Links: Blogs For (and By) Writers

(If a blog is no longer running, please let me know!)

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Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris — “Writing about writing. Mostly.” From their “About” page: Anne Allen and Ruth Harris are “a couple of publishing industry veterans working to help newer writers create their best work and launch it successfully into the marketplace—whether you’re going indie or taking the traditional route.” Posts from resident and guest bloggers cover topics such as writing scams, word counts for various genres, protecting yourself in the writing marketplace and so, so much more. You can subscribe, and receive their posts in your e-mail. There’s a whole page on how to get your book published (with associated links to blog posts on the topic at hand), and a resources page with links to recommended books, other blogs, contests and paying markets, and more. I’ve bookmarked this one, and intend to go back again and again.

Author Kristen Lamb — Specifically included because of the article included on the landing page for this link: “The Hard Truth About Publishing,” an interesting peek behind the scenes at publishing industry and what it means for writers and readers. There is a great deal more content on Kristen Lamb’s page to explore.

The Bastard Title, with Angel Luis Colón — Mr. Colón’s works include published novellas, a short story anthology, and the upcoming Hell Chose Me (2019). His short fiction has appeared in multiple web and print publications. His site is the home of The Bastard Title blog where he writes about writing and other important stuff, and where he speaks straight from the hip using bald language. If profanity offends you, best to avoid this site. Personally, I enjoy his no-holds-barred expression.

Career Authors — No “About” page, but their motto is “Write. Sell. Repeat.” The page is full of blog posts on Craft, Marketing, Publishing, Life, and various genre topics (horror, sci-fi-fantasy, mystery, thriller, young adult), as well as writing prompts and occasional guest posts. The staff behind the site are all either writers or pros involved in the publishing industry. Easy to navigate, lots to offer, including a newsletter which brings the posts and tips directly to your inbox.

The Creative Penn — Text blogs and podcasts by bestselling author Joanna Penn. Her site offers info on classes, tips on writing and editing, the mindset of a writer, helpful advice on self-publishing, marketing your work, and much more.

The Debutante Ball — Five debut authors. Five books. One big dance toward publication. This site is a collection of blog posts by authors whose books will debut in 2019. They talk about finishing a novel, how they came to do this zany thing called writing, their experience with querying, social media and the publishing industry, what they’ve learned along the way, and many other relevant topics. Great information here.

John DeDakis — John has been a “just-the-facts-ma’am journalist” since 1969. In radio and television, in Wisconsin, Germany, Virginia, D.C. and Atlanta, his career includes getting tear-gassed while covering an anti-Vietnam War riot in 1970, a one-on-one interview with Alfred Hitchcock in 1973, covering the White House for CBN News during the last three years of Reagan’s presidency, and much more. He’s written for CNN, “Daybreak,” and “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” His website hosts a plethora of interesting tidbits and information.

Epiphany 2.0 / N.K. Jemisin’s Blog — N.K. Jemisin is an award-winning writer who speaks her mind about the writing business, the Con business (as in science fiction and fantasy conventions), politics, diversity in publishing and just about anything else you can think of. Two of her last three books (The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate) both won Hugos for Best Novel, and Fifth Season is currently being made into a TNT television series. Jemisin can tie almost anything to her writing — because it IS all connected, damn it, and she’s happy to tell you how. She’s also not shy about covering the behind-the-scenes stuff most people won’t talk about, but should. Check it out.

Goins, Writer — Blog posts and podcasts on writing, as well as resources (some free, some not) for blogging, writing, e-mail marketing, and more. Offers a newsletter for folks who want to stay up to date.

Janice Hardy’s Fiction University — Jane’s goals are to show writers ways to build a solid foundation for their writing and to provide tips and advice they can apply directly to their WIP. Her blog has a real, honest-to-goodness schedule (gasp!) with articles, how-to columns, guest contributions, refreshers, diagnostics, writing prompts and more. Articles cover subjects like planning/writing/editing/selling your novel, common writing problems, the writing life, etc. Resources lists, events, and a newsletter round things off. You can also find Janice’s books on craft as well as her fiction series, and novels/works by others in the Campus Bookstore.

The Kill Zone — From their “About” page: “The Kill Zone is the home of 11 top suspense writers and publishing professionals. We cover the publishing biz, marketing how-to’s, and the craft of writing. Each day, we’ll open the doorway into the world of the working writer.” TKZ also offers first-page critiques. Whether they’re yours or not, reading what the critique panel has to say about someone else’s work is quite helpful!

The Loft — (From their About page) “The Loft Literary Center is one of the nation’s leading literary arts centers. The Loft advances the artistic development of writers, fosters a thriving literary community, and inspires a passion for literature.” Lists classes, events/programs, resources/awards and a blog called “Writers Block”. Also offers a free newsletter. Lots to see here — very useful resource.

Springhole — This site is set up for writing, roleplaying and worldbuilding; there are lots of useful articles chock-full of tips, tricks and info here, like helpful information for writing a realistic assassin, or describing a useful murder weapon, writing sympathetic, morally ambiguous characters, much more. Awesome resource.

StoryFix 2.0 — Blog by Larry Brooks, of “Story Physics” and “Story Engineering” fame. Brooks is a “how-to” guy, and strongly emphasizes the benefits of plotting your story. His blog offers many helpful tips for aspiring writers. You can also find links to his books and workshops here.

Terrible Minds — Website of New York Times bestselling author Chuck Wendig. Blog posts, free stories, more. On his “Who the hell is Chuck” page, Chuck says he blogs about “writing, parenthood, food, pop culture and other such shenanigans. It is NSFW.” He ain’t lyin’. If profanity offends you, avoid this site. Personally, I laughed. A lot.

Winning Writers — Finds and creates quality resources for poets and writers. It was founded by Jendi Reiter and Adam Cohen in 2001. They sponsor four annual contests and offer a free e-mail newsletter jam-packed with good info.

Writer-Writer — A site by writers for writers. Features blog posts, contests, publication advice and news, inspiration and tips. Also offers a membership with perks, writing contests, and a regular newsletter. Accepts short story submissions for online publication. Lots to see and explore.

The Writer’s Block — From their “About” page: “The Writers’ Block is a blog for writers and readers to share, discuss, and interact around the latest in the writing and literary community. On these posts, among other things, you’ll find writing exercises, advice, interviews, readings, trivia, trends, and reviews.” There’s a lot on this site — including classes, events and programs, and resources and awards.

The Writer’s Dig — From the website: “Brian A. Klems is a published author and the online editor of His blog, which covers everything writing—from grammar rules to publishing—is one of the most popular in the writing community. Follow him on Twitter @BrianKlems.” This is on the Writer’s Digest website; apparently there are multiple blogs here, as well as tons of news, resources, articles and a bunch of other info. Check it out!

Writing with Color — Welcome to Writing with Color, a blog dedicated to writing and resources centered on racial & ethnic diversity. We share writing advice, guides, book recs. and more. Pages include “stereotypes and tropes”, “POC profiles,” and other helpful information.

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More links to come as time and my sanity allows. Please tell me if you find broken links, or if you find a resource that would improve my links collection!