Websites for Writers: 20 Sites with Great Writing Advice

This post covers some of our 101 websites for writers selected in 2017.

Note: Nominations for 2018 are closed. Thank you for your recommendations!


For 19 years now, we’ve been doing the hard work of scouring the web for you: sorting through the hundreds of reader-nominated sites that pour in year-round, reviewing honorees from past lists, considering staff favorites and devoting countless browsing hours to the hunt for excellent websites for writers.

The result: our annual list of 101 first-class free resources to assist every level and genre of writer on every stage of the writing journey. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or motivation, tutorials on craft, assistance with platform building, or insight into seeking agents or self-publishing, you’ll find it among these websites for writers—and much, much more besides. Here, you’ll find our top resources for writing advice from the May/June 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest.

19 Excellent Websites for Writers

1. APRIL DÁVILA, STORYTELLER

aprildavila.com

Dávila has been documenting her efforts toward becoming a published novelist for eight years running, and her blog is full of advice for bettering your craft, creating community, staying committed and more. Based in Los Angeles, the full-time freelancer also compiles a weekly roundup
(#LitLife) of West Coast writer events.


2. BETTER NOVEL PROJECT

betternovelproject.com

“Deconstructing bestselling novels, one doodle at a time” is the mantra of Better Novel Project’s Christine Frazier, who uses digital index “cards”—coupled with hand-drawn illustrations—to break down the common elements (from word count to character archetypes and more) of popular novels such as The Hunger Games and Twilight. The result is a succinct and comprehensive Master Outline you might find helpful in structuring your own work-in-progress.


3. DAILY WRITING TIPS

dailywritingtips.com

Find your daily dose of grammar and freelance know-how here: From punctuation and word usage tutorials to freelance writing advice, this site will demystify just about any nitty-gritty mechanical question you have. The tips are free, but for $5/month you can also get access to writing courses, exercises and hundreds of regularly updated job listings.


4. DAVID VILLALVA, LUCID STORYTELLER

davidvillalva.com

Learn the intricacies of creative storytelling—whether in short fi ction, novel or screenplay form— and apply them to your own work  with David Villalva’s insightful visual guides. Check out the Create a Villain infographic or The Storytelling Blueprint for examples of his lucidity in action.


5. DIY MFA

diymfa.com

Offering a do-it-yourself alternative to a master’s degree in writing, DIY MFA provides all the tools you need to “write with focus, read with purpose and build your community”— led by prolifi c teacher, speaker and writer Gabriela Pereira (author of the companion book DIY MFA, from WD Books) via articles, classes and a podcast. The e-newsletter brings regular updates to your inbox with the friendly greeting “Hey there, Word Nerds!”


6. FICTION UNIVERSITY

blog.janicehardy.com

Spearheaded by award-winning novelist Janice Hardy, Fiction University will school you in the hows of writing. A rigorous weekly schedule—from Writing Tip Monday to Writing Prompt Sunday—makes the site ideal for those trying to develop discipline. The cumulative result is more than 1,000 articles on all aspects of the fiction writing process, from mapping a novel to editing, submitting and more.


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7. FICTORIANS

fictorians.com

Helmed by a group of 28 authors and editors, and running thousands of posts deep, this blog neatly organizes its all-encompassing advice into helpful categories such as Business, Craft & Skill and The Writing Life—all with easy-to-peruse subcategories that make fi nding what you’re looking for a cinch.


8. GRAMMARPHOBIA

grammarphobia.com

The brainchild of the author behind The New York Times–bestselling grammar title Woe Is I, Grammarphobia busts language myths and deciphers tricky usage rules while answering literary questions you didn’t even know you had, such as “Is red beautiful?” and “Does a doorway need a door?”


9. HELPING WRITERS BECOME AUTHORS

helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com

Internationally published historical novelist and writing mentor K.M. Weiland boasts an extensive repertoire of advice on story structure, scenes, characters and more, presented via articles, a podcast, an e-newsletter, workshops and videos.



10. NATHAN BRANSFORD

blog.nathanbransford.com

A former literary agent and professional social media manager turned novelist, Nathan Bransford brings a diverse breadth of knowledge to his blog. He posts less frequently these days, but you’ll still fi nd plenty of candid advice on building a platform, querying agents, targeting genres, and more in his Publishing Essentials archive, along with robust forums.


11. SEEKERVILLE

seekerville.blogspot.com

Nine years ago, 13 Christian novelists started a blog documenting their writing journeys as not-yet-published authors with the goal of inspiring other writers along the way. Today, all of the “Seekers” are published—many of them to critical acclaim—and their commitment to providing thoughtful advice, encouragement and inspiration remains unwavering.


12. SEPTEMBER C. FAWKES

septembercfawkes.com

An avid reader and aspiring speculative fiction writer, September C. Fawkes seeks and shares storytelling takeaways by dissecting popular books and movies: Think Les Miserables, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Interstellar and Th e Hunger Games. Adding to her perspective, she also happens to be the assistant of The New York Times bestselling novelist David Farland.


13. STORYBRAIN

youtube.com/user/storybrain

 

To help viewers better understand the elements of successful storytelling and compelling characters, StoryBrain breaks down popular movies, iconic personalities and TV series with insightful commentary via weekly YouTube videos.


14. TERRIBLEMINDS

terribleminds.com

As a novelist, screenwriter and game designer who’s both self- and traditionally published, Chuck Wendig stockpiles knowledge about fiction writing, revision tactics, publishing in various arenas, and more—which he shares conversationally on his blog in engaging and colorful (read: NSFW) prose.

[Grab a copy of The Kickass Writer by Chuck Wendig here.]


15. TOMI ADEYEMI

tomiadeyemi.com

Writing coach Tomi Adeyemi offers free video courses on mastering plot, along with a library of downloadable writing tools: structure and character worksheets, backstory templates and planners, writing prompts, and more. Her accompanying blog is full of advice on plotting and revising.


16. WRITE NONFICTION NOW!

writenonfictionnow.com

Who says November is just for novelists? Th is site challenges nonfi ction writers to pen a 50,000-word manuscript in 30 days while their fi ction-writing counterparts are tackling NaNoWriMo. Founded by bestselling author, blogger and book coach Nina Amir, the site off ers communal support and writing advice year-round. For $30/month you can enroll in the Nonfi ction Writers’ University and gain special access to educational teleseminars, webinars and more.


17. WRITE THE BOOK

writethebook.podbean.com

Pick up writing tips during your commute via this Vermont–based radio show’s “Write the Book” podcast, which features more than 400 episodes of interviews with authors, editors, agents, poets and illustrators.


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18. WRITER UNBOXED

writerunboxed.com

A stable of contributing authors and industry experts (nonfi ction and fi ction, aspiring and bestselling) provides some of the best craft advice out there, in addition to fostering a thriving writing community thousands of members strong. (Looking for offl ine inspiration and encouragement? Th e site’s accompanying title, Author in Progress, edited by WU founder Th erese Walsh, was recently published by WD Books.)


19. WRITERS IN THE STORM

writersinthestormblog.com

Four seasoned writers—and a steady stream of talented guest bloggers—provide craft tips and inspiration to help writers “weather the storm” and deal with the selfdoubt, deadlines, rejection, and inevitable encroachment of daily life that can threaten to hinder our writing goals.


20. WRITING EXCUSES

writingexcuses.com

Hosted by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson and other acclaimed authors, the Writing Excuses podcast is in its 12th season. Episodes are a bite-sized 15 minutes each: “Because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.”


 

 

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64 thoughts on “Websites for Writers: 20 Sites with Great Writing Advice

  1. Marnye13

    Women Writers, Women’s Books http://www.booksbywomen.org From bloggers to international bestselling authors they are a wonderful resource for a number of things including encouragement, business advice, tips about the creative process, pitfalls to avoid, revelations and so much more!

  2. efinesse

    My recommendation for inclusion in the list of 101 Best Websites for Writers is: Women Writers, Women’s Books http://www.booksbywomen.org/. It constantly provides an abundance of helpful resources for writers as well as ongoing inspiration and motivation. It includes a host of knowledgeable writers who are supportive and willing to share their knowledge. I’ve gathered several tips from the website’s resources which have helped to improve my writing skills. Additionally, I’m glad to be a member of their Facebook group and enjoy the collaborations.

  3. tinahogangrant

    Highly recommend Women Writers, Women’s Book. Fantastic site and group. Wonderful people, all willing to help each other on their writing journey booksbywomen.org.

  4. Aimpellizzeri

    Yes! Booksbywomen.org is one of my favorite go-to blogs for craft advice, interviews, and inspiration. Another not-to-be-missed resource is the Tall Poppy Writer’s Blog at tallpoppies.org. Representing a cross-section of women in publishing today – self-published, indie, traditionally published, and hybrids, The Tall Poppy Writers are committed to raising up all women in the industry and fostering a community of collaboration rather than competition.

  5. S.D. Ferrell

    I nominate Women Writers, Women’s Books (booksbywomen.org.) The site has a wealth of information for writers at any stage in their career. It is comprehensive, easy to navigate and the articles are engaging. The genuine support you receive on the website, and their Facebook page, is truly worthy of this nomination.

  6. MalaN

    booksbywomen.org

    A supportive and knowledgeable organization that inspires and uplifts women writers around the world. Informative articles and forging connections between and among aspiring and experienced writers is a haven for women writers.

  7. Monicahall

    I nominate booksbywomen.org hands down the best overall resource I’ve found for writers. Loads of advise on craft and publishing. It hosts a diverse blend of writers at every stage of their writing journey and “Agents’s Corner” where one can ask questions and get valuable feedback and advise for best practices.

  8. Anna Quinn

    Women Writers, Women’s Books http://www.booksbywomen.org is hands down one of the most supportive and informative resources for writers. They offer consistent inspiration, craft and publishing advice, interviews and articles about every writing topic you could possibly imagine. They also go above and beyond in cheering on authors—tweeting about their books and sharing their author pages and articles. As a debut author, I am deeply gratitude for their considerable encouragement.

  9. Nixie

    https://rejectomancy.com/

    Author Aeryn Rudel talks writing, movies – and talks openly about rejections. He shows statistics, discusses rejection correspondence (form letters and personal), and even discusses how many times a particular piece has been rejected and his reasons for retiring it, revising it, or continuing to submit as is.

    It’s rare to hear candid, specific, ongoing conversation about the majority of writing: the stuff that doesn’t get picked up. In addition to celebrating his successes, Rudel is willing to open about about the challenges. Just understanding that your experience isn’t the exception is a huge tool for writers who might be getting discouraged. Even without the good info, even-tempered perspective, and good humor, it would be worth it just for the perspective check and the recognition that we all experience rejection far more often than publication, and that it is just par for the course.

  10. MMFinck

    Women Writers, Women’s Books http://www.booksbywomen.org Tremendous resource for writers at any point on their journey.
    It is a prolific website posting new articles about publishing and writing daily. Features interviews with a diverse group of authors from debut to internationally bestselling. Also features the Agents’ Corner where agents answer interview questions gathered from members.

  11. mdhoover

    I nominate deaddarlings.com. It’s a site for “everything novel,” ie., for everything having to do with writing, publishing, and reading novels. It’s a great resource for those at the very beginning of the process all the way through publication and setting back to work again.

  12. Nuttyknitwit

    I love writershelpingwriters.net with Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi (Formerly Bookshelf Muse). Other authors contribute valuable information to their blog and they have the One Stop for Writers, which is a pay for service but well worth the money. I get lots of info from the blog alone. Recently they have had discussions on different occupations and how to write accurately about them, different kinds of editing and when at which stage in your writing to use editors, etc. I love the yearly roundup of great blogs and websites and look forward to it every year. Thanks, WD!

  13. newsgal

    I nominate the Dead Darlings blog: http://deaddarlings.com/ It’s been a great source of information and inspiration for me as an aspiring novelist on the craft and business of writing. I’ve particularly enjoyed pieces by Julie Dalton and Milo Todd, two of their regular contributors. Writing a novel can be such an arduous, solitary journey. It’s helpful to have the support and wisdom of other writers along the way!

  14. canyonelf

    I like Jami Gold’s blog. I write fiction, and she covers that well. Her archives are easy to access. Importantly, she is not dogmatic. She does not insist there is only one right way to write. At a time when I was reading a bunch of writing advice blogs and books, I became discouraged and nearly gave up writing. I opened my email, and there she had a blog on how to evaluate advice and take only that which is helpful. She writes for both plotters and pantsers and presents advice that is helpful for both.

  15. @LauraKbytheBay

    I nominate jamigold.com
    Jami Gold posts very informative articles on a regular basis. The topics are varied, but all apply to the writing life. Jami sends a newsletter that has the full blog post in it so a person doesn’t have to open their browser to read it, unless they want to. The posts thoroughly covers each topic.

  16. Mott1940

    Hi there! Actually I am a beginner in writing, and that is why I was looking for any helpful information for me, which I have found exactly in your article. So thank you very much for it! Hope, I will use for a long time in the future.

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