5 Free and Useful Tools for Writing Fantasy

All genres of writing come with unique challenges, but fantasy writing (and speculative fiction in general) usually involves a lot of out-of-the-box thinking. Regardless of the subgenre you’re writing, there are plenty of times you need to rely entirely on your imagination. What are you going to call your squirrel-racoon-pigeon mutant hybrids that are terrorizing New York City?

Look, I’ve been there. Over the years that I’ve been working on Project Quest, I’ve found several useful online tools that have helped me generate ideas, visualize, and keep track of things in my fantasy universe. So whether you need a map of an alien planet, a timeline of world history, or you just need character names for your next D&D campaign, these tools can help you out.

In the interest of sharing things that are both useful and accessible, this list only includes tools that are either entirely free (ad-supported, etc.) or have a “free version” that allows use of all key features without additional payment.

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The Writer’s Toolbox

Writing is hard. Even though I love writing fiction, I still struggle with it from time to time. Once I get started, that doesn’t mean it’s all smooth sailing from there either. I know that in the end, it will all be worth it, but it’s still a rough journey to get there.

Luckily, there are a lot of helpful tools to help writers in every stage of writing, whether it’s gathering ideas, writing the first draft, or editing. Of course, it would be nearly impossible to list every single one of them, but there are a few tools that I’ve found extremely useful for my writing. This week, I want to share some of the things that are in my “Writer’s Toolbox.”

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