Following on from my previous list here are a few more of my favourite websites that give inspiration to writers.
- Wonderbook – A website supporting the book of the same name. If you haven’t got the book yet it’s seriously worth a look. It’s a guide to writing science fiction and fantasy (but the advice and techniques apply across all genres) by offering an accessible, example-rich approach that emphasizes the importance of playfulness as well as pragmatism. It also exploits the visual nature of genre culture and employs bold, full-color drawings, maps, renderings, and visualizations to stimulate creative thinking.
- Writer Unboxed a website dedicated to publishing empowering, positive, and provocative ideas about the craft and business of fiction.
- Literary Hub (LitHub) bills itself as a site readers can rely on for smart, engaged, entertaining writing about all things books … and it does just that.
- WriteTime publishes new short stories by older writers (over 60 – yes, that’s me!). They run regular competitions and it’s easy and cheap to enter. Winning stories are published on their website and the best competition entry stories are publishe din their printed anthology.
- Cranked Anvil Press for short story and flash fiction competitions, writing advice and prompts.
- Unsplash another great source of freely-usable images. It’s where a lot of the images on this website come from.
So, go forth and have fun. There are so many inspirational websites and books out there. Find the ones that speak to you and you’ll be well on your way to being a writer – if you’re not already.