Idea Creation & Organizational Tools
The Complete Guide to Bullet Journaling for Writers - Let the folks at Writer's Edit show you how a bullet journal can help you set writing goals, plan novels, track your progress, practice all-important self-care, and much more.
Creating Your Very Own Story Bible - The story bible is one of the biggest aids for keeping track of information and maintaining continuity in a large story or a shared universe. Author, J.M. Butler, shows writers how it works in this article.
How to Organize and Develop Ideas for Your Novel - This blog post by Laura Whitecomb for Writer's Digest, explains how to use index cards to keep yourself and your plot organized.
Bibisco - (Free & Pay What You Want Premium/Windows, Linux, & MacOS) Includes a full text editor and helps you create characters, organize your ideas, and see what's connected throughout your novel.
Bookflow - (Free trial 15 days & cost/web based) Offers fresh writing exercises daily, tracks goals and progress to keep you motivated, and is built out to help you see both the big picture and the significant details.
Coggle - (Free & Cost Versions/ Internet Based) Coggle is an online tool for creating and sharing mindmaps, which can help you brainstorm ideas organically.
Evernote - (Free & Cost Versions/Internet Based) Helps you capture and prioritize ideas, projects, and to-do lists, so nothing falls through the cracks.
Family Echo - (Free/Internet Based) Create a family tree for your characters with this website.
Hiveword Novel Organizer - (Free & Cost Versions/Internet Based) Track characters, scenes, settings, plotlines, and more with the free Hiveword novel organizer. Hiveword's customizability ensures that you'll never outgrow it.
Manuskript - (Free/Windows, Linux, & MacOS) Uses the Snowflake Method to help you outline your novel. Includes a distraction free writing mode, and shows how frequently words and phrases are used in your manuscript.
Notebook.ai - (Free & Cost Versions/Internet Based) The free version lets you create and organize characters, places, and items. The monthly subscription unlocks the ability to create and organize other aspects of world-building including magic systems, creatures, and languages.
Plottr - (Cost/Windows, Mac, iOS & Android) Create visual outlines, story bibles, automate your outlines, use existing templates or create your own, and export to Word and Scrivener.
Story Planner - (Free & Cost Plans/Internet Based) Story Planner’s easy-to-follow steps help writers plan novels, screenplays and more. We take you through each stage of the planning process to help you create a better story.
Trello - (Free/Internet Based, iOS, & Android) Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.
WorldAnvil - (Free & Paid Versions/Internet Based) Map out and nest your plots, plan your character arcs, keep track of locations, side characters and languages, and add timelines to document the history behind your writing, and so much more!
ArtBreeder - (Free/Online) Remix images to create your own portraits, landscapes, and so much more!
Azgaar's Fantasy Map Generator - (Free/Online) This is a free open source map generator.
Chaotic Shiny - (Free/Online) A generator site aimed at people who write, game, or live in fantasy worlds of their own creation. Includes name, pantheon, and civilization generators among many others.
Legomenon Shakespearean Insult Generator - Need unique insults for your novel? Get some ideas from Shakespeare!
Rink Works Fantasy Name Generator - (Free/Online) Generates an endless number of random fantasy setting names (of people, places, or anything). It can generate names on its own, or you can tell it what kind of name you're looking for.