The Athenaeum's Writer's Help Page

Links to Helpful Sites and More!
Last Updated: July 3rd, 2016

Why a Writer's Page?

Writing can be a lonely endeavor. For those of you that want to write, we wish you sucess and hope that you have the support of an editor or a beta reader or BOTH. When you write, you know the words because they are inside you and a part of you...they are bursting forth at the end of your fingertips. Unfortunately, sometimes it is those very fingertips and/or too busy creative brain who betray the muse - the errors are usually in the word processor which can't read your thoughts yet, or automatically corrects grammar and punctuation and a multitude of other details. To that end, MS Word not withstanding, it is that we offer these resources to help you finalize and/or enhance your creative processes.

Any questions, suggestions, or additions to this page, please see our contact page link at the bottom of the page. us.

For those of us who need little reinforcement now and again, here 10 basic rules!
  • Reserve the apostrophe for it's proper use, and omit it when its not necessary.
  • Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of ten or more words, to their antecedents.
  • If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
  • Hyphenate only between sy-llables and avoid un-necessary hyphens.
  • A writer must not shift your point of view.
  • Fragments of sentences.
  • Be watchful of run-on sentences if you aren't careful they can become cumbersome and your readers will be confused your meaning may be lost.
  • Punctuation; is, important (to) clarify?
  • Remember to never split infinitives.
  • Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; seek viable alternatives.

Here's our list of some of the most common mispelling in Fan Fiction:
  • to for too (I want to come along too!)
  • breath for breathe (Take one long breath, but don't forget to breathe!)
  • they're for their (They're here! Take their coats from them ok?)
  • it's for its (It's sad, but the elephant lost its memory.)
  • theirs for there's (The two desks are theirs, but there's something of mine there!)
  • your for you're (You're kidding, me right? Your sister is not here!)
  • then for than (If it's easier than I thought, then we can do it.)

A Tip from a former Expert in Residence

Lie vs. Lay

There is a simple rule-of-thumb:

Lie = To recline.
Lay = To put or place.

In other words, to lie is something you do. To lay is something you do to something else.

He lay the parts on top of the tool chest, then settled in to lie underneath the car.

There is, of course, a Web site that goes into more detail.

FYI: Prodigal means recklessly wasteful; extravagant. Be careful who you call prodigal. It's not just that they came back from being away or something!

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Our List of Helpful & Reference Sites

  • American History: Homework
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Egyptian Resource List New
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Greek World, The
  • Ancient Greek (Hellenic) Sites
  • Ancient Mesoamerican Civilizations
  • Ancient Roman History Timeline
  • Ancient World Web
  • Archeology Magazine
  • Archaeology on the Net
  • Author Network
  • Barrington Atlas of Greek and Roman Worlds New
  • Berkley Digital Library
  • Bibliomania: The Network Library
  • Blue Quill: A Writing Reference for Xenaverse Bards, Beta Readers and Editors
  • a Modern Herbal
  • Carrie: A Full Text Electronic Library
  • Celtic Folklore-Sacred Text Archive New
  • Children's Authors and Illustrators: WWW Links
  • CIA-The World Fact Book New
  • Civil War Women - Internet Sources
  • Classics-Related Websites
  • Cliche Finder
  • Colossal Directory of Children's Publishers
  • DangerMom's Handy-Dandy Grammar Guide-Most Common Mistakes
  • DangerMom's Handy-Dandy Grammar Guide-Most Misused, Abused, Confused Homonyms (and other words) Found in Fiction
  • Diotima: Materials for the Study of Women & Gender in the Ancient World
  • Electronic Resources for Classicists: The Second Generation
  • Electric Eclectic: Glossaries & Reference Pages (The)
  • Elements of Style-Strunk's (The)
  • Encyclopedia Xenaica (The)
  • English Grammar Secrets New
  • Evolution
  • Fan Fiction-User's Guide Updated
  • Fanfiction Glossary (The)
  • Fanfiction Glossary, Ms. Nitpicker's
  • Fashion: Past & Present
  • Field Guide to Irish Fairies (A)
  • First World War Updated
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Guide to Grammar & Writing and Principles of Composition
  • Godchecker: Your Guide to the Gods - Mythology with a Twist!
  • Grammar and Punctuation: The Blue Book
  • Grammar, Usage & Style Guide: SparkNotes
  • Great Books of the Western World New
  • Great Books Index Updated
  • Great Books and Classics (The)
  • Greece Timeline
  • Greek Alphabet (The)
  • Hatch's Plot Bank
  • History Place-World War II in Europe Timeline (The)
  • HistoryNet
  • Resources For Writers Science-Fiction & Fantasy Updated
  • Ibiblio: The Public's Library & Digital Archive
  • Internet Public Library Reference Shelf
  • Internet Law Library
  • Internet Law Library: Law Guru
  • Internet Medieval Sourcebook
  • Internet Public Library (The)
  • Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore, And Drama
  • Just About Write - Newsletter To Inform and Encourage Writers, Poets, & Readers
  • Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies (The)
  • Lady Elisabeth's Closet Through the Ages: An Exploration of Historical Fashion Updated
  • Language Resources SearchLanguage.Com
  • Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid
  • Encyclopedias, maps, online libraries, quotations, dictionaries & more.
  • Links to Military Sites New
  • Lunacy's Reference Library-The Xena Collection
  • Medieval Women and Gender Index Updated
  • Mysteries of Ancient History and Archaeology: The Amazons
  • Myths and Legends Updated
  • Nonverbal Dictionary Of Gestures, Signs & Body Language Cues
  • Odin's Castle of Dreams & Legends
  • 100 Most Often Misspelled Words
  • 100 Most Often Mispronounced Words
  • OneLook Dictionaries
  • Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Translation Updated
  • Online Medieval and Classical Library, (The)
  • Paul Halsall/Fordham University: Internet History Sourcebooks Project
  • Perseus Digital Library (The)
  • Poets & Writers: The Nation's Largest Nonprofit Organization Serving Creative Writers
  • Poets & Writers: Top Ten Topics for Writers
  • Police Jargon: How to Talk Like a Cop
  • Preditors & Editors: A guide to publishers and writing services for serious writers!
  • Project Bartleby Library
  • Punctuation
  • Punctuation Marks
  • Quill Of Iron
  • Quotation Marks and Punctuation
  • beliefs, terms, ethics and related topics
  • Reference Library-DMOZ.-the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It's the Web, Organized. It was historically known as the Open Directory Project (ODP). New
  • Research Resources for Writers
  • Resources for Writers and Illustrators of Children's Books
  • Resources for Medical Fanfiction Writing
  • Romance Writers Resource New
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
  • Science Fiction FanSpeak Dictionary
  • Science Fiction Study: Gunn Center New
  • Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)
  • Thomas Bulfinch's Mythology
  • Travlang's Translating Dictionaries
  • Timeline of Modern British History - 1495 to 1950
  • Twists, Slugs and Roscoes: A Glossary of Hardboiled Slang
  • Ultimate Writer's Toolbox - 100 Tips, Tools and Resources (The)
  • Using Numbers, Writing Lists
  • Writer's Digest (The) Updated
  • Web English Teacher
  • Western European Literature
  • Women in Greek Myths
  • Women in World History Curriculum
  • Women's International Center: Women's Resources on the NET
  • World War II Historical Materials
  • World War II Resources
  • Writers Guide A)
  • Writer's Resources New
  • Writer's Tools: Writers Helping Writers New
  • Writing Dialogue In Fan Fiction
  • Writing Links & Links for Writers, History Reference & Research

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