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Welcome to the IYW Resource Centre . This thread has been created for writers and readers alike to share links to resources they find useful. Any resource is welcome, from free editing apps to free online world building programmes, character strengthening games to dictionary sites, image galleries to free plot prompt sites.

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This contains the information from the thread in the old forums, as well as helpful hints for making a good SYS post. There’s a lot of good stuff here, from words counts, to name sites, to how to treat someone who was scalped in the 1800’s:

Writer’s Help Thread

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Writing software:
Scrivener: You have to buy it, but it has a free trial. I personally love it, and it allows you to keep everything in one place, write scene by scene, rearrange things easily, and export into multiple formats.
Scapple: Also not free, but has a trial period. It’s a mind mapping program that I use when brainstorming or outlining.
Both the free trials are for 30 days of use — can be non consecutive, so if you are working on a project short term you could def use them

Hemingway App is a free online tool that helps with editing. It’s not perfect, but it definitely helps me.

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–> Masterlist of Free Writing Resources

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Resources for Historical Fiction writers:

  • For medieval settings:
  1. Medieval warfare

  2. General information of the period

  3. Modern History TV: a series of short documentaries about knights, horses, food and other customs.

  4. Medievalists podcast

  • Fashion History:
  1. Prior attire: YouTube channel from a fashion historian.
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Best thesaurus site EVER (to me): powerthesaurus.org
Will give synonyms, antonyms, definitions, AND examples

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Grammarly, I love it, SO much so that I bought the premium version but there is a free one as well.

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Distraction free writing website: https://www.calmlywriter.com/

Can import and export to HTML, plain text, markdown, and Microsoft Word .docx, has PDF (print option).


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Related:

https://opendyslexic.org/ Font intended for people with dyslexia

More info quoted from website "About" page

“OpenDyslexic is an open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic styles, and 2 typefaces: OpenDyslexic, and OpenDyslexic-Alta. It was created to help with my reading, and is being updated continually and improved based on input from other dyslexic users. There are no restrictions on using OpenDyslexic.”

“OpenDyslexic is created to help with some of the symptoms of dyslexia. Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to indicate direction. You are able to quickly figure out which part of the letter is down which aids in recognizing the correct letter, and sometimes helps to keep your brain from rotating them around. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent confusion through flipping and swapping.”

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Finding Names / Name Meanings

First Names - https://www.behindthename.com/
https://www.babynames.com/
http://www.babynamewizard.com/

Last (Family) Names - https://surnames.behindthename.com/

If you need help finding or coming up with names, these websites are very helpful. (I especially suggest Behind the Name as you can search for specific names, search name by meaning, and get history behind name origins.)

Not every name in existence are on these site, so if no names comes up that you’re looking for, go ahead and Google it. Hope this helps :blush:

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My teacher adores this site about MLA and stuff: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html

Story planning site: plotfactory.com

Also, these resources are so varied they’ll get lost, I feel like. What if share your resources was a topic genre like Story Services or Share your Story or the Cafe, and then there could be different sub genres like “Setting”, “Planning” and “Editing” to organize it more

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For story planning, check out the collection of links here:

It even has outlining methods and other writing tools.

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Springhole.net
It provides tons of writing advice and generators for names, descriptions, worldbuilding, etc.

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Character generator by @amandamaedowney : https://perchance.org/gsnm91n2yy

gives 3 Personailty traits, 2 hobbies, and 2 interesting facts

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this is a great podcast. they have been doing it for over a decade and by now they have a great backlog of stuff covering basically any topic on writing imagineable.

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Writing Prompt Websites

Blog.reedsy.com

  • 584 prompts
  • can filter by genres of Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Kids, General, Historical Fic, Holiday, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Getfreewrite.com 60 prompts

Self-publishingschool.com

  • 400+ writing prompts
  • grouped by genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Contemporary, Romance, Horror/Thriller, Mystery, Reddit, Non-fic

Writtenwordmedia.com

  • 500 Writing Prompts
  • Filter by Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy/Paranormal, General Fic, Religion/Spirituality, Travel/Adventure, Horror, Children’s, Young Adult

pw.org (poets and writers)

  • You can sort by Any, Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Non-Fiction
  • Each prompt is about a paragraph long.

tckpublishing.com

  • Around 5-10 Prompts for each of the following genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror/Thriller, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Non-fic/Memoir

Dailywritingtips.com

  • 20 generic and simple writing prompts averages about 10 words
  • Has some inks to other writing prompt websites

Thewritepractice.com

  • 10 prompts with photo
  • Also links to more prompt websites

Mcsweeneys.net
Thirteen Writing Prompts by Dan Wiencek

creativewritingprompts.com
346 writing prompts, have to hover over each number to see them

Writingprompts.com
Whole website dedicated to just writing prompts, but it’s kind of in a blog format, so I could only see three per page.

WritersDigest.com
They have 25 prompts to click on and view, and a link for “older posts” but that brings me to a 404 page.

WritingFix.com
This one is organized quite differently, categorizing prompts via left brain vs Right brain.

Everywritersresource
This one has thirteen posts under the “Writing Prompts” title, but one entry is a list of “1,000 prompts” (there are only about 81 so far) and the other entry is a link that brings you back to the page you were on.

But other than that, they have
  • Werewolf on a Cruise Ship
  • You meet a dragon
  • Writing prompts that end the world: name that virus
  • Vampire’s Someone to Love
  • Horror Prompt: Hammer it home to this end
  • 10 Horrifying horror story prompts
  • Writing Prompt 4: Let him go alone
  • Writing Prompt 5: Someone in the house
  • Writing Prompt 6: Man in Your Basket
  • Live long and prosper or not creative writing prompt
  • 10 even more horrifying horror story prompts

Tumbler accounts:

writing-prompt-s.tumbler.com
Popular writing prompt tumbler account, also has an Instagram account.

Writing Prompts that Don’t Suck

Writing Prompt Generators:

Writer Igniter by diymfa
Randomly shuffles Character, Situation, Prop, and Setting (photo)

WritingExercizes.co.uk
Found by @rhapsodyanne

List of Generators
  1. Random First line Prompts
  2. Random Subject
  3. Quck plot Generator
  4. Random Plot Generator
  5. Take Three Nouns
  6. Random First Line of Dialogue
  7. Random Scenario
  8. Random Writing Exercises
  9. Random Words
  10. Story Title Ideas
  11. Character Generator
  12. Children’s Section
  13. Town Name Generator
  14. Famous Film Plots
  15. Random Image Generator
  16. Random Character Traits
  17. Random Jobs
  18. Random Name Generator
  19. Character Exercises
    (Plus two “fun” generators/games)

FantasyNameGenerators.com
Although this one has mostly names, it has so many different name generators that it is notable, especially if you are inspired by plots that start with the character first.

The following two were found by @calmwolf via This thread

TheStoryShack.com Writing Prompt Generator
Also has links to character name generator and character personality generator

Plot-generator.org.uk

Their Categories
  • Generate: Short stories, Movie Script, Fairytale, Story Ideas, Opening Line, Twist, Writer’s Block Cure, Meme, Drabble
  • Create a Blurb: Freestyle, Line by Line, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Crime, Domestic Noir, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Vampire, Bronte Sisters, Summertime, Smelly Trolls.
  • Other Generators: Name, Character, Dating Profile, Song Lyrics, Letter, Poem

9/13/19 Update
Character generator:
Behindthename.com

9/18/19 Update
Prompts
(23 pages, each has 10 prompts except the last page has six. So that’s about 226 prompts total)
WriterMag.com

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https://jerryjenkins.com/how-to-write-a-novel/Beginner writers material

https://self-publishingschool.com/how-to-write-a-novel/

https://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/

Editing Applications/ Websites [ free]

https://www.editpadlite.com/

Open source tools for writers

THE ALL IN ONE APP
https://prowritingaid.com/art/26/10-Free-Writing-Apps-and-Tools.aspx

Book cover designer [free]

https://www.template.net/editable/book-covers

https://www.fotor.com/design/book-cover

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Dictionary


Thesaurus

Vocabulary Enrichment Programme

And another website for Writers as a guide
http://www.thewritersguide.co.uk/

http://www.rpc-wiki.net/writers-guide

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This is a good app for reading out text! It sounds natural and normal, and really helps with flow.

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I just wanted to share this tool with everyone because I love it so, so much. The Emotional Thesaurus is a fantastic resource for giving more PUNCH to your characters and your scenes.
Just pick a basic emotion, like, say “Anger” then look it up and BAM! There is a list of all kinds of suggestions on how you can SHOW anger without saying, “He felt angry.”

Here’s a link to the paperback: https://amzn.to/34qbYJG

Here’s a link to the Kindle book: https://amzn.to/312uRjU

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