This page is a list of various resources intended to help an individual to either learn more about oneself and the world, or to seek help for various situations or problems. It is organized by categories. This list will be updated as I find more useful links, books, and information. Also, for more sites, see my blogroll, where I list the blogs that I read regularly.

Here is a list of books I recommend by Subject

General Writing

  • The Magic Words: Writing Great Books For Children and Young Adults by Cheryl B. Klein
  • The Steering Craft by Ursula LeGuin
  • Beginnings, Middles, & Ends by Nancy Kress
  • Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer
  • The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing and Design by Dille & Zuur Platten
  • Bird by Bird: Some instructions on writing and life by Anne Lammott
  • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King (recommendation submitted by a friend.)
  • Worlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by David Gerrold
  • How To Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card (Am not fond of his books, but he does have good tips. Recommendation submitted by a friend.)
  • Writing Great Short Stories by Margaret Lucke (recommendation submitted by a friend.)
  • If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland

Writing Resource Books

  • Worldbuilding by Stephen Gillett
  • Body Trauma: A Writer’s Guide to wounds and injuries by David W. Page, MD, FACS
  • The Writer’s Guide to Weapons by Benjamin Sobieck
  • Forensics for Writers by D.P. Lyle, M.D.
  • The Science of Aliens by Clifford Pickover
  • The Writer’s Guide to Psychology by Carolyn Kaufman, Psy.D
  • Space Travel by Ben Bova with Anthony R. Lewis
  • The Starflight Handbook: A Pioneer’s Guide to Interstellar Travel by Eugene F. Mallove and Gregory L. Matloff
  • The Language Construction Kit by Mark Rosenfelder
  • Advanced Language Construction by Mark Rosenfelder
  • Grammatically CORRECT: The Writer’s Guide to Punctuation, Spelling, Style, Usage, and Grammar by Anne Stillman

Writing Prompt Books

  • The 3.A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises by Brian Kiteley
  • Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Edited by Laurie Lamson
  • What Would Would Your Character Do? by Eric Maisel, Ph.D. and Ann Maisel

The following resources focus mostly on writing, but I include other sites I found under the writing resources.  The majority of the writing resources — if not all of the links — come from LegendFire members while the writing site existed, and I’m hosting a copy here on my site.

Sex, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation:

General Writing/literature

The Short Story

Poetry Resources

Screenwriting and Video game Writing

Writing Craft – Tropes and Themes

Writing Craft — Technical Aspects

Writing Craft – POV and Styles of Writing

Character Design

Plot and Structure

Tip Articles

Writing Software

Text editors and Word Processors

Note-taking software

  • Microsoft Onenote [Windows and Mac] (nonfree: Part of the Microsoft Office Suite)
  • BasKet Note Pads [Linux: KDE-based] – “Multi-purpose note-taking application.”
  • Zoho Notebook [platform independent] – Online collaborative notebook.
  • Freemind [platform independent] – mindmapping software

Writing Courses

World-building Links by Category



Science Fiction-specific

Science of World-building

Constructed Languages

Creating Maps for World building (including a few programs)

Social Groups


World building Research And Projects

Online World Building Projects

Sites to Help Track Submissions For Publication

Mythology and Languages

Science and Education

Physical and Mental Health

Religion and Spirituality

Operating Systems

Art and Music programs

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