Okay. I’m not a completely child (unless you listen to the law in which case I am) but I’m not a complete adult. I’m at that usual in the middle phase, which means that it’s still socially acceptable for me to play on kids sites, as long as I find something educational. Ha.
When playing about on the computer one day (I think it was at school?) I stumbled upon this site: ClassTools. ClassTools is a website dedicated to teachers, for, unsurprisingly, tools to use in the classroom. Amongst these are gems such as ‘Fakebook’, an SMS creator, and ‘Twister’. No guesses for what these are parodies of…
Why are these so cool for writers? Because it lets you bring your fictional characters to life! Even if you’re writing from the middle ages or the dystopia future where computers enslave the world, just pause and have a go at it for a moment. Turn your characters into living breathing people, who moan about their jobs on Facebook, spam their friends on SMS and upload a subtly hinted Tweet right around Christmas.
You can even save your Fakebooks and Twisters and come back to them later if you’re stuck on something. Perhaps having a Fakebook during a writing project to keep up with it could help you? Post from a different character every day! (Oh, that’s actually a good idea, I might try that.)
It’s just a quick idea about something that could be pretty awesome.
Questions, comments, thoughts? Shoot! :D
And I’d love to hear if you use ClassTools! There’s also other cool things, like a fruit machine – if you’re stuck between character names, plug them in and let the machine decide for you!