There are many resources I have access to as I write, whether a novel, a short-story or a post on this blog. Novels and stories I’ve read, experiences, friends, family, bits of information like maps, castle layouts, etc, that I’ve collected over the years, books I’ve bought on the subject, and more. But the one I seem to get the most use out of is Google. That’s right, the search engine of the simple interface. It’s amazing the things you can do with the supposedly simple page.
Need to know how long it takes a horse to travel 183 miles? Google-smack it.
Need to know what 183 divided by 20 is? Type 183 divided by 20 into Google and hit enter (it’s 9.15, by the way).
Do you need a snappier word that means the same thing as tired? Type tired syn and click the first link. You will find exhausted, weary, haggard and more.
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Google-smack it! Type principle def and note the definition that pops up before you even hit enter. Did you mean principal?
Thinking of writing a novel or starting a blog? Be sure to refer to books you own for mechanics. Also, Google-smack it! Search speech tags, thought tags, most common grammar errors, comma usage, en dash, em dash, hyphen, point of view, passive voice and how to avoid it, show don’t tell, clichés in writing and avoiding them. All are important to know about. Also, there are many books available on writing. Google books on writing and read reviews to find the ones best suited to you.
From word usage to punctuation to pronunciation to almost anything you can imagine, Google will show you links for it. However, for complicated things, you should verify information from various sources (links). Not everything on the internet is true, and some of it is unverified. Also, for synonyms, be sure to check the definitions of those listed. Each has a subtle difference that may not fit the use you intend.
Google: the swiss army knife in the writer’s toolkit. Just make sure it isn’t the only tool in your utility-belt, Batman!