This week’s post on writing blogs is a Guest Post researched and written by Michelle Bonga, who has been working with me as an intern for the past six weeks. Michelle is a student of Algonquin College’s Professional Writing program and a founding member of Voices in the Attic. She enjoys reading, writing, and playing videogames. She hopes to write a book and one day find it in bookstores. This is Part 2 of a three-part series – you can find Part 1 here and Part 3 on Writing Prompts will be available next week.
Great for articulating opinions, expressing ideas, and making new discoveries, blogs can also be a fantastic way to practice your writing and develop your own style. Many writers have created blogs of their own, and many are dedicated to helping other writers out there build their ideas into strong narratives.
Each of the following blogs offers their own takes on the writing process, and even if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, I guarantee that you will find some great ideas to consider. With the wide world of the Internet at your fingertips, your writing will be as fluid as a violin concerto.
Best Writing Blogs, For New or Not-So New Writers
September C. Fawkes has no inhibitions when it comes to proclaiming her passion for writing. Although she is a well-seasoned writer and editor of fantasy and science fiction, she does not limit herself within those ranges and seeks to expand her abilities as a writer.
While initially starting this blog as a way to organize her own thoughts, opinions, and ideas for her own work, it quickly became a strong foundation for other writers and editors to build their skills from.
This blog has accumulated many articles breaking down all aspects of storytelling, getting in-depth about plot points, character dialogue, and the overall structure of a piece. I’ve personally found her deconstructions useful, as I tend to accidentally overlook faults in my own writing.
Writers Helping Writers regularly posts articles on writing, often by critiquing the foundations of popular novels to back their insights on the writing process. Their articles focus on often over-looked considerations when we start writing, such as novelty and authenticity. Plus, they open up various contests for their followers to put their skills to the test.
What I find most useful about this blog are the templates they have to offer, each one carefully outlining different aspects of plot development you may not think of otherwise — I know I found a few things I’d never considered before! These are certainly most helpful when you find you’re having a hard time finding just the right words or phrasing you need in order to properly portray your thoughts. And if you’re interested, their sister site, onestopforwriters.com, offers a variety of templates as well, including an in-depth character development guideline.
Created by Nicole Melanson as a platform and support system for women writers, WordMothers offers unique perspectives on writing (check out “How Goodreads Can Make You A Better Writer”), articles written by and with guest writers, and book recommendations for avid readers.
WordMothers also offers a wide listing of submission possibilities, so if you are interested in getting your piece published in the issue of a magazine or literary journal, here’s the link for you to check them out.
If you’re interested, you can find WordMothers on Twitter.
She Writes is a gathering of women writers who provide guidance through their articles and their own experiences with writing. Their articles may be short and sweet, but you’ll find a bit of everything here, from the importance of organizing your work to insights on writing different perspectives.
The unique thing about this site is that you can write your own articles and contribute to She Writes by submitting your opinions and personal tactics in writing. You need to be an approved member first though, but feel free to check it out and see if it’s something you’d be interested in!
This blog is run by writer Shaunta Grimes and one I happen to spend a lot of time browsing. Not only does she provide unique takes on the writing process, she also documents her own personal writing journey here on The Every Day Novelist. I myself have been inspired to try Neil Gaiman’s writing methods thanks to her article “Learning to be a Writer: Neil Gaiman”, and have made some hefty writing plans for this summer as a result.
If you also find Grimes inspirational, you can also read more of her work here. Ninja Writers delves into different aspects of storytelling, analyses of prominent writers, and what moves a writer to write. I particularly would like to recommend this article, as she goes beyond writing and into the curious heart of the individual.
The Write Life is a blogging site written by various writers. They write regular posts providing insight on writing, regardless if you are looking to write a novel, news article, or are even looking to start up a blog yourself. In addition to the online content, you can subscribe for a newsletter highlighting feature posts and tips.
The Write Life is especially invaluable if you are looking to become a freelance writer, as many of their articles focus on getting writers to establish their freelance presence and flourish.
Jennifer Louden’s advice has a more introspective focus than most writing blogs, and her blog is the most personal on this list. She doesn’t just look at the technical aspects of writing. Louden asks you to look inward, promoting self-care and the importance of prioritizing your ambitions by sharing her own life’s experiences.
In fact, many of her posts aren’t directly about writing but are more accurately journal entries about her experiences balancing her struggles in life to become a better writer and person. I am including Louden’s blog on this list as I believe in the importance of self-evaluation and personal growth when defining yourself as a writer. Her posts are good motivators for when you lose faith in yourself.
Writing a story is not just getting about from Point A to Point B. It’s an accumulation of everything you’ve ever written and the hours you put behind them: rewriting sentences, tying loose threads, improving your style.
Selecky approaches writing from a more artistic perspective and stresses the importance of practice and ambition. She encourages you to absorb your surroundings, read as much as possible, and to write what you think cannot be written. Her regular blog posts and writing prompts are especially ideal for short story writers.
The Writing Cooperative is a community of writers dedicated to helping others flourish in their writing journey. Run on Medium, those with paid memberships have access to exclusive content on The Writing Cooperative’s blog.
The freely accessed content is quite thought-provoking and does well to establish the blog as a valuable writing presence and resource. They regularly accept writers’ submissions and publish them, so you’re promised an array of opinions whenever you’re stuck and need advice.
Hit a bit of a slump? If you’re having a moment of self-doubt you need to hop over to the Positive Writer. Created and run by Bryan Hutchinson, this blog is dedicated to reminding writers what they’re capable of and helping them reach their full potential.
So the next time imposter-syndrome creeps in, take a moment read one of his posts and remember to believe in yourself. And if it’s easier said than done, take Hutchinson’s advice and eat some chocolate.
If you’re a new or emerging writer and you find that you’re having a tough time getting the ball rolling, I encourage you to take a look at these writing blogs. I know they’ve been personally helpful to my writing, which is why I am sharing them with you. Hopefully, they will help you fine-tune your identity and practice as a writer.