.
Lately, as I have moved towards honing my own skills with the writing craft, I have made the intention of trying to condense these research notes to be even more concise and relevant to my work.
In the near future, I will be posting this information in sections onto this blog, so stay tuned for that and I’d imagine you will also want to subscribe to not miss it.
Until then, the following is a list of my favorite writing sites & resources to help be just a generally good human.
This list is by no means comprehensive and will be continuously updated, so bookmark it and visit again later!
thoughtful inspiration & writing prompts
- Brain Pickings: a treasure chest of free knowledge, insight, information, inspiration, and random fragments populating many famous minds
- Open Culture: free cultural education media!
- Quora: a place where the comments are actually helpful and insightful. wow!
- Good News Network: some courageous, lovely and noble behaviour to reflect over
- InspiroBot: an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence
de-stress help & mood boosters!
- Pixel Thoughts: remember that we are all stardust, even our dumb problems.
- Nostalgia Machine: return to a time when you had no worries!
cool tech (extensions, apps, etc.)
- f.lux: makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
research, or aimless wandering of the World Wide Web
- BestHistory: although West-centric, this is an easy space for finding quick history-oriented resources online.
- Enigma Public: the world’s broadest collection of public data.
- Google Trends: what is relevant and topical in the world according to Google.
- Genre Tropes: an exhaustive list of everything, which at the very least reminds us that the goal is not to be original, but to be ambitious with remixing original ideas.
- Internet Archive: non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more!
- Oxford Text Archive: here is an impressive source that collects, catalogues, preserves & distributes high-quality digital resources for research and teaching – thousands of texts in more than 25 different languages.
- RefSeek: check your facts, dude, with this directory of the Web’s top almanacs (including the Census Bureau, CIA World Factbook and the Old Farmer’s Almanac).
- Snopes: largest fact-checking site on the Internet, widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and laypersons alike as one of the world’s essential resources.
- WorldAtlas: because being familiar with our planet home is always relevant, but even further, find lots of random surprising factoids about places around this globe – like poisonous lakes to unique city squares to endangered species of tress!
boredom killers & healthy procrastination
- GeoGeussr: for those who enjoy getting lost – or GoogleMaps made into a game.
- 16 Personalities: learn more about yourself & better understand your virtues
- Literature Map: creates maps of author names by similarities to other authors, so handy if you are looking for books with a similar style, theme or audience.
- CourseHero: this section of the site offers visual summaries of famous books!
- Google Alerts: for when you are looking for any news on specific content.
- Google Ngram Viewer: displays graphs showing how terms relate to one another across varying book genres and over time.
- Havoscope: how much does that go on the “black market” – well then click here for information and threat intelligence on the global black market.
- RefSeek’s Writing & Grammar: top guides for writing style & grammar help.
- Story Wars: community teamwork storytelling, where you can either create your own story or continue on someone else’s – fun right?
- Whichbook: book recommendation platform, enabling millions of combinations of factors to then suggests books which most closely match your needs & interests
- Hiveword Writer’s Knowledge Base: a massive search engine for writers.
science fiction & fantasy fun
- Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: a comprehensive, scholarly, and critical guide to science fiction in all its forms (with ALL entries are free to access).