Cool Websites, Software, and Internet Tips


The following is a collection of links that may be helpful to you as a writer. Revised March 2013.

Editing & Publishing Competitions
General Resources
Writing Competitions
Writing-Related Sites
Writing Tools

Editing & Publishing Competitions

NaNoEdMo - Do you have a finished novel, but haven't found the inspiration or time to edit it? This is an editing contest that takes place every March and runs for the entire month. The goal is to edit your novel for 50 hours, or roughly one and a half hours a day.

NaNoPubYe - So, you wrote your novel. Now what do you do next?

General Resources

Alfabette Zoope Name Lists - Having trouble finding the perfect name for your main character? A comprehensive list of over 10,000 names.

AllExperts.Com - Tired of researching? Ask an expert! AllExperts.Com is the oldest and largest free Q&A service on the internet.

Baby Names - All about baby names. Includes a whole array of information, with a section especially for writers.

Behind The Name - Yet another extensive web site detailing more names than imaginable, along with their meanings and origins!

Chaotic Shiny - Chaotic Shiny is a generator site aimed at people who write, game, or live in fantasy worlds of their own creation.

Critique Circle - Critique Circle is a free online collaborative writing workshop for all genres with an extensive array of features. Improve your writing and meet other writers!

Dragon Writing Prompts - Writing prompts and tips for fantasy and science fiction writers.

Fiction Factor - An online magazine for fiction writers featuring tips on writing better fiction.

Fiction Writer's Character Chart - An in-depth character chart. Fill one of these out for all your main characters and you'll probably know them better than your Auntie Sue.

Holly Lisle - Published writer Holly Lisle offers great resources for writers including articles, quizzes, workshops, and more.

Imagination Prompt Generator - This web site offers many thought-provoking writing prompts to help you get started with your writing.

One Word - You'll see one word at the top of the following screen. You have sixty seconds to write about it. Don’t think. Just write.

Seventh Sanctum - A site of generators to randomly produce concepts, characters, and descriptions for stories, role-playing games, and art, as well as have fun or combat creative block.

SFWA - About Writing - Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's section on writing for beginners and advanced writers alike.

The Snowflake Method - A cool method for creating a novel - a good solution for writers that are stuck, and recommended by many fellow NaNo'ers!

Write101 - "All you need to know to write well." This web site contains over 1,000 pages about writing!

WritingFix - WritingFix is the only site of its kind. It was designed by writers, teachers, and students 'to spark the imaginations of writers, teachers and students of all ages.' It is another great resource for writing prompts if you're stuck in a writer's block!

Writing Competitions

750 Words - 750 words a day. The equivalent of 3 pages of writing.

AugNoWriMo - Like JulNoWriMo, only a month later.

JanNoWriMo - Write 50,000 words at the start of the new year.

MayNoWriMo - 50,000 words, but in May.

NaNoWriMo - The mother of all writing competitions! November is National Novel Writing Month, and this is the official web site for the incredibly insane and incredibly huge contest. Check it out!

NaNoWriYe - If you can't find the perfect month to write, do it the entire year instead!

Script Frenzy - NaNoWriMo introduces you to yet another twist—write an entire screenplay during the month of April.

SeptNoWriMo - September Nov- oh, you should know what it is by now.

IBDOF - The Internet Book Database of Fiction. Search authors, rate/review books, chat on the forums, and meet new people!

Writing Excuses - A weekly 15-minute podcast on writing. "Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart."

Writing Tools

AutoCrit - A useful tool that analyzes entered text and gives suggestions on how to correct it. Options to search for include weak words, repeated phrases/words, sentence lengths, unusual/common words, and more.

ClicheCleaner - ClicheCleaner is a program that helps you write better by highlighting passages in your text that are either cliches, other overly-used common expressions, or phrases of your own that you have repeatedly used within the same document. ClicheCleaner includes a list of nearly 7,000 unique cliches and common expressions that are compared against your text. Give it a try!

Lit Lift - LitLift is a free online novel writing application built to help you research, store and organize the information you'll need to write your novel.

Write Or Die - Not exactly a writing 'tool', but will help you to stay on track and stop procrastinating!

yWriter 5 - A word processor created by a novelist. This software has several distinct features that will help keep your writing organized.