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.
- 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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
Better Query Letters in 120 Seconds (captioned video)
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:
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:
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:
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?
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.