We have updated our list of third-party tools, userscripts, and bookmarklets! It’s not a complete list, just a selection of things we found around the net or that were pointed out to us by users. Some of these were even created by AO3 coders when not working on Archive code. \o/ However, please keep in mind that we can’t provide technical support for any of these unofficial tools. If something stops working, pls contact the creator who can look into a fix.
Here’s a few of the newest additions and classic add-ons:
- If you use Google Drive to work on fics, fannish meta, or other text-based fanworks, you might have run into formatting issues when copying from Google Drive to our Rich Text Editor. In particular, italics and bold text will not be carried over correctly when copy-pasting the text. To solve this problem, OTW Translation volunteer Min has created a script for Google Drive that will take your finished work and convert all basic formatting into HTML for you. You can see it in action in this example document for posting to the AO3. Look for the “Make a copy…” option in the File menu, which will put a private copy of the document into your own Google Drive account. Then just delete the sample text and use the blank document for your own writing. When you’re done, hit the “Post to AO3” menu to prepare the whole thing for pasting into the HTML editor with a simple button click. HTML tags will be added for you! In most cases, this will be much more reliable than using the Rich Text Editor.
- To view all Movie fandoms or any other of our fandom listings sorted by number of works instead of alphabetically, use this Reorder Fandoms bookmarklet by carene waterman.
- Front end coder tuff_ghost cloned the popular Tumblr Savior script for use on the Archive: AO3 Savior lets you define creators, tags, or summary keywords and will hide all work blurbs that contain one or more of these terms.
- Check out adevyish’s AO3 Lazier userscript which adds a Latest Chapter button next to the chapter dropdown.
- The AO3 Statistics CSV Bookmarklet by Flamebyrd lets you download your AO3 work stats (number of hits, kudos, bookmarks etc.) as a .csv file, which can be neatly imported into a spreadsheet for your own number-crunching.
Hey there, I’ve been thinking a lot lately and I’ve set up a Skype group for WRITING WEEKLY THEMED SHORT STORIES.
There will be a prompt each week, a theme for a short story, and a low stress minimum word count. You can choose to participate or not, it is up to you, and critique is always welcome. This is meant to be fun and encouraging, not work.
500 word minimum for each weekly prompt.
No fandom requirements, can be fandom or original work, whatever strikes your fancy each week.
We will be keeping a pool of prompts and themes for each week, user input for the the pool of ideas to work from.
Some of the themes might include:
- - Quotes
- - Literary Devices
- - Tropes
- - Songs
- - Prompts (can be detailed to obscure)
This is a low stress, fun thing to keep the grey matter working. Each work can be submitted to the tumblr for others to read, or reblogged from a personal tumblr. Suggested themes can be submitted via the inbox or offered up in the Skype group chat.
If you’d like to join us, or be added to the Skype group, drop me a private message with your Skype name and I’ll add you right in.
It would be appreciated if you could signal boost this and spread it around!
If you have problems focusing while you write, try using ILYS.
The site is coded so that you can’t see what you are writing, only the last letter, and you can’t edit anything until you get to your words goal.
This means you have to focus on writing and what’s on your mind, and not the editing of what you have written so far.
You have to write or you can’t edit.
Once you hit your goal you can edit and write normally, or go back and use ilys once again.
Since you don’t have to worry about editing, you can let your creativity flows.
It can be frustrating, but it’s also liberating because you have to let it go.
Write first, edit later.
Ok here is a compilation of all the software and useful tools I’ve come across whilst writing. Some of them I’ve reviewed on here already, more coming soon.
Got an idea? Well get planning! Here’s some useful outlining, brainstorming and mind- mapping software:
- Tree Sheets
- Visual Understanding Environment (VUE)
- Oak Outliner
- Work Flowy
- The Outliner of Giants
Just want to get writing? You want a word processor:
- Google Docs
- Microsoft Word
- My Writing Spot
- Open Office
Making notes? Here you go:
Timelines giving you a headache? Try these:
Now perhaps you want to organise those notes. Got a lot of research? Character sheets? Images? Well here’s some tools to keep all that together:
Are you easily distracted? The following tools will keep you on track:
Even more productivity tools to help keep you focussed on your task:
- Cold Turkey
- Productivity Owl
- Simple Blocker
- Strict Workflow
- Time Doctor
- Waste No Time
- Website Blocker
So you’ve got something down? Need to edit?
All done? Perhaps you’d like some e-publishing tools:
- Mobipocket Creator
I’m feeling generous, have some more cool stuff:
Enjoy! I may update the list as I find more, or I’ll make a second list.
Do you ever make a graphic and you get at the point where you have to choose a font and think “if only there were some way to get an overview of all the fonts I have already installed”? Well you can. At wordmark.it you just type in any word you want, it then shows that word in every font you have installed on your computer.
So you want to make an OC?: A Masterpost of Ways to Create, Develop, and Make Good OCs!
i made this masterpost in hopes that it helps you in making your own OCs ah;; it can also apply to developing RP characters i suppose! if you’d like to add more resources then go for it sugar pea (´ヮ`)!
How to Write Better OCs:
- basic tips on how to make your oc even better
- tragic backstory? learn how to write one/make yours great
- writing specific characters
- a wordier, great guide on how to develop your character
- kick out those vague descriptions and make them AWESOME
- how to actually make an OC
- Q&A (to develop characters)
- more Q&As
- giving your character a backstory
- how to write an attractive character
- adding more racial diversity
- avoiding tokenism, AKA, how to add diversity to your cast not just because you “need” it
- writing sexuality and gender expression (doesnt include non binary, if you have a good ref to that, please add on!)
- masterpost on writing more diversity into your story
- cultures of the world
- guides to drawing different ethnicities (not just a great art reference, but also really helpful in appearance descriptions!)
Mary Sue/Gary Stu
- Test to see if your character is a Sue
- Explains subdivisions of Sues/Stus
- Powerful Characters Don’t Have to Be Sues
- villain generator
- need an evil sounding name for your evil character? bam
- villain archetypes
- what’s your villain’s motive for being a villain?
- character perceptions (What your character thinks of themselves and what others think of them)
- how to write strong relationships between two characters
- 8 ways to write better characters and develop their relationships with others
- OCxLove Interest Handbook
- develop your couple with good ol’ Q&A!
- how to write realistic relationships
- how to write relatives for your characters (this is more OC related to a canon character, but will help in writing family members in general)
- 12 common archetypes
- 8 archetypes for male/female characters
- female archetypes (goes pretty indepth from two main categories)
- a list of archetypes
- tips for better design
- basic appearance generator
- pinterest board for character design (includes NSFW and images of skeletons/exposed muscle (?) so tread carefully!)
- clothing ref masterpost
- give your character better powers
- a list of professions
- proactive vs reactive characters
- positive and negative traits
- interest generator
- skills generator
- motivation generator
- 123 ideas for character flaws
- list of phobias
again, this is to help inspire you or help establish your OCs! i hope you get a lot of info and help from this ahh ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
- Having a Beginning
- Having an Ending
- But WHERE’S THE MIDDLE?!?
- HOW DO I GET TO THE ENDING
- WHAT IS A PLOT
- WHAT ARE PLOT DETAILS
- WHAT IS WRITING
And most importantly:
- HOW DO I TITLE
I feel like writer’s block isn’t an accurate phrase, it’s more like “Writer’s soul crushing anxiety over creating something worthy of your own impossibly high internal standards.”
the time between posting a fanfic chapter and receiving the first comment on it
How to create a character:
- mash some things together until they resemble a concept
- release the steering wheel
- ??? screaming ????
- rescue what you can from the scene of the accident
This is actually the most accurate description of character creation I have ever read.