Go Ahead: Take an Online Break

Wow, what great sites you all shared. Thanks so much for letting us in on your online breaks. So here are the places I like to go when I need a break. Some are great for just a few minutes, some give a nice long break. But they’re all great fun! (click the headlines below)

History in the Headlines: Writers

This is the History Channel’s collection of fascinating stories about writers throughout history. I’ve learned all kinds of fun facts here.

Grammar Gorilla

Hey, it’s grammar, and it’s gorillas. Who could ask for anything more? Test yoru grammar skills and earn bananas.

Snoopy the Author cartoons

A delightful collection on Pinterest of Snoopy the Author cartoons. I love these things!

Language is a Virus

This is one of my all-time favorite online break sites, primarily because it has so many fun things you can do. For example:

*Electronic Poetry Kit

You may have the magnetic version of this. I do. In fact, I have several versions of magnetic poetry on my fridge. It’s great fun. Well, now you don’t have to go to your fridge to play with it. You can hop on over to this site and make poetry with a variety of kits, from the Stephen King kit to the Oscar Wilde kit to the Sylvia Plath kit. Enjoy!

*Writing Prompts

Sometimes all you need is one idea to get you going. Well, here’s the place to get it.

*Writing Exercises

More than you can get through in a whole lot of breaks.

I Write Like

Ever wondered what famous author you write like? Well, hop on over to this site, write a little bit, and it will tell you. I love writing in different ways and voices, to see how many different authors I am. <grin>


And, of course, there’s always a shopping break. Here are the sites I enjoy when I want to find a fun writing-focused tool or gift to reward myself with after meeting a goal:

Etsy: Gifts for Writers


Writers Store

The Literary Gift Company




12 Responses to Go Ahead: Take an Online Break

  1. Deborah Raney March 1, 2017 at 6:46 am #

    So, I pulled a random few paragraphs from my WIP and plugged it into “I Write Like” …The answer? Stephen King! Um…I think that site is broken, Karen. 😉

  2. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser March 1, 2017 at 7:24 am #

    It seems I write like Stephen King, too.

    This is beginning to sound like the start of a Stephen King story…

  3. Carol Ashby March 1, 2017 at 9:12 am #

    I was going to suggest that I Write Like might say everyone writes like Steven King, but I tried the first chapter of my current release that’s a romantic historical set in Judea in AD 122.
    First I entered the entire chapter (690 words): Ann Rice
    Then I entered the first scene (281 words) where the hero kills someone deliberately, only to discover it’s someone he didn’t want to kill: Dan Brown
    Finally, I input the second scene (679 words) where the dead teenager is brought home to his family and the father and older son, who got his brother where he could be killed, argue while the sister (heroine) listens: Ann Rice.
    So it looks like it answers with the author that matches the largest fraction of your text.

    • Carol Ashby March 1, 2017 at 11:12 am #

      Oops. I know 679 and 281 add to 960, not 690. Is there a math equivalent of dyslexic? But that 690 leaped out at me as I scanned past to see Henry’s post, so maybe I’m not mathlexic, only a poor typist.

  4. Henry Styron March 1, 2017 at 9:48 am #

    Thank you! I definitely have to check out Grammar Gorilla and the Electronic Poetry Kit.

    • Henry Styron March 1, 2017 at 9:53 am #

      Oh, and apparently I write like Mario Puzo.

  5. Marianne Rodriguez March 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

    I think it’s just about time for a break!

  6. Steve Laube March 1, 2017 at 12:21 pm #

    I took my post from Monday about the closure of the Family Christian Stores and put it into the “I write like” site.


    Authur C. Clarke

    While I love science fiction I didn’t realize my prose was so “out of this world.”!!!!

    • Henry Styron March 1, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

      “2017: A Space Bloggity” by Steve Laube.

    • Carol Ashby March 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

      A business article pulled up Arthur C. Clarke?? That’s bizarre, Steve.

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