101 Best Websites for Writers (My Favorites)

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The May/June 2010 issue of Writer's Digest features our very popular annual feature, 101 Best Websites for Writers. (I compiled the 5th annual list in 2003!)

Every site on the list is worth your attention, but here I'll offer up a special curation.

Best Continuing Education Site for Both the Unpublished & Published Author
A Newbie's Guide to Publishing by JA Konrath

JA Konrath has a knack for speaking to and teaching beginners. Now that he is experimenting on his own with e-book publishing (and having tremendous success acting as his own publisher), his site is worth keeping tabs on for established authors as well.

Best Site for Entrepreneurial Writers to See How It's Done
Chris Guillebeau

Go download 279 Days to Overnight Success to start, then keep going back for information on how to empower your career.

The Best Grammar Site
Grammar Girl

Mignon Fogarty (the Grammar Girl) is even the go-to source for Oprah when it comes to grammar.

Still the Most Vigilant Watchdog of Publishing
Writer Beware

It's as fresh, direct, and tenacious today as it was when it first launched. Backed by the folks at SFWA.

Most Interesting Project to Keep an Eye On
Open Publishing Lab

This group from Rochester Institute of Technology is developing open-source applications for publishing. Start by browsing their "Open Publishing Guide" and Self-Publishing Advisor (excellent info on self-publishing).

Best Blog to Keep You Thinking in New & Different Ways About Authorship & Publishing
Seth Godin's blog

More than a marketing master, Seth will push you to re-envision and re-invent how you see yourself as a creative.

How to Stretch Your Mind About How Stories and Content Can Be Delivered

If you haven't heard of DailyLit, you're missing one of the most interesting experiments in publishing.

To view the entire 101 list, here are your options:


Greta K. Kelly: Publishing Is a Marathon

Debut author Greta K. Kelly reveals how the idea for her novel sparked and the biggest surprise of her publication journey.

Poetic Forms

Mistress Bradstreet Stanza: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the Mistress Bradstreet stanza, an invented form of John Berryman.


Capital vs. Capitol (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use capital vs. capitol with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.


On Writing to Give Grief Meaning and Write Out of Challenging Situations

Author Lily Dulan explains why writers have to be willing to go to difficult places inside themselves for their writing to make a positive impact on ourselves, others, and the world.


Gerald Brandt: Toeing the Line Between Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Science fiction author Gerald Brandt explains how this new series explores the genre boundary and how he came to find his newest book's focus.


Plot Twist Story Prompts: Moment of Doubt

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character experience a moment of doubt.


Caitlin O'Connell: Finding Connection and Community in Animal Rituals

In this post, Dr. Caitlin O'Connell shares what prompted her to write a book about finding connection and community in animal rituals, what surprised her in the writing process, and much more!


New Agent Alert: Zeynep Sen of WordLink Literary Agency

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Zeynep Sen of WordLink Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.


Mark Henick: On Memory, Healing, and Languishing Projects

Author Mark Henick shares how he was able to turn a successful TEDx talk into a memoir, even when the project didn't come as quickly as he expected.