One GIANT list of resources!!! (2/4/19- to be updated)
So here I've compiled a list of useful links to websites that I've found helpful. I'll note here that some of them are actually apps I've found useful on Google Chrome. So if they don't open up and you're not using Chrome, let me know. Also if any of these links don't work anymore/ open up to the wrong site/just don't work, etc, let me know!
AIGA- The largest professional network of graphic designers
Sharpen- A website for generate design ideas.
Creative Blog- A blogging website with a bunch of useful articles related to art and design.
Behance- Adobe's professional free art portfolio site. It showcases a bunch of stunning art and you can look or post for jobs on it.
Design Inspiration- Think Pinterest but specific related to design.
Fonts in Use- An archive of fonts out in the wild.
Discover Typography- Look up cool typography.
Eye on Design- AIGA’s blog with a bunch of interesting information and ideas.
Design Observer- A great blog about design.
Interaction Design Association- A membership organization that supports interactive design worldwide.
Creative Mornings- Think Tedtalks but all about creativity.
Write It Sideways - This blog provides tons of helpful tips! From motivation to interviews! Highly recommended.
Writing World- A very helpful site to any budding writer. Includes articles on just about anything writing related.
For Writers - A great forum and reference site!
Fiction Writers - A good place for information on all things writing.
Manuscript Editing - According to The Everything Guide to Writing a Novel "Lynda Lotman has been serving writers since 1976 with lists of agents, copyright information, sample entries, and editing advice."
Writers Write - A resource for writers, books, and stuff on publishing.
Emerging Writers - A site for beginning or breakout writers.
Enhance My Writing - A useful and helpful site for those wanting to work on their writing skills or anything writing related.
Writer's Quest - A site that gives out tons of information for writers. Very nice.
Fiction Addiction- A website that has tons of useful articles.
Creativity Portal- A site with lots of useful stuff that has to do with creativity and inspiration.
Writer's Digest- This is an awesome amazing site that offers tons of advice, workshops, books, etc. It also has an awesome, super helpful magazine.
Poets and Writers- Another awesome resource for writers that has another great magazine.
Publisher's Weekly- Once again, this has an awesome magazine and its a great resource for writers. Especially helpful for anything publishing related.
LitLift- According to the website, "LitLift is a free online novel writing application built to help you research, store, organize, write, share, and get feedback on your writing."
SFWA - The official site to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Organization.
NaNoWriMo - The official site of the NaNoWriMo (young person's edition). NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It is held in the month of November.
Poets - The official site of the American Poet's Academy. "The Academy is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry." - From the website's FAQ.
ASJA - The site of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Authors Guild - "The Authors Guild has been the published writer's advocate for effective copyright, fair contracts, and free expression since 1912." - From the website.
Novelist's Inc. - For all those novelists out there.
NASW - National Association of Science Writers. For those interested in science and writing fiction about science (aka Science Fiction).
Writer's Market - a very helpful place for writers.
Lulu - A site for self publishing. And not only for books!
Smashwords- I've heard alot about this site. Apparently you can format your books to documents and do other stuff on here.
Publisher's Marketplace - Lots of stuff to do with publishers and publishing.
Createspace - It's like Lulu but...it's not Lulu.
Agent Query - A great place to find agents for your books.
Strange Chemistry- A publishing company that publishes YA science fiction and fantasy.
AARonline- (Association of Authors' Representatives.)
National Geographic - You can find a whole bunch of interesting things. From animals to who knows what.
Live Science- Any kind of science related news you want, just look here.
Discovery - I've found tons of interesting information on here. Animals, space, technology, human, history, etc.
NPR - National Public Radio. They always have interesting stuff and you can listen to it free and online while you work!
NASA- The official website of NASA.
60 Minutes- Offers free episodes on tons of interesting subjects and things in the news.
Center for Investigative Reporting- A nonprofit organization dedicated to investigative reporting and helping to make a change.
Investigative Reporters and Editors- Another great site/organization for investigative reporting.
The conversation- According to the website, "The Conversation is a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish."
Online Journalism School- A resource for learning online journalism.
Society of Professional Journalists- The organization for professional journalists, with membership benefits, free resources, and news.
Journalist's Resource- A place where you can research what's going on in the news.
Society for News Design- According to its' website, the society is "is an international organization for news media professionals and visual communicators who create print, web, mobile publications and products. Our members art direct, design, edit, report, illustrate, make photos and video, visualize data and write code."
Contently- From what I can gather, its mostly for journalists to share their articles and its kinda like maybe a professional "social media" platform for journalists.
Medium- A platform for journalists and bloggers to share writing and reader other stories, features, and articles.
Teenink - Okay, so I've never been on this site, but I have a friend who is. Basically, it's a writing magazine that has it's own website where you can showcase your work and if you're lucky (or however it works) your work might get showcased in the magazine.
Wattpad - Another online writing website.
Figment - Yep. I've heard this of this one, I don't particularly like it. But that's just me.
Booksie - Once again... I've never been on it.
Writer's Cafe - A good one. I've heard this one is recommended by several professionals.
Mibba - A fellow member on Inkpop recommends this site more for beginners because of "all the fanfiction".
Scribophile - It says it's a serious site for writers. But then, I couldn't tell you.
Fifteen Minutes of Fiction - This site only requires you to write for fifteen minutes a day. And once you've completed your time you can publish them to the site.
Scribd - I'm not sure if this belongs in this category or not, but anyways, you can share documents here with your friends and stuff.
Fan Fiction - The site where you can post fan fiction.
Fiction Press - Fanfiction's sister site where you can post original fiction.
Protagonize- I've heard good things about this site.
ReviewFuse- I heard its good for reviews, although I think the forums are a little dead.
Story Bird- According to the website, "Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you can make and share on any device."
Inked Voices- This site is still in its beta form, but its a site for critique groups for writers. It sounds really awesome. (Unfortunately, once its up and running there will be a fee to pay for its services but it isn't much if you'd like to pay $10 a month).
Write On- Amazon is trying out a new online writer's website (also somehow in connection with their Kindle I think) that has a nice online reader, a copy-paste block, and its pretty nifty overall. Still new and in the testing stages, so you might need beta codes to get an account. If you know someone who's on it, talk to them about getting a code.
Camp Nanowrimo- Like Nanowrimo, but the Camp version happens in the summer, usually in June or August, where you spend a month trying to write 50,000 words!
*As of March 1st 2012, Inkpop no longer exists.
*As of 2015, Authonomy and Valorpen no longer exists.
Psych Central - A website for all your mental health information.
Psych2go- A website that is filled with tons of interesting information by bloggers (mostly by psych students and psych bloggers) about psych information.
WebMD - Another website about health if you didn't like the first one. Actually, this one covers stuff besides mental health.
U.S.A Gov - The official site of the U.S.A government...
Answers - Have a question? Just ask it! It's time to play 20 questions!
How Stuff Works -Want to know how a holopicture works? Or how a cheetah can run over 60 mph? Look it up here! You never know what you could learn!
History - This has ton of videos and articles on pretty much anything in history. Want to know more about WWI or about Aztecs? How about dinosaurs or palaces? Come look here!
History Info - A good place to look up all things historical.
Meanings of Colors/Symbolism - A really good place for everything about color!
Color Meanings - Another site about colors. Not as good as the first one but still pretty good.
Reference, Facts, and News- Free and Family friendly- This site has tons of useful stuff!!
WikiHow Survival Kit- Great for anything that involves knowing how to survive things.
Folktexts- A good place to learn a ton of different folktales and legends from around the world.
TED Talks- If you haven't heard of these fantastic talks, then I encourage you to watch a few. But even if you have seen these before, I encourage everyone to watch some of the videos. They're chock full of interesting information and interesting topics.
Random Facts- This site has a ton of random facts and interesting information.
Random History- This site has a ton of random history
Internet Archive: Wayback Machine- This website screenshots and saves almost any website on the web. Sometimes the "websites" are still interactive, so if you need something off an old website that doesn't exist anymore, you could try finding it on here.
Moots and Online Classrooms
Coursera- This site has a ton of free college level online courses that you can take in almost any subject and now there is a bunch of ones in different languages and you can even get credit and certificates from some of them.
Khan Academy- This is a free site where you can brush up on skills like math, programming, history, coding, science or economics or learn new ones. You can even study for tests.
Skill Share- A great site with lots of free little classes for creatives or you can pay monthly only $10 for even more classes.
Craftsy- Another site for creative learning, but more geared towards crafts and traditional art.
Digital Tutors- An online learning site where you can take lessons to learn design or coding skills.
Tuts Plus- Like Skill Share in a way, but more expensive and fancier. Although mostly similar to Digital Tutors. Although Skill Share has some neater classes in my opinion.
Lynda- The by far more expensive and swankier versions of Tuts Plus and Digital Tutors.
Udemy- An online free class learning site like Coursera in a way. Although honestly, Coursera is the best.
Programming and Coding
Code Academy- A free site where you can learn lots of coding skills like HTMI or whatever.
Code Avengers- Another site for learning how to code. It always makes me think of Marvel's "The Avengers" (if you haven't seen the movie, shame!).
Hello Processing- A tutorial kinda on Processing.
w3schools- A website with a bunch of programming tutorials. Its great if you need reminders or help with anything.
Github- A popular site for open source code and code that you can share and use for your own projects.
Codrops- Another site where you can use pre-coded programming for your own projects.
Custom Tumblr Themes- If you're into Tumblr and want to learn how to code your own, Tumblr has their own variables and stuff you can use. All you really need to know is basic HTML and some CSS.
Build Themes Tumblr- There's a tumblr blog that has some good explanations for how to code your own blog theme. If this isn't as helpful there's also a good Youtube tutorial under TutsPlus Web Design (link below).
JSHint- A tool to help you detect errors and potential problems in your code.
JSLint- Another tool to help you find problems in your code.
Sublime Text- This is a free text editor that you can download for both windows and mac. As far as I know, everyone seems to really like it. Its good also too if you don't want to spend the money for Adobe Dreamweaver and some people even prefer Sublime over it. (You can also use a basic text editor to write HTML. Notepad for windows and whatever the program is on a Mac.)
MDN Modzilla Web Developer- A really great resource for learning more about coding.
Youtube-TutsPlus-Web Design- This and the following Youtube channels are good resources to check out if you want some tutorials on coding. I like TutsPlus one on Tumblr coding, although I haven't checked out their other ones yet.
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Britannica - This is an online encyclopedia that is very useful and I recommend it. It has tons of useful articles, videos, and more!
Biography.com - Need information on someone. This is a great place to start!
Dictionary.com -Words, words, and more words. Wanna know how to spell something? Look it up! Wanna know what antediluvian means? Hey, you can even get an account for free and keep track of all your favorite words. Even has a thesaurus, flashcards, reference, translator, and you can find quotes here too.
Encyclopedia.com - Well, you never know what you might want to look up...
Visuwords - A cool online graphical dictionary and thesaurus.
OneLook Dictionary- A cool site where you can look up words and things from a variety of forms.
Urban Dictionary - A dictionary that you can contribute to. It has some funny definitions.
Alternative Handwriting- A site where you can learn how to write in shorthand and stuff.
Omniglot - This site provides helpful information on languages and written scripts.
Handspeak - The official site for the American Sign Language.
Ultralingua - Information for words and language usage.
Using English - So is says it's a place for those who are learning english as a second language but for those who speak English well enough, it's a place to be used as a grammar resource.
Ancient Scripts- A great place to learn about ancient writing systems. Its really educational.
Easy Elvish- Yes, you can actually learn how to write in Elvish (From the LOTR series). Its simple and easy. Plus fun!
Merin Essi ar Quenteli - This is where you can find out your name in Sindarian.
Quenya Lapseparma - This is where you can find out your name in Quenya.
The World’s Writing Systems- Interact with any of the 292 currently-known writing systems!
Write Or Die - This is a great website for if you're procrastinating. It has several modes, from making a beeping noise to erasing what you write. But don't worry, none of that will happen if you just keep writing for a certain amount of time!
Edit Minion -It's another great website by the same guy who came up with Write or Die. Instead of writing, this one will help you edit things! Cool right?
One Word- It gives you one word and sixty seconds to write anything that comes to mind about the word.
Behind The Name - Are you having trouble finding that perfect name for a character? Well look no farther! this website provides girl/boy names, popular names, names origin, and more!
Behind the Surname- Like its sister site, this is a great place to look for names, but instead, last names!
Name Nerds- This site is really great for all sorts of names, but my favorite is their unique names subsite.
Fantasy Name Generators- Need a name for something sci-fi or fantasy? Well just about anything you could think of, it has a generator for it.
Seventh Sanctum - Um this is a generator. Its actually for writing. Or role playing games. You could use it to help come up with stuff or you could get use it if you're bored. Plus everything isn't copyrighted so feel free to use a name or whatever.
Chaotic Shiny- A wonderful, wonderful generator. It can generate pretty much anything.
The Discovernator- Discovery's fact machine. Really fun.
Random Generators!- A site that has lots of amazing generators on it.
Written? Kitten!- This is really random. But for everyone certain number of words you write, a picture of a kitten appears.
For Videos, Presentations, Designs, or Pictures-
Prezi - Tired of PowerPoint? Try Prezi! Prezi uses zooming technology to present things. Put everything all on one sheet rather than tons of slides! Videos, pictures, text, etc.
One True Media - It's like jaycut in which you can create videos and publish them to the web.
Free Weather and other sound effects- In case you'd like to use something for videos or something.
Weheartit- A good site where you can find really cool pictures and keep track of the ones you like.
DaFont - Where you can get free fonts for writing or book covers.
Pixlr - A free picture editing site with some really awesome features.
Picmonkey - Another picture editing site.
Deviantart - Where you can find some really amazing pictures, drawings, and pretty much any kind of 2-d art. Including some writing. Its pretty amazing.
Pinterest- I really hope you've heard of this popular site. Its an awesome site for finding pictures and sharing them. And sorting and organizing them.
Timeline- Every writer could use a helpful timeline for their story, right?
Dragoart- Find a bunch of free tutorials for learning how to draw!
Make Your Own Website
Wix - A web making site that I've seen other people use. Their websites always turn out nice.
Webs - Another web site making place.
Wordpress- One of the most popular blogging and website sites out there. Its not as easy to use as Wix or Webs if you're trying to make a website as it involves a little bit of coding, but overall its not bad.
Squarespace- I haven't used this myself, but I know people who enjoy it.
Springpad- A really simple, really easy site to store a bunch of information and categorize it!
Dropbox- Honestly, the BEST online backup app I've ever seen. You get a ton of free data, install it on your computer. phone, etc and never have to worry about losing anything again. You can also access everything from any device.
Evernote- Okay, when my Onenote crashed, my computer teacher recommended this. I think it's okay, I personally found it confusing, but if you want to try it, go ahead. It's free.
Todo.ly- A site for making lists of things to do.
Zoho- Offers TONS of free applications to get pretty much anything done. I use it all the time.
Scrivener- This is an AWESOME software developed for writers. Its amazing. I haven't downloaded the free trial for Windows yet, but from what I've seen and heard, this is the best writing software out there. (You can buy the full version for $40 or download the trial versions for Mac or Windows).
yWriter5- This has been recommended for those with Windows. Its like Scrivener but not as awesome. But still cool. Its for free.
PageFour- Once again its free but not as cool as the other two writing software (in my opinion).
Focus Writer- This free download helps enable you to write distraction free.
Ommwriter- Another application to help you write distraction free.
Pacemaker- This creates a calendar or chart for any word count goal you put in.
Trello- A great tool for getting to-do lists done.
Random or For Fun
Pandora- A really cool and free online radio that plays only music you want. You can create your own stations and if you like a song it plays, click the thumbs up button and it will play music like that song. Don't like a song? That's okay, click the thumbs down and you'll never hear it again.
Spotify- Another site where you can listen to music for free. Only this one likes to connect to your facebook account if you have one.
Iheart Radio- A free online/mobile app for radio. Its pretty awesome and cool.
Soundcloud- A free online streaming website/app where you can listen to music, podcasts and other sounds or upload your own. Like youtube in a way. But audio.
Word Dynamo- A fun site ran by Dictionary.com where you can test your knowledge and learn new things.
Cleverbot - Okay it's really fun, really stupid, ...but it's something to do if you're desperately bored.
Evie- It's like Cleverbot, but instead you can see a face talking and it's expressions. For Evie and Cleverbot, only use if you're mature enough to handle somethings. These can say some stuff that may not be appropriate for younger children.
Lyrics- Looking for a song but you don't know the title just the lyrics? Look it up here!
Spark Notes- Homework help among other things.
Cliff Notes- Like Sparknotes, but I think it has more features.
Gaia Dream Avatar - Where you can make Gaia Avatars to look like your characters.
Hogwarts is Here- Honestly, this could be the coolest thing or the nerdiest. But in any case, you can now actually take online courses like you would at Hogwarts from Harry Potter! (Did I mention its free?)
Sound Drown- Need a distraction? A noise in the background? Well using sounddrown you can listen to your favorite sounds, combine them, and listen to your heart's contention. I don't know, maybe you are one of those people who would like to hear a coffee shop burning in the rain?
Characters and Exams
Character Profile Form- This really amazing character profile.
The Fantasy Novelist's Exam - Where you can find out if your fantasy novel is cliche or not.
The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test- Find out if your character could be a Mary-Sue!
The Writer's Mary Sue Test- Another free test for your characters.
Mary Sue Race Test- Invented your own fantasy species and want an idea if its cliche or not? Well look no further!
Historical Novels - This is a great site that's updated regularly for people who like historical fiction and related mysteries. Some of the books I have trouble finding but most of them I don't. The books are arranged by Era or time period and place. It also has book reviews.
Goodreads - This site is very good for sharing books and finding out about them. You can keep track of what you've read, what you like, form a book club, answer trivia, and tons of other things.
Any New Books? - A site where you can receive weekly updates on new books. It's free and easy to sign up. Just enter your email and select your genres.
NetGallery- A book site where if you're a reviewer, blogger, librarian, journalist, bookseller, educator, or someone in the media, you can sign up for free and request books before they are published.
Audible- A site ran by Amazon where you can download audiobooks but you have to pay to use it's services.
Audiobook Community- A site where you can find audiobooks and pretty much anything related.
Library of Congress- Do I need to explain?
Book Outlet- This site offers books for insanely low prices. So if you want to do some reading and are low on cash, or can't make it to the store, check out this site!
Wink Books- Wasn't sure where to put this, but its a site that features books that wouldn't do so well digitally.
Swoonreads- A site for either reading new YA romance books or for submitting your own YA romance manuscript.
Oyster- Its like Netflix for books. You can now read online, an android, and an iphone/ipad.
Book Riot- A great place for different kinds of book blogs and other book related awesome-ness.
Romantics and Victorians- Always been interested in exploring more British romantic and Victorian literature? Well here's the site for you, go grab a cup of tea and get reading!
Project Gutenberg- This website features thousands of free classic literature and random, obscure pieces you probably won't find anywhere else. You can download the ebooks onto any reading device or read them online.
Online Literature- An online database of a bunch of different literature.
Overdrive- Access to your public library's ebooks for free.
Short Stories- A website of short stories where you can read and submit short stories of all kinds.
American Literature- A website that functions as an online digital library for short stories, books, poetry, essays, and other literature.
The Writer's Digest Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy- By Orson Scott Card, Terry Brooks.
The Idiot's Guide to Query Letters and and Book Proposals- By Jesica Faust, Marilyn Allen, and Coleen O'Shea.
Bird by Bird- By Anne Lamott.
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook- By Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht.
The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures- By John and Caitlin Matthews
A Writer's Guide to Fiction- By Elizabeth Lyon
The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction by Philip Athans
The Idiot's Guide to Writing a Novel by Tom Monteleone
The Everything Guide to Writing a Novel by Joyce and Jim Lavene