Sunday, August 28, 2011


Random Science Fiction Story Ideas: Random Character Generator
Science Fiction & Fantasy Workshop.
Science Fiction Citations: Hunting for the earliest citations of SF words.
ScytheConnection  A Website committed to promoting the use of the scythe.
Internet SACRED TEXT archives.
Semicolon: "How To Use A Semicolon (The Most Feared Punctuation On Earth)"
Seventh Sanctum Setting Generator
SFWW: Science Fiction Writers Workshop Since 1988. No matter how many times I edit the link, it keep taking me to the wrong page: but snip the extra bit from "" and that takes you to the sign-in page..
Shoes and Handbags Online Spell Checker.
Spellchecker, Mark Horrell's
Spellex Corp Spell Check Basic English Text Here (also gives basic word count)
Strange Horizons: Stories We've Seen Too Often.

Scene Structure
Notecarding: Plotting Under Pressure
© 2002, by Holly Lisle

Scene-Creation Workshop -- Writing Scenes that Move Your Story Forward © by Holly Lisle

Writing the Perfect Scene by Randy Ingermanson

Yet more Writer's Tips by Rosalyn Alsobrook

TECH: Scene and Structure Book Summary From: Mike Barker

More plotting (Scene and Sequel) by Shawn

"Introduction to Screenwriting" Week Two: Steven Barnes' Free Writing Class!

Sound Effects

Science Fiction Writing Month

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare


FocusWriter A simple, distraction-free writing environment.

Star Trek


On Wikipedia
What is steampunk?
Clockwork Empire: A Steampunk Take on SimCity
The Steampunk Workshop
Steampunk Magazine
Steampunk World's Fair

Storyboarding (Crawford Kilian).

Stories We've Seen Too Often (Strange Horizons)

A simple four-item formula for turning story into fiction

Story Middle
Stuck in the Middle of Your Story? Try Prompts!
by Alina Sandor

Archetype storytelling cards

Buried Under Books: An Author’s Look At “Style” For Writers And Readers (Kit Sloane)


Hugh Cook's Notes II.

Writing the Dreaded Synopsis by Carolyn Jewel

A Writer's Main Selling Tool - The Synopsis By Marcella Kampman © 2003

Warning: The above uses the movie rather than the book The Wizard of Oz for sample synopsis. You can tell by the descriptions of both Dorothy and the slippers, assuming that you've read the book.

Basic synopsis, according to Vivian Teresa Beck of the Vivian Beck Agency:

Step 1: Start With A Hook.
Step 2: Introduction of Characters.
Step 3: Construct the Body of Your Synopsis.
Step 4: Use Three or Four Paragraphs to Write the CRISIS and RESOLUTION of Your Story.
Step 5: Revise your synopsis.

Five Steps To Writing A Synopsis by Vivian Teresa Beck
The five basic building blocks to writing a synopsis.

Mastering the Dreaded Synopsis - Condensing Your Novel by Lee Masterson
Writing a synopsis is one of the most daunting chores a writer must face. After spending months lovingly crafting a complex plot, realizing and nurturing a cast of characters and painstakingly selecting the right prose for descriptions, how do you then summarize your masterpiece in just 2 or 3 pages?

Outlining Your Script or Story by Thomas B. Sawyer
A synopsis is generally defined as a one-to-four page narrative description of what happens in your story, told with some sizzle, since it will likely be used as a selling tool –- to entice an agent, publisher or producer to take a look at your manuscript.

A Writer's Main Selling Tool - The Synopsis By Marcella Kampman © 2003

Outlines and Synopses by Robert J. Sawyer
Actual synopses for four of Sawyer's novels (and outlines for several more).

Writing a Synopsis from the Ground Up" by Dee-Ann Latona LeBlanc
Breaking it down: one sentence, one paragraph, on page, and longer synopses.

"How to Write a Synopsis" by Marg Gilks

Syntax and Ambiguity
Identifying and Resolving Ambiguity
The Major Principles of Syntax



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