Toolbox

Welcome to the Writer’s Toolbox, a collection of useful sites, books, and PDFs that can help you learn more as a writer and craft various nails and boards of your books.

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 Websites

Writer’s Thesauri

This useful collection of thesauri are designed to give ideas and deepen setting, character, and more, by providing more than just synonyms. The give you cliches to avoid, how to describe the words well, and useful information on it that will help you in the writing process.

Collection of Body Languages

This is similar to the thesauri. This useful page gives you several emotions or feelings and a couple corresponding body language movements that can help you be descriptive.

Name Generator

This name generator on Beyond the Name can help you come up with the best name for your character. With a high-tech categorization system, you can find names from all over the world.

Top 6 Fantasy Cliches to Avoid

Though there are many others I may give later, these six are some to desperately try to avoid. I’ve found some in my own work, and found them in countless other books I’ve read. They’ve been beaten to death over the years with overuse. While some authors can get away with it, others, like us, can’t.

Helping Writers Become Authors

This website is a useful blog filled with lots of information on the writing life, hosted by Christian author K.M. Weiland. Plus, if you sign up, you’ll get a free ebook on creating unforgettable characters, a must for a good book.

A Guide to Cowriting

Cowriting is a difficult subject that can lead to arguments, arguments, and arguments. Everybody has different opinions! Here are two parts of a guide that can help you stop them.

 Keeping a Writer’s Journal

A writer’s journal is a useful tool that keeps you a writer without writing. It creates, it inspires, and it keeps the brain active. This useful article gives twenty one ideas on keeping a writer’s journal.

PDF Documents

K&K’s Own Character Questionnaire

This is a basic character questionnaire I created to help authors get to know their characters more. Filled with questions and situations finding out how your characters would react, this character resume is a must to use along with the hundreds of others online.

K&K’s Character Scenario Questionnaire

In Divergent, we learn a lot about Beatrice by the scenarios the tests put her through. We can do the same with characters. This questionnaire finds out the details of your character by asking what they would do in this situation.

Active Verbs List

This, unlike the afore mentioned ones, is more like a standard thesaurus. However, it still has extra words that are unmentioned in standard thesauruses. A synonym for appear is flower, or spawn. This tool is designed to eliminate any boring, passive verbs and replace them with better, active ones. Good luck!

Crafting Unforgettable Characters

This ebook by K. M. Weiland is a manual on creating characters and getting to know them well. In it is a character questionnaire as well as several quotes, prompts, and exercises to help you deepen them. You must subscribe to the website above to receive ebook.

Books

Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly

Gail Carson Levine is an awarded author who wrote several books such as Ella Enchanted, The Wish, and more. In her book, Writing Magic, she describes some of the secrets of her work. This book is a general overview on writing, and does not focus on any one facet in to much detail.

How To Write Dazzling Dialogue

James Scott Bell, the #1 writer on writing, writes how to craft the the ultimate tool: dialogue. In his book, he says that dialogue is the easiest part of your novel to fix, so knowing how to do it right will better your novel significantly. This is an Amazon #1 bestseller.

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi came together to write this useful tool on writing. This book takes several emotions and describes inner and outer symptoms that will help your reader know exactly what’s going on in their heart. This is an Amazon # 1 bestseller.

Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes

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Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws

A pair of thesauruses written by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, these books explore tens of character traits, good and bad, and delve into all aspects of them. Each trait gives a definition, tons of associated behaviors and emotions, other conflicting traits, possible causes, and more. These two books are must-haves for writers.

Emotion Amplifiers

This is a companion to the Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. This gives a list of things that boost the emotion in your scene. Plus, its free!

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story

This has been my favorite read on writing so far. This book by K.M. Weiland delves into the amazing world of story structure in the novel, the scene, and the sentence. She displays the three-act structure, a system found in every classic book and movie. She also covers the structure of the scene and sequel, the two types of Scene. Finally, a whole chapter is devoted to sentence structure, something that flairs your writing and adds firepower to your arsenal.

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