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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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Writing Mistakes Writers Make: The Characterless Character

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: The Characterless Character

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is writing a characterless character.

When Is My Novel Ready to Read: 7 Self-Editing Processes for Writers

When Is My Novel Ready to Read: 7 Self-Editing Processes for Writers

Fiction editor and author Kris Spisak ties together her seven processes for self-editing novels, including editorial road-mapping, character differentiation analysis, reverse editing, and more.

Poetic Forms

Englyn Unold Crwca: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the englyn unold crwca, a Welsh quatrain form.

5 Things for Writers to Keep in Mind When Writing About Spies

5 Things for Writers to Keep in Mind When Writing About Spies

A spy thriller requires more than a compelling story and clever plot twists—the characters need to feel real. Author Stephanie Marie Thornton offers 5 tips for constructing believable spy characters.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Team Up

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Team Up

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, it's time for a little unexpected team work.

Taylor Anderson: On Creating Realism in the Weird

Taylor Anderson: On Creating Realism in the Weird

New York Times bestselling author Taylor Anderson discusses the process of writing his new science fiction novel, Purgatory's Shore.

6 Books Perfect for Fall Reading

6 Books Perfect for Fall Reading

Whether you're looking for something cozy or a little spooky, these books are perfect for the fall season.

NaNoWriMo: To Prep or Not to Prep?

NaNoWriMo: To Prep or Not to Prep?

When it comes to a 30 day writing challenge like NaNoWriMo, do you need to prep beforehand to achieve success? Well, that might depend on what kind of writer you are.

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Sarah Echavarre Smith: On Going for the Out-There Ideas

Copywriter and author Sarah Echavarre Smith discusses the process of writing her new romance novel, On Location.