I figured that I might start a list of all of the resources that I use. For my own purposes, as well as anyone else who would like to use them. Right now the list will be pretty short and basic, but I plan to add to it as I go through NaNo this year, so hopefully people can find something helpful here.
Most of these resources have been pooled from the NaNo forums, since the site gets wiped once a year. All links work properly, to the best of my knowledge. If one doesn’t work anymore, let me know. 🙂
Of course, the obligatory link: the National Novel Writing Month site.
Wordle: Make a word cloud with the story you’ve written. Can help figure out which words you might use too often.
Twitter Page for NaNo Word Sprints
Evernote: Seriously. I cannot begin to explain how much I use this for EVERYTHING. I have the app on my phone and Kindle, and downloaded to my laptop Seriously. Try it.
Characters and Characterization:
One of the most in-depth character charts I have ever seen can be found here.
This is what I use when I need last names.
Another incredibly detailed character chart is here. This is also one of the few that I’ve seen that uses the MBTI-Personality Types.
Prompts / Inspirations:
Room/Home designer: help visualize your setting.
Bubbl.us: Basic online thought map program
Family Echo: a free family tree maker.
Information about the MBTI-Personality types I mentioned above is here. They can be helpful in creating characters. Here is a deeper analysis of the 16 types, though they should always be taken with a grain of salt.
Of course, The Mary Sue Litmus Test