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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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Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Award-winning author, playwright, and journalist Mark Kurlansky discusses the experience of channeling Ernest Hemingway in his new memoir, The Importance of Not Being Ernest.

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to Alyssa Rickert, Grand Prize winner of the 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's her winning essay, "In Between."

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

From maintaining subtlety to visiting haunted places, author J. Fremont shares everything to consider when writing about ghosts and the supernatural in fiction.

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

Social media is a daunting albeit important aspect of promoting our work. Here, author Aileen Weintraub offers six steps to promote your book on social media authentically.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 609

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 world-building poem.

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Writer's Digest Presents: World-Building (Podcast, Episode 5)

In the fifth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about world-building in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including interviews with authors Whitney Hill (fiction) and Jeannine Hall Gailey (poetry).

Heirloom

Heirloom

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, someone's shown up demanding your narrator's family heirloom.

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

Author May Cobb discusses offering readers a summer of mayhem with her new novel, My Summer Darlings.

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

Writer Stephen L. Moore discusses the benefits of having first-hand accounts for historical writing and offers advice on best practices in securing interviews while there’s still time.