15 Top Creative Writing Blogs That Are Actually Helpful
If you’re reading this, you’ve noticed the huge amount of creative writing blogs out there today. And unfortunately, many are pretty unappealing or poorly made. However…
There are a select few blogs and websites that are smartly designed, well-maintained and loaded with useful content for any creative writer.
But how to find them?
Well, today, we’re bringing you the definitive list of the 15 very best writing blogs on the web – covering the topic of writing from all angles, and doing it well…
Grammarly have smartly promoted their online proofreading tool with a beautifully presented and engaging blog.
Seriously, this might be the best-looking and most user-friendly writing blog out there:
There’s a great mix of writing tips articles – complete with very clear examples of how to use certain words, phrases etc. – and some more fun, light-hearted stuff.
Whatever the topic though, the blog over at Grammarly always makes for an interesting read.
Copyblogger produce articles aimed at teaching you how to write for content marketing and SEO purposes, making this a Mecca for bloggers everywhere.
Don’t let that put you off if that’s not your own writing niche though!
There’s a mountain of useful tips here that apply more broadly to creative writing in general:
Features like this interview with bestselling author Dan Buettner are a perfect example of how Copyblogger can help bloggers, journalists and fiction writers alike.
Who better to dispense writing advice than a New York Times bestselling independent author?
Joanna Penn’s thrillers and non-fiction works for writers have sold over 500,000 copies, and she channels this expertise in the articles she puts out at The Creative Penn.
Her regular blogs and podcasts will give you an expert insight into the world of independent publishing, among other things.
This is one blog that is simply stuffed with practical tips for aspiring writers looking to emulate Joannas’ own success.
Jeff Goins is one of the most popular writing bloggers on the internet, and with good reason:
Goins, Writer is a fantastic resource for writers trying to make a living from their craft, and Jeff’s passion for creative writing is evident in every piece that he writes.
Articles such as this are evidence of his honest, story-like style of writing – which any novice writer will surely be able to empathise with.
Check it out for yourself and discover Jeff’s seemingly endless selection of writing resources.
Even more distinctive is the writing style of Chuck Wendig over at Terrible Minds – this is one writer who doesn’t mince words.
A novelist, screenwriter and game designer, Chuck’s individual and irreverent take on all things writing related will amuse as well as educate you:
“The High Goddamn Responsibility of Fiction” is among the more mildly-titled posts here – so if you’re offended by crude language this one might not be for you.
If that doesn’t put you off though, chances are you’ll find this one of the most entertaining writing blogs available.
Another blog stacked with publishing expertise, but this time from the other side of the industry:
Jane Friedman’s experience includes, among many other things, being the former publisher of Writer’s Digest – so it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two about the industry.
As such, her blog is filled with a whole host of useful, instructive articles to aid the fledgling writer.
Jane’s wealth of insider knowledge makes this site very useful for anyone looking to negotiate the very tricky publishing process.
There’s no complicated gimmick here, just a very handy writing website that does exactly what it says on the tin:
As the names suggests, Daily Writing Tips provides practical writing help every single day, to keep your grammar and spelling as finely tuned as can be.
Let’s be honest, we’ve all been in situations where we don’t know which kind punctuation is correct, or the proper syntax to use…
But, check in with this blog on a daily basis, and you’ll soon find your formal writing skills honed to perfection.
If you’re having problems structuring your novel, you might well enjoy a blog from the bestselling author of Structuring Your Novel:
K.M. Weiland’s site Helping Writers Become Authors aims to do exactly that, to provide writing inspiration and walk you through issues of story and character.
Aside from the excellent blog, there’s also a feature packed e-letter to sign up for, and the fact that K.M. will respond to any questions you might want to ask her!
(Check out some advice on writing dialogue that K.M. provided us with a while back.)
Maybe this is cheating, but we’d be stupid if we didn’t take the chance to direct you to the variety of other great articles we’ve got on writing on our own blog:
So feel free to check back in with us here at The Writers’ Academy on a regular basis, because we’ll be producing more content like this all the time. (Okay, the shameless self-promotion is now over).
Create, connect and earn – if this sounds like your ideal writing process, then this particular site might just be for you:
It’s the motto of The Write Life, and highlights the fact that this blog wants to help you engage with the writing community and break out as a professional author.
It’s a refreshing and practical approach, as well as generally being a pretty fun read – a good starting point for anyone looking to make a living as a writer.
A novel blog in more ways than one – Better Novel Project takes a fascinating approach to analyzing literature:
The site treats bestselling books as a research opportunity, deconstructing them and examining their common elements to create story structures.
If that sounds a bit dry, don’t worry:
Making the research fun is part of the blog’s philosophy – so each post is accompanied with nifty hand-written doodles or info-graphics.
Less a collection of blogs, and more of a colossal stockpile – the “Editor Blogs” section over at Writer’s Digest doesn’t disappoint in terms of volume of content.
There’s no lack of quality either though:
As the name suggests, these are articles written by industry experts – experienced editors advising you on everything from literary agents to sample chapters.
We’ve looked at blogs with practical help on writing and getting published – but what about physically putting books together?
That’s what you’ll find at The Book Designer, which plays host to an exhaustive set of articles on book and cover design, printing, production and so on.
It’s an often overlooked part of the process for new writers, but if you want to go the DIY route there’s no better place to start.
Ever wanted to know exactly how NOT to write a novel?
Well, Kristen Kieffer reckons she’s learned that herself, and her superb writing blog aims to turn her past failures into an action plan for novel writing success.
Initially established in 2015 as ‘She’s Novel’, this is one of the freshest and fastest growing writing blogs around – so join Kristen now as she maps out all the pitfalls you should avoid on your own creative writing journey.
Sometimes as a writer, you just need that little boost to your ego – a pep talk to get you through the self-doubt:
That’s where Lauren Sapala comes in.
As a writing coach, her articles have an infectious, feel-good tone that’s sure to get you inspired, while still being focused and informative.
So give yourself some much needed encouragement, and grab some advice from Lauren on a wealth of different writing struggles.
If you’re interested in more helpful articles, visit our Writing 101 page, where we’ve compiled a whole host of handy posts and resources to help you become a better writer.
We want to hear from you too. Which blogs and sites do you find the most helpful? Have you used any of those listed here? Let us know in the comments below!
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