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Writer's Digest Best Just For Fun Websites 2021

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.

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.

Writer's Digest Best Just For Fun Websites 2021

Penn Sound
Writing.upenn.edu/pennsound

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
OnThisDay.com

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
HowStuffWorks.com

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
BL.uk

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.

Getty Images
GettyImages.com

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!

Atlas Obscura
AtlasObscura.com

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. 

21 Days to Your Novel Outline and Synopsis

This course is designed to help you understand how to craft a winning premise, how to outline your novel, and then how to take both of those things and assemble a synopsis that will act as a guide for you to write your novel and sell it.

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WD Presents: New Podcast Episode, a Chance at Publication, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our newest podcast episode, your chance to be published, and more!

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

Award-winning novelist David Adams Cleveland discusses the timeliness of his new novel, Gods of Deception.

Lisa Jewell | Writer's Digest Interview Quote

The WD Interview: Lisa Jewell

The New York Times-bestselling British author discusses creating thrilling plot twists and developing characters in her 19th novel, The Night She Disappeared, in this interview from the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

Author Anat Deracine found her agent at Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. Now she’s sharing what she’s learned to help other writers become authors. Here are her 5 tips for successfully pitching literary agents in person.

Tips for Reading Poetry in Front of an Audience

8 Tips for Reading Your Poetry in Front of an Audience

Poet's Market editor and published poet Robert Lee Brewer shares eight tips for reading your poetry in front of an audience.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character lose their powers.

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Managing Point of View: Mythbusting

In the first of this three-part series, novelist and WD columnist Sharon Short breaks down 7 of the most common myths about choosing which POV is right for your story.

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

As self-publishing continues to become an attractive and popular options for writers, it’s important to know what you’re getting into and to have the right expectations. Here, author and entrepreneur Tom Vaughan shares how to channel your inner “authorpreneur” to help your book find its readers.

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Award-winning author, playwright, and journalist Mark Kurlansky discusses the experience of channeling Ernest Hemingway in his new memoir, The Importance of Not Being Ernest.