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This page was created to help writers of CSI fan fiction and/or general fiction stories by providing links to CSI resource sites and various sites offering writing tips or advice. If you know of any helpful sites that are missing from the list you can use the writer’s resource submission page and if you give us your name in the submission form we’ll even give you credit for submitting the resource.

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CSI Resources
 
 
CSI Fan Wiki  The CSI fan wiki is a great site for finding out information about the cast and characters, the cars of CSI, an episode guide, screen caps, quotes, and lots more.
 
Crime Scene Investigator Network  This is a great site that has lots of forensic information like evidence collection guidelines, crime scene response guidelines, lots of different articles, and more. It’s a great site if you need forensic details for a story, or you just want to find out more about it.
 
A Simplified Guide to Crime Scene Investigation  Another site with lots of forensic information like common CSI terms, topics on DNA, digital evidence, fingerprints, explosives, and more.

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General Writer’s Resources
 
 
Reference Sites:
 
 
Dictionary.com A dictionary website.
 
Thesaurus.com A Thesaurus website.
 
Encylopedia.com An encyclopedia website.
 
Onomatopoeia Dictionary: Onomatopoeia is when a word sounds like the thing or action it describes. This dictionary lists 772 onomatopoeic words and phrases, including kaboom, meow and splash.
 
One Look Thesaurus/reverse dictionary This tool lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be anything at all: a single word, a few words, or even a whole sentence. Type in your description and hit Enter (or select a word that shows up in the autocomplete preview) to see the related words.
 
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction can help you find elements about science fiction it also has a fantasy element as well.
 
University of Michigan’s Dictionary of Symbolism can help you to find out if you used the right symbol to express a concept in your story.
 
 
Articles or web pages on different aspects of writing:
 
 
Writing Realistic Injuries is a great page to help with writing accurate injuries.
 
The Secret to Creating a Really Good Bad Guy an article on how to build a memorable antagonist.
 
Romance Writing Articles A list of articles on writing romance.
 
WritingWorld.com Writing Romance Articles A list of articles to help with romance aspects of your stories.
Sex in the Romance is a great site to help writing love scenes. It gives lots of great description help like phrases to describe kissing and more.
 
 
Sites with Lots of links to help writers:
 
 
Writers Helping Writers is a site featuring many one-of-a-kind tools and resources for writers, editors and teachers. It is a must-see site to help any writers from fan fiction writers who just write for fun or published writers looking for additional help for their next story.
 
Writer’s Digest Features some great articles to help with all kinds of writing aspects from character and world building advice to freelance writing, plus lots of other great resources.
 
Writer’s Write features articles on writing, guidelines database, writing links and more.
 
WritingWorld.com A great site featuring lots of different articles for writers in different genres, grammar guides, writing tools, and lots more.
 
Paolin.net Writer’s Corner Writing advice from Christopher Paolini plus writing resources.
 
Research Links for Writers A Page full of links to help with research like the old west and the middle ages, medicine and drugs, civil war, sex, police and law information, and lots more.
 


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