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!

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