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.
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.
- There Are No Rules, by Jane Friedman
- Questions & Quandaries, by Brian Klems
- Guide to Literary Agents blog, by Chuck Sambuchino
- Promptly, by Zachary Petit
- Poetic Asides, by Robert Lee Brewer (yes, me)
I'm a poet. So let's get poetic next.
- Silliman's Blog, by Ron Silliman
- Harriet, the Blog, by Poetry Foundation
- The Best American Poetry blog, by the BAP team
- 32 Poems blog, by the 32 Poems team
- Chicks Dig Poetry, by Sandra Beasley
- dbqp: visualizing poetics, by Geof Huth
- Jessie Carty blog, by Jessie Carty
I love fiction too. That's where I concentrated my creative efforts in college at the University of Cincinnati.
- Neil Gaiman's blog, by Neil Gaiman
- Writer Unboxed, by a superstar team of bloggers
- InkyGirl, by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
- Writer Beware Blog, by Victoria Strauss
- Paperback Writer, by Lynn Viehl
- Evil Editor, by an evil editor
- Nathan Bransford blog, by former agent/current author Nathan Bransford
- Flogging the Quill, by Ray Rhamey
- The Writings and Opinions of Dean Wesley Smith, by Dean Wesley Smith
- A Newbie's Guide to Publishing, by JA Konrath
Technical and professional writing, copywriting, etc., it all falls under here until I can break out into its own category.
- Copyblogger, by Brian Clark
- Freelance Writing Jobs, by a team of freelancers
- The Urban Muse, by Susan Johnston (and a team of guest bloggers)
- Word Count, by Michelle V. Rafter
- Bob Bly, Copywriter, by Bob Bly
- ProBlogger, by Darren Rowse
- Beyond the Margins, by a team of writers
- Kris Writes, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- The Traveling Writer, by Alexis Grant
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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.
Thanks so much for including Inkygirl on your list, Robert!
Thank you, Michelle and Debbie, for maintaining such helpful blogs!
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.
A.J. Cooper, Jr.
You might want to check out these for some great info on the business of writing right now.
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,
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.
IMO, any writer not following JA Konrath's blog is setting themselves up to be behind the times...
Thrilled to be included! I like Alexis Grant's blog for non fiction as well as social media for writers :)
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
Thanks, everyone! I appreciate the leads on other blogs to follow. I'll check 'em all out.
A list of top-of-the-line NON-FICTION blogs would also be helpful.
Good list. But why is the University of Cincinnati fictional?
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.
Thanks for the list, Robert! These are some great people to watch in the online writers community!
Norelle Done (http://seattlewrote.blogspot.com)
Thanks so much for sharing. I knew about some of these blogs, but there were several I'd never seen before. Great stuff!
Thanks for the list -- and for the shout-out. Will tweet.
Sure thing, Alexis. You should thank Jessie Carty for leading me your way.
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.
Yes, it's a very active blog filled with good posts.
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.
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.
I really enjoy Beth Kephart's blog. Thanks so much for including the 32 Poems blog. I love conducting their poet interviews.
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.
im supposed to be in somewhere but im reading your post and i cant stop good quality
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