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This article first appeared in the February issue of the Writer’s Saddle the newsletter for CARWA.

Get Inspired On The Web With These 25 Websites!
By Julie Rowe

How do you recharge, refresh and refill your well of creativity?  For a quick creative pick-me-up check out one of these interesting, supportive and thought provoking websites:

  1. Language is a Virus.com is a website devoted to supporting and encouraging a writer’s creativity through writing exercises, articles, generators, prompts and visual inspiration:
  1. Tul pens have a nifty hand writing analysis test that derives what kind person you are from your handwriting.  The analysis is given by a hilariously accurate expert:
  1. Are you looking to create a character through psychology or just interested in what qualities make up a particular personality?  The Similar Minds website has a nearly every personality test developed by man: http://similarminds.com/
  1. Want to add some intriguing detail to your hero’s character?  Mind Café.org lists the 75 skills a real man should master: http://www.mindcafe.org/the-75-skills-a-real-man-should-master
  1. Need a push to achieve your daily word count or other goals?  If you ask nicely the people at Hassle Me.co.uk will nag you to get the job done when you least expect it!  http://www.hassleme.co.uk/
  1. Steve Pavlina is a personal development blogger who’s posts include: How To Be A Man, 33 Rules To Boost Your Productivity, Feeling Blessed, How To Be A Woman and many more.  http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/
  1. One Word.com offers one of the simplest (and rewarding) writing exercises I’ve ever seen.  One word is listed at the top of the page.  You have sixty seconds to write about it.  Go!  http://www.oneword.com/
  1. Life Hack.org is a site dedicated to hacks, tips and tricks that get things done quickly by automating, increase productivity and organizing.  It has a great article called 50 Tools Which Can Help You In Writing: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/fifty-50-tools-which-can-help-you-in-writing.html
  1. At the Your Amazing Brain website you can explore your brain, take part in real-life experiments and test yourself with games, illusions and brain-benders.  http://www.youramazingbrain.org/
  1. You might be surprised what you find at the Cliché Finder website: http://www.westegg.com/cliche/
  1. Confusing Words is a collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused: http://www.confusingwords.com/
  1. Got writer’s block?  911 Writer’s Block can help you bust it!  http://www.webook.com/911writersblock
  1. Want to think like a genius?  The Study Guides And Strategies website has articles on how to think like a genius, improving your productivity and more! http://www.studygs.net/genius.htm
  1. Not sure how to do something?  eHow the How To Do Just About Everything website can help!  http://www.ehow.com/
  1. The Creativity at Work Blog strives to create a learning community for people who live or work at the intersections of art, business, science and design: http://www.creativityatwork.com/blog/
  1. Here’s a great article with 120 Ways To Boost Your Brain Power: http://litemind.com/boost-brain-power/
  1. The Truth About Deception.com website (advice about lying, infidelity, love and romance) has an interesting article called “The Experience of "Being In Love" Is Not The Same For Everyone”.
  1. Need a laugh?  Help.com has a hilarious article about the Funny Metaphors Used In High School Essays:  http://help.com/post/124066-funny-metaphors-used-in-high-school
  1. Pat Holt has been writing about publishing in her Holt Uncensored column since 1998.  She NEVER fails to make me think.  http://www.holtuncensored.com/hu/
  1. Ploomy.com tells men (and women who write from a man’s POV) what they need to know: http://www.ploomy.com/
  1. Changing Minds.org has an excellent series of articles on body language: http://changingminds.org/techniques/body/body_language.htm
  1. Epiguide.com has one of the most extensive and detailed character charts I’ve ever seen.  If you’re into getting to know your characters before you start writing the story this site is for you: http://www.epiguide.com/ep101/writing/charchart.html
  1. Archetype Writing.com (the fiction writer’s guide to psychology) has a host of fact sheets on psychology for use by writers, articles, a Q & A section, and a muse section containing idea generators and visual prompts. http://www.archetypewriting.com/
  1. Having trouble getting organized?  Life Organized.com has a wide array of articles, checklists, blogs, book reviews and other tools to help you! http://www.lifeorganizers.com/
  1. Want to try a new approach to plotting?  Try writing your novel using the “Snowflake” plotting method: http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/art/snowflake.php