22 Blogs Every Writer Should Read
I read a lot of blogs about writing, both for the practical tips but also for the inspiration — reading about writing gets me fired up to do more writing. (Considering I write this blog about writing, perhaps I should say that reading about writing fires me up to do more writing about writing. Did I just blow your mind?!)
I’m not a huge fan of the “fuzzier”, writing-as-spiritual-quest sites, so you won’t find much of that here. Instead, I look for sites that offer real information writers can use about the craft of writing — or about the business of writing, which can be a sticky point for a lot of writers who fear sullying their creative mind with the dirty work of day-to-day business matters.
Here, in alphabetical order, are
21 22 blogs about writing that I consider good enough to read regularly — I’ve subscribed to all of them so I don’t miss a single post.
- All Freelance Writing: Like the name says, AFW offers just about all the freelance writing info you could use.
- Becoming a Writer Seriously: Tom Colvin is the very picture of the working writer — he’s written features, taught English and history, worked in the corporate world, and is working on a non-fiction book. His site covers tools and insider secrets for writers.
- Blogging Bits: Written by Pakistani blogger Mohsin, Blogging Bits offers advice on blog writing and promotion.
- Create Value or Die: Aimed at marketers, CVoD offers good advice for commercial writers whose work has to entertain, inform — and sell something.
- Creative Freelancing: Covers news and advice for freelancers of all kinds, but particularly copywriters.
- Freelance Folder: A multi-author blog with tips, advice, interviews, and more aimed at helping freelancers work and live better.
- Freelance Swtich: Essential reading for freelancers from this multi-author blog. They also run a job board and a great podcast, Freelance Radio.
- Get Paid to Write Online: Inside information from freelance writer and ghostwriter Sharon Hurley Hall.
- How Not to Write: If you’re not writing, you might as well check out HNTW for great information on writing, blogging, and keeping creative.
- How to Promote Your Self-Published Ebook (or Print!): With a title like that, you pretty much know what this one’s about Good advice on getting the word out about your self-published work.
- Paperback Writer: Lynn Viehl has published 38 novels (and counting), so you can bet she knows a thing or two about novel-writing!
- PODdy Mouth: A no-hold-barred look at the world of print-on-demand (POD) publishing.
- Renegade Writer: Companion site to the Renegade Writer books on writing, RW has great advice on writing, especially the business end of writing.
- Successful (and Outstanding) Blog(gers): Liz Strauss is all about connection. Her blog offers daily inspiration, tips, and things to think on, all directed towards increasing the way we use our blogs to relate to our audiences, other bloggers, and the world.
- Time to Write: Jurgen Wolff has written for television (including “Family Ties”, “Benson”, and “The Love Boat”), movies, print, and the web. In addition to writing, he’s a writing coach, creativity expert, and hypnotherapist who shares his thoughts on brainstorming, maintaining focus, and the writing process on his blog. (PS I interviewed him on Lifehack Live in January 2008 — check it out for lots of great tips!)
- Wordpreneur: With the tagline “How to make money writing”, you pretty much know what you’re going to get. Wordpreneur’s Eldon Sarte does it better than most, presenting tons of information for writers looking to get paid.
- Write Now is Good: Freelance writer and editor Kristin Gorski shares her thoughts on creativity, inspiration, and, of course, writing.
- Write to Done: Leo Babauta of Zen Habits is an amazing writer. Write to Done shares some of his thoughts on unlocking our creativity and writing more effectively — and efficiently.
- A Writer’s Words, an Editor’s Eye: Lot’s of practical advice from freelance writer Lillie Amman.
- Writer Unboxed: A group blog dedicated to exploring genre writing. Features lots of great information, especially the frequent interviews with authors.
- Writing Power: English professor Loren Blinde offers stacks of advice on improving your writing, from conception to revision.
- Writing Tips and Tricks: A freelance writer describes her experiences, and offers up the lessons she’s gleaned from them.
Know of anything I’ve left out? Let me (and your fellow readers) know about them in the comments!
What a great list. I’m currently reading some of them already, but will be sure to check out the rest!
Thanks Ben! I posted some of these on Lifehack in my “Ultimate Writer’s Productivity Resource” but as you an see I kept some good ones for readers here! Enjoy them — but don’t forget to come back here later, too! 🙂
Thanks, Dustin! Great to be included in your new, expanded list!!!
You’re welcome, HNTW. Keep doing what you do!
Thanks, Ben! It’s great to be included in such a thoughtful and well-chosen list! I found a few new favorites here. I always love when that happens!
I think you mean “Dustin”, Liz — and you’re welcome. It’s the least I could do for someone I’ve learned a lot from.
Thanks Dustin! (see, I didn’t confuse you with the first commenter!)
And thanks again for the list. There are quite a few blogs there I didn’t know of before. 🙂
I’m always amazed by such lists, as every single one I uncover contains blogs and sites I’ve never visited before. Your list in particular has lots of nice surprises.
Thanks too for the nod to Becoming A Writer Seiously. How do you learn all that biographical detail? Do you work for the CIA part-time?
Thanks for including me in this stellar company, Dustin.
Tom: The CIA *wishes* I worked for them! (No, seriously, they’re actively recruiting anthropologists these days.)
But no spycraft was involved in making this list. Rather I relied solely on the clever use of “About” pages.
Great list, but you missed out my favourite! Joanna Young’s blog, Confident Writing is an absolute must for all writers, imo.
Thanks for the suggestion, Amy. I actually hadn’t seen Confident Writing before, so that’s a new one for me to check out. But there are dozens of great sites out there to check out — when I was writing this point, I knew it would need a followup or I’d never be able to get it done — it would just keep growing and growing. So look for a follow-up in the next couple months, and maybe even a follow-up to the follow-up. There’s so much great stuff out there once you start looking, this might well turn into a regular feature here!
Thanks for sharing this great list. Though I read many of these, some others are quite new to me, which I’m sure to check out.
Hi Dustin, This is a great list. Apart from Liz’s blog I haven’t seen any other. I’m relatively new to blogging and writing. Thanks for taking time to compile this list.
Another one you might love to have a look at is Mens with Pens http://menwithpens.ca/ and I especially enjoyed their article http://menwithpens.ca/fiction-writing-bringing-dialogue-to-life
Ashish: I love Men with Pens; another one for the follow-up. Thanks!
Thank you for including my blog on your great list. You’ve listed several of my favorites but introduced me to several new blogs that are now in my feed reader.
Nah, those Men with Pens guys are just hacks.
Nice list. There’s one or two that I hadn’t seen on there. I’ll check them out.
James; French-y, too, but still: readable. Ain’t othing wrong with that.
Good list–I’m off to check the ones I don’t already read. (And, hey, if Men with Pens didn’t make the list, I can’t complain about not being on it myself, right?) (grin)
If this helps any, I typed “writers blogs” into Google to get here. Google decides to produce over 1.5 million search results for those keywords, thus making your concise guide a welcome relief to “search fatigue”.
With this in mind, I’d like to place a link to your blog on my own fledgling “blog outpost”, please. (I always ask since I’m oldfashioned that way).
For everyone who reached this comment: Dustin’s other site pages are well worth a visit, too. I checked out “tools” and was pleasantly surprised.
More power to you.
Kind Regards, _writer.
_writer: Glad that I could be of help. Of course you — or anyone else — can link to this site. Linking is, in my opinion, the bedrock of the Web, both in practical and *moral* terms. Linking provides a service to readers (“Read this, this is good!”), traffic to the sites you link to (who do, after all, want to be read), and attribution where needed (I’m an academic — I think it’s important to cite your references!).
Another pleasant surprise is you feedback through your comments system quickly. I’m impressed, since your last posted comment (before mine) arrived here end of April 2008. (Not all bloggers seem to check comments so promptly, if at all).
I read somewhere Googlebot (The Ranking Algorithm)determines page rank for a website(partially) by the amount of links made back to it (backlinks?). Currently, writerstechnology.com is on page 6 of my generated search results, though “backlinking” should boost your ranking.
I’d like that to happen for two important reasons:
1. Your website helps fiction writers (not just copywriters)
2. Your site is well-written (I thought your “About” biography page was one of the best I’ve read online recently). Online ‘bios’ are not easy to get right!
Your point about citation is a crucial one for online content, Dustin. I am so pleased you mentioned it. I havent looked round all your interesting “Categories” yet, but I will be remembering to cite you or ask permission if an article seems so important, I cant avoid mentioning it on my own blog!
I like to think that’s a professional courtesy…
Kind Regards, _writer.
Saw this link via Jon’s twitter (Children’s Writing Web Journal). One of my favs with great insight is http://www.nathanbransford.blogspot.com. It’s an inside look from an agent’s perspective. There’s always tons of great info on it.
In honor of the second annual Words Matter Week, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors invites bloggers everywhere to write on the idea that “words matter.” Once you post, please sign up in the Mr. Linky in the starter post at the NAIWE NewsWire blog, so that people will be able to easily find the various posts. You’re welcome to leave a comment as well. Words matter!
I hope you can join us for some of the Words Matter Week events (you can read more about it here: http://www.naiwe.com/words-matter/week.php). Please feel free to share this invitation with other bloggers, writers, and editors. We look forward to reading your posts!
A great list, but there are some other sites that you missed. probably because they are just starting up.
Informative! I personally think that elance, guru, and ODesk offer many writing job opportunities. You can get paid to blog at an hourly wage or per project.
Thank you so much for sharing this great list of blogs that are ‘must reads’ for writers.
You have managed to provide for me some new gems of wisdom to review and so I have bookmarked this post, thanks again.
Very useful blogs to read! Thanks.
Hey, you forgot us: http://www.thewritersforhire.com/blog. 🙂
Another treasure is http://writebadlywell.blogspot.com/. The author shows great examples of bad writing – or in his own words, How To Write Badly Well.
It’s interesting that 2 years down the line, most of these are still going strong!
There are several on your list which are my favourites already, but I will check the others I haven’t visited.
It’s essential for every to continue learning and polishing his her skills – and reading other writers’ blogs helps.