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!)
- 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
- Fantasy Name Generator – Idiot names, Dragon Rider names…even insults!
- The Ultimate Random Name Generator – a good variety of names from 20 different countries/cultures
- Band Name Maker – not bad! I kinda like “Feng Shui Python” (one of the suggestions I was given)
- Random Name Generator – yet another one; pretty good
- Fake Name Generator – Hobbit names, Ninja Names, you name it (pun intended)
- Whoa! List of a zillion other name generators on Squidoo, here.
- 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
- Writing Resources List: On Livejournal, this list includes everything about fandom writing and many things can be applied to original fiction as well. It includes writing etiquette, writing help. It is a huge, giant list that is very helpful.
- 102 Resources for Fiction: Another list filled with many different resources for writing.
- 100 Free and Useful Web Apps for Writers: Lots of organizational tools and writing tools and blog, publishing, etc.
- 25 Helpful Websites for Creative Writers: Links to writing prompts and advice on getting published.