5 Amazing Blogs For Writers

 

Blog“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” — Margaret Fuller

With so many blogs focusing on the craft of writing, it’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed, especially if you’re just starting out. With this in mind, we’re going to start small by dipping our metaphorical toes in the sea of writerly advice and take a cursory peek at my top five blogs on writing.

Better Novel Project

Winner of the Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writer’s Award 2015. Spearheaded by Christine Fraizer, the Better Novel Project is worthy of Writer’s Digest’s recognition. Inspired by the best-selling YA novels Twilight, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games, Frazier deconstructs the base principals and common threads in the hope of discovering the key to writing the next chart-topping book. Her research has led to the creation of the Better Novel App, a cloud-based writing app that’s fluid enough to fit a menagerie of outlining strategies and preferences.

Along with her deconstructions and app, Frazier offers articles that take a closer look at how individual aspects of a novel are created (e.g., villains, world building, character descriptions), and a free handbook (65 Bestselling Word Counts) on how to target your novel’s word count to a specific genre.

clarkesworld108DanKoboldt.com

Dan Koboldt is a genetic researcher, science fiction/fantasy writer, and mentor. His site offers loads of fantastic advice on publishing and writing for common elements found in fantasy and sci-fi genres, which was how I originally discovered Koboldt’s site. While browsing on Pinterest, a pin on an article about how fantasy writers get horses wrong drew my attention. I clicked over and found myself knee deep in amazing writing advice from how to create a convincing death scene, to handling rejection, to weapons and tactics. Much like Better Novel Project, I was in heaven.

In addition to articles, Koboldt is also a mentor for PitchWars (hosted by Brenda Drake) which takes place on twitter. During PitchWars, non-agented writers with a completed manuscript, (proofed and edited) pitch their book in 180 characters or less. The winners are paired with a published author to help them polish their manuscript for submission. I’m crossing my fingers that I’m ready for this next year.

Editing A PaperThe Editor’s Blog

If you have ever wondered about grammar or writing, or, well, anything writing related, The Editor’s Blog will be your new best friend. Writing keeps those of us doing it on our toes. There are so many grammar rules to keep track of, so many nuances, so many freaking commas to use and remove, and use again only to remove one last time, that we writers need help. Lots and lots of help.

Created by Beth Hill, The Editor’s Blog is dedicated to helping writers write better. Whether it’s reining in your characters, issues of grammar, or finding the right person to critique your work, you’ll find the answers here. For a full list of past posts, visit the Full Archives.

BookBaby Blog

A self-publishing platform, BookBaby has an awesome blog filled with great information for burgeoning and published writers alike. I discovered BookBaby when I was researching alternatives to Amazon in terms of self-publishing, and then I found their blog. Talk about some great advice and tips. BookBaby offers nuggets of wisdom on revising, creating your author’s website, and getting in the mood to write. See, I told you it was good stuff.

Mind MappingWrite to Done

This website offers a blog dedicated to aiding writers beyond just writing. Offering practical advice on mind mapping for outlining everything from blog articles to full-length novels, creating a stand out author’s bio, and keeping readers engaged, every writer will find something useful here. Unless you’re Stephen King. He’s got this writing thing on lockdown. Additional to articles, Write to Done offers new subscribers a free ebook The Nearly Ultimate Guild to Writing Better.

If you have a favorite writing blog not listed here, please leave a comment with a link to the site in the comments below.

Photo Credits

Blog by Dennis Skley via Flickr Creative Commons License

Clarkesworld Issue 108 via Clarkesworld Magazine

2008-01-26 (Editing a paper) – 31 by Nic McPhee via Flickr Creative Commons License

Mindmap of  Musicophilla By Oliver Sacks by Austin Kleon via Flickr Creative Commons License

Cynthia Varady

Cynthia Varady

Cynthia is an award-winning writer and co-owner of the book review and writing website, DuelingLibrarians.net. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and son. When she's not toddler chasing or writing, Cynthia can be found reading, playing video games, or baking. Cynthia has her BA in English Literature from Sonoma State University, and a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Occasionally, Cynthia does voice acting for casual video games, and is the voice of Stella from the Aveyond series. Presently she is working on a young adult fantasy novel.

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4 Responses

  1. Hi Cynthia!

    Thank you so much for the kind words about Better Novel Project and the Better Novel App! You made my day. 🙂

    Thanks again,
    Christine

    • You are so very welcome Christine! You have put together an amazing site. I only wish I had discovered BNP app before I was more than half way through my YA book. I’ll be trying it out on the next one for sure.

      Have a wonderful week,

      Cynthia

  2. Thank you for the mention, Cynthia! I’ve added a search form at your suggestion.

    Yours,

    Dan Koboldt

    • You have a great site Dan, and the search function will be super handy. I’m going to be working my butt off to participate in #pitchwars next year. It’s such a cool concept. Have a wonderful week!

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