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Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2021

Here are the top creativity websites as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.
Writer's Digest Best Creativity Websites 2021

Here are the top creativity websites as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

1. Cliché Finder

WestEgg.com/cliche

Most of the time we’re trying to avoid writing clichés, but in order to avoid them, you have to know them. Search for a word or phrase to see if it’s commonly used in a cliché (or give your character a fun quirk by having them use slightly incorrect but more amusing versions).

2. Electric Literature

ElectricLiterature.com

There’s no better way to stay creative than to read works by other creative people. Electric Lit offers essays, reading lists, short fiction, interviews, and excerpts and short stories from some of the most creative writers working today. Read it today; submit your own work tomorrow.

3. Fantasy Name Generators

FantasyNameGenerators.com

With more than 1,400 random generators for everything from character names to physical descriptions to weapons, this site will give you inspiration no matter your genre.

4. Fight Write

FightWrite.net

Author and trained fighter Carla Hoch regularly teaches on the craft of writing fight scenes as well as the mechanics of fighting for writers of all genres. Her site features a free podcast, a link to her YouTube channel, and online classes for a fee.

5. Literary Hub

LitHub.com

Partnering with publishers, non-profits, journals, and bookstores, as well as producing original content, Lit Hub works to feature free content daily. From book reviews to daily giveaways, Lit Hub is focused on collecting and showcasing a wide variety of literary content.

6. Tall Poppy Writers

TallPoppies.org

This creative book marketing collective features a group of women writers who join together to not only support each other’s books, but also do joint events, offer advice, and get more people to read more books. Join the Facebook group for cover reveals, games, and conversations with the authors about their books.

Check back next week for the next collection of Best Websites—5 Best Livestreams, Podcasts, and YouTube Channels—from the May/June 2021 issue!

Proper grammar, punctuation, and mechanics make your writing correct. In order to truly write well, you must also master the art of form and composition. From sentence structure to polishing your prose, this workshop will enhance your writing, no matter what type of writing you do.

Proper grammar, punctuation, and mechanics make your writing correct. In order to truly write well, you must also master the art of form and composition. From sentence structure to polishing your prose, this workshop will enhance your writing, no matter what type of writing you do.

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Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Dismissing Stories That Aren’t From Books

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Dismissing Stories That Aren’t From Books

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is dismissing stories that aren’t from books.

Why You Should Beware Homophones

Why You Should Beware Homophones

Mistaking a word for a similar one is not an uncommon mistake, but an important one to catch when editing your work. Here, Audrey Wick shares why you should beware homophones and shares a homophone-catching test to practice with.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Blackmail

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Get all 30 poetry prompts from the 15th annual November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge here. Actually, 35 prompts if you're counting Two-for-Tuesday prompts!

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

How to Stalk Publishing Professionals on Social Media in an Appropriate Way

Many people are self-professed "stalkers" on social media, whether they're following life events of friends or celebrities. But writers can learn quite a bit on social media by stalking publishing professionals too, and this post covers the appropriate way to do so.

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Samantha Vérant: On Romance and Recipes

Author Samantha Vérant discusses how her writing process changed while writing her new contemporary romance novel, The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique.

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Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a warm up poem.

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Do I Pitch Different to Agents vs. Editors?

Every so often writers ask if they should pitch different to agents vs. editors. This post answers that question and provides some extra help on how to successfully pitch both.

Urban Legend

Urban Legend

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, feature an urban legend in your story.