Useful Technology and Tools for Writers

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Here is a collection of links to software that you may find useful when writing:

Software

  • Scrivener (~ $40 – professional writer’s software)
  • Scapple (~ $15 – simple mind mapping software)
  • MS One Note (free – super powered organizer)
  • Novlr (~ $10/ month or $100/year – online writer’s software)
  • Evernote  (cloud storage for notes, clippings, lists. etc)

Kickstarters and Other Crowd Funded Ventures

Card Decks

  • Writer Emergency Pack – This is a deck of 26 cards which is looking to help get you unstuck from writer’s block, to help get you inspired and thinking about your plot and characters in new ways.
  • Plot Builder (Rebooted) – This is a deck of 72 cards with 12 cards per category, which has cards for the following:
    • Character
    • Organization
    • Motive
    • Method
    • Result
    • Twist
  • Non-Player Cards – This a deck of 300 cards which will help you to build richer and more believable characters. Each deck has cards for the following:
    • Names (25)
    • Professions (50)
    • Relationships (25)
    • Personality (50)
    • Traits (25)
    • Quirks (25)
    • Secrets (50)
    • Goals (50)
  • Game Master’s Apprentice – inspiration or randomization card for gaming or writing. Each card gives you results for character details, NPC backgrounds, random encounters, story seeds and plot hooks such as:
    • odds
    • various descriptors
    • belongings
    • catalyst
    • random names
    • location descriptor
    • virtue
    • vice

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