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Friday Poll ~ What Writer’s Resources Do You Use?

Let’s start with the results of the first of last week’s polls—What Are You Writing Now? 

Writer's Resource Poll

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Either there aren’t many folks writing now or the poll wasn’t interesting enough to answer :-)

[Edit after I published this, from a Twitter friend:
“writers don’t want to share. The book is to be published but the Idea before that is kept close.”]

Here are the five responses:

“Nothing; just finished the publishing stage”

“microfiction expanded”

“Compilation of Sermons to Share”

“urban fantasy/science fiction”

“my blog”

And, for the second of last week’s polls—What Are You Planning to Write?

Here are the responses:

“a crime novel with historical background”

“micro novel”

“more books set in my universe”



Now, perhaps, this week’s poll will be of more interest—What Writer’s Resources Do You Use?

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A Great Place for Writers (And, Readers) To Buy Professional Books

Quoted from the March post, How Do Words Get Into A Dictionary?:

“I subscribe to the Oxford Dictionary Pro but their free online edition of the Oxford Dictionary is good, too.

“Naturally, the dictionary is managed by the University of Oxford—”It is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and the second-oldest surviving university in the world.”

Oxford actually has 58 different services you can subscribe to…”

They also have a Book Store.

Here are the categories:

Those are from the UK site.

If you want a different country, go here and look in the upper right for the words “Welcome To” and choose your country :-)

There are two selections I’m drooling over (maybe someday I can afford them):

companion to the bookThe Oxford Companion to the Book

First Edition

General editors: Michael Suarez SJ and H. R. Woudhuysen

  • The authoritative resource on all aspects of the book throughout the world from ancient to modern times
  • A unique combination of essays and alphabetically-arranged entries, interlinked to provide both depth of analysis and swift access to information
  • Written by over 400 of the world>’s best scholars, making this the authoritative resource on the subject
  • Imaginatively illustrated with many unique and rarely seen images

* Hardcover
* 1,408 Pages | 150 engravings & black and white photographs; 30 line drawings; plus examples of typographical features
* 10.9 x 8.6 inches


historical thesaurusHistorical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

With Additional Material from A Thesaurus of Old English

Edited by Christian Kay, Jane Roberts, Michael Samuels, and Irené Wotherspoon

  • A unique thesaurus resource – the very first historical thesaurus to be compiled for any of the world’s languages
  • The largest thesaurus resource in the world, covering more than 920,000 words and meanings from Old English to the present day based, on the Oxford English Dictionary
  • Synonyms listed with dates of first recorded use in English, in chronological order, with earliest synonyms first
  • Uses a thematic system of classification, with synonyms and related words forming part of a detailed semantic hierarchy
  • Comprehensive index enables complete cross-referencing of nearly one million words and meanings
  • Contains a comprehensive sense inventory of Old English
  • Includes a free fold-out color chart which shows the top levels of the classification structure
  • Made up of two volumes: The main text, comprising numbers sections for semantic categories, and the index, comprising a full A-Z look up of nearly one million lexical items

* Hardcover
* 3952 Pages
* 8 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches


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Are You A Writer? Do You Use Twitter? Is There A Better Use of Your Time?

“Simple” post today

First a “confession”—I tried Twitter three times, each attempt spurred by a “revelation” about its usefulness

It may be valuable for others but not for me, though I still question the “value” others find in it

I can sum-up my doubt by saying that a hundred fans that truly care is worth far more than thousands that sorta “care”.

Still, if you do see value in Twitter, nay more, if you are having great fun and making real friends, you may find a list of hashtags for writers helpful ( by the way, Google Plus has just added hashtags to its features ).

I found the list below on a site called Self-Publishing Resources that says:

contact us today and learn how you can become a published author without the stigma of going to a vanity/subsidy press.  For about the same amount of money, you can truly self-publish your book, ensuring you can price it appropriately and market it effectively.”

That throws up all kinds of red flags for me, but then, I use FastPencilcheck out these posts for my experience with Fastpencil

OK, so, you feel there’s some value in using Twitter but you don’t use hashtags, or don’t use very many?


{Compiled by Sue Collier}

#1K1H (write 1,000 words in one hour)
#ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)




#fridayflash (flash fiction on a Friday)
#FollowFriday (or #FF)


#IndiePub (or #IndiePublishing)

#MGLit (Middle Grade Lit)

#nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month)

#pubtip publication tips



#RWA (Romance Writers of America)

#SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators)

#vss (very short story)

#WIP (work in progress)
#WriterWednesday (or #WW)
#webfic web fiction
#weblit web literature
#wip work in progress
#WriterWednesday (or #WW)
#writetip (writing advice)
#writingtips (writing advice)

The following are chats that take place on Twitter, but are still good writer resources:

#BookMarket (Thursdays at 4 pm ET)
#LitChat (every M/W/F)

#yalitchat (young adult literature chat)

#MemoirChat (every other Wednesday at 8 pm ET)

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