Sites for Ideas and Inspiration

How to Find Strange Inspirations

With links to sites such as a book on strange phenomena, the Fortean Times, and the Museum of Hoaxes, this site is a must-visit for all who write about the weird, mysterious, and supernatural.



Adventure Cow

Have you ever read/played through one of those Choose Your Own Adventure books so popular among elementary and middle school kids? I’ve always thought the format would be a perfect fit for a website or mobile app, and this website promises to let you create your own stories as well as play through others’. I’ve signed up for a beta invite and will report more once I get to try out this site, but at first glance it looks like SO MUCH FUN!


Finish Your Novel

Author Timothy Hallinan writes:

I’d estimate that 98% of all the novels people begin are never completed.  Every person who abandons a book feels that he or she has a good reason, but my experience suggests that most of those books could have been finished – the writer just came up against something he or she couldn’t handle.

On this website, he provides advice to help writers of all stripes tackle just about every obstacle imaginable—along with his own inspirational tale of losing ALL his manuscripts in a house fire, rewriting one of his books in seven weeks, and going on to land an agent and a three book deal.


Enjoy! And definitely let me know if you have any other great sites you’d like me to add to the collection for next week!

Writing Tools: Cool Finds

Check out my favorite writing tools for the week—websites to inspire, encourage, and help you on your writing journey. Enjoy!

One Page Per Day presents the writer with a single blank page—freeing you from the “tyranny of the infinite page.” Log on daily to log your page and keep up momentum on your work-in-progress.

writing tools - One Page per Day

Check out the 911 Writers Block tool for emergency response to your writing problems! This site offers a plethora of images, quotes, and inspirational words:

writing tools - 911 Writers Block

Ever wonder if you overuse a particular word or phrase? The Word Frequency Counter on WriteWords will let you know:

writing tools - word frequency counter

Looking for the perfect rhyme? Try the Write Rhymes website:

writing tools - Write Rhymes

What about you? Do you have any favorite online writing tools to share?