The Author’s Bookmark List
Keir Thomas takes a look at all manner of online tools that can ease the creative process for writers
It used to be said that the only things you needed to live in Nashville were a guitar and a rhyming dictionary. The latter is a kind of thesaurus for rhymes – look-up cat, for example, and you’ll find listed hat, sat, bat and so on. Rhymer takes this concept online and extends it to what it calls end rhymes (words with the same final vowel and following consonant sounds), double rhymes (same vowel sound in second to last syllable and all following sounds), last syllable rhymes, beginning rhymes (same first consonant and vowel sound), and ...view middle of the document...
gl/DbFQPm) too, as does The Economist (http://goo.gl/epMuU2). You may well find others with a quick Google. Remember that US written English can be radically different from UK, though.
Cathy’s Comps and Calls
For several years Writers’ Forum award-winning poet Cathy Bryant has been compiling a list of free of charge writing opportunities. She did so for her own benefit but started sharing the list via Facebook, where it proved understandably popular, so it gained a website of its own. To her knowledge it’s the only compilation of solely free-to-enter writing competitions and submission calls, and the site itself is entirely free of charge. What more would you want?
Most writers agree that clichés are to be avoided like the… Well, avoided like the plague! In some ways using a cliché is a form of plagiarism because you’re quite literally stealing what somebody else has already written (and that has been written again and again afterwards, of course.) Clichés are not good practice and it can also cause readers’ eyes to gloss over the text without taking it in.
Sadly, there’s no website that we know of that checks text for clichés, although there are some apps that we’ll be reviewing in the next issue of Writers’ Forum. However, Cliché Finder is a website that lets you browse existing clichés and it can be astonishing how many phrases bypass our own built-in cliché detectors. Alternatively,...