Here are the best writing websites just for fun as identified in the 22nd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2020 issue of Writer's Digest.
* Denotes the website's first appearance on our list.
If you work best with the noise of a coffee shop but don’t feel like putting on real clothes or buying anything to justify taking up a seat, Coffitivity has a solution. The site re-creates the backdrop noise of a crowded café so you don’t even have to leave the house.
2. Fighter’s Block*
For those that never want to lose a game and suffer from writer’s block/laziness/procrastination, this app is for you. Enter your word count goal, and a monster avatar will break out of its shell and fight your avatar until you either accomplish your goal or perish.
3. Small Press Distribution*
If you read books from independent presses that are typically left out from large online or brick-and-mortar retailers, then Small Press Distribution is the bookstore for you. Purchase books in their online shop to support small presses, and browse their lists of bestsellers, prize winners, SPD Recommends, and SPD Staff Picks to find the next book on your reading list.
It can be a real treat to listen to a poem in the poet’s own voice. This archive features over 1,500 downloadable recordings of poets reading their work—the largest collection of poetry sound files on the internet if you don’t count YouTube. The archive is a project of The Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania.
5. Points in Case*
Follow this daily publication for enlightening and irreverent comedy articles. Whether you’re looking for something to read to get your mind thinking funny before a writing session or just want a break to read something weird, the Points in Case writers will definitely make you LOL. (Full disclosure: I may be biased because this site has published some of my work.)
6. Reddit’s R/Writing Motivation*
This subreddit is a water cooler for writers. Here, you’ll find everything from writing prompts to inspirational quotes to “accountability posts”—writers publicly announcing their goals as an incentive to make them happen. Post writing-related questions here for community members to chime in with their advice, or offer your own expertise for other members’ questions.