This list was created with the idea to help writers create. It consists of four categories: Character Development, Generators, Words & Grammar and World-Building. Each category is alphabetized with the related websites alphabetized underneath the category title. There is a brief description, written by me unless otherwise stated, next to each website title. A majority, if not all, of these websites are free.
This list does not have writing software. If you would like a master list of well known writing software please look here.
*Disclaimer: I compiled this list of websites to help writers. If you would like to add this to your own website please link back to me.
If you would like to contribute to this list please leave a comment below with information about your website.
–The definition of character development refers to the process of creating a believable character in fiction by giving the character depth and personality. -Taken from Your Dictionary
Queendom: Personality tests are a fun way to get to know your character better. Queendom is full of tests and quizzes to help you flesh out your characters.
Baby Names: A handful of writers are fortunate enough to decide character names without consulting a baby book. This website is a large database full of names separated by gender. They also have the meaning and origin of each name listed.
–a routine that constructs other routines or subroutines using given parameters, for specific applications.
“a report generator” -Taken from Google
Imagination Prompt Generator: Creativity Portal’s Imagination Prompt Generator will inspire you by outputting one of many randomly generated “Imagination Prompts” at the press of a button. We call them Imagination Prompts because they can be used for writing, blogging, art projects, music, discussion, or anything else you need some inspirational prompting for! -Taken from Website
The Forge: TheForge: fantasy name generator is a flash-based name generation utility that serves as both a literary aid and creative wellspring.
TheForge is not just one name generator, but several, divided by theme. TheForge is a general-purpose fantasy name generator. The SpellForge is our spell, effect, and magical name generator. The BeastForge is our animal, creature and monster name generator. Lastly, The LandForge is our setting and location name generator. -Taken from Website
Words and Grammar
–a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed. -Taken from Google
Abbreviations: …the world’s largest and most comprehensive directory and search engine for acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms on the Internet. -Taken from Website
Cliche Finder: You add in a bit of text from your novel and this program will identify the cliche parts.
Confusing Words: Confusing words that sound the same? Do you keep using ‘through’ instead of ‘threw’, and mixing your ‘too’, ‘to’, and ‘two’? Have no fear – Ginger’s spelling book is here!
Ginger’s spelling book contains a broad collection of the most frequent word-pairs that people tend to confuse. Browse it by clicking on a specific letter to see how to remember which word is witch…or…which! -Taken from Website
Cut-Up Machine: The CutUp Machine mixes up the words you enter in a form, a la William S. Burroughs and the Dadaists. This creates new and often surprising juxtapositions of words that can inspire creativity. -Taken from Website
Free Handwritten Fonts: If you need handwritten fonts here are ten free ones to get you started.
List Of Unusual Words: If you are a shakespearian scholar you might know most of these words, but if you’re like me, these are very helpful when it comes to writing characters with… colorful vocabulary.
Phrase Frequency Counter: This page allows you to count the frequency usage of phrases in your work. -Taken from Website
Shakespeare’s Words: Like the website above, this is for those characters with extensive vocabularies that some of us aren’t used to writing.
Tip Of My Tongue: For those times when you can’t think of the word but it’s, well, right on the tip of your tongue!
Word Frequency Counter: Our word frequency counter allows you to count the frequency usage of each word in your text. -Taken from Website
–Worldbuilding is an essential part of any work of fiction. But especially for science fiction or fantasy, it’s the lifeblood of storytelling. But when worldbuilding fails, it can wreck your whole story, and leave your characters feeling pointless. -Taken from 109
Orion’s Arm: This is a fantastic website if you want to research world-building or have a scientific question.