If there is one thing that I’ve learned in almost five years of writing, it’s that the so-called “writing” isn’t just sitting down at a computer and typing away. There’s research to be done, and characters to be named, and words to be looked up! This often meant that I would spend a good half of my allotted “writing time” scouring the depths of the internet trying to find the information that I needed. I have since found my favorite websites, but I also want other people to be able to find stuff easily, too.
So, hence this list. All these websites are free to use, although a couple have an option for upgrading.
PLOTTING & OUTLINING.
Pinterest– A website set up like an online corkboard, you can “pin” pictures and links to your various boards. This is a great way to find pictures of your characters and settings.
CHARACTERS & NAMING
Nameberry– A cute, easy to navigate baby naming website with millions of names and hundreds of lists.
Baby Name Wizard– Another baby naming website with a slightly more in-depth look at names; it lists everything from popularity by year to sibling names.
RESEARCH & REFERENCES
Havocscope– A website that can tell you pretty much anything you need to know about the black market. Everything from how much it costs to hire an assassin to the price of a fake ID.
Hemingway Editor– An online app that highlights hard to read sentences, adverbs, passive voice, and phrases with another alternative.
NaNoWriMo– Short for NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth. Thousands of people do it every year. The goal? To write 50k word novel in the month of November. For those 18 and younger, there’s also the Young Writer’s Program.
Camp NaNoWriMo– Run by the same people as NaNoWriMo, Camp NaNoWriMo has two sessions; one in April, and one in July. You can set your own word goal this time, instead of just aiming for 50k.
Helping Writers Become Authors– A website that’s main focus is helping, well, writers become authors. It’s full of trips and tricks about how to make your novel the best it can be.
Teen Ink– For those 13-18. A website where teenagers can submit their writing to be posted on the website or the Teen Ink magazine.
Wattpad– A website where anyone can post their novels one chapter at a time. You can post anything from fan fiction to a 100k+ word novel.
And so! My list o’ resources for writers. What do you think of it? Is there anything you think should be added?