In a previous article I commiserated on how blogs just don’t get a lot of followers in the age of instant information through social media. It’s really a shame, because there’s lots of good blogs out there. For the aspiring writer, I suggest a few favorites that might pique your interest, whether you’re looking for advice, commiseration, or both.
Whimsy Dark is the creation of author Delilah S. Dawson, who writes about her myriad experiences and offers them up as guidance for others.
Better Novel Project
Christine Frazier takes immensely popular novels such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Twilight and deconstructs them into concepts which can be individually examined and compared. The goal is to help writers better understand what makes these books successful. Writers can use this understanding in the creation of a framework for their own projects without it simply being a fill-in-the-blank-template.
In the words of blog creator Chuck Wendig, “Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. This is his blog. He talks a lot about writing. And food. And the madness of toddlers. He uses lots of naughty language. NSFW. Probably NSFL. Be advised.”
Hugh C. Howey
Indie book superstar Hugh Howey’s blog is a great example of how a writer can personalize himself to readers. Besides discussing his direct writing experiences, the blog regularly covers aspects of his life completely unrelated to writing, such as kite surfing in South Africa. Remember, any experience can encourage creativity. It’s an important reminder to not become so completely immersed in writing that you miss out on the life events that inspire it.
Writer’s Digest offers a ton of helpful advice, but it also includes a variety of additional material. It provides “creative writing prompts” that encourage people to practice their craft by writing specific scenes, for example. It hosts competitions, provides free webinars and other instructional material and free educational downloads.
It includes four blogs: The Guide to Literary Agents, The Writer’s Gig, There Are No Rules, and Poetic Asides.
Blots & Plots
Blots & Plots follows the adventures of author Jenny Bravo through the world of self-publishing, which translates into a wealth of helpful information on the subject. She also periodically hosts guest posts which provide tips and experience on writing in general.
The Book Designer
Joel Friedlander uses his background in book design, advertising and graphic design to create a website which helps readers get their books into print and effectively market them.
Make a Living Writing
Freelancer Carol Tice’s practical guide for writers has been included in numerous Best Of lists for writers.
Your Local Bookstore
Getting to know your local bookstore can be paramount for local success. Following the blog of my own local bookstore allowed me to get my book onto their shelves through consignment by connecting me with their Young Adult book buyer. It also connects you with events such as local book signings.