Quite a few people requested some form of trait/personality generator, and here’s the result!  I wanted to keep it vague enough that the options could work for any universe, be it modern, fantasy, scifi, or anything else, so these are really just the basics. Remember that a character is much more than a list of traits, and this should only be used as a starting point– I tried to include a variety of things, but further development is definitely a must.

Could pair well with the gender and sexuality generator.

To Play: Click and drag each gif, or if that isn’t working/you’re on mobile, just take a screenshot of the whole thing (multiple screenshots may be required if you want more than one trait from each category).




A tool to use for find Synonyms: Synonym Finder.

This is a great, unique little tool I found by browsing for writing resources. It’s name speaks for itself: it’s a synonym finder.

The site is clean cut, has soothing colors, and to-the point results for any word you look up.

For example, when I look up the word “romance,” I get this:

Synonyms: romance, romanticism
Definition: an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)

Hypernyms: quality
Definition: an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
Usage: the quality of mercy is not strained—Shakespeare”

I had no idea what a “hypernym” is. Apparently it’s a word with a more general meaning that a more specific word fall under. Like, color is a hypernym for green.

On the right corner there’s a button to make graphs! So you can trace each synonym from it’s root word, and see how far the other synonyms connect in comparison to others.

I really like it, so I’m going to definitely bookmark it on my writing tools list.




These were the Writers Write posts you enjoyed most in June 2014.

  1. How to make your characters shockingly real - Create characters, not caricatures
  2. Seven Extremely Good Reasons to Write the Ending First - Excellent advice
  3. 30 Famous Authors On Writing in Plain Language - Write to communicate
  4. What Your Handwriting Says About You - Does anyone still write by hand?
  5. The Most Annoying Writing Mistakes - Mistakes that make us cringe
  6. The Remarkable Writing Tools of Eight Famous Authors - How writers write
  7. Autopsies for Writers - What have your writing failures taught you?
  8. Literary Terminology - Excellent resource for writers
  9. Three reasons why you need a sidekick in your novel - A sidekick is not a friend
  10. Viewpoint Part One - Get Real: Viewpoint is your voice - Unravelling viewpoint

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                    click and drag game

  • if you want me to add anything just write me. i’ll add that and update the post!

I love all the click and drag games on Tumblr and after I read an article about diversity in YA books, I wanted to make a click and drag “game” myself. (i think this was the article, but i’m not sure, sorry)

Just your average, skinny-yet-athletic, Polynesian trans-hetero male who happens to be psychotic and cold-hearted, yet is ultimately a lawful neutral character…

….I may actually have to try writing/breathing life into Aolani now…and yes, that’s the name I’m going with.

Tall and strong Native American cisgendered male who is homosexual, rude, loud, and his name starts with O.

i like it