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Veronica Mars Fanfic Resource Journal
Articles on Writing
On-Line Writing Resources 
21st-Aug-2005 09:35 pm
veronica
by mastermia

For today’s fanfiction writers, there are a myriad of on-line writing resources available. Everything from grammar guides to quotations is at your fingertips. This is a quick guide to help you navigate and find just what you are looking for.

Calendar - Need to know on what day of the week Duncan was born? You can look up February 13, 1987 (or any other day) with a good calendar. (http://calendarhome.com)

Canon Help - With so many wonderfully detailed episodes, it’s understandable if you don’t remember all the details related to Veronica’s first date with Troy or what it was that Wallace said to Veronica after she cut him down in the pilot. Luckily, we have lots of great resources in this fandom that should be able to help you with whatever questions you have.
+Mars Investigations has a canonical timeline, descriptions of all the essential characters, music of the show, episode descriptions and quotes, mystery details, and more. (http://marsinvestigations.net/)
+Twiz TV has a compilation of episode transcripts, which are a great help for finding out exact quotes for episode-specific scenes or fics if you don’t have the episodes on tape or DVD. (http://www.twiztv.com/)

Culture - Want to sprinkle your story with cultural references just like Rob Thomas does? Having a good cultural reference at hand would be a great idea.
+This is a good place to start. You can browse through topics as varied as Geography, Fine Arts and Politics. (http://www.bartleby.com)

Dictionary - A handy way to check spelling, definition and pronunciation. (http://dictionary.reference.com/)

Grammar - If your piece has an overabundance of grammatical errors, it can be distracting and take your readers out of your piece. It’s important to have a good grammar guide at hand to help you with any grammatical uncertainties you might encounter.
+ Considered by many to be the best book ever written on grammar, Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style is available online. The table of contents allows you to pick the area you want to review and covers everything from the proper use of a comma to commonly misused words. (http://www.bartleby.com)

Legal Help - Is Veronica helping Cliff with a case and you need a crash course in expert witnesses? Legal references can help you find general information on drunk driving defenses, property and real estate law, and many other legal topics your intrepid private eye might need. (http://www.reference.com

Maps - If you need general geography for southern California (or any other location where you might be sending our favorite characters), an online map is a great reference to have at hand.
+These easy to use pictorial maps of Southern California can get you from the Coronado Bridge to down town LA. (http://www.carolmendelmaps.com)

Names - Need the perfect name for your new character? (After all, every third character in Neptune can’t be named Veronica or Logan!) There are lots of baby naming resources online that will give you lots of options to sift through.
+Here you can search by boy, girl, first names and special meanings. (http://parenting.ivillage.com)
+This is a more unique list of names, with many that would be very appropriate for hoity-toity 09’er parents to choose for their children. They’re sorted by letter of the alphabet, with boys names separated from girls names on each page. (http://zoope.com/)

Quotes - Looking for Logan’s latest voice mail? Want to find a good quote to set the mood for your fanfic? Any of the many online quotation databases should be able to get you started.
+Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations has over 11,000 quotes on all topics through 1919. If you are looking for something to set a scene or tone you should find it here. (http://www.bartleby.com)

San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau - Want to know about an activity or event in San Diego to weave into your story? This site has an event calendar and lots of information on various aspects of the town. (http://www.sandiego.org/)

Thesaurus - Looking for just the right synonym for sarcastic? Trying to work on improving your word variety? With a thesaurus, you get a definition, description of the part of speech, and just the right word for any piece from lists of synonyms and antonyms. ( http://thesaurus.reference.com/)

Translator - Need to put something into Spanish for Weevil to mutter under his breath but don’t speak the language? A free online translator will help you get a basic translation. (http://dictionary.reference.com)

Looking for something else? Doing a Google search is usually a good place to start. And, of course, if you find a great new resource, be sure to post here and tell us about it!
Comments 
21st-Feb-2007 12:24 am (UTC)
Hey, Maria! =waves= I told namegoeshere that I'd work on reposting some of my articles to spn_connect, and I thought I'd ask if you'd mind my reposting the links there as well. You found all of these, so I won't just snag them if you don't want me to.

Regardless, thanks for putting this together in the first place. :)
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