9 Amazing Blogs for Writers

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While Mythic Scribes is geared towards fantasy writing, I’m a big believer in studying writing from many different angles.  For that reason, I’m always on the lookout for great writing advice from authors in other genres.

Today I’m going to feature nine of the blogs that I turn to for inspiration.  Each of these blogs offers great insight from experienced, talented authors.  While there are many quality writing blogs out there, these are nine of the best.

In no particular order, here are 9 amazing blogs for writers:

1. The Bookshelf Muse

thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have created a useful resources for writers.  Not only does The Bookshelf Muse offer helpful articles, but it also features online thesauri on topics such as settings, physical attributes and character traits.  I also recommend their book, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, which is available from Amazon.

Here are some of their recent articles that I enjoyed:

2. Courage 2 Create

ollinmorales.wordpress.com

Fiction writer and professional blogger Ollin Morales offers valuable inspiration and writing tips.  I especially love how Ollin shares his own challenges in writing and in life.

I recommend checking out the following posts:

3. L.B. Gale

www.lbgale.com

Fantasy author L.B. Gale not only shares constructive writing advice, but also engaging commentary on popular culture.   If you are a fan of science fiction or fantasy entertainment, you will appreciate what she has to offer:

4. The Artist’s Road

artistsroad.wordpress.com

Professional storyteller Patrick Ross brings a wealth of life-experience to the table in this unique blog.  He has a lot of insight into creativity and the writing life, which makes this blog a must-read for all aspiring writers:

5. Jeff Goins, Writer

goinswriter.com

I first discovered Jeff Goins through his posts on Problogger.  He has a lot of valuable things to say about writing, success, and blogging.  In my opinion, Jeff is one of the most inspirational guys in the world of writing:

6. Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors

www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com

Historical and speculative fiction author K.M. Weiland offers a wealth of advice on the craft of writing.  She routinely delves into the nuts and bolts of story structure and character and development in a way that is entertaining and accessible:

7. The Creative Penn

www.thecreativepenn.com/blog/

Thriller and non-fiction author Joanna Penn (J.F. Penn) is an expert on publishing, marketing, and writing.  I have found her perspectives on social media and the ebook revolution to be enlightening:

8. Writer Unboxed

writerunboxed.com

Writer Unboxed has been one of my favorite blogs for a while now.  Founded by Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton, the blog features a myriad of writers from different genres.  This is an excellent site to visit for daily advice and motivation:

9. The Other Side of the Story

blog.janicehardy.com

Fantasy and science fiction author Janice Hardy is a teacher at heart, and she enjoys taking her readers through the writing process.  She regularly critiques writing submissions from her readers, which she uses as teaching examples.  I recommend starting with the following articles:

BONUS: The Roundtable Podcast

www.roundtablepodcast.com

Although it’s not a blog, I must mention one more site that I rely on for inspiration: The Roundtable Podcast.  Hosted by Dave Robison and Brion Humphrey, this podcast helps writers to nurture their ideas and get the creative juices flowing.

You can listen to my interview on The Roundtable Podcast here:

Your Favorite Writing Blogs?

Now that you’ve seen my favorites, it’s time for you to share.  What are your favorite blogs for writers?

Also, are you a regular reader of any of the blogs on my list?  If so, what keeps you coming back?

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Antonio del Drago

Antonio del Drago is a writer, philosopher and professor. His latest book, The Mythic Guide to Characters: Writing Characters Who Enchant and Inspire, is now available.

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25 comments
Regina_Chapman
Regina_Chapman

@AngelaAckerman Thanks, there are quite a few on there that I didn't know about yet!

gethinmojo
gethinmojo

Just found this one ... focused on the business side of writing. Awesome posts, extraordinary husband and wife team with hundreds of books published, publishing houses run, even a Kickstarter-funded anthology in the works ...

http://kriswrites.com/2012/12/12/the-business-rusch-writing-like-its-2009/

The latest post is a summation of the epublishing industry RIGHT NOW, but all these posts a treasure trove of freelancing, copyright law, the writing life etc.

Andi Roo
Andi Roo

What an excellent resource! I was excited that I already follow a couple (hoorayz! I'm on the right track!) but just as equally excited to find new sources of inspiration. TY for putting this together --- am bookmarking this page for future reference! :)

KMWeiland
KMWeiland

Wow! Thanks so much for including me. I'm honored to be included in such a great list!

WriterUnboxed
WriterUnboxed

@mythicscribes Thanks so much for the shout out! We appreciate that.

JWhitmore
JWhitmore

The Writing Excuses podcast is amazing. It's writing advice in small doses, and all the authors on it write in different genres. Fantasy, horror, sci-fi, historical fantasy, and even a webcomic.

Unknown
Unknown

One more suggestion: Writing Excuses podcast with Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells and Howard Taylor!

Kevin McLaughlin
Kevin McLaughlin

Interesting list! Haven't seen a few of those before, so I'll have to go peek.

A few which I think ought not be missed:

http://www.deanwesleysmith.com - possibly the best site for looking at the business end of writing today that exists on the internet

http://www.kriswrites.com - Dean's wife, the only person to get a Hugo for both her writing AND her editing, writes a column every Thursday which is a "cannot miss this" set of essays.

http://www.thepassivevoice.com - A blog by a lawyer who specializes in IP law (i.e. your contracts!), this site aggregates news on the publishing industry from all over the internet - great for staying informed!

beccapuglisi
beccapuglisi

Wow. Thanks for the awesome shout out! This is really excellent company to be included in.

ollinmorales
ollinmorales

Thank you so much Antonio. I am so honored to be included on this list!

AngelaAckerman
AngelaAckerman

@mythicscribes Wow! Thanks so much for including us! I'm honored to make your list! Have a great week!

gethinmojo
gethinmojo

My nominations for must-read are http://www.davidfarland.net/  - this has proper, detailed examinations about every facet of writing.

Then there's http://www.writingexcuses.com/ - not, not strictly a blog, but with seven years of fantasy podcasts to pick through, I can't quite imagine life without my Monday morning fix.

As for the above - bookmarking now!

mithrilwisdom
mithrilwisdom

Brilliant; bookmarking this and I'll check out the list later. I've been needing some help in the craft :)

Jamie

Philip_Overby
Philip_Overby

I really like Jim Butcher's Live Journal.  Not sure when it was updated last, but it has lots of good info there for writing.

http://jimbutcher.livejournal.com/

I'll have to check out these others you mentioned here.  Thanks!

mythicscribes
mythicscribes

@WriterUnboxed You're most welcome! Thanks for the retweet.

Antonio del Drago
Antonio del Drago moderator

@JWhitmore I'm also a huge fan of Writing Excuses.  It's amazing how much you can learn in 15 minute chunks.

mythicscribes
mythicscribes

@AngelaAckerman You're welcome Angela! We glad to help spread the word, and thanks for the retweet.

JWhitmore
JWhitmore

@Antonio del Drago @JWhitmore Right? There are times I've wished they'd go more than 15 minutes, but most of the time I'm happy with it. 15 minutes is just enough to get me pumped up just before I sit down to write.

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