Here are the top writing websites just for fun as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.
PennSound is an ongoing project committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives. From interviews to readings by authors, this site offers an in-depth look into the works of emerging and popular writers.
On This Day
This website does exactly what it promises: tells you what happened on this day in history. But, it also has a search function so you can connect your characters to events and people that would have been in their news. It’s also a great source of potential story ideas.
How Stuff Works
What does a modern witches’ ritual look like? How did GameStop stocks upend the stock market again? Get all these little details and more correct in your writing with this library of articles explaining everything in the areas of science, tech, culture, money, entertainment, and more.
The British Library
Head over to the Digital Collections section of this website to discover a treasure trove of digitized historical maps, manuscripts that show how writers edited their own work, and an entire library of sounds from around the world. There’s a lot to sort through so be sure to bookmark your favorite discoveries.
Most people know Getty as a source for purchasing royalty-free stock photos and vector art illustrations for their creative needs, but the Getty Images database hosts an expansive library of historical photography and news reels you can search and look at for free. Need to know how to describe clothing from a specific decade or curious about what a public figure looked like for your novel? Browse Getty!
Whether you’re a travel writer, historical fiction author, or just looking for ideas for your next trip, Atlas Obscura delivers an abundance of inspiration. Search the encyclopedia to learn about obscure history and off-the-beaten-path destinations, take a digital research trip with virtual tours, or use the random destination generator as a writing prompt.