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
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
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
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
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
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
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!