Useful references for writers
Web Tools Useful for Writers
- Random Title Generator
- My readability analysis CGI that uses Lingua::EN::Fathom and the UNIX style utility.
- Merriam-Webster OnLine
- Freemind open source software for mind mapping; see also Keynote
Writing Advice and Articles
- "The Snowflake Process for Writing a Novel" by Randall Ingermanson
- "Plotting" by Jeff Heisler, of Heisler Ink
- "Plotting by Personality" by Marg McAlister
- Copyright info and
Electronic publishing info from the Science Fiction Writers of America.
- Patrice Kindl, Children's Author
- Getting Started: Really Basic Information for Children's Writers and Illustrators
- Amazon.com: So You'd Like to... Write Classical Children's Fantasy
- National Novel Editing Month (March)
- The Opening Sentence
- Founders' Copyright Creative Commons
- Forward Motion Writer's Community -- looks really good!
- aburt's critters Writers' Workshop, a large, active community of writers who help each other through frequent critiques.
- The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
- ARWZ.com: Alternative Reality Writers' Zone. An online community for writers and readers of speculative fiction: fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, horror, supernatural, cross genre
- Diaryland members area
- Write On! Discuss the art and craft of writing
Other Writing Links
- What's in a name?
- Random name generator uses data from the US Census to match first and last names with differing degrees of probability
- Names from around the world
- Etymology and history of first names
- Evil name, planet name, angel and demon name generators Plus lots of links and a place name generator
Where am I?
A phenomenally complete Excel spreadsheet that helps you keep track of your progress. It could save you time, unless you use it obsessively just to watch the charts and graphs change. Includes a morale tracker.
What AM I doing?
character worksheet and other resources It may be a bit late muck around with plotting, but you never know what you're gonna need. This is where our character worksheet came from. The site also includes character biography worksheet, fantasy and sci-fi world-building forms, and story starters.
Is this for real?
Check out the Character and Plot Realism thread on the NaNo forum. This is the place to go for the skinny on weight-lifting, Italian folk magic, creative assassinations, or summoning angelic beings. It's also a great place to mess around when all you really want to do is, well, procrastinate.
- lulu self-publishing company offered one free published B&W book for each NaNoWriMo novel. Offer expired 01/15/2005 but maybe they'll repeat it.
- A whole bunch of writing resource links -- found this referred to on the NaNoWriMo site.
- Found this intriguing nanowrimo resource site with lots of great tips and tools.
- Project Gutenberg
- Open Directory - Arts: Writers Resources: Fiction
- Writing Advice from Science Fiction author Jeffrey A. Carver
- NaNoWriMo Windsor: National Novel Writing Month 2003
- Moleskine Notebooks, Journals, and Date Books - MoleskineUS
- RPGnet: Review of Nanofictionary
- NanoBlanks: Make-Your-Own Nanofictionary Cards