(Optional) Tools of the Trade: Generators and Floor Plans

One of the things I love to do is come up with different designs, interior and exterior, of my character’s homes. To me, it’s a way to express who they are, and what they like. The size of their home, the amount of rooms, and where it is, all matter, more so depending on what kind of novel you’re writing, if you have more involvement in the building or not.

Sometimes, the action takes place everywhere else, so the house becomes a background thought. It gives you something to focus on when you need a distraction, it becomes filler to help you get a sort of refresh.

E-plans was introduced to me months ago, which is a website that allows you to view thousands of floor plans for a wide variety of houses, ranging in square feet and amount of bedrooms from zero to 5+, including as well: styles!

While E-plans is mostly there for people looking to build a house, the website stands to be a fantastic reference point if you need for any of your writing needs. It can give you a better idea of where your character(s) would live, how spacious (or not) it would be, and even (after you hit search) if they could afford it.

On a much larger spectrum, while talking about maps and new worlds, and how the planet in question is made up, I curbed the desire to draw it out and instead was motivated by my friend’s suggestion to find a world generator.

It’s right here, and it’s amazing. If you’re like me and have no idea what you’re doing, you can rely completely on the random button until you find something you like! On the other hand, feel free to put in random numbers and come up with whatever it spits out, or if you know most of what it asks for, then have fun!

Especially great if you’re not an artist. Or if you’re creatively challenged in that direction, for both the floor plans and the map generator. For whatever your need or desire, have fun! 😉

-The Novice Wordsmith

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