Links to resources for creative writing, self-publishing, entrepreneurship, worldbuilding, and language.
Jeff Goins blogs about entrepreneurship and building a platform.
- Video course in building a platform
Jeff Goins offers a free video course in three parts about entrepreneurship and how to build a platform.
- The Nonverbal Dictionary
A dictionary with nonverbal behaviors, their psychological background and lots of sources.
- Internet Speculative Fiction Database
ISFDB seems to be for books what IMDB is for movies and TV shows.
How many words in a book? Find out by searching among this database’s more than 20 million titles.
- About.com Fiction Writing
A site about creative writing, lots of articles, practical tips, competitions, and links.
- Advanced Fiction Writing
Randy Ingermanson’s blog on creative writing.
Analysis of novels and discussions about how bestselling authors like J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins among others have structured their novels.
- DIY MFA – Do It Yourself Master of Fine Arts
diymfa.com is a site showing how to create your own Master of Fine Arts.
- FARP – Writing Tutorials
”FARP – Fantasy Art and Resource Project” has a section with articles on creative writing.
- Helping Writers Become Authors
A site that contains lots of articles on writing, focusing on novel structure, scene structure, and character arcs.
- Inside Creative Writing
A podcast about creative writing.
- Margie Lawson
A psychologist and writing teacher with a focus on writing emotions.
- TV Tropes
TVTropes.org is a catalog of ”tricks of the trade” for literature and movies.
- Wikihow’s Writing Category Page
Wikihow has information on a lot of topics, such as writing.
- Story Structure Database
Lists the structure of hundreds of films and books, founded by the author K. M. Weiland.
- Reedsy Plot Generator
Get help to come up with plots in genres like drama, fantasy, mystery, romance, and sci-fi.
- Creating Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds
A series of articles on the subject of creating a fictional world. Covers theology, physics, weather, geology, botany, astronomy, calendars, biology, and anthropology.
- Creating Realistic Fantasy Animals
”10 Steps to Creating Realistic Fantasy Animals” describes, as the name suggests, how to create fantasy animals to inhabit a fantasy world.
- Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions
A list of hundreds of questions to use as inspiration for building a fantasy world.
- Medieval Demographics Made Easy
”Medieval Demographics Made Easy – Numbers for Fantasy Worlds” describes the middle ages in numbers. How many butchers in a medieval village with 500 inhabitants?
- Outline of Culture – Wikipedias very thorough outline of culture can be used to get ideas or areas to cover when creating your own culture.
- Project Rho – 3D star maps
Project Rho – 3D star maps for role-playing or SF.
- 7 deadly sins of worldbuilding – things to avoid when building a fictional world.
Earth – references
- moonconnection.com – moon phases from 1930 to 2024. fullmoon.info – calendar for full moons from 1900 to 2050. Lunar Calculator – manages most years, perhaps though not all kinds of calendars…
- Behind the Name — the etymology and history of first names
- Kate Monk’s Onomastikon (Dictionary of Names)
“This is a collection of names from around the world which was initially intended to help provide character names for live role-players.”
- Project Rho – Atomic Rockets – How to build your own hard-SF atomic rocket ship.
- Architect of Worlds – John. F. Zeiglers (GURPS Space) further work on star and planet generation.
A discussion forum for creative writing covering most of the above topics.
Software for organizing beta readers with such features as access control, online reading on many devices, tracking reader progress and feedback handling. Here’s a very comprehensive comparison between BetaBooks and it’s largest competitor.