Lists for Writers is a great addition to any writer’s toolbox. Helpful to both novice and expert writers alike, this app delivers list after list of prompts and ideas for your brainstorming sessions: names, character traits, plot lines, occupations, obsessions, action verbs, and much more! Whether you are working on a creative writing project, a short story, an essay assignment, National Novel Writing Month / NaNoWriMo, or your next fiction book, this app helps get it done.

NEW! Support for multitasking on the iPad!

Shuffle and search features! You can now search any list as well as randomly shuffle lists and search results!

Includes dictionary support so you can look up most words without leaving the app.

Includes a Notepad feature where you can collect any interesting list items for your writing, edit them, and email or print your notes.

Featured in Slate magazine and The New York Times!

* * * * * "perfect to browse for inspiration" - Cult of Mac

Lists included:
* Character - Naming
- First Names (male and female)
- Last Names
- People/Roles
- Nonhuman Characters
* Character - Physical Characteristics
- Body Types
- Facial Characteristics
- General Physical Characteristics
- Skin and Complexion
- Hair
- Clothing
* Character - Occupations
- Modern
- Archaic
* Character - Milestones
- Anniversaries
- Birthstones
- Birth Flowers
- Zodiac
* Personality - Thoughts
- General Characteristics
- Phobias
- Philias
- Obsessions
- Wisdom
- Belief Systems
- Emotions
* Personality - Behaviors
- Character Traits
- Bad Habits
- Hobbies
- Super Powers
* Plot
- Seven Basic Plots
- Thirty-six Dramatic Situations
- Conflicts
- Issues
* Setting - Geographical
- Cities (U.S. and World)
- Landforms
* Setting - Countries by Continent
- Africa
- Antarctica
- Asia
- Australia
- Europe
- North America
- South America
* Setting - Other
- Forms of Government
- Encounter Locations
- Archaic Locations
- Futuristic Locations
- Modern Locations
- Weather
* Genres
- Fantasy, Myths, and Magic
- Divination and Fortune Telling
- Ecclesiastical
- Holidays
- New Age
- Nautical
- College Teams
- Sciences and Studies
- Scientific Instruments
- Military Terms
- Military Acronyms
- Animals (Domesticated)
- Animals (General)
- Animal Sounds
- Colors
- Color Values
- Foods
- Vehicles
- Feeding and Eating
- Textiles
- Halloween
- Thanksgiving
- Christmas
- Forms and Shapes
- Units of Measurement
- Carriages and Chariots
- Fighting and Combat
- Dance Styles
- Bearing
- Causation
* Words - Grammar
- Action Verbs
- Dialog Verbs
- Nouns
- Prepositions
- Adjectives
- Adverbs
- Verbs
- Common Misspellings
- Transitional Words and Phrases
- Word Terms
* Words - Fun
- Rhyming Words
- Gadzookery
- Nonsense
- Triples
- Aussie Slang



Lists for Writers:

- Does not collect or share any personal data
- Does not contain any ads
- Does not contains in-app purchases
- Does include links to the Thinkamingo web site, Facebook page, and Twitter profile in an information page

What’s New

Version 2.2

Support for multitasking on iPad
Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
221 Ratings

221 Ratings

beanboozleL ,

Thank you so much for this

Hi I’m a writer my friend and I love this app!! And my friend hasn’t even gotten it yet, but I told her all about it and we are bouncing with brightness and joy!!! Thank you so much for this app, but I have to admit, I feel much disdain for the apps in the creative writing bundle. I don’t know how others see it, but it’s not your story if it’s not your idea. That, is copy right. I mean, it’s fine I guess if they let you copy it, and you won’t publish it. But if your gonna be a published author, especially for a series, you need your own ideas. But again, sorry, I love this app. My friend and I would love it if you could make another app similar to this, but with tips, like how to set a scene, and writing examples, and what to do and how to prepare and plan if you are writing fantasy, or sci-fi. I right now am planning a LOT for a series I’m writing called Steel and Scale. I am GOING to publish it, so do not take it, readers. Thank you. I feel like I’m just blabbering I’m so thank you for this app and hope you all stay safe and healthy.

lexiWRITER ,

Love it!!

I absolutely love this app. I love that it has tons of words and things I can use at once so that I don’t have to go on google and type in every single one. And most of the time I don’t know what to write about! But this app gives me ideas and thoughts so writers block turns into, well, writers idea I guess!? But I do have one suggestion. When we click on a word that we want to use, if we don’t know what it means can we see a definition please? If you don’t take in this suggestion it’s okay, but I really don’t feel like having to go to another website to know what it means. Thanks again for this awesome app!!!! Your money is definitely worth this! 💜💜🌷😁😁😊😊

thisisnicknamefascism ,

Extremely useful

Just having a list of names is helpful enough, but all the other lists at least the ones I’ve seen so far are helpful as well, could really be useful for fleshing out scenes, characters, locations ect when you hit the inevitable lull/fallow period in a piece of writing, not to mention a fresh orientation to different dimensions that can be utilized in thoughtful and inventive ways in a story. Also (and I think this is very important to me as a writer) it ain’t heavy on description, you get enough of a definition when warranted to get the idea but not enough to utilize the idea without fleshing it out and building your own narrative structure with it.


Thinkamingo Inc
8.9 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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