Updated in January 2017 to reflect the best writing websites currently online.
Every writer needs a toolbox.
A writer's toolbox is filled with gadgets and gizmos that help a writer craft a story when he or she cannot do it alone. There are literal writer toolboxes filled with assorted caffeinated beverages, napkins scribbled with plot outlines, and novels backed up on USBs, and there are metaphorical writer toolboxes packed with character tics, favorite quotes, and—you guessed it—writing websites!
Writing websites are excellent tools to keep stashed away in your toolbox (or bookmarks) to pull out in times of absolute distress (i.e., an existential crisis), piled-up excuses (i.e., writer's block), or uncertainty about what to do next (i.e., the publishing process).
We've got a writer's toolbox fully stocked for you right here! Even better, these writing websites are categorized so you can find just what you're looking for at just the right moment. With everything from creative writing advice to publishing-business tips and everything in between, this list of the best writing websites will be perfect for you to stow away in your bookmarks for when you need a helping hand.
Creative Writing Advice
These writing websites give concrete advice for implementing literary techniques in your writing to help your work reach its full potential.
The National Novel Writing Month blog provides inspirational posts for when you're stuck with writer's block and offers guidelines for everything from the publishing process to finding feedback.
The articles for writers on Write It Sideways outline real-life advice, like writing grants, author branding, and gift buying, as well as writing tips and tricks, like dialogue mistakes and how to build tension.
K.M. Weiland, the writer of Helping Writers Become Authors, is an award-winning author who shares creative writing advice on story structure, character arcs, common writing mistakes, and much more!
This website offers great advice for authors, bloggers, businesspeople, and students. Not only will you find writing advice and inspiration, but the site also offers a wealth of practical tips for honing your writing skills, finding work, and staying productive. If you're looking for in-depth instruction, Inklyo.com also provides a range of courses and ebooks aimed at helping you learn how to write anything well.
Warrior Writers is run by best-selling author Kristen Lamb, who guides writers with comprehensive and detailed posts that have a humorous and easy-to-read tone.
Although this is technically a genre-specific writing blog, New York Times best-selling author Philip Athans has great advice for writers of all types, guaranteed.
The following writing websites are great for writers who have some extra time or need to take a quick break and want to spend it productively.
Write to Done clearly outlines useful topics for writers, like imposter syndrome, recovering from destructive criticism, and finding a pen name.
Maria Popova's writings on culture, books, and other eclectic subjects are always extremely interesting reading for any writer with some spare time.
While this might be more of a book website than a writing website, Novelicious also has advice for writers on retreats and for writing serialized novels—not to mention post about which books are being turned into movies this year (and reading that is time well spent for any writer, really).
The exclusive online commentary from the Draft section of Opinionator covers essays by journalists, novelists, linguists, and grammarians on the art of writing.
The Authors' Nook houses relatable posts for writers along with advice on being a writer, allowing for a blend of good fun and useful advice for writing breaks.
These blogs help writers market their books and create blogging personas to engage an audience more effectively.
12. The Write Life
This writing website offers solid ideas for blogging, including working from home, pitching ideas, guest posting, and much more.
13. Goins, Writer
National best-selling author Jeff Goins shares real-life experiences and reflections about building an audience, shortcuts to success, and engaging a community in the age of Internet fame.
As stated in its tagline, The Book Designer gives "practical advice to help build better books," which includes writing creative disclaimers, choosing the right platforms, and using social media efficiently.
15. Angela Booth
Angela Booth, a copywriter, ghostwriter, author, marketer, and writing coach, write ample posts to help authors improve book sales and ensure a book will be a financial success.
16. Carly Watters
Carly Watters is a literary agent who provides advice on getting published in the 21st century. Her useful "Things I Wish I Knew" posts provide true accounts and tell how other writers can learn from them.
The writing blogs below aid writers in the publishing process, from behind-the-scenes intel to publishing tips and tricks.
17. Jane Friedman
Jane Friedman has more than 20 years of experience in the book publishing industry. She provides informative articles on both the writing process and the publishing process.
Run by New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Joanna Penn, this site offers articles and other resources related to writing, publishing, and marketing books.
19. Alan Rinzler
The articles of Alan Rinzler, a consulting editor, help writers understand what goes on behind the scenes of the publishing process.
Publetariat gives practical information on networking, author websites, and the publishing process. It also shares links to big news stories in the world of publishing.
The Independent Publishing Magazine hosts posts about many different parts of the publishing process, such as growing a following, avoiding authorship problems, and finding the right editor.
These sites are excellent for writers who are stuck in a rut and need some inspiration or even concrete prompts to get them writing again.
Writing prompts are posted here daily, offering inspiration for writers in all genres. Some of the prompts focus on breaking through writer's block, while others focus on building characters or refining your dialogue-writing skills. If you're feeling as though you're in a writing rut, the site also posts inspirational quotes from famous authors.
23. Positive Writer
Positive Writer was created for writers with doubt—like the website's author, Bryan Hutchinson—and to provide inspirational posts that help writers keep writing.
24. Blots and Plots
The Blots and Plots blog instructs writers to stay in the habit of writing, targeting specific problems and demonstrating how it's possible to write a novel even with a full-time job.
25. Writer's Digest
This well-known and comprehensive site offers all manner of advice and resources for authors. Of particular interest are the site's many creative writing prompts. New prompts are published weekly, and writers post their results in the comments section.
Qwiklit offers fun and accessible articles about reading and writing. It also has a bunch of writing prompts for writers who might feel stuck.
This one's pretty self-explanatory, but Writing Prompts That Don't Suck tries to avoid boring and familiar writing prompts to provide fun and interesting ones instead. Have at it!
We hope these tools are just what you need to continue crafting your masterpiece. With a list of writing websites designed to help writers with everything from brainstorming to proofreading to publishing, you'll be unstoppable!
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