Writing Tools

On Writing

Here are some writing tools and resources I’ve personally found useful and wish to share, along with documents that I created for my own use when designing worlds and characters. I hope these serve you well.

As with anything, when it comes to world building and plotting make sure you do your own research! There are tons of help and resources out there.

World Building Resources

The first rule of world building is to not get too carried away. It’s very easy to get lost in worldbuilding and catch what is known as “world builders disease” – if you’re creating a fantasy world for a story, then remember the story is the most important part and the worldbuilding just creates the setting, atmosphere, and flavour. Spend some time on this to bring your world to life, but don’t spend months and months crafting a whole world to the point you neglect your plot and characters. When you start drawing maps of sewers, you know you’ve gone too far – unless of course this is key to your story!

That said, here is a document I use as a checklist for my own worldbuilding which covers the basics. You can download it as a .docx file. If you would like this in any other format, please contact me:

World Building Checklist

Here are some websites and other resources you may also find useful:

Character Profile Resources

As with world building, creating your characters needs to be detailed enough to bring them to life, but don’t spend too long going over every fine detail. The reader doesn’t need to know your main character’s shoe size unless it happens to be vital to your story!

Here are two documents that I created for building character profiles that you may find useful. The first is quite long/comprehensive. But, if like me, you don’t have time for all that, I’ve also created a shorter version which I now use.
You can download either as a .docx file. If you would like this in any other format, please contact me:

Character Profile – Large

Character Profile – Small

Here are some websites and other resources you may also find useful:

Other Writing Tools

Here are two more gifts: a word count tracker that I created for myself and a chapter outline which breaks down each chapter. They’re both very basic spreadsheets made in Excel without the bells and whistles you may find in writing apps.
You can download either as a .xlsx file. If you would like this in any other format, please contact me:

Word Count Tracker

Chapter Outline

Here are some websites and other resources you may also find useful:

  • Dabble – Free Word Processor
  • Evernote – Note-Making Software
  • Google Docs – Free Word Processor
  • Open Office – Free Word Process (Like Microsoft Word)
  • Scrivener – Popular Word Processor (Free Trial & Paid Versions)
  • Trello – Kanban Board for Project Planning
  • Twine – Free Interactive Story Creator
  • Write or Die – Motivational Writer
  • yWriter – Free Word Process/Scrivener Alternative

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