For a writer, you have your basic tools of the trade. If you are like me you have your pens, paper, notebooks, scraps of paper, fountain pens, pencils, and things to do all your writing by hand. I do a lot of writing by hand. Then you have your computer, laptop, typewriters, word processors (though most of those have gone by the wayside). These are what make a writer create there work.
But sometimes, you need extra things other than just a pen, paper and your mind. That’s where the Toolbox comes in hand.
First you have your hardware: the book thesauruses, libraries and other various methods of information.
Then there are the online sources.
First, let’s start with the blog A Writer’s Path. Over there, Ryan has compiled a nice, neat list of links for places online that really do help a writer out. Mr. B would say it’s cheating and what did writers do before there was the internet? To which I reply, there were an awful lot of John’s, Jane’s, Mary’s and Frank’s as character names…. Just saying.
‘The little Nudge’ from The Santa Clause 2. Because we all need a little nudge…
Ryan, has links for random name generators, plots, clothing, body language, etc. , to help you get going where sometimes you just need a nudge.
Then he has links for traditional publishing and self publishing. They are all really great links and I urge you to check them out because, as of yet, I don’t have my own list of links for a Toolbox. I really should consider compiling one for myself.
So, check out his Toolbox, but I also have a few links to add to this.
First off: Fantasy Name Generators This link has everything. Place names (fantasy, mixed with real, Asian, inns, bars, lakes, mountains, castles…), Fantasy names, real names, constellations names (fake), mineral names (fake), and I could go on and on. This site is rather remarkable and you can spend so much time futzing.
Treasury of Latin Prayers If you are writing anything that needs a latin prayer, well here you go. I haven’t searched through the whole thing, but wow, both translations, so you know what’s being said. For all those historical novels, this can be quite useful.
Random Romance Novel Title Generator Yes, I know, but hey, some of use do write romance and honestly, coming up with a decent title for a romance is harder than it looks. Especially without it sounding too cheesy. Just try it out.
And for Westerns…. Random Western Novel Title Generator
For unique women’s clothing DevilNight has a remarkable amount of cool clothing. Vintage, Victorian, Gothic, Retro, Wedding, Medieval….
These are just a few extra places to check out. There are so many resources out there for writing.
I love Tumblr for writing prompts. Some of my best pictures for writing have come from there. Bing and Google have an exhaustive image archive, for whatever it is you are looking up, and don’t forget Pinterest and WeHeartIt. These are all great spots to help with writing as well.
So, does anyone else have some great Toolbox links? I think I should start compiling a list and put it on it’s own page. Maybe right up there with ‘Methods of Madness’ a page I have yet to fully finish.