***This page of lists is a work-in-progress and updated as I have time to work on it.***
Essential Writing Tools I Personally Use
Programs and websites I can't survive without. The websites are free, but most of the apps are not; however, if you participate and win NaNoWriMo, oftentimes discount codes to some of them are included in the winner goodies.
*Scrivener - Writing, organizing, & formatting: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview
Scapple - Brainstorming and organizing: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple/overview
Aeon Timeline - Creating consistent timelines - *Syncs with Scrivener: https://www.aeontimeline.com/users/creative-writers/
Idea Spinner - Brainstorming and organizing: http://storymind.com/page507.htm
*Microsoft Word (I have Office 365) - Writing & formatting: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/office-365-personal/cfq7ttc0k5bf?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab
*Grammarly - Editing (because it has invaluable plug-in's for Word, Chrome, and Google Docs): https://app.grammarly.com/
4theWords - Writing website that combines the productivity of writing with the fun of quest-gaming: https://app.4thewords.com
Jutoh - Formatting & design: http://www.jutoh.com/
myNoise - Non-distracting background noise: https://mynoise.net/
Canva - Creating graphics for web use: https://www.canva.com/
Things 3 - Productivity app (I use on my iPhone): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/things-3/id904237743?mt=8
*I do most of my draft writing in Scrivener, but I prefer Word for the final editing stages for a number of reasons, one of which is that there are Word-compatible Grammarly and KindleCreate Add-ins that I find invaluable.
Writing Tools I Don't Personally Use
These are a few that I don't personally use myself (primarily because many of them are for Mac only and I run Windows), but fellow author/friends sing their praises.
Editing Apps and Websites
The Hemingway Editor: http://www.hemingwayapp.com/desktop.html
Grammarly - Editing: https://app.grammarly.com/
Grammar Check: https://www.grammarcheck.net/editor/
Write or Die 2: https://v2.writeordie.com/
Calmly Writer: https://www.calmlywriter.com/
Tomato Timer (Pomodoro Technique): https://tomato-timer.com/
Character Development Questionnaires/Interviews
There are some really great character development worksheets out there. Below are a few of my favorites. These type of lists are not one size fits all. Over the years, from these and other lists, I've borrowed what is relevant and curated my own.
A few random but useful odds and ends of research I've accumulated over the years.
Comprehensive Clothing Styles and Designs Guide: https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliegerstein/girl-you-look-good?bffb&utm_term=.goQGGN7MJ3#.vfaNNW782B
Describing Eye Color: http://www.obsidianbookshelf.com/html/eyecolorlist.html
American Architectural Styles: https://99percentinvisible.org/article/style-house-visual-guides-domestic-architectural-designs/
Architectural Terms & Definitions: http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/portal/communities/architecture/resources/dictionary.html and http://img.uoregon.edu/arh314/terminology/Terminology_all.html
North American Flowers: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/5022010
List of Mythical Creatures: http://www.gods-and-monsters.com/list-of-mythical-creatures.html
Occult & Witchcraft: http://www.puzuzu.com/
Cemetery Terminology: https://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/files/cem_glossary.pdf
Legal Age to Marry by State: https://www.thespruce.com/legal-age-marriage-laws-by-state-2300971
Family Relationship Charts: https://www.famlii.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Family-Relationship-Chart-Famlii-1.pdf and https://lifehacker.com/second-cousins-once-removed-and-more-explained-in-1661572056
Everything About Hair (this is incredible for fiction AND real life!): https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliegerstein/31-charts-thatll-help-you-have-the-best-hair-of-your-life?utm_term=.tmeOOl6Ead#.btk88br2mO
Describing Noses: https://kathysteinemann.com/Musings/noses/
Reverse Dictionary: http://onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml
Color Converter: https://www.w3schools.com/colors/colors_converter.asp
Google Translate: https://translate.google.com/
Great places to research agents and publishers. QueryTracker is my favorite, but to get the most out of it, I recommend the paid "Premium" subscription. Totally worth it.
Query Tracker: https://querytracker.net/index.php
Publishers Marketplace: https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/
Poets & Writers: https://www.pw.org/literary_agents
Agent Query: https://agentquery.com/publishing_mp.aspx
Writers Market: http://www.writersmarket.com/cms/open/agent