I compiled most of the writing websites I’ve mentioned on my blog into one post. I find a lot of these sites useful, so hopefully they can help you out!
Imagination Prompt Generator: This give you a one-sentence writing prompt that will help you come up with ideas. I think it also allows you to set a ten minute timer for each prompt.
Wridea: I really like this site because you can write down simple ideas that you can organize later and put into a bigger project. You can share these ideas or the site will help you randomly match ideas. It’s great for brainstorming and building a fully formed outline.
List of Unusual Words — Here’s a site you can browse through that gives you a list of unusual words for every letting in the alphabet. If you’re looking to switch up your vocab, or looking to develop a way a character speaks, this is a good reference.
Picometer — Here’s a writing progress meter that can be embedded on your site or blog. There’s also the Writertopia meter that shows word count/current mood.
Cut Up Machine: This website takes whatever words you typed or pasted into the box and rearranges your sentences. It’s not practical for writing a novel, but it might help with poetry OR coming up with ideas. Experiment with it and see what you can come up with.
Orion’s Arm: This is a great website to use if you want to research worldbuilding or if you have science questions. There are tons of resources you can use.
Word Frequency Counter: If you’re finding that you’re using the same words over and over again, this website should help. You’ll be able to count the frequency usage of each word in your text. This should help you switch up the words you’re using and understand where the problem might be.
Phrase Frequency Counter: This is same site explained above, but it counts the phrases you’re using.
My Writing Nook: This allows you to write or jot down ideas wherever you are. You don’t need to have your laptop in order to access it, so it might help you during this time. You can write as long as you have your phone.
Writer: The Internet Typewriter - This site lets you write, save, share, and/or convert your writing online. I tried it out and it’s pretty cool. It saves for you and is a great way to brainstorm or plan out some ideas.
The Forge - The Forge is a fantasy, creature, spell, and location name generator. It’s awesome.
One Word: This site gives you one word to write about for 60 seconds. This should help you get started with your own writing and will work as a writing prompt to get you warmed up. It’s a great way to get yourself motivated.
Confusing Words: On this site you can search through confusing words that often stump many writers. It’s not a huge reference, but it should help you with some writing/grammar issues.
Cliché Finder: This site allows you to enter parts of your writing and it will search for clichés. If you find that you’re using the same phrases over and over again, this will help a lot. I haven’t messed around with it too much, but it looks useful.
Hand Written Fonts: If you’re looking for great hand written fonts, this is a great reference. All of them are pretty awesome.
Tip of My Tongue — you know when you’re trying to think of a specific word, but you just can’t remember what it is? This site will help you narrow down your thoughts and find that word you’ve been looking for. It can be extremely frustrating when you have to stop writing because you get a stuck on a word, so this should help cut that down.
Okay, just hear me out for a second.
Muggleborn kid with a talent for magic. Not real magic. Like, sleight of hand magic. And then a prefect catches them doing something like making a ball appear to vanish or whatever, and just loses their shit because this 11 year old kid has utterly mastered Vanishing Spells and what the hell how is that even possible.
This is a follow up to this post here: http://aamerrahman.tumblr.com/post/53978736048/white-rapper-faq
1. ARE YOU SAYING WHITE PEOPLE CAN’T LISTEN TO RAP?
Stop projecting your anxieties onto me. You’re white. You can do pretty much whatever you want. It’s a sweet deal.
2. IF SOMEONE LOVES A CULTURE LIKE HIP-HOP, AREN’T THEY ALLOWED TO BE PART OF IT? BLACKFACE WAS ABOUT MOCKERY. WHITE RAPPERS LOVE HIP-HOP, THAT’S WHY THEY MAKE RAP MUSIC.
Blackface wasn’t just about mockery. It was an industry, a structured form of entertainment that allowed white people to benefit from their projections of black culture. A key element was the ability to define blackness to a white audience and profit from this performance. This whole issue is as much about the economic dimensions of white rap and its relationship to an audience as it is about the basic intentions behind it.
A white rapper like Iggy Azalea acts out signifiers which the white majority associates with black culture - hyper sexuality, senseless materialism, an obsession with drugs, money and alcohol – as well as adopting clothing, speech and music – as a costume that they can put on and discard at will. It’s a cheap circus act.
3. WHY ARE YOU BLAMING THESE WHITE ARTISTS FOR BEHAVIOUR THAT IS REGULARLY CELEBRATED BY BLACK ARTISTS?
Supply only exists to meet demand. In fact, the hyper-sexual, materialist and misogynist trends we see in mainstream rap are a manifestation of the desires and imagination of a majority white consumer base. In other words, these are the images of blackness white people want to see being reproduced for their entertainment and consumption.
This white fanbase has demanded increasingly fetishised images of black and brown people for almost 3 decades now - I mean seriously, I recently heard two white radio hosts (a man and a woman) discussing how much they wanted to touch Nicki Minaj’s ass to see whether it was real or not. Like some kind of modern day Hottentot Venus. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_hottentot).
But while they are fundamental part of the shaping of commercial rap and its problematic imagery, white people take none of the blame. The economic structure of the music industry dictates that black people do not control the production of rap music, but must simultaneously be held accountable for its problems and answer for all of its shortcomings.
3. WHY IS IT OK FOR AN ARTIST LIKE SCRIBE (FROM NEW ZEALAND) TO RHYME IN AN AMERICAN ACCENT BUT NOT SOMEONE LIKE IGGY AZALEA? THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THAT IGGY IS WHITE AND SCRIBE IS NOT.
Scribe and Iggy Azalea are not simply ‘different’ because of the colour of their skin. Race is not just some cosmetic difference between people. In this case it is the door to a discussion about class, history and culture.
Hip-hop was created and pioneered by people who had directly suffered colonisation, slavery, intergenerational poverty, criminalisation, drug epidemics, racial profiling, demonisation by media, over-policing and mass imprisonment. Hip-hop has always naturally resonated with people around the world who have experienced similar things – just look at the rise of Arab/ Muslim Hip-Hop in the last decade (and across the 3rd World in general).
Scribe has actually grown up in a community directly affected by racism and poverty. His American accent is in no way the type of appropriation being exercised by someone like Iggy Azalea, who basically impersonates her idea of a black woman for fun.
So if you participate in a culture built heavily on people’s experiences of racism but you have never experienced racism yourself, tread lightly. Basically, everyone take a page out of Brother Ali’s book. Last time I saw him live, he took a whole chunk out of his show to genuinely talk to the mostly white crowd about privilege, racism, colonialism and their part in it. If you simply take from a culture without giving back to its legacy, or at least consistently acknowledging the people who pioneered it, you are a thief.
This ‘post-racial’ and ‘colour-blind’ idea that Hip-Hop ‘belongs to nobody,’ that ‘anyone can rap’ with no strings attached is basically to deny and delete the history of a culture. Only an incredible sense of arrogance and white entitlement could lead someone to the conclusion that Hip-Hop’s roots as a rejection of violent oppression and racism are suddenly irrelevant, especially when those conditions still exist today.
6. YOU CALLED YOUR POST ‘WHITE RAPPERS FAQ.’ DID YOU REALLY MEAN ALL WHITE RAPPERS? WHAT ABOUT MACKLEMORE/ AESOP ROCK/ (INSERT CONSCIOUS WHITE RAPPER HERE)?
My first post was specifically about artists like Iggy Azalea and Kreashawn. Of course there has always been a spectrum of white artists in Hip-Hop who engage with the art differently with different levels of respect and self-awareness (see Brother Ali above). However, simply being conscious does not give you immunity to criticism or the right for people to question your presence and intent. Regardless of how ‘conscious’ a white rapper might be, all the points in (2), (3), (4) and (5) still apply.
Also, for everyone who keeps screaming ‘Macklemore!’ at me, please explain this:
7. WHAT ABOUT EMINEM?
I specifically didn’t talk about Eminem because Harry Allen (Public Enemy’s one time ‘Director of Enemy Relations’) wrote this amazing piece in The Source 10 years ago:
Everything in that article is still 100% relevant and true, and yes - Eminem opened the door for all of this.
8. RE: FALLON/ TIMBERLAKE ‘HISTORY OF RAP’ - OH, SO YOU’RE SAYING THAT BLACK THOUGHT AND QUESTLOVE ARE TOO STUPID TO KNOW THEY ARE PART OF SOME MINSTREL SHOW?
No, I’m saying that capitalism means people have bills to pay and they end up in compromised positions. It also means that talentless people are regularly rewarded over those with genuine ability. So instead of being truly celebrated as a genius and being able to program his own 24-hour music network, a pioneer like Questlove has to play drums on Jimmy Fallon’s show five nights a week.
Imagine how much smarter your kids would be if they grew up watching Questlove TV instead of MTV.
* EDIT: Yeah, I photoshopped Elvis’s face onto Eminem. LOL.
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- the least favorite pencil
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