There is a vast array of resources for authors out there on the Net, but finding them can be tough.  Fortunately, The Authors Haunt's staff and members have already done the work for you, providing a list of links to sites and software you might find helpful.  If you have a link you would like us to consider for this page, please click here to submit it.

AbiWord

Not everyone has Microsoft Word on their computer, and the software is extremely expensive to buy, so AbiWord represents a great alternative, containing most of the features found in Word for the best price of all - nothing!

 

Answers.com

Answers.com is an online database of information and articles on a wide range of subjects.  With a well-deserved reputation for hosting reliable and accurate information, it is an essential research tool for authors.

 

Behind the Name

Ever found yourself stuck coming up with a name for your characters?  If so, this is the site you need.  Behind the Name is a vast multi-cultural dictionary of names and their meanings.

 

Common Errors in English

A useful archive of common mistakes made by writers and the correct use of words and phrases.  This site lists the most common mistakes made by writers and provides an explanation as to why that usage is incorrect.

 

Chilling Effects

A joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Harvard Law School and others, to help writers understand and use their First Amendment and intellectual property law rights.

 

Dictionary.com

Not just any old dictionary, as well as helping you with correct spellings and word definitions, this online dictionary also has a range of other features, all of which are useful to writers, including a free translator, thesaurus, encyclopaedia and much more.

 

Dictionary of Slang

A dictionary of slang terms and colloquialisms.  The dictionary includes slang terms from the UK and US, as well as a large links section to sites with slang from other countries and specialist slang dictionaries (e.g. prison slang).

 

Dr Grammar FAQs

The Dr Grammar site is no longer updated due to the death of its creator, but the FAQs section is still a useful guide with a list of common mistakes and explanations regarding the correct use of words and phrases.

 

eHow

An extremely valuable resource for authors, with articles describing how to do just about anything.  The articles are organised into easy to use categories and subcategories, helping you to quickly find the information you need.

 

Encyclopedia Mythica

With over seven thousand articles, this award-winning encyclopedia is an essential guide to mythology, folklore and religion, complete with an image gallery of deities, heroes and monsters.

 

Felis Character Roster

A fantastic piece of software designed by authors, for authors, to help you to keep track of the characters you've created, including their names, core details (like date of birth), descriptions, ages and other important information.

 

Fiction Factor

Fiction Factor is an online magazine for writers that hosts a number of articles and features about writing and editing, some of which we have recommended on our Author and Editor Articles pages.

 

Internet Quick Reference

A virtual library of significant websites created for a wide range of visitors, but for authors this can serve as an important research tool, allowing you to find useful sites with the information you need.

 

Langenberg.com

A useful site that uses multiple sites and resources to help you not only to translate text into your chosen language, but it also helps you to identify languages and can translate entire web pages.

 

On This Day

Need to know what happened on a certain day in history?  This site gives you information for each day of the year about historic events, famous birthdays, music, television and more.

 

Open Office

If you don't have Microsoft Office on your computer, it can be very expensive to buy.  Open Office is free, open-source, multiplatform and multilingual office suite that is comparable to Microsoft Office, but without the hefty price tag.

 

Quotations Page

Need a famous quotation?  Then this is the site for you.  Drawing on multiple resources, this site has a wide variety of quotations available to access through a variety of means, including a keyword search.

 

Reference.com

Part of the dictionary.com family of sites, reference.com is a valuable resource for authors with an extensive online encyclopedia that's certain to be of use should you need more information on just about any subject.

 

Shadow Poetry Resources

A collection of extremely useful resources for poets compiled and created by the Shadow Poetry site, including information about poetic forms and the mechanics of poetry.

 

Thesaurus.com

Part of the dictionary.com family of sites, thesaurus.com is an extensive online thesaurus with multiple alternatives for almost any word that's certain to assist you out whenever you're lost for words.

 

Timelines of History

Need to brush up on your history?  This site catalogues historic events through timelines from the Big Bang to the present day, with interesting tidbits of information distributed throughout.

 

Wikipedia

An online encyclopedia with a massive database of articles.  Even though just about anyone can edit almost any article in the database, the information is extremely accurate, making this site a valuable research tool for authors.

 

yWriter

A great piece of software that can be extremely helpful when writing novels, allowing you to break stories down into chapters and scenes and build profile information for characters, locations and events.

 

 

 

           

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