Sunday, March 25, 2012

What Internet Tools Do You Use When You Write?

I don't always write when I have an Internet connection available. My more productive writing experiences happen when I write on my iPad with the WiFi disconnected or turned off.

But when I do write with Internet connectivity I have my Internet browser open to three sites:

1) Pandora. I write best to music and Pandora offers a plethora of songs and variety. My choice of channel changes on a regular basis, but lately the "Train" channel seems to get my creative juices flowing best.

2) This is a great website for double-checking the meaning of words or finding the right synonym for a word to avoid repetition. It's a one-stop-shopping opportunity to making sure I'm choosing the correct wording for the correct situation. I've actually been surprised a few times to come here and learn that a word does not mean what I thought it meant. Inconceivable!!

3) Google. This one is dangerous, because I think we've all had the experience where we are trying to verify the quadratic equation and before we know it we are learning about the mating habits of poodles in China. It is a wealth of information but not good for those of us with ADOS (Attention Defici--- oooo, squirrel!!).

How about you guys, what are your Internet tools of choice while writing?


  1. Mating habits of poodles in China :) haha. I remember getting that one...

    I love Pandora. If I'm writing I use radio stations that will have lyrics. If I'm editing than I usually use the 'nature sounds' radio station. is great too. Totally agree :)

  2. Write or Die keeps me on task

    Behind the Names helps me choose names for characters

    I also use google translate to pick names of characters or places

    Wikipedia when I'm trying to get my history in a nutshell is great but for me it's (Yes, I know this is on the same site)

  3. I use dictionary and thesaurus. Google is also handy when needed.

  4. I am not that great any writer, but i have many thoughts and ideas....written a few blogs here and there....but it interests me a lot!

  5. I am very much depended on Google translate !!

  6. I also love the thesaurus. Helps when the words get stuck.

  7. Thesaurus, plus my book on English grammar :)

  8. LOL! SQUIRREL! That's so funny. I totally know how that goes.
    I haven't got to the point where I can listen to music while writing. I need silence. Although I need to check out Pandora. I also use the dictionary/thesaurus and google. Love it all!