Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms. She writes weird books for teens in lots of weird genres like, fantasy (Blood of Kings trilogy), science fiction (Replication), and dystopian (The Safe Lands trilogy). Find Jill on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or on her author website.
Since tomorrow I'm headed out on a week-long trip of back-to-back writer's conferences, I've decided to do something simple for this week's blog post. I'm going to share with you some of my very favorite links that I use when writing. I hope you will find some of these useful.
I use this nearly every day. All too often my brain can't quite pull up the word I want. I have a physical thesaurus on my shelf, but I hardly every touch the thing.
I use this often when I type a word into a fantasy novel and it just feels like the wrong era. This is a fabulous tool.
I am often searching the globe for who knows what.
Since I'm back in the world in which Er'Rets is, I'm also back to my Hebrew dictionaries. This one often helps me find words.
This is a fascinating website on the different biomes on earth. Good stuff for world building.
I've been writing a story that takes place on boats, so this has been handy.
I found some slang on this list that I used in the Safe Lands series. This is just fun to read.
I also found slang here that I used in the Safe Lands books. Valentine was one of them. *wink*
I spend a lot of time on this site, looking at the meanings of different symbols when I design flags or insignias for different families in my fantasy novels.
Here are more symbols, but these are from Japan.
This is one of the BEST quick references for correct forms of address in the Regency era. I use it for my medieval fantasy stories too.
Another Regency site. Fun, fun, fun.
Sometimes I just really want to look at a castle, and this one has a floor plan, plus I can Google the names of the rooms and see inside that way. Someday, folks. I will go here.
An article on different writing materials in ancient times.
Creation stories from around the globe.
Medieval demographics made easy. This is a fascinating article.
Economics for a fantasy world. Interesting stuff for world builders.
A very helpful website for all things Myers-Briggs.
I just love these guys SO MUCH! *fangirls*
I use this often to print blank calendars so I can track the days in my story and make sure everything makes sense.
This lets me type in any year and get a calendar. Handy for historical fiction writers.
And finally, a sweet site with many mythical creatures.
How about you guys? Share some of your frequently visited urls in the comments and tell us why you tend to go back there again and again.