23 Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger

by Suzannah Windsor Freeman

Strong man flexing muscles

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. ~Ernest Hemingway

How strong is your writing?

No matter how good you think it is, there’s always room for improvement. In most cases, plenty of room. Luckily, there are some amazing websites that’ll help you improve your writing, and take it to the next level.

(***By the way, have you seen this amazing online creative writing course, “Story Is a State of Mind,” created by Giller finalist Sarah Selecky? “Story Is a State of Mind” has not only strengthened my writing immensely, but completely transformed my process. Take a look at my review—there are free bonus gifts!***)

Want to strengthen your story, empower your performance, and beef up on the publishing business?

Here are 23 sites (in no particular order) I look to for daily inspiration and advice:

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

1) Storyfix The absolute authority on story structure, written by author Larry Brooks (Note: I highly recommend Larry’s ebooks on writing.  Read my previous review on Larry’s Story Structure Demystified.
Nathan Bransford
2) Nathan Bransford, Literary Agent A veritable gold mine of resources for authors seeking literary agents.
Janet Reid
3) Janet Reid, Literary Agent Advice from a tough-talking professional in the industry.
Query Shark
4) Query Shark A query critique site you don’t want to miss.
Men With Pens
5) Men with Pens Fantastic articles on copywriting and freelancing.
Allison Winn Scotch
6) Ask Allison Writing and publishing Q&A by novelist Allison Winn Scotch.
7) Copyblogger The ultimate in copywriting advice.
Guide to Literary Agents
8) Guide to Literary Agents Meet both new and experienced agents, and find out what they’re looking for.
Rants & Ramblings
9) Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent Informative articles from an agent who represents both Christian and general fiction/non-fiction.
Pub Rants
10) Pub Rants Self-proclaimed “very nice literary agent,” Kristin Nelson, rants about writing and publishing.
Fuel Your Writing
11) Fuel Your Writing Articles on everything from freelancing to fiction, written by a panel of contributors.
Nail Your Novel
12) Nail Your Novel A professional writer provides you with tools to…well…nail your novel!
About a Screenplay
13) About a Screenplay Plenty of great insight into scriptwriting, but great for novelists too.
Mystery Writing is Murder
14) Mystery Writing Is Murder Awesome storytelling advice for all genres–not just mystery.
Write to Done
15) Write to Done Personal and professional development for writers.
Procrastinating Writers
16) Procrastinating Writers A blog that helps you get started and keep on task.
Wannabe Published
17) So You Wanna Be Published Three awesome women writers provide help with critiques and pitches, and offer mentoring packages.
Alexandra Sokoloff
18) Alexandra Sokoloff Screenwriting tips and tricks for authors.
The Book Deal
19) The Book Deal Editor and publisher Alan Rinzler writes from the voice of experience in the industry.
Writer Unboxed
20) Writer Unboxed Practical articles on writing and publishing from several successful novelists.
Kid Lit
21) Kidlit.com Wonderful advice for writers of children’s literature (but applicable to all writers, in many cases.)
Writer's Digest
22) Writer’s Digest The ultimate writer’s resource website.
Publishers Weekly
23) Publisher’s Weekly My favourite place to read online book reviews.

This certainly isn’t a comprehensive list of all the blogs and websites I follow, but each of these consistently provides quality information.

What sites help you make your writing stronger?

Check out my new list of 23 (More) Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger.
It’s all new–no repeats from the list above!

Reading Can Make Your Writing Stronger

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dirtywhitecandy February 6, 2010 at 10:00 am

Suzannah, I’m honoured! And will definitely be checking out some of the others in your list.

suzannah February 8, 2010 at 6:47 am

You’re welcome! And thank you for having so many awesome articles :)
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Southpaw February 7, 2010 at 1:11 am

Yeah, thanks. There’s a lot of great site for me to check out this weekend!
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Lydia Sharp February 8, 2010 at 5:16 am

Thanks for the list! I had quite a few of these already linked but found a couple more to add. :)
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Christopher February 8, 2010 at 6:27 am

Lots of great websites here Suzannah: some I already read, one I write for (!), and lots I still need to check out!

Thanks for the post!

PS love that Hemingway quote :)
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suzannah February 8, 2010 at 6:49 am


Hope you all find some new sites to follow. And Christopher–I love that quote too. It’s just so darn humbling and inspiring at the same time :)
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Anis February 9, 2010 at 3:52 am

Thanks for the list. There are some that I didn’t know of…. will go through them all.
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Lisa Gibson February 9, 2010 at 4:32 am

Super helpful list! Thanks for this great post.
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Jered Slusher February 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Hey! 23 is my lucky number.

Roz Moriss’s Nail Your Novel is an excellent resource for any aspiring novelist. I’m glad to see you included it on your list.
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suzannah February 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Thanks! @Anis @LIsa @Jered
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Larry February 10, 2010 at 12:30 am

To be included among these other great sites on your list, and to have been honored by you in this way, is the first real highlight of the new year for me. Thanks for that affirmation, I’ll continue to work hard to earn your continued support. You should know, though, that your site also very much deserves a spot on any “best of” writing sites list. Thanks for all you offer to writers everywhere.

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suzannah February 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Hi Larry,

Your comment was stuck in my spam filter for some reason, which is why I only found it now. Sorry about that!

Thank you for your kind words, and for your continued support. Storyfix is a wonderful resource for writers, so I wanted to make sure anyone who hasn’t already found your site does so soon in their writing journey.


Shane Arthur February 10, 2010 at 12:48 am

Yes, storyfix belongs in the #1 spot.
And thanks for the others, too. I’ve heard of several already, but bookmarked nonetheless.

jennifer blanchard February 10, 2010 at 5:19 am

Wow! Thanks for including me on your list! I’m honored that you look to my blog for information. I, too, look to YOUR blog for good information about writing! :-)

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suzannah February 10, 2010 at 6:22 am

@Shane: I concur!

@Jennifer: No problem, and thank you as well :)
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Marie St. Juste February 10, 2010 at 11:50 am

For consistent quality information, Bob Mayer’s website is another one that is always packed with information, and with up-to-the-minute info on what’s happening in publishing currently! His website is: http://www.bobmayer.org

Prem Rao February 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Suzannah, thanks for an awesome list of resources. I am sure many will benefit from your effort to put all this in one place.
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Antonio February 20, 2010 at 12:27 am

Hi Suzannah,

Many thanks for this great list. Even though I blog essentially technical stuff in English, I also blog in 2 other sites in Portuguese – but the tips and information applies the same. I’ll be checking out some and following you on twitter.
Thanks again.
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suzannah February 20, 2010 at 8:31 am

Thanks, Antonio! Glad you found this list helpful. They’re all wonderful sites, and I’m sure some of them will help you in your technical writing.

Heather Rae April 1, 2010 at 3:25 am

Great list! Thank you for this.

LPC May 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I also like Deb Ng’s site for freelancers. http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/

Nithin R S June 27, 2010 at 10:41 am

Nice info.

Joanna June 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm

What a fabulous resource! Thank you!

Iain Broome July 21, 2010 at 11:31 am

Smashing list and very handy!

Sarah Lam August 5, 2010 at 1:56 pm

More reading materials for this weekend…

Anonymous August 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm

These are great resources, several of which I already use, but many I haven’t heard of. Thanks so much!

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