Links: Blogs For (and By) Writers

(If a blog is no longer running, please let me know!)

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The Creative Penn — Text blogs and podcasts by bestselling author Joanna Penn. Her site offers info on classes, tips on writing and editing, the mindset of a writer, helpful advice on self-publishing, marketing your work, and much more.

John DeDakis — John has been a “just-the-facts-ma’am journalist” since 1969. In radio and television, in Wisconsin, Germany, Virginia, D.C. and Atlanta, his career includes getting tear-gassed while covering an anti-Vietnam War riot in 1970, a one-on-one interview with Alfred Hitchcock in 1973, covering the White House for CBN News during the last three years of Reagan’s presidency, and much more. He’s written for CNN, “Daybreak,” and “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” His website hosts a plethora of interesting tidbits and information.

Epiphany 2.0 / N.K. Jemisin’s Blog — N.K. Jemisin is an award-winning writer who speaks her mind about the writing business, the Con business (as in science fiction and fantasy conventions), politics, diversity in publishing and just about anything else you can think of. Two of her last three books (The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate) both won Hugos for Best Novel, and Fifth Season is currently being made into a TNT television series. Jemisin can tie almost anything to her writing — because it IS all connected, damn it, and she’s happy to tell you how. She’s also not shy about covering the behind-the-scenes stuff most people won’t talk about, but should. Check it out.

Goins, Writer — Blog posts and podcasts on writing, as well as resources (some free, some not) for blogging, writing, e-mail marketing, and more. Offers a newsletter for folks who want to stay up to date.

The Kill Zone — From their “About” page: “The Kill Zone is the home of 11 top suspense writers and publishing professionals. We cover the publishing biz, marketing how-to’s, and the craft of writing. Each day, we’ll open the doorway into the world of the working writer.” TKZ also offers first-page critiques. Whether they’re yours or not, reading what the critique panel has to say about someone else’s work is quite helpful!

The Loft — (From their About page) “The Loft Literary Center is one of the nation’s leading literary arts centers. The Loft advances the artistic development of writers, fosters a thriving literary community, and inspires a passion for literature.” Lists classes, events/programs, resources/awards and a blog called “Writers Block”. Also offers a free newsletter. Lots to see here — very useful resource.

StoryFix 2.0 — Blog by Larry Brooks, of “Story Physics” and “Story Engineering” fame. Brooks is a “how-to” guy, and strongly emphasizes the benefits of plotting your story. His blog offers many helpful tips for aspiring writers. You can also find links to his books and workshops here.

Terrible Minds — Website of New York Times bestselling author Chuck Wendig. Blog posts, free stories, more. From the header of his page: “Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. This is his blog. He talks a lot about writing. And food. And pop culture. And his kid. He uses lots of naughty language. NSFW. Probably NSFL. Be advised.” He ain’t lyin’. If profanity offends you, avoid this site. Personally, I laughed. A lot.

Winning Writers — Finds and creates quality resources for poets and writers. It was founded by Jendi Reiter and Adam Cohen in 2001. They sponsor four annual contests and offer a free e-mail newsletter jam-packed with good info.

The Writer’s Block — From their “About” page: “The Writers’ Block is a blog for writers and readers to share, discuss, and interact around the latest in the writing and literary community. On these posts, among other things, you’ll find writing exercises, advice, interviews, readings, trivia, trends, and reviews.” There’s a lot on this site — including classes, events and programs, and resources and awards.

The Writer’s Dig — From the website: “Brian A. Klems is a published author and the online editor of His blog, which covers everything writing—from grammar rules to publishing—is one of the most popular in the writing community. Follow him on Twitter @BrianKlems.” This is on the Writer’s Digest website; apparently there are multiple blogs here, as well as tons of news, resources, articles and a bunch of other info. Check it out!

Writing with Color — Welcome to Writing with Color, a blog dedicated to writing and resources centered on racial & ethnic diversity. We share writing advice, guides, book recs. and more. Pages include “stereotypes and tropes”, “POC profiles,” and other helpful information.

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More links to come as time and my sanity allows. Please tell me if you find broken links, or if you find a resource that would improve my links collection!