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9 Best General Resources Websites for Writers 2021

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

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

9 Best General Resources Websites for Writers 2021

Canva

Canva.com

A graphic design platform, Canva allows users to create dynamic visuals for social media, book covers, and much more. Most templates and features are free, but a subscription gives users access to more content.

Create If Writing

CreateIfWriting.com

Every author needs to build an online platform, even if most dread calling it that. Create If Writing shows how to grow your online presence without “being smarmy”—as they put it—through their blog, podcast, and workshops.

The Creative Penn

TheCreativePenn.com

Bestselling thriller and craft book author Joanna Penn shares wisdom on craft, book marketing, self-publishing, and making a living by writing through her blog, podcast, video tutorials, and online writing courses.

Copyright Office of the United States

Copyright.gov

Learn about the basics of copyright law, search copyright records, register your own creative works, and get your questions answered straight from the office in charge of it all.

David Gaughran

DavidGaughran.com

There are a lot of self-publishing scams out there, but David Gaughran is not one of them. Not only does he aim to expose those scams, his website also offers tons of free resources for self-published authors so you can make smart, informed choices about how to get your book in front of more people.

Diversity Style Guide

DiversityStyleGuide.com

Want to make sure you refer to people in groups or communities to which you don’t belong with respect and accuracy in your writing? (And the answer should obviously be yes.)The Diversity Style Guide “contains more than 700 terms related to race/ethnicity, disability, immigration, sexuality and gender identity, drugs and alcohol, and identity” so you can do the work and inform yourself.

Get It Write

GetItWriteOnline.com

Dr. Nancy Tuten says that “if your writing looks professional, so do you,”—so the former university-level writing instructor has you covered in her articles about grammar, usage, word mechanics, punctuation, and other popular topics.

Hemingway Editor

HemingwayApp.com

This editing tool is helpful if you want to make your writing bold and clear. Using highlights, it shows you when a sentence is too long and complicated, has common errors, or relies too heavily on weak language.

Reedsy

Reedsy.com

An author services platform that allows authors to find and hire publishing professionals, Reedsy connects authors with everyone from developmental editors to book cover designers, publicists, and translators. Their free blog also gives authors tips and tricks to take their manuscripts to the next level.

For more of our best website selections for 2021, check out the following.

Writing the Romance Novel

This course explores why romance is the same, yet different. Some essential components of romance are unique to the genre, while some romance requirements are identical to those of any good fiction story. This workshop will help you to understand those specific factors that make up the specialized world of romantic fiction.

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5 Insights on Writing About Challenging Topics With Children in Age-Friendly Ways (and Why It’s Important To Do So)

5 Insights on Writing About Challenging Topics With Children in Age-Friendly Ways (and Why It’s Important To Do So)

Children are often the ones most effected by both major policy changes and personal family changes, making engaging with them on tough topics critical. Here, public health specialist and writer Patty Mechael shares 5 insights on writing about challenging topics with children in age-friendly ways.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 629

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

What Are Submission Guidelines in Writing?

What Are Submission Guidelines in Writing?

In this post, we answer the question of what are submission guidelines in writing, and we look at how writers can take advantage of them to find more success getting published.

3 Tips for Crafting a Character That Can Carry a Series

3 Tips for Crafting a Character That Can Carry a Series

From planting characteristics early on to understanding the expectations of your genre, author Mia P. Manansala shares 3 tips for crafting a character that can carry a series.

Quite the Reward

Quite the Reward

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character rescues a creature that turns out to be a powerful being.

Rita Zoey Chin: On the Way Storytelling Can Shape Lives

Rita Zoey Chin: On the Way Storytelling Can Shape Lives

Author Rita Zoey Chin discusses the process of writing her new novel, The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern.

Chess Life: Market Spotlight

Chess Life: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at Chess Life, the official publication of the United States Chess Federation.

The Art and Craft of Pre-Writing

The Art and Craft of Pre-Writing

What do you do when pantsing leads to false starts but plotting feels less organic? Author Christine Wells shares what she calls the art and craft of pre-writing, and a step-by-step system to help you succeed.

From Script

Learning About Your Characters Through Action (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, read an exclusive interview with Raamla Mohamed, the creator, writer, and EP behind Hulu’s “Reasonable Doubt,” about stating the theme through a pivotal piece of dialogue and laying the groundwork for character development.