Web Sites to Help you Become a Better Writer

There are thou­sands of web­sites and blogs writ­ten by writ­ers that are all giv­ing advice on how to become a bet­ter writer, I won­der if it is the most pop­u­lar sub­ject mat­ter on the web. When I came across the con­cept of “The 100 Best Web­sites for Writ­ers” being vot­ed on at the tail end of last year I was curi­ous about what sites would be award­ed a posi­tion on the hon­our roll, espe­cial­ly when Two Drops of Ink, a site I once con­tributed to was list­ed for the first time. I aim here to high­light a few of my favourites, but there are plen­ty of very use­ful sites that are not dis­cussed here and you should not infer any­thing by their omission.

Competence from Pixabay by Geralt CC0 Public DomainCopyBlogger’s blog is loaded with good ideas about deliv­er­ing com­pelling con­tent and how to mar­ket it, this site has been avail­able for a long time and con­tin­ues to give good advice. Dar­ren Rowse and the ProBlog­ger team bring you all the lat­est news and tips to build a bet­ter blog at problog​ger​.net — I have been fol­low­ing Dar­ren for many years on social media and have liked the high qual­i­ty infor­ma­tion that his team pro­vides. Untamed Writ­ing informs it’s read­ers about build­ing a free­lance writ­ing career, includ­ing a wide vari­ety of advice such as morn­ing rou­tines to get you work­ing. Neil Patel is an SEO spe­cial­ist who writes about dri­ving traf­fic to you blog on Quick Sprout, a site that I have used for research on many occa­sions over many years and high­ly rec­om­mend if you are look­ing for greater vis­i­bil­i­ty he I sug­gest that if Mr Patel says some­thing about mak­ing your writ­ing more vis­i­ble you should be pay­ing attention.

A recent post of mine may also assist writ­ers, this is 34 ser­vices to help pub­li­cise your writ­ing, which was intend­ed to iden­ti­fy cer­tain sites that can help any blog­ger with their pub­lic­i­ty work.

High Income Busi­ness Writ­ing is a resource by Ed Gan­dia help­ing those free­lance writ­ers that are focused on busi­ness writ­ing to earn a liv­ing from their writ­ing, this blog con­tains much about moti­va­tion and improv­ing your writ­ing skills. The Men with Pens blog also cov­ers craft­ing excel­lent web-based copy-writ­ing for busi­ness web sites. Anoth­er busi­ness focused writ­ing blog is The Sto­ry of Telling which pro­vides fas­ci­nat­ing infor­ma­tion based on their knowl­edge of telling the sto­ry of the brand.

Coach from Pixabay by Emslichter CC0 Public Domain

Ann Kroek­er is an author and writ­ing coach writes on a vari­ety of top­ics that should inter­est the writer, such as “man­age your writ­ing space to be a more pro­duc­tive writer” these are the types of top­ics that should inter­est most writ­ers, not direct­ly about writ­ing but offer­ing advice that gar­ner improve­ment and is the type of site I am try­ing to turn Gob­blede­Goox into. Shel­ley Hitz is anoth­er writer with blog­ging advice her advice relates to get­ting your mes­sage to shine through. Help­ing Writ­ers Become Authors is anoth­er one of those sites that pro­vides arti­cles on points where many writ­ers are weak, such as com­mon writ­ing mis­takes, the intent of course to help writ­ers improve their craft and has pro­vid­ed me with research mate­r­i­al from time to time.

Bane of your resis­tance, is a blog by Rosanne Bane which is not afraid to ask basic ques­tions like “why write at all?” as she encour­ages you to look at your writ­ing goals, I shall be look­ing fur­ther at her ideas in the future, there may be a touch of cyn­i­cism — but I believe that is some­times nec­es­sary to dri­ve us for­ward. Mandy Wal­lace Write or Die also inves­ti­gates how the writer’s brain works and how their mind con­tributes to their art, I am a great believ­er that a writer’s mind is spe­cial, but at the same time any­one can become a writer if they are pre­pared to make the leap.

Fictional World by Das Wortewand Pixabay CC0 Public DomainOn the fic­tion writ­ing front Jan­ice Hardy’s Fic­tion Uni­ver­si­ty offers a great deal of advice on fic­tion­al writ­ing, how to build strong char­ac­ters  and oth­er relat­ed top­ics. Also Ink and Quills by Kaitlin Hil­lerich offers many tools to help you tell your sto­ry more effec­tive­ly, but sad­ly, in my view, the site is poor­ly laid out. Fur­ther Live Write Breathe by Jana­lyn Voigt is again full of advice about devel­op­ing fic­tion­al sto­ries. Each of these blogs can be help­ful, but my advice is read then well before you start cre­at­ing your sto­ry to ensure your cre­ativ­i­ty flows when you need it to.

Rachelle Gard­ner, a Lit­er­ary Agent, Edi­tor & Pub­lish­ing Coach offers much writ­ing, lit­er­ary and pub­li­ca­tion advice on her blog also dis­cussing hon­ing your ele­va­tor pitch, ways to write a query let­ter and much more besides. Stand Out Books’ blog offers much advice on sto­ry writ­ing but also has resources designed to help you get your book published.

Writer Unboxed is anoth­er worth­while fic­tion resource that con­tains sto­ries about accep­tance and rejec­tion by pub­lish­ers. Author Joan­na Penn in her site The Cre­ative Penn  has a lot of use­ful infor­ma­tion about pub­lish­ing which I have ref­er­enced on sev­er­al occa­sions, but in my view her site is too busy and full of clut­ter so the infor­ma­tion you need is some­times hard to find. Cathy’s Comps and Calls is an inter­est­ing resource every month Cathy Bryant pub­lish­es a list of com­pe­ti­tions and calls for sub­mis­sion which should help writ­ers find appro­pri­ate infor­ma­tion in order to sub­mit their work. For­mer pub­lish­er Jane Fried­man’s blog explores the inter­sec­tion of pub­lish­ing, author­ship, and the dig­i­tal age, look­ing at issues such as writer’s iden­ti­ty social net­work­ing etc. Roz Mor­ris’s writ­ing lab explores many issues of writ­ing, edit­ing and publication.

Anoth­er inter­est­ing site is Free­lancers Union which is cam­paign­ing for bet­ter rates of pay for free­lance writers.

 

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5 Replies to “Web Sites to Help you Become a Better Writer”

  1. Thanks for includ­ing me in the roundup! I hope to con­tin­ue serv­ing writ­ers with valu­able and encour­ag­ing con­tent to keep them moti­vat­ed. Sounds like you and I have sim­i­lar goals – I’ll watch your work for con­tent to promote!

  2. […] Web Sites to Help you Become a Bet­ter Writer […]

  3. Thanks for the men­tion Peter. Two Drops of Ink has since one that award again in 2017, and has one two oth­er awards, one for being in the top 50 lit­er­ary blogs, and anoth­er for being list­ed among 110 of the best writer’s blogs. Our col­lab­o­ra­tion wth oth­er writ­ers, as well as as advice baout writ­ing, gram­mar, and a list of great reads, has cre­at­ed a buzz in the blo­gosh­pere. Glad to have you back as a con­tribut­ing writer. Have a great week­end. Scott Bid­dulph/Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

    1. Peter B. Giblett says: Reply

      Scott, I am well aware of the new hon­ours that have been award­ed to Two Drops. It is excel­lent. I will prob­a­bly take a look at the best sites to help writ­ers in the future (per­haps at the tails end of the year). This time though, I shall pre­pare my own list of great resources for writers.

    2. Opps **has since won** typo (laugh­ing). Have a great hol­i­day wek­end Peter.

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