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