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Writing blogs do so much. They’re informative. They’re enjoyable. They fill your Instapaper feed.
I want someone fighting alongside me. When I’m sitting there making excuses rather than writing, I want someone there telling me that they know what it’s like, and they’re not letting it get them down.
Some of these are well-known blogs. Others are blogs that I consider sort of… pocket resources, shall we say. Places that I haven’t heard anyone else talking about, but have proved invaluable to me personally. So hopefully, even if you browse a lot of writing blogs, you should be able to get some new content to read.
All these blogs are great, and I’m not trying to start a fight, so these are in nice, comfortable alphabetical order.
There are plenty of great men out there, doing good writing work. But as a woman, I always smile a little when I see another woman in the business. So when I saw Christine Frazier’s blog, and I saw her picture, and more importantly I saw her excellent content, I couldn’t resist putting it on the list.
There’s plenty of advice to be had, on all sorts of subjects. It is, after all, right there in the name: she’s building a better novel. But what I love is all the research that goes into it. She’s got hard numbers. When I try to move into a field, I always wonder. What’s the word count that readers expect? What’s the word count I can get away with when I find myself in the middle of a nightmare project and just want it to end? How are other authors doing it?
Well, you can go through and count all the words in Harry Potter if you want to. But Christine’s done it for you, and the benefits of that simply can’t be over-stated. Of particular interest to YA authors, her master outline deconstructs the first entries into the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games series’, and lays it all there for you in plain english.
K. M. Weiland is another woman writer, and another extremely educational blog. I don’t know her subscriber numbers, but she’s got such a professional site that I imagine she’s doing very well for herself. Plenty of her content is great for authors just starting out, but like any craft, the most important skill that you have as an artist are your fundamentals. So veterans, don’t think that you can skimp on reading stuff just because it’s a little bit basic, either! The entire page is gorgeous, and full of useful content, but her Story Structure Database is absolutely fantastic, and I can’t possibly recommend it enough.
3. Jami Gold
A little secret of mine–not one I’ve kept well! I found Jami’s web site when I was starting out, and found her beat sheet for romance writers, and I haven’t looked back since. Oh, sure: I use my own beat sheet now. But you’d be surprised how much of it I borrowed. She’s in Paranormal, which isn’t usually my bag, but she’s very talented, with a good eye for content. Following her links always ends up with me learning something I didn’t know before.
Jane Friedman is a veteran in the publishing world, and a writer to boot. The name of the game here is business, and that’s every bit as important as the writing side. Of course, she’s running a blog for writers. It wouldn’t be complete without articles on how to write well, and she doesn’t disappoint one bit in that department. I’ve been self-publishing since I started writing, and that means that a lot of my advice, and the advice of people I know, is built around indie publishing.
Jane’s from the other side of the tracks, and unlike some trad-pub, she’s not some starry-eyed newbie. She’s got plenty of information on self-publishing–after all, she’s a smart woman–but for my money, I’m more interested in her publishing experience, and that means that her excellent post on how to get noticed by publishers is a godsend.
A recent discovery of mine. I’ve always dreamed of writing a fantasy novel; until recently I thought I couldn’t afford it. Well, 2018 is the year I let myself work on something for myself. Enter Mythcreants. With their focus on sci-fi and fantasy, they might not be perfect for everyone. Even if you’re not writing those genres, don’t count them out just yet. They’ve got a ton of great content, including a podcast for authors who want to listen on the go. If you want to dip your toe in to see if they’re to your liking then I can’t recommend their article on avoiding overshadowing your protagonist enough.
(And of course, if you’re new here, don’t forget that we’re also a writing blog!)