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Feeds |Sites | Newsletters Why reinvent the wheel – especially if you can’t invent a better wheel? With that in mind, here are some links to great resources I have found trolling the web. I’ll update as I go along, so check back. –RSS Feeds– This is a sample of the feed from the How to Write Shop which has articles on craft, inspiration and business of writing. Subscribe to RSS headline updates from: Powered by FeedBurner –Sites– Affirmations Leanne Banks has a great note and list of positive affirmations on her web site. Writing is like walking around in your underwear in public. It is really easy to get devoured by the beast of self-doubt. See if this technique works for you. Go to her ‘For Writers’ pagethen scroll down to Affirmations. Copyright At the United States Copyright office site you can search to see if you works have been registered (some publishers do, some don’t) and if not, fill out the forms to register them yourself. There is a fee, but the process is pretty simple. Copyright exists as soon as you create something, but there are benefits to having things registered. Facts for Writing Sometimes you need to know things like when rigor mortis sets in, or what bugs you might find in a body. Well, the lovely folks at Explore Forensics has an easy to navigate site for you. Grammar Grammar Girl is known for her great podcast, but she also has a site where she takes on different burning grammar issues. Wander around to find easy to understand explanations of things like Lie vs. Lay or misplaced modifiers. Plotting Conflict Box: It’s simple and it works–what more could you ask for? Thanks Jennifer Crusie for posting this tool. Spreadsheet Plotting: Author Beverly Brandt teaches this workshop on how to plot using, yes, a spreadsheet....

Cool online find a font tool…

Frequently when I’m designing a bookmark or other promotional material I find myself in the position of trying to match a font to a book cover. People who have not taken graphic arts classes tend to think this is a simple task–trust me, it’s not. I took a class in college where that was one of our assignments, we were given a two or three word sample and volumes of fonts. Then we had to find the font! WooHee!! What fun! But today I found this cool online tool that searches through fonts for you–not EVERY font in existence, but the fonts this site has for sale. And while neither of the fonts I tried matched perfectly, they were a lot closer than hand grenades. Here’s the...