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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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From Script

Short Film Goals, Writing the Cinematic Experience on the Page and Sundance Film Festival 2022 (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, set your creative goals with a monthly guide to write and produce your short film, provided by Script contributor Rebecca Norris Resnick. Plus, an exclusive interview with Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan, a Sundance Film Festival 2022 day one recap, and more!

Your Story Writing Prompts

94 Your Story Writing Prompts

Due to popular demand, we've assembled all the Your Story writing prompts on WritersDigest.com in one post. Click the link to find each prompt, the winners, and more.

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

Historical fiction relies on research to help a story’s authenticity—but it can also lead to developments in the story itself. Here, author Lora Davies discusses how inspiration and research helped shape her new novel, The Widow’s Last Secret.

Poetic Forms

Saraband: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the saraband, a septet (or seven-line) form based on a forbidden dance.

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

International bestselling author Karen Hamilton discusses the “then and now” format of her new domestic thriller, The Ex-Husband.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character give or face an ultimatum.

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

Sylvia Beach was friend to many writers who wrote what we consider classics today. Here, author Kerri Maher shares six things everyone should know about her and Shakespeare and Company.

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

Author Katherine Quevedo takes an analytical look at the creative process in hopes to help other writers find writing success.

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

Award-winning author Nick Petrie discusses how he listened to the story that wanted to be told in his new Peter Ash thriller novel, The Runaway.