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Stories of Another Time and Place: The Importance of Getting it Right
We live in a world awash in information. This simple fact has wrought a profound change in how we know things. It used to be that doing research involved a careful search of a limited number of volumes, stored in a library for precisely that purpose. Now, the information available through your phone far exceeds what a scholar of the 1970’s would have access to. But this presents everyone in industrial and post-industrial societies with an entirely different set of problems related to knowing anything – anything at all.
rpg  writing 
april 2016 by thelibrarian
The Language Construction Kit
This set of webpages (what’s a set of webpages? a webchapter?) is intended for anyone who wants to create artificial languages— for a fantasy or an alien world, as a hobby, as an interlanguage. It presents linguistically sound methods for creating naturalistic languages— which can be reversed to create non-naturalistic languages. It suggests further reading for those who want to know more, and shortcuts for those who want to know less.
reference  writing  howto  rpg 
march 2016 by thelibrarian
Seventh Sanctum
A website full of random generators. Name generator, equipment generator etc.
rpg  writing  tool 
february 2016 by thelibrarian
Twenty rules for writing detective stories (1928) by S.S. Van Dine
THE DETECTIVE story is a kind of intellectual game. It is more — it is a sporting event. And for the writing of detective stories there are very definite laws — unwritten, perhaps, but none the less binding; and every respectable and self-respecting concocter of literary mysteries lives up to them. Herewith, then, is a sort Credo, based partly on the practice of all the great writers of detective stories, and partly on the promptings of the honest author's inner conscience.
fiction  writing  resource 
august 2015 by thelibrarian
After the Deadline
Open source spelling, style, and grammar checker.
writing  software  opensource 
june 2014 by thelibrarian
LaTeX Templates
What it says on the tin - a collection of great templates for LaTeX.
latex  design  writing 
february 2013 by thelibrarian
Semantic linefeeds
By starting a new line at the end of each sentence, and splitting sentences themselves at natural breaks between clauses, a text file becomes far easier to edit and version control.

A great idea, especially for text that will be formatted automatically (e.g. HTML or LaTeX).
text  writing 
october 2012 by thelibrarian
3 shell scripts to improve your writing
Kill weasel words, avoid the passive, eliminate duplicates
writing  utility  software 
september 2011 by thelibrarian
Language Log: The Dan Brown code
An excellent critique of The Da vinci Code
article  writing 
october 2007 by thelibrarian

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