Here are some links to novel writing software programs that you may find useful. I’ve tried to collect a lot of free ones too! I personally use NewNovelist, which is pretty good. When it is released for windows in early 2010 I will be buying Scrivener, because the virtual corkboard looks incredible, and hopefully if I win NaNoWriMo this year I will get my hands on a half price copy. ywriter2-freeFree Mindmapping Tool-free Storybook-freeStoryRight-freeTextBlockWriter-freePortable Writing Software-freeWriting Toold for ipadBest Software Programs for WritersFree Creative Writing SoftwareFree Software for WritersScrivenerNewNovelist
Here are some articles, prompts and databases I have found or created for helping you to build a realistic setting for your novel. Tizzy’s Ultimate Setting Chart (my own) Novel Settings Randomizer Index of Country and City Names World Building Prompts Article on World Building
Here are some great plot planning worksheets, blog posts and articles to help you structure your novel: The Nine Grid Plan 10 Ways to Organise Your Book 5 Classic Plots Plot Twists Plot Worksheet Outline Your Novel in 30 Minutes Top Ten Plotting Mistakes Plotting by Jeff Heisler Plotting by Personality Various Plotting Tools and Worksheets Romance Novel Plot Generator
Here is a collection of character planning worksheets and name databases that I have found on my travels or created myself. Enjoy! Planning Characters Tizzy’s Ultimate Character Chart (my own)List of Character Traits Detailed Character Chart Naming Characters Fantasy Name GeneratorNymbler-a website where you can type in up to 6 names you like and it comes up with a lot of similar names, both of ethnicity, feel and sound.Seventh Sanctum Name GeneratorsD&D Name GeneratorA collection of name generatorsWhat’s in a name?Random Name Generator-uses data from the US Census to match first and last names with differing degrees of probability.Behind the […]
Here’s a collection of resources that I’ve stumbled across on my travels that have been created specifically for NaNoWriMo participants . I hope you find them useful. Don’t forget there are other more general novel writing resources on this blog from name generators to plot worksheets. You can find all the novel writing resources here. The Unofficial NaNoWriMo Resource BinderOutline 50k in 20 ChaptersNovember Spawned 2007: a Novel-Writing HandoutNaNoWriMo Report Card-a Microsoft Xcel document that tracks your progress with pretty graphs and magical calculations! Livejournal Nano PromptsThirty Days of World BuildingNano for the New and the InsaneTemptation Blocker
NaNoWriMo has finally kicked off! I have added a new feature to the blog- a box that tracks all my Nano stats-and I will be updating it daily. I will also try to post a daily update on my progress if I get the time. Although some crazy people got up at midnight to start writing, being a lazy student I spent the morning lying in bed reading magazines and not even thinking about Nano. I got up about 11am, ate my breakfast, perused the internet, tidied and hoovered the house and generally procrastinated like a pro before finally sitting […]
The opening lines of a novel or short story are probably the most important. They are the first thing that will be read, and readers will decide from that whether they want to continue, so you have to set them up well to make people want to read on. You don’t want to start with a boring paragraph of description. It has to be something that tells the reader some crucial information, introduces an unusual situation and is enticing enough to make them want to find out what happens next. Here is a compilation of my favourite opening lines […]
Here’s a rare thing: me attempting digital art. I did it on 01/04/10 but it’s taken me this long to put it up. It was originally a pencil sketch, but I scanned it into my computer and painted it in photoshop. I’m a leo and lions are my favourite animals, so I love drawing them. I think this one turned out quite well.