Stuff for writers

By Midge Raymond,

  Filed under: Events, News, On Publishing, On Writing

On Character

Ever wondered about the subtle differences in accents between an Australian and a New Zealander? Or how to tell by accent whether someone is from Florence or from Sicily? Check out the Speech Accent Archive, which exhibits a large set of speech accents from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English all read the same English paragraph, and you can listen to a recording and/or view the phonetic spellings.

And speaking of subtle differences, characterization is all about getting the details right. Does your character say soda, Coke, or pop? Check out this map to see in which regions of the U.S. which terms are used.

On Procrastination

If you don’t already have enough ideas for how to procrastinate, check out this short animated film on procrastination by Johnny Kelly. It’s funny as well as spot-on.

This neat little program from Pilot will turn your own handwriting into a font, so you can type “handwritten” letters.

And finally, check out Underwood: Stories in Sound, founded by writer Nathan Dunne, who turned his love for short stories and vinyl records into a twice-yearly publication produced as a vinyl LP featuring two writers.

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