23 (More) Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger

by Suzannah Windsor Freeman

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A while back, I posted a list of 23 websites and blogs that make your writing stronger.

The post was, and still is, a favourite with readers.

Since writing the list, I’ve subscribed to a number of other sites that continue to help me in my writing journey. They cover fiction, freelance writing, blogging, publishing, and more.

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If you want to learn more about writing or enhance your natural strengths, check out the following resources (in no particular order.)

PS If you find this list useful, please share it on Twitter, Facebook or StumbleUpon – I’d really appreciate it!

There Are No Rules
1) There Are No Rules: Jane Friedman, publisher at Writer’s Digest and regular contributor at Writer Unboxed, always has a wealth of helpful information on fiction, publishing, and self-promotion. Each week, she also shares a list of the Best Tweets for Writers.
Word Love
2) Word Love: Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer’s Daughters, shares great tips on writing fiction.
Write For Your Life
3) Write for Your Life: Copywriter Iain Broome, whose first novel has found literary representation, provides information on all types of writing, and includes regular videos and podcasts.
Victoria Mixon's Advice Column
4) Victoria Mixon’s Advice Column: This professional writer and editor offers a no-nonsense approach to writing and publishing advice.
Jody Hedlund
5) Author, Jody Hedlund: Jody Hedlund is a debut novelist who has secured a 3-book deal with Bethany House Publishers. She pens articles on fiction and inspiration for writers. Read my interview with Jody here.
Chip MacGregor
6) Chip MacGregor.com: Literary agent Chip MacGregor has experience in both the general and Christian book markets. His blog helps writers improve their craft and get published.
The Urban Muse
7) The Urban Muse: Susan Johnston is a freelance writer who shares her experience writing for money in bite-sized articles.
Glass Cases
8) Glass Cases: Sarah LaPolla works as an associate literary agent at Curtis Brown Ltd. She posts excerpts and short stories by upcoming writers, and gives advice to writers on various aspects of craft and business.
The Other Side of the Story
9) The Other Side of the Story: Middle-grade fantasy author Janice Hardy offers her take on writing, querying, and publishing. Check out her first novel, The Shifter, and look out for Blue Fire, due out in October.
Ask Daphne, kt Literary
10) Ask Daphne: From her about blurb: “[S]uperagent Daphne Unfeasible blogs about books and authors, answers your questions, and talks about publishing industry gossip.” She also deconstructs queries.
Miss Snark's First Victim
11) Miss Snark’s First Victim: You’ve hard of the legendary Miss Snark. Well, apparently this mysterious blogger was her fist victim. She critiques excerpts and queries, and offers regular writing contests.
Plot to Punctuation
12) Show Some Character: Freelance editor Jason Black has a cool niche blog which mostly discusses how to develop characterization in your fiction.
The Public Query Slushpile
13) The Public Query Slushpile: If you want to have your query letter torn apart and reconstructed by a group of peers, head over to this site.
The Creative Penn
14) The Creative Penn: Joanna Penn, a writer, speaker, and business consultant, offers tons of great resources on writing, self-publishing, and promotion.
Bookends LLC
15) BookEnds LLC: Agents Jessica Faust and Kim Lionetti blog about query letters, finding agents, improving your writing, and publishing. Check out the list of must-read posts in their sidebar.
WordCount: Freelancing in the Digital Age
16) WordCount: Freelancing in the Digital Age: Independent journalist Michelle V. Rafter explores the business and craft of freelance writing. She made it onto 2009/2010 Top 10 Blogs for Writers, as listed by Writing White Papers.
Advanced Fiction Writing
17) Advanced Fiction Writing Blog: Randy Ingermanson is a multi-published novelist who teaches aspiring writers how to create the perfect novel. Check out his free article on the snowflake method to writing fiction.
Confident Writing
18) Confident Writing: Writing coach Joanna Paterson inspires writers through photography, poetry, and workshops. She was honoured in the list of 2009/2010 Top 10 Blogs for Writers.
19) Wordplay: Indie author K.M. Weiland helps fiction writers hone their craft through helpful articles and videos.
The Divining Wand
20) The Divining Wand: This blog features advice and experience from a host of published authors. Interviews and Q&A are an integral part of the site.
Quips and Tips for Successful Writers
21) Quips and Tips for Successful Writers: Freelance writer Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen writes regular articles on the business of freelancing and blogging.
22) BubbleCow: Copyeditor Gary Smailes aims to help writers get published with his blog on the publishing business.
Ask the Publishing Guru
23) Ask the Publishing Guru: Todd Rutherford, VP at Yorkshire Publishing, writes articles on writing, marketing, and publishing.

Remember to check out my original list at 23 websites and blogs that make your writing stronger. Do you have any favourite websites or blogs that make your writing stronger? Are there other great resources you can recommend?

  • http://twitter.com/thecreativepenn Joanna Penn

    Thanks so much Suzanna for the inclusion on the list! I am honored to be in such great company :)
    I also consider your blog an excellent resource and highly tweetable. Thanks again, Joanna

    • http://writeitsideways.com Suzannah

      No problem! And thanks for having such great advice.

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  • http://behindthemystery.blogspot.com Lisa

    Thanks for taking the time to post this list! There are some great resources here.

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  • Pattitucker

    the divining wand…i KNOW her! love the site.

  • Larramiefg

    My goodness, Suzannah, I’m flattered. Thank you much!

    • http://writeitsideways.com Suzannah

      Thank YOU for having such a great site!

  • Jodyhedlund

    Thanks for including me on your list, Suzannah! :-)

    • http://writeitsideways.com Suzannah

      You’re welcome! Love your site and your articles :)

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  • Kelli

    Thanks for this fabulous list!! (and the first 23, too). One big one that’s missing here is the Books & Such Literary blog. Great discussions on writing and reading, and insider info on the publishing industry: http://www.booksandsuch.biz/blog/

  • http://twitter.com/UrbanMuseWriter Susan Johnston

    Thanks for the mention! I’ll be sure to stumble this.

    • http://writeitsideways.com Suzannah

      Love your site, and thanks for passing this on, Susan!

  • annie

    Writers might also like http://www.grammardivas.com. It offers help on grammar issues specific to commercial fiction writers.


  • http://writeforyourlife.net Iain Broome

    Hey, there I am! Thanks for the mention, much appreciated.

    • http://writeitsideways.com Suzannah

      You’re quite welcome, Iain. I’m glad the new design is finished and Write for Your Life is back to its regular schedule!

  • http://twitter.com/sidebarreview Tyler Reed

    Awesome list! Thank you. Following them all now!

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  • Debbie Maxwell Allen

    Love your lists! These are the kinds of sites I highlight on my blog. I Twittered your page, but I think it deserves a post on my blog. Hopefully, I’ll be able to work it in soon.


    • http://writeitsideways.com Suzannah

      Thanks, Debbie! I really appreciate the support!

  • http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com Angela Ackerman

    These, and the original 23, are great resources. There’s a few new ones here I didn’t know about, so I really appreciate you sharing like this!

    All the best,

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  • http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com Adventures in Children’s Pub

    Thanks for a great list. Your blog is always on our list of favorites, and this post just led me to a few resources we hadn’t discovered yet.

    Thanks so much!


  • http://writeitsideways.com Suzannah


    Thank you! It’s always nice to hear when my posts are helpful to other writers :)

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