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  1. Liz Skywalker

    Liz Skywalker Ex-Mod star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    [link=http://www.dictionary.com]Dictionary.com[/link]. Just type in a word and it gives you the def and sometimes how to use it.

    [link=http://www.thesaurus.com]Thesaurus[/link]. Need a better word or just can't figure out the word you've been thinking of? This site is awesome!


    Feel free to add your own links. I'll add more of mine as I find them.
     
  2. princess-sari

    princess-sari Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I think the [link=http://www1.theforce.net/CUSWE/]Completely Unofficial Star Wars Encyclopedia[/link] here at TF.n is invaluable. I don't own many of the resource books, so I do a lot of my research for fics there. :)
     
  3. Bria

    Bria Manager Emeritus, -MNFF Council star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    In addition to what Liz and princess-sari said, these might also come in handy:

    [link=http://www.theforce.net/timeline/]The Ultimate Star Wars Timeline[/link]

    [link=http://www.theforce.net/swtc/]Star Wars: Technical Commentaries[/link]

    :)

    ~*~Bria
     
  4. Liz Skywalker

    Liz Skywalker Ex-Mod star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    [link=http://www.bartleby.com/100/]Bartlett's book of quotations[/link]. Good for fic stuff if you have a quote going throuhg your head and you're not sure if it's a "real" quote, and also good for RL stuff.

    [link=http://koti.mbnet.fi/pasenka/links/links1.htm]Links page[/link]. Everything linked to on this page is very helpful. I'm not going to copy all the adresses over.

    [link=http://www.bartleby.com/141/index.html]The Elements of Style[/link]. This cannot be described. Let's just say that I used it to "study" for my SAT II: Writing test and it helped.

    [link=http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Dimension/6454/HowTo2.html]How to write marginally readable fan fiction[/link]. what the links says.
     
  5. JediGaladriel

    JediGaladriel Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Definitely link to the [link=http://www.merrycoz.org/papers/MARYSUE.HTM]Mary Sue article[/link] in Liz's last recommendation. It's cool.

    For those who write non-fanfic as well as fanfic (sf/f), try [link=http://www.critique.org]Critters Workshop[/link], a great place to get help wiht your writing and honest feedback from other writers (she says as she's writing this instead of the critique she owes for this week...) It also has good articles on how to critique, and how to be diplomatic in critiques.
     
  6. greencat336

    greencat336 Jedi Knight star 5

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  7. Liz Skywalker

    Liz Skywalker Ex-Mod star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    downing...
     
  8. Herman Snerd

    Herman Snerd Jedi Master star 6

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    Unlocking and upping.

    Take some time and check these links out, folks. Liz wasn't kidding when she said these sites are invaluable. The Mary Sue link in particular is a good kick in the pants.

    I have a few of my own to add soon.
     
  9. JediNemesis

    JediNemesis Jedi Padawan star 4

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    These are all name-related :)

    [link=http://www.dimfuture.net/starwars/random/generate.php]Star Wars Random Name Generator[/link] - What it says on the tin. It works - it's not one of those 'insert last 2 letters of your mum's maiden name' ones. It has a database of *checks* over 2 million possible names. At the very least it gives you ideas.

    [link=http://20000-names.com/]20,000 Names[/link] - the best site for those of you who want OC names with meaning to them. 20 000 names from around the world, with explanations.

    [link=http://www.behindthename.com/]Behind the Name[/link] - Another names site, with explanations. Contains a name generator.

    [link=http://www.fictionalley.org/primer/title.html]Title Generator[/link] - A title generator, though it gets a little predictable after a while.
     
  10. kayladie97

    kayladie97 Jedi Master star 4

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    Here's a site for us folks in the states who know nothing about metric stuff. It converts area, length, distance, weight, etc.

    [link=http://www.convert-me.com/en/]conversion tables[/link]
     
  11. poor yorick

    poor yorick Ex-Mod star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA VIP - Game Host

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    [link=http://rinkworks.com/namegen/]The Fantasy Name Generator[/link] <---I use this all the time. The custom generator function takes a few minutes to learn, but it's great if you have a general "sound" that you want a name to have, but can't quite come up with a letter combination that works for you. It now has Japanese and Hawaiian names as part of it's "regular" generator. :D

    Edit: There's always this crazy site, too: [link=http://www.starwars.com]starwars.com[/link] [face_whistling]
     
  12. DCWiz00

    DCWiz00 Jedi Youngling star 3

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    All the links above are great, I use them all the time. I also use [link=http://www.supershadow.com/starwars/map.html]Star Wars Map[/link] to gauge distances between planets and to keep all of the systems and planet names correct. :D
     
  13. red rose knight

    red rose knight Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    [link=http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html]Common Errors in English[/link] - It has an extensive list of words and explanations for often confused words. to/too affect/effect

    [link=http://www.yourdictionary.com/languages.html]YourDictionary.com[/link] - A great resource for online language dictionaries. I use these when creating a feel for a world or culture.
     
  14. Jedi Trace

    Jedi Trace SouthEast RSA star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    [link=http://emperor_palpatine69.tripod.com/index.html]The Ultamite Guide to the Star Wars Universe[/link]

    I've only used the Planets and Moons section so far, but it was very helpful.....once I got past the urge to correct the spelling of the title, LOL.
     
  15. SpeldoriontheBlended

    SpeldoriontheBlended Jedi Padawan star 4

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    [link=http://www.nav-computer.com/]nav-computer.com[/link] -- maps of the Star Wars galaxy, including of individual sectors and systems.

    [link=http://www.bloomsburymagazine.com/ARC/Arc_home.asp]Bloomsbury Reference Library[/link] The Bloomsbury Reference library on the internet.It's got some pretty useful stuff on there, and there's alos useful stuff for Original Fic too. :)

    [link=http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=starwars/newsarchive] The Star Wars Roleplaying Article Archive [/link] Just what it says on the tin. Loads of useful tidbits for fics - Bothan naming conventions, articles on company's, and even dsemi-vanon Hoojibs... [face_mischief]

     
  16. JediMaster_Jen

    JediMaster_Jen Force Ghost star 4

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    I just found this site. Seems like it would serve as a good aide to writing fics.

    [link=http://home.earthlink.net/~starwarswhill/]Star Wars-Journal of a Whill[/link]

    Edit: If you scroll to the latter third of the page, there are many links to other sites. They are extremely helpful.
     
  17. obi-wan_index

    obi-wan_index Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Liz Skywalker That how to read marginally readable fan fiction link says it won't be updated there anymore and has moved. The new site is...

    [link=http://littlecalamity.tripod.com/HowTo2.html]How to Write Almost Readable fan fiction[/link]

    sg
     
  18. VadersMistress

    VadersMistress Jedi Knight star 6

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    These are great sites. I am adding them to my favorites. I will try to keep an eye out for a site. :D
     
  19. DarthBreezy

    DarthBreezy Force Ghost star 6

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    [link=http://world.altavista.com/]bablefish[/link].

    90% of my OC's names come from there, Schurke Canaille (which translates from two languages into 'scoundrel'), Aube' (Itallian for 'dawn')... hey GL does it all the time!
     
  20. VadersMistress

    VadersMistress Jedi Knight star 6

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    Awesome site.

    Downing...
     
  21. JediMaster_Jen

    JediMaster_Jen Force Ghost star 4

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    Found this great site that lists all of the different disciplines a Jedi might undertake.

    [link=http://members.aol.com/Mitji/Disciplines.htm]Jedi Disciplines[/link]
     
  22. spiritgurl

    spiritgurl Jedi Padawan star 4

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    That is a great link Jen. I read through and I kept getting plot bunny after plot bunny, Just wish I had time to do them all. :p

    sg
     
  23. solojones

    solojones Chosen One star 10

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    That's an interesting link, Jen. My only question is, doesn't the EU kind of contradict itself? I know in KOTOR, there are three classes of field Jedi (that is, Jedi who aren't specifically healers or something). You have your Guardians, Consulars, and Sentinels. Just thought I'd mention that since it's not quite all on that site.

    [hl=darkgreen]-sj loves kevin spacey[/hl]
     
  24. JediMaster_Jen

    JediMaster_Jen Force Ghost star 4

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    solojones~Honestly, I can't answer that--I have no idea.


    Here is another site I found that I thought was quite interesting--and that could be valuable when your characters get the urge to let loose a string of foul language.

    [link=http://yodasyarns.0catch.com/swearwords.htm]Star Wars Swear Words[/link]
     
  25. VadersMistress

    VadersMistress Jedi Knight star 6

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    Great site. Perfect for my next story. Many thanks!
     
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