I offer these few sites I've come across to help when I want to figure out why my editor refused to accept liminal, plangeant, or chaffering. I mean, seriously, the otiose, vertinginous exercise must have simply left her a scintilla of doubt in my quotidian scene. She was obviously perjorative regarding serious authors who keep an accretitive word diary and parse with great hubris for the perfect putative vocabulary.
How many ways can a person gaze at another?
For help--see these web sites.
At a loss to spell that noise? Check Sounds: http://www.writtensound.com/index.php
Breaks down any word into case, type, and synonyms: http://www.visuwords.com
Thesaurus at your keyboard: http://thesaurus.reference.com/
NonverbalDictionary http://collection-of-dictionaries.blogspot.com/2008/07/download-nonverbal-dictionary-of.html- this is a 781 page pdf file that provides gestures, signs, and body language - a must for any fiction writer.
Online Etymology Dictionary - provides historical meaning and sounds of words. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php
A very cool site that offers meanings, synonyms and antonyms, translations and pronunciations: Word hippo – http://www.wordhippo.com
AlphaDictionary -http://www.alphadictionary.com/index.shtml provides access to a variety of different dictionaries and articles on words and word usage – 1,065, at latest count.
http://www.Reference.com will give you all kinds of cool info just by typing in a word, beyond definitions: taxonomy, resources, usage, other resources on the web, and so forth.
Do you have others you use on a regular to share? Please - Do So!