Becca and I are pleased to bring you another resource from Writers Helping Writers®

One Stop For Writers® is a web app packed with unique tools and resources to save you time as you plan, research, and write.

A powerhouse of writing information, One Stop is the permanent home for our iconic Descriptive Thesaurus Collection, which has been expanded and enhanced into a massive database, putting everything you need in one place. Fully searchable and cross-linked for easy navigation, you can look up what you need and then slip right back into the writing flow.

Our unique descriptive database includes:

You will also find unique Templates and Worksheets to help you build deep, realistic characters, settings that resonate with symbolic and emotional meanings, and much more.

We also feature a one-of-a-kind Idea Generator that will help you puzzle out interesting details about your character and explore ideas for plot complications and story stakes.

One Stop For Writers also contains amazing structure tools, such as the innovative Story Map which helps writers master character arc and story structure. Users can plan their novels to align with one of 3 arcs (change, static, or failed) step-by-step, and then view the stages and turning points of all 3 Acts in an easy to follow visual map!

And if you are a real planner, try taking Scene Maps for a spin. Or, if you are more of a pantser, Timelines allows you total flexibility to collect as much or as little detail about your novel as you like. (All our scene and timeline tools are drag-and-reorder so they make terrific story-boarding tools, too!)

If you are building a world from the ground up or just want to keep track of the important details for your novel or series, our one-of-a-kind Worldbuilding Surveys will help you with all aspects of world creation, starting at the Solar System level and working down to the People and Creatures in your story, and the Cities, Towns, and Realms part of world they inhabit. You can add your own questions to completely customize each survey.

Our latest tool, the Character Builder, is the first hyper-smart tool that draws information from our many character-focused thesauruses, generators, and lists. This powerful resource will prompt you with information at every step, helping you to go deeper into your character’s backstory, motivation, and personality so you can create a memorable story cast member in a fraction of the time.

View the walkthrough here.

Our goal is to help you become stronger writers, and to that end, we have many Tutorials that will deepen your understanding of writing craft.

Our Checklist and Tip Sheets are also really popular, as each one is packed with the most important information to keep in mind on all aspects of storytelling. They can be downloaded and printed, or feel free to share them online with your writing groups.

Ready to Elevate Your Storytelling? One Stop for Writers has a Free Trial

One Stop is the result of having a deep passion for the written word and combining it with the desire to bring our community something that will really help everyone write more powerful stories.

See you at the library!

Angela & Becca

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55 Responses to ONE STOP FOR WRITERS®

  1. Christy says:

    How does one research a controversial subject anonymously? I’m afraid to google it, as I might get weird stuff coming back at me because of cookies and all that algorithm stuff I don’t understand. Thanks.

  2. Holly says:

    I’m trying to figure out the setting- place- for one of my stories that I am working on. The only problem is… I don’t know exactly how to describe it because it lies on another plane of existence.

    • The good news there is that you can do anything with it. So start by thinking about what will happen in the scene and what the character is supposed to feel, and then think about what you can weave into the setting to reinforce that feeling (mood), or to create symbolism for something meaningful that will happen or what the character wants in the scene, or foreshadow something that is coming. Good luck! 🙂

  3. Cheyenne says:

    How would I come up with a town name for a book I’m writing. I want it to be something like river dale. But I can’t think of a good name.

    • Think of the characteristics of the town–what is it near, what type of town is it (in the woods, artsy, redneck, etc.?) or a mood you want to bring out (if it’s a mystery, you might want something that seems foreboding or isolating, that sort of thing.)

      • F R says:

        Love this. It seems so simple that one could pass by such an invaluable consideration. Someone once said, “Write about the town you live in…” To which my response was, “There’s nothing here.” How could I have been so blind and ignorant – but, I was. There’s a story in every rock, stone and grain of sand, every aspect of place and in the space of the when I read your post, I thought, “This is gold. We just need to open our eyes to see the beauty and the richness of a town (or other place) to write! It just takes a powerful little prompt – thanks. The impact of your post is huge. (Don’t get sunburnt!)

  4. Joe says:

    Where can I find the listing of all Conflict Thesaurus postings? And, is a Conflict Thesaurus in the works for being published?

  5. Tammy Barker says:

    I have all your published thesauruses. I am an aspiring writer. Would this subscription help me with the editing process of a novel I’ve already tried to polish, but isn’t quite there yet?

    • Hi Tammy,

      Without knowing what you need most, it’s hard to know how helpful the resources at One Stop for Writers will be. We are focused on showing writers how to craft stronger stories and improve their skills, and we have extensive tutorials, tools, and resources to help them do it. Certain editing help you’ll only get from critique partners and editors, though. So what I recommend is signing up and trying out the 2-week free trial. This will give you a lot of time to explore the site and see if it can help you get your story where you want it to be. If you visit you’ll see the link for the free trial. 🙂

      Happy to answer any questions you have!

  6. I believe I belong to your group please confirm Patricia G. Venn.

  7. Thanks so very much. I saw Becca’s interview on Creative Penn and I know Ill be using the resources. thank you very much

  8. Jul says:

    Is there anything on habits for characters? I love this site, it helps me, as a writer and roleplayer!

    • Hi, Jul. We do have a Character Trait Thesaurus, but it doesn’t cover what you’re asking about. However, I believe you can find what you’re looking for at One Stop for Writers. In the Positive Trait and Negative Trait Thesauruses there, you’ll find lists of character traits. Each entry discusses how that trait might manifest in a character, including behaviors and attitudes. You can register for free and see a sampling of entries, so you can see if a subscription might be worthwhile for you. Best of luck!

  9. Dewey Hensley says:

    Thanks for the great resources and ideas.

  10. Zenon Dumyn says:

    Gods morning. I would love to be able to access your writers theasaurus.
    Can you please send me info on how I can go that. Thank you. My email is

  11. Carol Schoenig says:

    Hi Angela,

    I may have a few thoughts for the Occupational Thesaurus. Prosthetist (designs and makes prosthetics) Robotics Engineer or implementer. My son was responsible for putting in the Robotic Surgical room. Software designer.

    I was doing some research on future jobs. End of Life Counselor. Helping patients nearing the end to get their affairs in order.

    I am a subscriber to One Stop for Writers. I use it all the time.

  12. What is the URL for the Occupation Thesaurus. The couple of occupations I’ve seen described are terrific.

    • Hi, John. I’m so glad you’re liking our newest thesaurus! It’s just getting started, so there’s not much there yet, but here is the current list of entries. New ones go up on (most) Saturdays. Enjoy!

  13. Dana says:


    Great video. I am looking for a video animator myself and I would really appreciated if you could let know the name of the company/ person you have used to create your video.
    Many thanks,

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  17. It went down briefly, but is up now. 🙂

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  19. Patrick Henry says:

    Great Idea. Keep me posted.

  20. Louise willis says:

    Great idea. Looking forward to the completed project, but your sign up link for updates does not work for me. Says server cannot be found. Would you please add me to the update list? Thank you!

  21. cristina says:

    I’m really looking forward to it, great work!!

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  24. Kimagine says:

    Signed up! BTW, the signup link does not work in Firefox.

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  28. Can’t wait. It’ll be a terrific resource for writers.

  29. Southpaw HR Sinclair says:

    What a fantastic idea!

  30. Russell says:

    I am thrilled to hear about this One-Stop for Writers software! I have been thinking about how much more efficient and economical my research might be with the right tools at hand…if only…
    Now the next thing is to create an AI (Artificial Intelligent) system that will mak suggestions to a persons lame rough-draft writing to offer others ways to express the same idea…*grin*

  31. Nice work! Editing and marketing are my difficulties. Writing a moving yarnhas always been my heart’s desire.

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