What do you do when the well is dry? What do you do when the magical waters of inspiration seem to dry up in the withering heat of sleep deprivation combined with the relentless winds of work? You could give up and let the stories inside of your wither and die in the drought, or you take out your emotions and begin drilling deeply, looking for the gusher. You might break your story once or twice, but you keep drilling. How long does it take till you hit that liquid gold? I don’t know. Maybe about one hundred of them?
Ever get stuck on trying to find those unique ways to bring your characters or locations to life? Here are a few websites and ideas of how to use them when you are stuck, or if you just want to add that bit of realism. These are just the tip of the iceberg. Please leave your own ideas in the comments.
Use indeed.com to research job opportunities for characters with skills you need them to have.
Visit cupid or match or eharmoney to see how people reveal themselves to complete strangers
Dictionary.com to get a word of the day to give your character something new to say.
Wikipedia with its random search for new topics that make their way into your work.
Realtor.com for not only real houses in an area, but pictures inside people’s houses to give you description ideas.
Urban Dictionary to pull in a new slang term that might inspire you.