The internet can be a fantastic place for writers: the inspiration, the motivation, the community.
There are some fantastic blogs out there designed to provide writers with advice and guidance or inspiration. These are a few of my favourites.
Written by author Chuck Wendig in his own unique style, terribleminds is a mash-up of writing tips, opinion and surreal but hilarious rants. The advice is usually spot-on, but no nonsense. Definitely one to read when you need a kick up the arse!
Not one for the easily offended though.
Writing guidance and publishing industry tips from soon-to-be-published YA author and editorial intern Ava Jae. Each post on Writability is a bite size piece of advice on a particular topic.
Ava Jae also runs a regular critique competition where she offers readers feedback on their work, and she has her own YouTube channel if you prefer your content in video format.
Warning: this girl is majorly productive – having already written at least 10 manuscripts – so be prepared to feel very lazy in comparison!
Run by writing teacher Janice Hardy, Fiction University has some great articles on the more technical side of creative writing. You’ll find posts on how to plot your novel, create memorable characters, world building, editing, submitting to agents and much more.
Featuring posts from a community of regular contributors, as well as guest writers, Writer Unboxed covers an array of topics on managing your life as a writer, from marketing tips to dealing with feelings of depression.
As the Bird Flies
Primarily a travel blog, run by digital nomad Frankie, As the Bird flies also has plenty of great posts on writing and self-publishing. In November, it featured a special inspirational post a day for those taking part in NaNoWriMo.
Frankie also regularly shares excerpts from her own self-published short story collections.
A self-published author and Twitter star, Ksenia Anske also writes fantastic advice for anyone who dreams of being a writer, whether they want to publish their own work or follow a more traditional path. She also uses examples of her own work to discuss how to edit a manuscript.
As well as teaching workshops on writing and creativity, Alexandra Franzen has published three books and worked as a ghost writer.
Her blog posts not only explore how to improve your writing, but also how to approach your life in a more meaningful and creative way.
Can you recommend any great blogs for writers? Share your favourites in the comments!