Monday, October 22, 2012

NaNoWriMo Ten

Ten Free Things To Help with NaNoWriMo

Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.

Hiveword -- a web-based novel writing organizer service you can use to build your novel from synopsis to characters to plots to scenes. Nothing to download with this one; you use it online. Hiveword also allows you to save your work on the site and will be free forever, thanks to Mike Fleming. Check out my review of it here.

Kleimo's Random Name Generator -- This generator uses US census data to produce name lists of up to 30 for males, females or both genders. You can also set the obscurity factor from 1 (extremely common names) to 99 (extremely uncommon names.)
The Novel Notebook -- My free e-book which contains a variety of templates and worksheets, examples from my own works and other info to help you organize your novel.

Pseudo-Elizabethan Place Name Generator -- I still get e-mail asking for this rather fabulous place name generator, which disappeared for awhile before it returned via (and thank you, Michele Albert, for whatever you did to bring it back.) The place names it generates may not work for everyone, but collectively they're all wonderfully inventive and beautifully quirky.
Seventh Sanctum -- your one stop online for fun generators. Do check out the writing section for some great story spark and other writing inspiration gennies.

Smart Edit -- simply the best free editing software I've ever found. See my write up about it here.

Wordle  -- My favorite online toy, which can be a serious help when it comes to story craft. It generates word clouds based on the text or URL you input, and you can use the clouds to come up with story titles, character names, place names and more (and to see what I've done with it, here are all my posts on Wordle.)

Writer's Knowledge Base -- this is a search engine specifically geared for writers, and offers a comprehensive list of valuable links for just about any writing topic you want to research. Immensely efficient and helpful when you have a particular writing-related problem you want to solve sooner rather than later.

Writertopia's Picometer and Progress meter -- if you need a free wordcounter for your web site or blog, these two are quite popular and easy to install.

and last but not least:  Way of the Cheetah, my how-to on boosting your productivity, is now available for anyone to read online, download, print out and share etc. for free until December 1st.

Do you have any great writing-related links you want to share for NaNoWriMo 2012?  Post them in comments.


  1. I can't seem to write anything without open in a browser tab. Reverse lookup is often VERY helpful.

  2. I want/need Smart Edit for Macs, now! Thanks, Lynn; you're always on our side. Reading Way of The Cheetah in 3...2...1

  3. Wow thanks for the post. There are some great links that I have never heard of.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  4. Fantastic resources! Just took a quick look through The Novel Notebook - it looks really helpful - and I'm always in the market for new name generators. Can't wait to check out the rest of these as well.


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