Since I started writing my own blog, I’ve found myself relying on blogs for writing advice more and more often. I’m still reading books on writing (and I’ll post about a few of my favs soon), but day-to-day most of my reading about writing seems to be coming from online sources.
Here are a few of my current favs (in no apparent order).
5 Favourite Blogs About Writing (2011):
Nathan’s blog is great for gaining a better understanding of the publishing industry, as he is both an author and former literary agent (who now works in the tech industry – great mix!). Here are a few of my favourite posts from Nathan’s award-winning blog: How to Write a Novel, 5 Writing Tips from Reading J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, and Amanda Hocking and the 99-Cent Kindle Millionaires.
Lisa has made a commitment to blog everyday and somehow still manages to keep things interesting. Lisa writes about her life as a writer, creativity and writing tips and tricks (among other topics). One of my favourite of Lisa’s posts is her “10 Favorite Books for Writers”.
This blog is worth the read for pure entertainment value, even if you’re not into YA literature. Kiersten White, a YA author, writes about her life as a published writer. I’ve yet to read a post from Kiersten that didn’t make me smile (and sometimes laugh out loud, which is especially embarrassing in public). Reading this blog is also a great way to watch an author go through the publishing process as Kiersten’s next book will be out this August.
A friend at work introduced me to this blog recently, and I’ve been addicted ever since. You can sign up for Daily Writing Tips’ daily email to get advice on writing ranging from proper sentence structure and noun usage to how to start a writing group and editing your own writing.
Wonders and Marvels is, “A community for curious minds who love history, it’s odd stories, and good reads”. Since I’m writing a novel set in the past (otherwise known as historical fiction), I’ve found Wonders and Marvels to be a fantastic resource for little tidbits of information. For examples, check out these posts: 18th Century Domestic Violence, Changing Historical Details, and Let Them Eat Hair Garnishes.
I’ve also learned that it’s important to weed out the blogs that aren’t helping you anymore, as guilty as you may feel as a blogger yourself. For example, I used to read a lot of blogs about the publishing industry, but now I’m focusing on writing, so writing blogs it is! There are so many great blogs out there, but only so much non-writing time in the day, so it’s important to edit your blogroll from time to time to make sure it’s still relevant. On that note, I’m off to read my daily blogs.
What’s your favourite blog for writing advice?