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Research Tip Tuesday

Hey everyone, if you'd like to see this feature continue, please send some tips in! I haven't been receiving enough to keep it going. I've got one more from Tara for you today, and I'll put up one of my own next week.

"Romance fiction writers or people who write Historical Fiction might benefit from tracing modern works back to their origins. The Online Etymology Dictionary
allows writers to type in a word, and then it returns the history for that word. If writers don't see a word they like in the history, they can enter one of the words from the search results, allowing a new set of results to display."

Bio: Tara is a freelance writer and editor. She maintains her own blog Eye Feathers.

Thanks Tara! I use the Etymology Dictionary all the time when I'm trying to create words for my fantasy stories, so it can be really useful to all the fantasy writers out there as well.


kathrynjankowski said...

Great tip, thanks. ;-)

Deb Salisbury, Magic Seeker and Mantua-Maker said...

I love the Online Etymology Dictionary! I highly recommend it.

ClothDragon said...

I sadly don't have any tips. I google things. And if it doesn't work right, I google it again, or follow a link and google a term from that or something else that sounds related. If none of that works, I start searching my extensive array of "research" books I've collected over many years (obviously the solution that lets me stay in my chair comes before the one that makes me stand up).

I assume most people research like this, so nothing I do is helpful for others. Though I do occasionally worry about Homeland Security or other shadowy government agency starting to track me based on my search terms -- difference between AK47s and M16s anyone? Perhaps an interview with said shadowy government agency to help us avoid that issue could be a future topic?

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, cool tip. I wish I had a tip for you, but I hardly ever do any research.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Oh cool! I'm going to check out that dictionary. Sounds like something I'm gonna love.

Tara McClendon said...

I am a huge fan of the dictionary. Thanks for sharing my tip.

Michelle D. Argyle said...

I need to check that out! Thanks for this tip. :)