Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Best Blogs for Writers to Follow

It seems that everyone and their moms has a blog nowadays. (Note: My mother does not have a blog yet, but there's always hope.) This is both a great and horrible thing. It's great, because we've never had it so good when it comes to expressing ourselves. It's horrible, because it's never been easier to feel overwhelmed by the tsunami of people expressing themselves.

To try and help writers find great blogs to follow, I've compiled this list of best blogs for writers to follow. I expect this list to be different a year from now than it is today, but I think this is a good starting spot.

WD Blogs
Let me start by getting my Writer's Digest peeps out of the way. Some of these may appear in other sections of this list with their other blogs.
Poetry Blogs
I'm a poet. So let's get poetic next.
Fiction Blogs
I love fiction too. That's where I concentrated my creative efforts in college at the University of Cincinnati.
Other forms of writing (including nonfiction)
Technical and professional writing, copywriting, etc., it all falls under here until I can break out into its own category.
Okay, so that'll work for getting started. And like I said, I'm ready to add more if I think they're truly helpful. So, please chime in with your recommendations starting now. Either comment below, send me an e-mail at robertleebrewer@gmail.com, or let me know on Twitter.

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25 comments:

Michelle Rafter said...

Robert: A very sincere 'thank you' for including WordCount on your list, hopefully it will live up to you and your readers' expectations. And please let me know if there are freelance-related subjects you'd like to see covered.

Michelle Rafter

Inkygirl said...

Thanks so much for including Inkygirl on your list, Robert!

Debbie

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Thank you, Michelle and Debbie, for maintaining such helpful blogs!

Ardent -Travel-Writer said...

This is very good information. However, I am a writer of non-fiction and would appreciate some blogs that would help me in my specialty.

Sinclerely,
A.J. Cooper, Jr.
ardenttravelwriter@gmail.com

cindie geddes said...

You might want to check out these for some great info on the business of writing right now.

http://kriswrites.com/business-rusch-table-of-contents/the-business-rusch-publishing-series/

http://kriswrites.com/freelancers-survival-guide-table-of-contents/

http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?page_id=860

Heather said...

Thank you so much for this post! It's hard—as a writer and a consumer of writing—to take what little time I have for consuming and slog through what often turns out to be not-so-useful blogs. These are wonderful. I've bookmarked your post.

Looking forward to many wonderful reads,

Heather
http://wwmdfk.com

rhondarh said...

I have found Kristen Lamb's blog to be extremely helpful for fiction and non-fiction. She gives great advice about social media, branding, promoting, etc.

http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/

no-bull-steve said...

IMO, any writer not following JA Konrath's blog is setting themselves up to be behind the times...
http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/

Jessie Carty said...

Thrilled to be included! I like Alexis Grant's blog for non fiction as well as social media for writers :)

Karen Magill said...

Great list. I will spend a lot of time reading and reviewing. Anyone interested in history check out my blog - Vancouver Vagabond -http://karen-magill.blogspot.com

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Thanks, everyone! I appreciate the leads on other blogs to follow. I'll check 'em all out.

Don said...

A list of top-of-the-line NON-FICTION blogs would also be helpful.

amber polo said...

Good list. But why is the University of Cincinnati fictional?

Robert Lee Brewer said...

I hear you, Don. I think I have a few good leads in the nonfiction department.

Amber, at the University of Cincinnati, I received two certificates in writing in addition to my English Lit BA: one in Creative Writing Fiction; the other in Technical and Professional Writing. I apologize if I unintentionally fictionalized my alma mater.

Norelle Done said...

Thanks for the list, Robert! These are some great people to watch in the online writers community!

Norelle Done (http://seattlewrote.blogspot.com)

Name: Holly Bowne said...

Thanks so much for sharing. I knew about some of these blogs, but there were several I'd never seen before. Great stuff!

Alexis Grant said...

Thanks for the list -- and for the shout-out. Will tweet.

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Sure thing, Alexis. You should thank Jessie Carty for leading me your way.

Dorla Moorehouse said...

Dean Wesley Smith is fantastic! I'm reading his "Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing" series right now, and I'm learning so much from his experience and wisdom.

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Yes, it's a very active blog filled with good posts.

Pearl said...

great list.

thanks for including Jessie Carter. I used to read there and then couldn't recall the name and a mental image of a template isn't much good to google with.

free2soar said...

Too crazy...I came across this post while cleaning up my list of bookmarked blogs this morning. I was gonna ask around to see what sites people find indispensable and here's a list. Like I said...too crazy.

Serena said...

I really enjoy Beth Kephart's blog. Thanks so much for including the 32 Poems blog. I love conducting their poet interviews.

BoomRevue said...

Gosh, thank you. I am overwhelmed by the information that comes to my inbox hourly. It helps to have at least one or two recommendations. I'm also sending these to my writer friends.

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