5 useful sites if you need inspiration for your articles

Text: Solveig Hansen, 2018

1. Quora
2. Atlas Obscura
3. This Day in History
4. Learn Fun Facts
5. Open Culture

 
1. Quora
Have you ever wondered about any of this: Who was richer — Harry Potter or Draco Malfoy? Could Facebook disappear because of the big problem it has? How many times has Rome been conquered? When a squirrel chases another squirrel, are they playing or fighting? What is so great about Charles Dickens?

Quora has answers to questions you might have or didn’t know you had. All the content is written by the users for the users. Ask a question and you might be surprised to see that others have asked the same question. Read someone else’s question and reply.

Because I write about writing, I asked how to find something to write about. Here are some answers:

How can people continue coming up with new, creative ideas every day?

How do you learn to write a novel? How do you get started? Is there a format or a set of rules and procedures to follow?

How do you start writing? I have a lot of opinions and things to say when I talk, but I do not write that much. I want to start writing, as I think I have a lot to express, but I am not really sure how to get started.

 
2. Atlas Obscura
Atlas Obscura is a guide to the obscure places and hidden wonders of the world. In their online magazine, you’ll find curious stories like these:

When Stephen Hawking Threw a Cocktail Party for Time Travelers

What Is It Like to Live Alone on an Island for 30 Years?

Confessions of a Poet-for-Hire

 
3. This Day in History
There are several of these sites:

Timeanddate.com
Encyclopaedia Britannica
History.com
UN International Days

 
4. Learn Fun Facts
Learn some curious facts about science, history, language, art, literature, mathematics and anything in between. For instance, did you know that there are only five countries with a one-syllable English name? Or that symbolics.com was the first registered domain name on the Internet?

 
5. Open Culture
A rich site with cultural and educational resources, all free: online courses, movies, books, and language lessons, just to mention a few.

7 Nobel Speeches by 7 Great Writers: Hemingway, Faulkner, and More

The “Celebrity Lecture Series” From Michigan State Features Talks by Great Writers of Our Time

1,150 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc.

Six Postcards From Famous Writers: Hemingway, Kafka, Kerouac & More

 
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