But sometimes I want something quickly, and the online version of the visual dictionary is great for that.
Sometimes when I'm describing a house, I want to get a feel for how things are laid out, especially if it's a house belonging to a major character. Often, I just design my own, but sometimes I need inspiration. When that happens, one place I go is a website that sells home plans. You can view drawings of the exterior of the house and preview a layout of the building as well. It's a good place to go for ideas.
I've mentioned my favorite naming sites before (probably numerous times), and like most writers I have a nice supply of naming books, but sometimes I need a nudge. That's where random name generators come in. I may not use the results, but they're great inspiration. (I may have mentioned some of these previously, but I'm not sure where that post is, so here goes).
Note: I have not tried all of the name generators, so if any of them aren't working correctly, let me know and I'll check things out/delete troublesome ones.
These are some of the most fun resources I use.
Enjoy creating your next book!