Vision: A Resource for Writers
Lazette Gifford, Editor
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Reviewed By Lazette Gifford
©2003,
Lazette Gifford

 

With NaNoWriMo starting, many people are going to be frantic for everything from names to story ideas for their work.  Here are a number of links that might help people during the NaNo madness -- and they might even be helpful at other, less stressful times!

Also be sure to check out Name, Name, Who's Got the Name by Gerri Baker, a Vision article on name generation sites. 

http://fmwriters.com/Visionback/Issue14/website%20Review.htm  

There are a lot more Name generator sites listed at NaNo as well.  Here is the link to the Generator links? Need names and such, add one here! on NaNoWriMo.  There are a lot of interesting links there!

http://www.nanowrimo.org/viewtopic.php?t=7028

Don't have a story idea yet?  Well you can always use the Story Generator Forward Motion used for the Story a Day challenge!

http://www.webcom.com/wordings/artofwrite/storystarter.html

Marion Webster Dictionary on-line.

http://www.m-w.com

Very nice.  Generate maps of cities, taverns, worlds, multiple worlds... there's all kinds of fun toys to just try out here.

http://www.irony.com/webtools.html

The Advanced Dungeon and Dragon Inn Generator.  Actually might be helpful, even in non-fantasy stories.

http://www.adnddownloads.com/inngen.shtml

A generator for City names.  Kind of fun!

http://www.geocities.com/terrorsmartyr/boe/citynames.html

Or maybe you need to know the location for something in the real world?

http://www.mapquest.com

Well, not everyone needs to find out information on patron saints, but you never know....

http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/indexsnt.htm

This one analyzes names and might help you find the right one, or develop some oddity about a character.

http://www.zodiacal.com/acro.mv?analyze

Fairy Tale generator.  Interesting idea...

http://www.macrowerx.com/~jfusion/ftg/

How about a random magical power?

http://www.seventhsanctum.com/gens/index.html

The Skyview Café... a wonderful site to find out if there is (or was) a full moon on a certain night, or maybe find out the exact time the sun will rise on a certain date in a certain area... very nice!

http://www.skyviewcafe.com/index.php

Need to see what a certain gun looks like?  Try this one!

http://www.securityarms.com/20010315/all.htm

Links to all kinds of calendar type things.  Helpful if you're using a non Julian dating system.

http://calendarhome.com/

How about the Bureau of Labor Statistics?  You never know when a few odd facts and figures might help!

http://www.bls.gov/home.htm

Quotes by authors

http://www.quoteland.com/author.asp

Rules to live by for you secondary characters...

http://enphilistor.users4.50megs.com/sidekick.htm

And another one just for fun -- Create rather silly Irish curses...

http://hermes.lincolnu.edu/~focal/scripts/mallacht.htm

Somehow, this one just seems right for writers (It's a video, so don't attempt if you have a slow machine...)

http://www.eds.com/superbowl/sb_cats.shtml

And finally... the kind of story that NaNo might engender a few too many times...

http://www.shagrat.net/Html/cows.htm