Creativity & Inspiration

Creativity Portal – Creativity Portal encourages the exploration and expression of creativity through engaging articles, insightful interviews, free projects, writer’s prompts, and lots of play.

Overheard in New York

The Story Starter – The Story Starter randomly generates a story starters sentence from more than 215 billion prompts.

The Writer’s Plot Idea Generator – This plot generator creates original and random storylines for plays, novels, short stories, soap opera, TV series or a movie script.

Writing Advice

10 Minute Novelist

Helping Writers Become Authors with KM Weiland, historical fiction author and writing mentor.

She’s Novel

Terrible Minds with Chuck Wendig

Books on Writing

Write Your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell

Super Structure by James Scott Bell

Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell

Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder

Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies by Blake Snyder

Save the Cat! Strikes Back by Blake Snyder

The Indie Author Survival Guide by Susan Kaye Quinn

Writing Young Adult

Adventures in YA Publishing – Young Adult Fiction, YA Book Giveaways, Advice from Young Adult Authors, Plus Writing Tips, Publishing Information, and Insider Tidbits.

YA Highway

Crime Writing

Books & Resources

Forensic Science Organizations

Explore Forensicsthe-writers-guide-to-weapons

The Writer’s Guide to Weapons

Crime Scene Investigator Network

Crime Scene Forensics

Writers’ Police Academy – The Writers’ Police Academy offers an exciting and heart-pounding interactive and educational hands-on experience for writers to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, and forensics.

FBI Guide for Writers, Authors, & Producers – What we can provide you:

     Guidance on content regarding FBI investigations, procedures, structure, and history;
     Information on costumes, props, scenery, and weapons;
     Fact checks;
     Liaison and coordination with local FBI field offices;
     Coordination of location shots; and
     Access to FBI facilities for filming scenes, interviews, or b-roll footage.

In Reference to Murder – A reference site for writers, readers and fans of mystery and crime fiction. You’ll find over 3,000 links on a wide variety of topics that I hope will be useful for information, research, news and entertainment.

Mystery Writers of America

International Thriller Writers

Crime Writers & Detectives

Writer’s Detective – Law Enforcement Technical Advising for Writers

Top 50 Best Crime Writers

Jungle Red Writers – Seven smart and sassy crime fiction writers dish on writing and life. It’s The View. With bodies.

Random & Fun Writing Stuff

25 Ways to Plot, Plan & Prep Your Story by Chuck Wendig

Worksheets for Writers by Jami Gold

Character Flaws by The Character Therapist

Beat Sheet Calculator (see Save the Cat!) –

Scrivener with Joanna Penn

Coffitivity – Coffitivity recreates the ambient sounds of a coffee shop.