Resources

Here are some resources that I use regularly which will be handy for all fiction writers. If any links are broken or outdated, please drop me an e-mail and let me know. Please note, I don’t want e-mails about why I should link to your service or website.

Writing:

Character generators:

Writingexercises.co.uk

Write Real People

Charahub

Map generators:

Polygon Map Generation

Inkarnate (This one is really good!)

Plotting:

Click and drag plot generator

Mind mapping software

Trello (cue card software)

Writing prompts:

Random prompt generator

Name generators:

City name generator

Behind the Name

Fantasy name generators

Masterpiece generator

Useful websites:

Nimble’s Notebook

Writeworld

Mythcreants (has a particularly useful podcast)

Standout Books

Fiction University

Mythic Scribes

Misc:

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Writing body language

6 crazy ways your favourite TV shows get written

Flower symbolism

Gemstone and crystal meanings

Native American languages and names

TVTropes (Check how often a certain ‘trope’ has been done before, or find examples from other media. Warning: This website is very addictive!)

Applying TV lessons to chapter hooks

Period clothing

List of elemental abilities

Hair colour descriptions

Writing ship-able couples

Worldbuilding:

Zim (software to create a Wiki like series of pages. Very useful for worldbuilding)

RPG Tools

The ultimate worldbuilding questionnaire

Publishing:

KBoards (a huge and useful community for self-published writers)

The three year no-bestseller plan to a sustainable, liveable income

Book reviewers directory

Book publishers directory

Calibre – E-book software

The Perfect Year (Video series. Focused mostly on releasing romance books but can easily be adapted for any other genre)

Self publishing formula podcast

Front matter for e-books

Other:

GIMP – Free image editing software

Canva – Free online banner maker

Free stock images:

PhotoPin

Pixabay

Pexels

Good Free Photos

Free Images

FoodiesFeed

UnSplash

Useful websites:

Craft Your Content

Editing and Proofreading:

Replacements for ‘very’

Organisation:

Unroll.me (For sorting your e-mail inbox)

Celtx – Script writing and project planning software

Productivity tips

Decision Fatigue (video)

Finding that elusive writing time

Motivation:

Zen Pencils

Positive doodles

Funny Stuff:

Bad romance covers

Kindle cover disasters

Librarian problems

Uncle Walter’s bad romance novel quotes

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