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Writer's Digest Best Writing Advice Websites for Writers 2021

Here are the top writing advice websites as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.
Writer's Digest Best Writing Advice Websites for Writers 2021

Here are the top writing advice websites as identified in the 23rd Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Career Authors

CareerAuthors.com

If writing is more than just a hobby for you, Career Authors can help you make it a successful business. With advice on writing, publishing, marketing, and the writing life, the information from the five Career Authors (plus their guest contributors) will make sure your career is in order.

Catapult

Catapult.co

Catapult is a publisher of fiction and nonfiction, a daily online magazine of narrative nonfiction and fiction, and offers classes on the craft and business of writing. They strive to create a community where writers can showcase their work, find helpful resources, and connect with others.

The Debutante Ball

TheDebutanteBall.com

Each year, The Debutante Ball selects five debut authors to track throughout their journey during the publication of their first book. We love following the triumphs, the lessons learned, and watching where these authors go as they graduate to book number two.

DIY MFA

DIYMFA.com

While you can’t earn an official degree from the site, DIY MFA breaks down the educational model MFA programs are based on—reading with purpose, writing with focus, and building community—to deliver craft articles, workshops, and podcasts that help accomplish that goal. Whether you write poetry, genre fiction, kidlit, or more, DIY MFA offers something for every writer.

Fiction University

Blog.JaniceHardy.com

Rather than giving other authors advice about what they should do to improve their craft, Janice Hardy finds it more helpful to show exactly how to do it—with plenty of examples in the nearly 3,000 articles on her blog. Hardy invites guest authors weekly to talk about their own writing processes.

Helping Writers Become Authors

HelpingWritersBecomeAuthors.com

There’s a reason why author K.M. Weiland’s website is an annual staple on this list—since 2007, she has published over 1,200 blog posts on the craft of writing. In addition to her award-winning craft books, Weiland also publishes a vlog, weekly newsletter, and podcast to help writers improve their storytelling.

Writers Helping Writers

WritersHelpingWriters.net

A one-stop-shop for writers, Writers Helping Writers features a free blog, newsletter, and links to hear the site’s creators, Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, featured on various writing podcasts. For a fee, the site also offers writing coaching.

Writers in the Storm

WritersInTheStormBlog.com

This free blog seeks to provide writers with the tools to weather the storms of self-doubt, rejection, balance with day-to-day life, and the challenges of today’s publishing industry. The contributors are authors of a wide variety of genres and experience levels.

Writer Unboxed

WriterUnboxed.com

With a collection of monthly contributors ranging from experienced editors to bestselling authors and literary agents plus exciting guest contributors, Writer Unboxed is a staple on this list for its offering of wide-ranging writing advice for
fiction writers.

Memoir 101

The goal of this course is to teach you how to structure your stories, develop your storytelling skills, and give you the tips, techniques, and knowledge to adapt your own life stories into a chronological memoir.

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4 Tips for Writing a Modern Retelling

4 Tips for Writing a Modern Retelling

From having reverence for the original to making it your own, author Nikki Payne shares four tips for writing a modern retelling.

Faint vs. Feint (Grammar Rules)

Faint vs. Feint (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use faint vs. feint in your writing with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples. Plus, we answer whether it's "faint of heart" or "feint of heart."

6 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter | Book Recommendations

6 Books to Cozy Up With This Winter

Here are 6 book recommendation perfect for winter reading.

12 Things to Consider When Writing Fight Scenes in Fiction (FightWrite™)

12 Things to Consider When Writing Fight Scenes in Fiction (FightWrite™)

Trained fighter and author Carla Hoch shares 12 things all writers should consider when attempting to write effective fight scenes in fiction.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unreal Character

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unreal Character

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character turn out to be less than they seem.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Here are the final steps for the 15th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript. Here are some tips and guidelines.

Valeria Ruelas: On Teaching Tarot, Brujeria, and Witchcraft

Valeria Ruelas: On Teaching Tarot, Brujeria, and Witchcraft

Author Valeria Ruelas discusses the process of writing her new book, The Mexican Witch Lifestyle.

What Is the Hook, the Book, and Cook Query Pitching Technique for Writers?

What Is the Hook, the Book, and the Cook Query Pitching Technique for Writers?

Find out what "the hook, the book, and the cook" are in relation to writing query letters and pitching books to literary agents and book editors. This post answers the question of what each one is and how to successfully assemble the pieces.

Romance Retellings of Literary Classics

Romance Retellings of Literary Classics

Author Chloe Liese makes a case for the romance genre being the natural home for retellings, and shares some tips on how to write a successful romance retelling of literary classics.