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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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How to Write a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

How to Create a Compelling Premise for a Thriller

Learn how to create a compelling premise for a thriller or mystery novel by asking a simple question and tying it to a specific circumstance to set the stage for a thrilling read.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Make a Plan

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have your characters make a plan.

3 Tips for Writing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction

3 Tips for Writing Dystopian Young Adult Fiction

If you've ever heard it said that there's no new way to write a story, let author Julian R. Vaca tell you otherwise. Here, he shares 3 tips for writing dystopian young adult fiction to help silence our inner critics.

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Author Rimma Onoseta discusses how seeing other Black female authors on bookshelves encouraged her to finish writing her contemporary YA novel, How You Grow Wings.

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover Reveal

Writer's Digest is excited to announce our Sept/Oct 2022 issue featuring our Annual Literary Agent Roundup, an interview with NYT-bestselling YA horror novelist Tiffany D. Jackson, and articles about writing sinister stories.

Your Story #120

Your Story #120

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

Author Sarah Grunder Ruiz shares how she fits writing into her life and offers 5 tips on how to achieve a sustainable writing life as a parent.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 621

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an animal poem.

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Not sure which way to turn when writing intimate scenes? Author Jo McNally shares how to write compelling love scenes that make sense for the story you’re writing.