Best Blogs About Writing – From AW Forums to Writing World


On What Are the Best Writing Websites and Blogs? Why?, I asked for the best blogs about writing, and you answered! Here are a few writing blogs suggested by writers, plus a few reasons why those bloggers have something we all want: a ringing endorsement from a fellow scribe.

Before the tips, a quip:

“Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.” ~ Jessamyn West.





Striking the balance between learning from your fellow writers and locking yourself away (unwashed, unfed, undressed, undone) is the trick to being a successful author.

Learn more tricks from writers in The Writer’s Home Companion: An Anthology of the World’s Best Writing Advice, From Keats to Kunitz) –- and check out these best blogs about writing, recommended by Quips and Tips readers.

I want to to add more writing blogs to this article. So if you’d like to recommend one and tell my why it’s your favorite, I’ll make room for you. And your link. Also — don’t be afraid to flog your blog. Writers need to get good at self-promotion! There’s nothing shameful about it.

Absolute Write forum and monthly blog chain

I know Absolute Write is a forum, but it contains everything you need to know about writing, publishing, looking for an agent, blog writing, etc. They even have this thread called ‘Query Hell’, where you write a query letter and get brutal, but honest feedback on it. The best part of Absolute Write is the monthly Blog Chains. They are a fantastic way to interact with other writers, discover new blogs and gain exposure. To top it off, the people on the AW Forum are really friendly, supportive and very helpful. ~ Deanna Proach.

Freelance Writer’s Blog

Freelance Writer’s Blog by Dana Prince is a blog by a freelance writer who shares her triumphs and trials. Dana provides good practical writing advice. While the blog isn’t updated that often, there’s a lot of useful info in the archives, and when it is updated, the post is always worth reading. I’ve been dipping into this writing blog for quite a few years – and it’s one of my favorites. ~ Sharon Hurley Hall.

eFiction

I would be nowhere without the people at eFiction. The authors site has helped me in immeasurable ways. ~ Doug.

Reviewzntips

Reviewzntips isn’t specifically designed for writing. But I find myself going back over and over due to the great information about lifting your personal blog off the ground. Daniel also covers a lot of the techy things and items I never considered. ~ Bianca.

Edittorrent, Janice Hardy, Jami Gold

Edittorrent is run by two editors and they cover writing topics from basic to advanced. I learned much of what I know from this blog.

Janice Hardy is a new favorite for me. She posts very frequently and manages to explain things very clearly. I always come away with a better understanding.

*cough* Mine. Yes, I’m shameless, I know. But I try to approach writing issues from a different slant, so it’s not just regurgitating information. Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows I share a lot of writing links. I use my blog to share even more of what I’ve learned. ~ all three suggested by Jami Gold

Shobhaa

Shobhaa is a prolific writer, a columnist and a great blogger. What draws me to her blogs is her racy wit, gripping style and original ideas. She writes about what she observes around her while dipping her pen in chilly sauce. In her hands the absurd turns into sublime. Shobhaa also reviews Bollywood movies. ~ Uppal

Story Fix and Dean Wesley Smith

Dean Wesley Smith for publishing and writing tips, and Larry Brooks StoryFix for fiction writing tips. Between these two writing blogs, you’ve got 90% of what you need. ~ Bruce H. Johnson.

Writing World

The website that I learned the most from when I started freelancing four years ago is Writing World. I haven’t visited it lately, but I loved that site. And even if a writing blog hasn’t been updated recently, it doesn’t mean it has outdated information! Certain aspects of writing never change, my friends.

I’d love to add more writing blogs to this article! Recommend one and tell my why it’s your favorite…



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15 thoughts on “Best Blogs About Writing – From AW Forums to Writing World

  • Lifeofwriters

    Good Post. thanks for sharing.
    Life of writers providing the Best Writing Forums. As we created it online, so interested writers can join us.

  • Laurie

    I really should update this article. It’s almost embarrassing, because there are SO MANY of the best blogs about writing….the ones I listed are barely scratching the surface.

    If you know of any writing blogs, please post them here!

  • sofia

    “Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.”
    this is very true…and this the biggest sacrifice we writers should consider. but at the end of it all, it will pay off.

  • Ghostwriting

    Mighty Prose is Lawrence Ineno, and ghostwriting is his passion. As a Freelance Writer, Lawrence helps you meet your publication goals faster and more effectively than otherwise possible.

  • Stephanie Cage

    My top must-visit writing site is ‘Write or Die’, an online tool designed to help you fulfil JK Rowling’s writing advice of not stopping to edit while you write. You set yourself a word target and deadline, and it holds you to them: simple but brilliant. And the downloadable desktop version is only $5 too.

  • Janette A. Owens

    I so like the below comment. It speaks the ultimate truth. I happen to have a family member who got angry with me because she didn’t like the idea of me using personal material in my book, though I had permission to use the material.
    “Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.” ~ Jessamyn West.”

    My latest book, “Ignorance in Action…” Coming soon.
    My blog is self-created and as you will see I am not at all computer saavy.

    yesyouareignoranttoo.blogspot.com

  • NextGen Writer

    Hey Laurie, Nice post but I a few things need to be updated like Dana Prince has moved her blog, and ironically her new blog has not been updated for nearly three months now.

    Sharon’s blog is pretty cool, I am a regular visitor 🙂 If you update the post, I recommend you to add Carol Tice’s makeAliving and Sean Platt’s GhostWriterDad… Two extremely resourceful blogs.

    Thanks

  • Lynn Biederstadt

    Laurie… this is my first visit to your place, and I am blown away! What a terrific site. Makes me want to come and spend more time with you. As a fellow blogger-about-writing, I appreciate what you’re doing–hugely! Thank you so so so much for this!
    -Lynn

  • Paul

    There are FAR too many writing blogs and websites to choose from, and each one meets a different need for me as a writer. Of course, some meet NO needs at all but that’s a different story.

  • UPPAL

    Hi Laurie, Thank you so much for including Shobhaa’s blog and giving my blog a chance.What a wonderful quip you have chosen for the article! Pithy, that articulates an expansive concept about an entity with the nomenclature: Writer.

    You have done a great job by recommending some blogs which I am surely going to explore and be benefitted by them. Laurie, your writing style makes me feel as if you are talking to me!!!!Bravo!

  • Sharon Hurley Hall

    Thanks for including my recommendation here, Laurie. I didn’t even consider my own blog (maybe I’m too British) :), but it offers tips for freelance writers on building their careers and has been going for over 5 years.