Ten Things for NaNoWriMo'ers
1. My first stop when hunting a title: Bartleby.com. I use the verse search engine to look for interesting phrases or lines from poems.
1a. My second stop: The Bonsai Story Generator.
2. Our friends to the north, the Canadian Authors Association, have a Writing Resources by Genre page.
3. When all else fails, talk to ELIZA.
4. Sami Pyörre offers the Everchanging Book of Names, a random name generator shareware program.
5. The Giallo Kit Generator offers a crash course in concise if bizarre giallo plot premises that sound like stuff a couple of writers I know would be interested in (not that I'm naming names, John, Stuart, Kate, Jon, James, Tam, Douglas . . .)
6. Dictionary.com's Grammar, Usage & Style page
7. Instant Muse Poetry Generator is supposed to help when you need a poetic line or phrase but your muse is out to lunch. All the lines start with "In the...", and I got: In the city of misery the weeds march.
8. Muse Creations offers a free trial download of Muse Names naming software that looks pretty neat, and if you scroll down you can get also some of author Vanessa Grants's writing templates for free.
9. Need a life? Download Educational Simulations' Real Lives for free.
10. For the wordless, WordGizmo (also good for those times when you have to name that vital stardrive component something but you have absolutely no idea what, i.e. "Captain, if you don't shut down the engines in thirty seconds the idübert will fail and the ship will blow up.")