StumbledUpon Writing Links

I recently discovered Stumbleupon, a webtool that brings up random web pages based on your interests when you feel like seeing what's out there on the WWW. If you choose to, you can mark these pages with a 'I like it/I don't like it' rating, which helps Stumbleupon refine your 'stumbles' closer and closer to the type of pages you generally like most. It does the thinking for you and in my case, has come up with some fantastic pages.

I added Stumbleupon to my toolbar a few days ago, with the settings, 'Writing' and 'Linguistics.' Now, I am an ADDICT. I have found some really great sites through this webtool and I want to share them with you.

Now these links aren't your typical, 'learn how to writer better' type pages. These are some writing sites that can become valuable writing tools for you while planning, drafting and editing.

Keep an eye on this list, as I'll add to it as I discover new and interesting links!

-- The Non Verbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs, Body Language and Cues You can look up a specific action like shrugging, a head tilt, crossing the arms, etc and find out what the action is most commonly used for and what it signals to other people. A great companion to the Emotion Thesaurus.

--Writing Realistic Injuries Everything you need to know about injuries and their symptoms (burns, blood loss, broken bones, head trauma, the works).

--Visuwords An online visual thesaurus that outstrips any I've seen available on the net. It's free as far as I can tell, uses colors and symbols to show what every associated word is (adjective, noun, verb, etc), how the words relate to each other and meanings of each word. AND this puppy has way cool 'word bubbles' that you can move around, zoom in on and generally have fun with as you find the right word you're looking for.

--Food Timeline Need to know what foods were eaten in the first century? When potato salad was invented? What people in Shakespeare's time ate? This is the place! Scroll down for more historic recipes and the price of certain foods at different time periods.

--Cliche Finder Just type in some of your work and this tool will find the cliche's for you--what could be easier?

--Confusing Words Think affect/effect; lie/lay type stuff. Here you can type in the word you're having trouble with and it'll help you by showing you how and when to use it, as well as the words it's usually confused with. Coolness!

--Synonyms for Commonly Used Words This is pretty neat, especially if you're in a hurry.

18 comments:

Marcia said...

This is fantastic info! Thank you!

WannabeWriter said...

This is awesome! New sites to bookmark. :]

Fiona said...

Yah, I love StumbleUpon. But it can take up hours of your life! I have found so many good, useful and funny sites through it.

Pema said...

The synonym link certainly is straightforward and quick - just scroll down to what you need, and then you've found it!

Becca said...

Great resources! Thanks Angela!

Natalie Hatch said...

Angela I have been looking for these type of resources for my current edit, thanks so much.

Mary Witzl said...

That food timeline is priceless, and I can't wait to check out the other things too.

My husband has been addicted to StumbledUpon for the last year or more. There is a StumbledUpon humor site that he is especially crazy about.

courtney said...

I think I will enjoy Stumbleupon vicariously through you because, acck! I would never get anything done. It sounds too awesome!!! :D

Angela said...

Glad everyone likes the links! I'll be sure to add to it when I find something interesting. I found a Hobo Language dictionary just the other day, so who knows what else I might Stumble on?

Merc said...

Excellent links, thanks, Angela! :D

(Why do I have a feeling Mr. Chainsaw was involved in the injuries link? %-))

~Merc

Edie said...

I stumbled upon The Bookself Muse at Natalie Hatch's site. Great information and blogs!

C.R. Evers said...

Oh wow!!!! Thanks for sharing this! I'll go check it out! :0)

Christy

Angela said...

See, and I stumble upon StumbleUpon because I saw someone visited us from that site on the sitemeter. I had no idea what it was, so I followed the link...and instant love!

Angela said...

These are great. love the food link, of course!

thanks for posting!

Kali said...

I've been using StumbleUpon for a few months now, and I love it! It's how I found your site. Great links for writers!

medicate yourself daily said...

Stumbleupon is a great tool for finding what is out there on the internet, it is a big factor in my blog postings!

By Lisa Schlegel said...

Thank you! I feel like I found a treasure today.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Hey, cool! I just discovered this link.

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