Our Write Side Top 15 Writers Website Recommendations

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Our Write Side Top 15 Writers Website Recommendations

May 13, 2016 Connections Writing Advice 5

I’ve spent a lot of time on the internet. I was branding before I even knew what branding was. When the idea of this writing community popped up, one of the things we wanted to offer was a list of resources to help writers of all levels simply write better.

There are a lot of places on the internet to do this. Facebook is filled with writing groups and communities, some sponsored from websites of their own like ours, or simply a place to meet. Today, I plan to explore the top 15 places I look to when seeking information and advice to improve my own writing. These are in no particular order, but all are favorites.

  1. The Write Life: I have been a long time subscriber of The Write Life. Their articles are always helpful, offering great advice for most all aspects of writing. Marketing pros weigh in with their tips and warnings. They’ve exposed the freelance market and shared the how-to’s in successful freelancing. They explore self-publishing, blogging, and getting published. They keep a running list of the top 100 websites for writers. They even offer an up-to-date list of writing jobs from all over the internet and the world. I can’t say enough about them. Just to prove my point, here are a couple of great articles I have found particularly helpful:

10 tips on making your novel an easier task

Where to submit short stories

Building your author platform (which we here at OWS cannot stress the importance of enough.)

2. Write to Done: This is another great site that offers other perspectives and experiences, including creativity exercises, writing advice, and more. I don’t think this site gets the recognition it deserves. In fact, I often share their articles on our Facebook page, and use them as a go to when I research. Here’s a couple of examples you’ll enjoy:

20 hot Tips on writing the perfect pitch

How to Write Better

A definitive guide to creating an author website

3. Indies Unlimited: While this one caters more to the indie writers and publishers, it is definitely still full of great advice that can be applied by any writer. They also host weekly flash fiction contests, monthly ebook bargains, free promotion, and a lively group of contributing authors that are friendly and non-competitive (and post great stuff on Facebook!) Here are a few samples for you:

Story Structure: All A Novelist Needs to Know

May eBook Bargains

Indies Unlimited 2016 reading Challenge

4. onewildword: This is a rather new find for me, but I am really enjoying the content I find there. They offer great writing advice with fresh perspectives and are considered one of the best of the best on AllTop. Here’s why:

On Sensory description

9 ways to solve writing ruts

Great beginnings

5. Writing Forward: Another newer find for me, I’ve found myself seeking them out for creative inspiration, great writing advice, brain exercises, and a whole lot more. My muse never runs dry thanks to this site. Here’s a few reasons why I enjoy this site so much:

25 Creative Writing Prompts

How to Improve your writing skills

20 Creative Writing Careers

6. ProWritingAid: I love this site! It turned my self-editing into a professional job, and has gone a long way to improving my writing. I find myself catching those things and fixing them on my own, or writing better for less editing next time. In addition to offering their free tool, they have two others with more services and keep a blog of guest posts that discuss different facets of the writers world. We can even provide you with an inside scoop to owning your own editing tool. Here’s a few of my favorites:

What is Passive Voice?

Sticky Sentence Explained

Map out your characters transformation

7. Grammar Girl: The name says it all. She covers everything grammar related including punctuation and proper word usage, which is really handy for those of us no longer in school. She’s my teacher in the computer. I refer to her wisdom on a daily basis and you can, too.

How to use Semicolons

How to Make Product Names Plural

Subjunctive Verbs

8. Hijinksblog: In case you weren’t aware, we have a couple of columnists who deserve to be on this list. Not only do they provide great content for Our Write Side, but also on their own personal spaces. Julie Allen shares writing tips that amaze me every week and she’s not afraid to tackle any writing subject. Check out a couple of my favorites from her personal blog:

How to Add Tension to your Story

How to Write a Female Character

What Makes a Poem a Poem

9. The Scholarly Scribe: Another one of our columnists, David Wiley is an author who has been writing for years. On his personal blog he offers a variety of content, all of which is engaging, from his fantasy discussions, to his honest book reviews, to features and spotlights, David has a well rounded blog that can be enjoyed by writers of all ilks.

Scop: The Medieval Minstrel

Think Like a Poet for Description

Poetic Form: Villanelle

10. Authors First: With 120 Second Writing tips, writing courses, and overall all things writing coverage, Authors First is yet another go-to site for me during research.

 Creating Chemistry Between Your Characters

  Better Query Letters in 120 Seconds (captioned video)

on Writing Historical Fiction

11. AppSumo: This is a site I receive regular emails from. They offer great products for writers and social media at deep discounted or free prices. I love seeing all the stuff they offer. Here are a few I recommend looking into:

Lifetime Access to Better Branding Course

130 Ways to get Traffic

Content Analytics

12. AWAI: American Writers & Artists Inc. offers tons of goodies for writers from its affiliate program, products, career advice, blog, and oh wow, there’s too much to even explain. All I know is that when I see AWAI in my email, my heart skips a beat:

The Invisible Ingredient of Success

How to Write Well

How to Build a Web Copywriting Portfolio FAST

13. Writer’s Digest: While I’m not a huge fan of their prices, they do offer a lot of good information, resources, and tips for writers that I thoroughly enjoy. You should too, and really, if you haven’t heard of them before, you’re missing out. Here are three articles I find incredibly useful:

Create Your Writer Platform

Use Word Choice to Set the Mood

5 Mistakes to Avoid when Writing Fiction Series

14. The Writer’s Circle: Great advice combined with writing news that is relevant to writers from all walks of life. What more could you want?

12 Accounts writers Should Follow on Twitter 

How to Price Your Work on Amazon

J.K. Rowling Inspires Twitter Followers

15. Authors Publish: This is another one I follow regularly on Facebook. I always find great image quotes, 6 word stories, and more there. Their writing advice is captivating and informative as well. I always find something to get into when I visit their site.

As you can see, the internet is full of places where writers can make connections. I’ve only begun to touch on some of the best out there. I know you will enjoy these 15 listed above, but I want to know where else you like to hang out at, what sites do you like in addition to these? Share your favorite online hot spots in the comments.

 

5 Responses

  1. Ohita Afeisume says:

    Thanks, Stephanie for this compilation. A few websites in the list are known to me and I have gained a lot of insights from them . In fact, I followed you from Write to Done. However, you have introduced me to several other writer’s websites which I didn’t know about before. With this treasury you have created there is nothing to stop me from becoming a published writer soonest.

    Other amazing websites that have been a huge blessing to me include:
    JerryJenkins.Com
    Writer’s Village.Org
    Creative writing Now
    Now Novel
    The Write Practice

    • This is a great list! I’m glad you followed us from Write To Done, and I hope you’ll find lots of engaging content here. Feel free to ask any questions, share your opinions, and most of all, your writing. We can help you with promotion, author platforms, including author websites, editing, publishing, and so much more.

      It’s really nice to meet you!

  2. Ohita Afeisume says:

    Thanks, Stephanie for being so generous with your offers. I’m glad I found your website. I will sure keep in touch.

    For now my question is: “What do you think about writing contests as a way of showcasing one’s work and getting published? Why do some contests organizers charge entry fees and yet give no feedback? Contestants have a right to get their work critiqued-to know why their piece won /did not win, as the case may be. What do you think?

    • You ask an interesting question.

      We recently had a contest where we didn’t set a prize amount, but instead made it like a prize pool, where the winning number was based on the number of entries (which we never revealed). We charged an entry fee because we wanted serious entries, and the fees went to pay the winner’s prize, pay the judges, and the small percentage left over went into the general fund to help us keep providing our services to authors.

      As far as feedback, that is really hard to do, especially with a large number of entries. We will be offering editing services to the entrants in our contest because we intend to include them in our upcoming anthology. If we had a staff large enough, we would take the time to offer feedback on each individual story and something we would like to be able to do in the future.

      I definitely think entering contests is not only a good way of showcasing one’s work and getting published, but it’s also beneficial for other reasons. Each time you submit somewhere, you’re putting your name out there, toughening up your writing skin, and gaining exposure. Offering to write guest posts is another way of showcasing your writing and getting published also. The more you submit, the higher your chances of getting published.

      Would you mind if we used your question for our first advice column in either our newsletter or the literary journal?

      • Ohita Afeisume says:

        Thanks for your prompt reply and explanations.

        For me, I cherish feedback as there is a lot to learn thereby tin order for me to continue to improve the craft. However, I agree it is such a huge task for contest organizers.

        Of course I wouldn’t mind if my question is used for you advice column. In fact, I look forward to seeing this. I will continue to read your posts.

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