Resources for Writers


I’ll be adding more categories and links over time, so please check back every so often. In the meantime, if you have a great link to share, post it as a comment!

A big “Thank you!” to Elyce Gobat for her super helpful blog post, ”Really Rad Writing Resources” from which many of the resources on this page were adopted. (Used with permission – thank you, Elyce!)

Plot Development

  • The Snowflake Method: This method involves starting small and building up your plot bigger and bigger until you’ve got the big picture.
  • Novel Cheat Sheet: This website offers downloadable novel worksheets to help see the plot as it goes along. Very helpful if you are a visual person.
  • Plot Diagrams: A plot diagram is that thing you learned about in grade-school, the triangle-shaped line that shows the progression of plot. You can make your own for the big events in your novel.
  • Hero’s Journey: A nice visual cue of writing a hero’s journey, whether your hero is an actual hero in the purest sense or just a protagonist trying to get through life. You can think if it as a metaphor.

Names / Character Generators

Character Development

  • Character Sketch Worksheet – a list of traits and questions to answer about your character in order to make him/her more well-rounded and realistic
  • Students of the World – profiles and blogs of students from all over the world, as well as in-depth info on various countries; handy when you need to get ideas for characters from specific locations
  • Character Development Tips: A list of questions you should be asking of your characters to ensure that you know them as well as you can.
  • 100 Questions to Ask your Character: Another list filled with 100 questions to ask your character.
  • Character Development: Things to think about when developing a character for your novel.
  • Mary Sue Test: A test to determine if your character is a “special snowflake.” Also another Mary Sue Test which can be used for fanfiction or original characters.

Other Useful Sites

Comments: 9

  1. Cheryl Allison November 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing, Karen! I see several great resources here. I’ll be watching your page for news about your book. It’s been a pleasure working with you.

    • admin November 6, 2013 at 6:29 pm Reply

      Thanks, Cheryl! I will add an image to this page, as you suggested by email, so that you will be able to pin it on Pinterest. It’s been great working with you, too. Looking forward to the upcoming project. 🙂

  2. Brea Brown September 24, 2014 at 10:47 am Reply

    What a cool compilation of resources. Thanks for taking the time to put this all together. I’m bookmarking this right now!

    • admin September 24, 2014 at 12:21 pm Reply

      Awesome! Glad it looks useful to you. I use several of these links frequently. Let me know if you have any you think I should add. You can leave a comment with links, or PM me on FB. 🙂

  3. Julie Valerie @Julie_Valerie September 24, 2014 at 4:19 pm Reply

    What a great list, Karen! I think I’m going to get a cup of tea tomorrow morning and click through these links and enjoy a morning of great discovery. Many, many thanks to you!

    So great having you on this month’s Hump Day Blog Hop! Don’t you just love Wednesdays?

  4. Jayne Denker September 24, 2014 at 8:38 pm Reply

    Karen, you just saved my life. I’m working on book 3 of my small-town rom com series, and I am desperate for names for new characters. I am SO checking out the random name generators! I could do with a novel worksheet or two as well! 🙂

  5. writerwithdogs September 25, 2014 at 1:33 am Reply

    Great info – am posting this in my favorites!

  6. lorilschafer September 25, 2014 at 10:37 am Reply

    What a great list! I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a Mary Sue character – and now I know how to test for one! Thanks, Karen! 🙂

  7. Shelly Hickman September 27, 2014 at 9:49 am Reply

    Got it bookmarked. Thank you, Karen!

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