So I tend to explore a lot of different writing websites because I see a lot of them getting promoted on other blogs on tumblr. Some of them I find more useful than others, some I really love, some I even found on my own or through a teacher or something else. I figured I’d make my own list of websites that I like to use for various purposes but all for the same activity: writing.
Charahub - This website is probably the one I’ve used the most. The link to my own profile with all the characters I’ve posted there is in my sidebar on my blog, and while the homepage may not look like much, this is pretty much the ultimate character profile website on the internet. I have yet to find something that works as well as this does. You can have up to 100 characters WITHOUT a premium account, and each character can have up to ten pictures as well. The option to have more is there for a price but honestly I doubt the average writer needs more than what is already offered. Not to mention there are literally tons of questions you can answer about your characters in order to make them go from one-dimensional caricatures to well-rounded, unique characters.
I have heard that the developers of charahub are planning on revamping the website but I’m not sure when that will be. It does occasionally go down for seemingly no reason as well, but it’s still a pretty reliable website.
WriteWorld - This site is technically a tumblr blog, but it is honestly one of the most interesting prompt blogs that I have ever come across. They are extremely organized and offer a wide variety of prompts from sentences to pictures to songs. In addition to all these prompts, they also provide numerous resources that cover pretty much any aspect of writing you might have a question on. I get a good majority of my resources from there and they are super helpful if you have a specific question you want to ask. They also have a list of blogs that they follow/endorse, so if you want more you can look on their blog and peruse.
Story Planner - I just started using this site a few days ago but I already love it. The concept is really unique, because basically what this website does is it provides you a bunch of different methods for planning your novel, or your characters, or your setting, or even plans to help you figure out who you are as a writer. You can try out any plan you want and if it doesn’t work, you can always delete it and try a new one. The thing is, if you don’t pay you can only have one plan on the website at a time. The cool thing though is that you can export them to word documents or pdf files or you can email it to yourself, so it’s not like you have to delete it forever in order to start a new plan. The layout is really clean and while I think some of the general grammar stuff is a little off, it’s still super useful and I highly recommend it if you have trouble plotting/outlining stories ahead of time.
P.S. They also have resources for essays and screenplays as well as other nonfictional forms of writing .They don’t have as many, but if you’re in a pinch on a school assignment they just might have what you need.
oneword - Okay so this one is one that I haven’t used in a long time but I still like it. I was first introduced to this website in high school by a teacher…or I might have been the one introducing the website. I’m not sure at this point. Either way, the website is essentially a daily writing exercise in which you are given a word (a new one every day) and you have sixty seconds to write whatever you think about when that word comes to mind. It doesn’t have to be complete, it doesn’t have to make sense, it’s just a thinly prompted freewriting exercise. I find it useful if I’m just having a day where there seems to be nothing creative happening in my brain at all and I just want to get something out, even if it’s completely nonsensical. This website is really good for that, especially if you make a habit of it and you train your brain to be flexible and quick on its feet, so to speak.
I may add to this list later on as I find more websites/blogs/etc that I find myself using, but those are the top four so far. If you’re looking for even more resources just check out my writing tips section, there’s a link on my sidebar!