Writing Resources

 

 

 

My post today is going to list writing resources that I find useful for various reasons. This is by no means a list of everything you’ll need for writing, since everyone will have questions that are pertinent to their story that they’ll have to research. However, this is most of what is in my Writing bookmarks on Chrome. Most of these I use on a regular basis, although some are just for fun.

 

Character Names:

  • http://www.behindthename.com/
    • This website has a variety of names from cultures around the world. Using its search function, you can search for names by the names themselves, their meanings, gender, and origin.

 

Personality Quizzes:

  • http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp
    • This test is one version of the Myer-Briggs personality test, which is actually used by some psychologists and counselors. After the test, you’ll get very detailed results on what the four letter acronym you get means. Personally, I find it to be the best personality test for characters since it gives me very nice window into their personalities.
  • http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/
    • The Love Languages test is not just about romantic relationships. In fact, it is used to figure out the best way for a loved one to interact with you, reward you, and make you feel better when you’re down. To do this, it tests you to see which of the five “love languages” works for you. For instance, do you get more out of receiving gifts, or having a friend or loved one praise you and support you verbally? Do you prefer having quality time with someone or cuddling? This test can be used to tell you that information about your characters, which can be a useful way to learn more about how others interact them,
  • http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-styles-quiz.shtml
    • This test can help you discover how your characters learn. Do they learn best by seeing things, hearing them, or interacting with them? This is especially useful if your character has a mentor of some sort, as it can help decide how that person teaches them. Now, this test only has three types of learning. There are many more than three ways to learn, but this is a good starting point.

 

Generators:

  • http://donjon.bin.sh/fantasy/world/
    • This generator will generate everything from magic shop and dungeon maps to demographics and an entire world map, complete with locations.

 

Visualization Aids:

  • http://www.mrinitialman.com/OddsEnds/Sizes/compsizes.xhtml
    • This website allows you to compare the heights of up to six different people, which can be useful when you need to know how tall characters are compared to each other.
  • http://bodyvisualizer.com/male.html
    • The Body Visualizer helps to figure out a character’s build, height, weight, and other measurements. However, given that many people put on fat and muscle differently and that some measurements aren’t available, I would use this more to get a general idea of what your character would physically look like.

 

Archetypes:

 

Descriptions:

(*Important Note*: All of these resources are from the same author. Many of the eye colors and hair colors are listed as cliche. Now, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use them, unlike what the author implies. This just means that you should be aware that they are highly used colors.)

 

General Resources:

  • http://www.thesaurus.com/
    • This website is a free online thesaurus.
  • http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage
    • This resource is amazing for finding archetypes, concepts to use in your writing, and for finding out what things are actually called. For instance, one concept listed on this website is the Uncanny Valley. The Uncanny Valley is when something looks so close to being human that it actually feels a bit off, even a bit creepy. This is probably the issue many people have with dolls and mannequins, and is the reason why video game developers are having to be careful about how realistic they make characters look and move. And this concept is only one of many listed on this very useful site.

 

Writing Communities:

  • http://nanowrimo.org/
    • This website’s name, NaNoWriMo, actually stands for National Novel Writing Month. In November, writers from all over the world flock to this site to try to write a short novel of 50,000 words in a month. There are plenty of resources on this site, as well as forums dedicated to various genres, different age groups, roleplaying, and many other topics. Although it tends to be most active in November, it’s a pretty active site year round.
  • http://www.scribophile.com/
    • Scribophile is a writing community that rewards members for writing and for critiquing each other’s work. This website also has forums, although they’re more general than the NaNoWriMo forums. However, Scribophile does have groups for various genres and things and it also holds its own contests, some of which have cash prizes. In addition, it does have an academy tab that holds articles with writing advice.
  • http://www.writerscafe.org/
    • This website lets you post your writing for reviews and such as well. It also has groups, but no forums. In addition, many of the people on the site will also write courses to try to allow people to learn how to write. However, unlike Scribophile, the people who write the courses do not need any qualifications to do so. This website has contests, with prizes varying depending on who posts them.

 

Educational Resources:

  • https://openstax.org/
    • This website has free textbooks on a variety of subjects, from physics and economics to psychology and history.
  • http://www.openculture.com/
    • This website not only has free textbooks, but it also has free classes and courses on all sorts of different subjects. I highly recommend checking it out.
  • http://lexicity.com/
    • This website consists of resources to allow people to learn old languages. Lexicity has everything from Latin and Egyptian to Sumerian and Sanskrit.
  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/free-links/
    • This website has a lot of useful links and resources for learning modern foreign languages.
  • https://www.duolingo.com/
    • This website is useful if you’d actually like to learn a language relevant to your story yourself through a series of online lessons. Duolingo is constantly adding more languages and is an extremely valuable resource.

 

On a final note, I hope that everyone can find something on this list that they’ll find useful. I’ll probably also be saving this as a reference for myself, should Chrome ever lose my bookmarks between computers again.

 

~Victoria

 

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