As a newbie, unpublished writer I don’t have all the answers (sometimes I feel like I don’t have any of them). Being a writer isn’t just something you know how to do like programming a machine. With writing no one person can ever really possess all the answers. It is a continual learning curve. Sometimes you need a little kick-start to get a story rolling or a little help coming up with a good name. Here are a few of the useful sites I use in my writing and a few others I hope you’ll take a look at:
1. www.advancedfictionwriting.com – this is a site run by the author Randy Ingermanson and it is where I discovered the snowflake method… check it out
2. www.babynames.com – I know this is a site for expectant parents, and yes I know I don’t fall into that category. Children aren’t even a blip on the radar, but I do hold an account on this site. When I need a name for a character but just can’t find the right one I find myself on this site or looking in baby name books because our characters are our children.
3. www.thewingless.com/forge/ – This site is a fantasy name generator I like to use to help with naming some obscure places.
4. www.artandwriting.org – This is the site for the scholastic art and writing awards. Teens looking for scholarships and/or some recognition for their writing should definitely check this out.
5. www.mythicscribes.com – This is a fantasy writing site where you might be able to glean some helpful advice or information to help you with your fantasy story.
6. www.erindorpress.com – This is a site run by the amazon bestselling author of Necromancer Awakening, Nat Russo. I find it very helpful and sometimes just downright interesting
7. jerrysguild.com – A new Writer’s Guild run by the author Jerry Jenkins. It’s something you have to pay for but it’s worth looking into for the support community. I was on for a little less than a month before my finances told me I needed textbooks more… I intend to rejoin at some point in the future.
8. www.fortunecookiemessage.com – A website with virtual fortune cookie messages. Great for Writing Prompts
9. writingexercises.co.uk/index.php – Ah… the British. This site generates various story elements, including entire plots… sometimes it’s just what you need to get the ball rolling! I was introduced to this site by my intro screenwriting professor… it’s actually really cool for writing exercises and even projects that I can’t decide what to write about but I have a deadline.
Note: This article will be updated as I discover more sites to help myself and other writer’s grow.
Last Updated: 8 June 2016