While I usually blog about something writerly (or bookish, or something sci-fi/fantasy related or geeky), most of the blogs that I read are actual for real how-to-write-better blogs.
Hopefully if you’re a writer and you follow my blog, you get something of value at least occasionally. But if you’re really looking for good writing tips, here are four of my favorite writing blogs:
Kristen Lamb’s Blog
Kristen Lamb is a self-professed author, blogger, and social media Jedi, and all of these are true. She blogs about all things writerly – from writing your antagonist’s wounds to how to build your author brand online. She’s also hilarious, sarcastic, and not afraid to tell the hard truth about most anything. Her blog is well worth reading.
Science in Sci-Fi, Fact in Fantasy
Dan Koboldt is a scientist and a writer of science fiction and fantasy. His blog is designed to help writers of sci-fi, fantasy, and even historical fiction to write accurately and believably about subjects they might otherwise know nothing about. Are you writing a dystopian sci-fi story about geneticists who are trying to bring humanity back from the brink of extinction? Are you writing a Medieval fantasy tale that features a lot of heavy armor, horseback riding, and traveling through the woods? If you’ve never ridden a horse or been lost in a forest, or if you know nothing about modern genetic research, then you’re bound to make some mistakes in your writing. Dan Koboldt’s blog is here to help you with all manners of esoteric sci-fi and fantasy research.
Helping Writers Become Authors
K.M. Weiland blogs about all aspects of the writing craft: how to outline, how to craft believable characters, how to tell a good story, and even how to read like a writer. And as a bonus, she has an entire blog series using the Marvel Universe movies to illustrate all aspects of good and bad storytelling. So if you’re a fan of Captain America, Iron Man, and the gang, those are a fun read.
Victoria Strauss is the main writer of this blog, and she along with other contributors help to keep writers up to date on the current not-so-friendly side of the publishing industry. Unfortunately, there are tons of literary scammers out there, everything from fake literary agencies to ruthless small press publishers who prey on indie writers. While this blog may not be as fun to read as the others, I believe it provides invaluable information and can help writers of every genre and experience level.
So those are my top writing blogs. What are some of your favorites?