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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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