20 must-read blogs and sites for writers

Websites and blogs for writers: Laptop and padWhat you find helpful, inspiring or informative can be a very subjective business, but not knowing where to go when you’re confronted by a writing roadblock is a universally frustrating experience. With that in mind, here are 20 must-read blogs and sites gathered from my own bookmarks, the brains of others and the cream of the Google search crop. Enjoy.

  1. Google. Let’s start with the obvious. Need to learn about a new topic? Stuck on a grammar conundrum? Simply need a break and fancy a trawl through what’s out there? Google it, find out and be inspired.
  2. BBC News. It doesn’t matter what you are writing, you need to know what is going on in the world, otherwise how can you talk to the people living in it. Spot trends in most shared, find out something new and let things catch your attention.
  3. The New York Times.  The reasons behind this one are twofold. Firstly you can learn about the world from another perspective: remember that your online readers could live anywhere in the world, so it’s worth knowing what’s happening where they are. Secondly, the quality of writing in the New York Times is wonderful. Read, analyse, write better.
  4. The New Yorker. Of course if you are looking to make your writing truly outstanding, this is a no-brainer.
  5. Daily Writing Tips. This is for the technical side of writing. Learn about misplaced modifiers and fragmentary sentences and put your words together well.
  6. Jeff Goins Writer. About writing, by a writer, this blog has been featured in the Top Ten Blogs for Writers for the last two years.
  7. Write to Done. Good quality, informative articles about writing, and the site that decides on the Top Ten Blogs for Writers!
  8. Fast Company. Technology, design, innovation and business. The articles are well written and the topics so diverse they could send you writing in all sorts of directions.
  9. TwitterYes, I went there. Some say Twitter is phenomenal, others say it is just a shameless stream of self-promotion. Well, it all depends on how you use it and who you follow. I find all sorts of interesting articles, sites, people and facts through Twitter. Follow writers (@alaindebotton @ashleigh_young), magazines (@TheAtlantic @PublishersWkly), funny people (@thewritertype @TheDailyShow) and anything else that takes your fancy (@thefworduk @beanandground). You cannot write when you are bored so, get distracted and get excited.
  10. Social Triggers. Looking at content marketing through the lens of psychological impulses. If you want to write things people will read, it’s worth taking a moment to think about what makes people tick.
  11. Copyblogger. A blog dedicated to copywriting: tips, tricks and information all about creating compelling and effective content.
  12. Letters of Note. A fascinating glimpse into words with personal intent. This site scribes and scans genuine letters, notes, telegrams etc. that are, as they say, “deserving of a wider audience.”
  13. Brain Pickings. In the words of a fellow wordsmith, this site is “just amazing!” A site that describes itself as “a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness”.
  14. Positive Writer Another one that appears on the Top Ten Blogs for Writers. Practical and motivating posts from writer that hopes to encourage his readers.
  15. TED: Ideas Worth Spreading. I’m sure you will have come across these, but go back to them. New and exciting ideas presented by people who really believe in them, and a chance to give your eyes a break from reading, and for you to engage in listening and watching instead.
  16. Design Sponge. A total break from words this time. It’s surprising how a stunning image or a beautiful object can lead you to wonderfully crafted writing.
  17. Write for Your Life. Practical tips for writing and productivity. I particularly like ‘The heart, mind and murder test for writers‘.
  18. Book Riot. About books, about reading. Any good writer will be a dedicated reader, so why wouldn’t I recommend a site that is “Always books. Never boring.”
  19. Amazon. Speaking of books, the best thing a writer can do is read as much as possible about as many things as possible. Walk to Waterstone’s or your local independent book shop and peruse the shelves. Occasionally click and consume on Amazon. However you do it, just make sure you are always surrounded by books.
  20. Bad Language. A great site full of tips and thoughts on writing, marketing and technology…but then you already knew that, didn’t you?

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8 Responses to 20 must-read blogs and sites for writers

  1. Jenny Delaney January 19, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Great links Clare. I used to be addicted to Design Sponge so I had to give it up. But maybe I should allow myself now and again as a treat.
    Jen

  2. Heide Frank January 21, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Hi Clare
    Thanks for all the food for thought.
    So far my favourites are: 1,2,5,9,15.
    Will be looking into 20:)))
    Honestly I’m a fan of Tweeter which I use nearly on a daily scale.
    Find me at: @HFItalia
    Happy blogging!
    Best from Germany
    Heide

  3. Sarah January 21, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Great list Clare, thank you for sharing.

    Now I need to get reading (even more!)

    I teach and write so many of these links give me a fantastic resource library.

    Find me @limeylimericks, http://www.limeylimericks.com, and https://www.facebook.com/pages/LimeyLimericks/413337332046663?ref=hl

    Keep blogging

  4. Marie-Hélène Mahy January 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    My favourite it TED – I used to use their videos for interpreting training :-)

  5. Jeff Goins January 22, 2013 at 3:46 am #

    Thanks for the link! Great list here.

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