The Write Life Presents: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014

100 Best Websites for Writers 2014

Is becoming a better writer your top priority this year?

Maybe you want to earn more money as a freelancer. Or land a literary agent for your book. Or figure out how to take your marketing game up a notch. Or breathe new life into your draft of a novel.

Whatever your goals for 2014, we’ve got you covered. We’ve broken our list of 100 Best Websites for Writers into 11 categories: blogging, business and career, copywriting, creativity and craft, freelancing, literary agents, marketing, publishing, travel writing, writing advice and writing communities. They’re in alphabetical order, but we’ve added numbers to make the list easier to read.

Browse, bookmark and read these sites often, and you’ll have all the inspiration, knowledge and community you need for the coming year. (Click to tweet this list.)

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1. Be a Freelance Blogger

Be a Freelance Blogger teaches writers how to make real money blogging for hire. Sophie Lizard offers paid guest posting opportunities, fun group mentoring sessions and a range of useful free resources. There’s also The Freelance Blogger’s Client Hunting Masterclass for bloggers who want to win higher-paying clients.

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2. Boost Blog Traffic

In the big pond that is the blogosphere, it can be frustrating for the articulate yet unnoticed small fish to make a name for themselves. At Boost Blog Traffic, Jon Morrow teaches you to create a quality blog that attracts the level of traffic you’re looking for.

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3. Penelope Trunk

Even if Penelope’s out-there advice isn’t immediately applicable to your career or life, study her style as a stellar example of how to grow a blog community. Penelope’s mix of professional and (sometimes too much) personal has worked in her favor, earning her thousands of fans.

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4. Problogger

Problogger is the go-to resource for… you guessed it… bloggers. In addition to its comprehensive archive of posts on growing a successful blog, Darren Rowse’s site offers a job board that’s worth browsing if you’re looking for a few freelance blogging gigs.

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5. Smart Passive Income

Smart Passive Income is a blog started by Pat Flynn, a former architect who now publicly builds online businesses and shares everything that goes right and wrong along the way. He writes with honesty, transparency and experience behind his words.

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6. Advanced Riskology

No one wants to look back on their life and ask, “what if?” Tyler Tervooren’s Advanced Riskology is about abandoning the familiar script the majority of society lives by and taking a more rewarding and meaningful path as a freelancer.

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7. Alexis Grant

It’s essential for writers to balance creativity with practicality, because we all know the bills have to get paid. Alexis Grant shares her perspective on the new world of work and offers strategies for creating alternative careers that fit well into your life.

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8. Create as Folk

Laura Simms’ Create as Folk is a home base for purpose-driven people. She helps readers explore meaning, money, identity, contribution, and self-expression in the quest for a career that feels like home.

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9. Jessica Lawlor

Public relations professional and freelance writer Jessica Lawlor is all about getting gutsy: stepping outside your comfort zone to live a more fulfilling life. Jessica’s blog and newsletter are filled with inspiration, ideas and action items to help you #GetGutsy, pursue your passions and achieve your goals.

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10. Live Your Legend

Believe it or not, you can make a living doing work you love! Scott Dinsmore wants you to make a career out of the thing you are most passionate about, thereby improving the world with innovation and a better attitude.

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11. Microlancer

Developed from what was once Collis Ta’eed’s Freelance Switch, this site helps freelancers and digital creatives find jobs and paying gigs in seven easy steps. Every Microlancer is connected to the perfect client, job and project so you can stand out from the crowd of other freelancers.

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12. Paid to Exist

Doing what you love and getting paid don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Jonathan Mead’s Paid to Exist is about eliminating the gap between the two and living your dreams.

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13. Productive Flourishing

Productive Flourishing is one of the top websites for planning and productivity for professional creatives, writers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners. Founder Charlie Gilkey is a sought-after speaker and advisor on small business growth and strategy and a recently self-published author of the Amazon.com best-selling book, The Small Business Lifecycle: A Guide for Taking the Right Steps at the Right Time.

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14. Seth Godin

Seth’s aha moments about business and life will have you scrambling to, as he says, “make something happen.” He’ll help you think differently about how to be productive, what really matters in life and the best ways to reach your readers.

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15. Steph Gordon

Steph Gordon’s site is a mecca for side hustlers, those building their dream business on the side of their day job. A mix of straightforward expert business how-to, from-the-trenches wisdom and a dash of sass create a blog you need to read if your dream business isn’t your full-time gig just yet.

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16. amp&pivot

No filter, no apologies — that’s the amp&pivot rally cry. Jules Taggart, founder of amp&pivot, has started a BLAH Rebellion, one that begins with compelling copy. She shows entrepreneurs and small business owners how to tell their stories in bold and unforgettable ways. ¡Viva la Revolucíon!

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17. Live Write Thrive

Created by author and editor C.S. Lakin, Live Write Thrive is dedicated to providing practical writing craft advice, editing tips and deep instruction to aspiring and established writers who are “writing for life.” In addition to focusing on the craft of writing, Live Write Thrive examines publishing trends and gives advice on marketing, promotion and indie publishing.

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18. Men with Pens

Men with Pens has well over 1,000 articles geared to help writers with content-marketing, freelancing and small business endeavors. The blog, founded by web designer and copywriter James Chartrand, has more than 50,000 readers.

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19. Sterling Editing

Kelley Eskridge and Nicola Griffith, the Sterling Editing team, share weekly roundups of writing links from around the internet. Their blog combines advice on writing craft and publishing trends with a healthy dose of literary humor.

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20. The Copy Bot

Demian Farnworth teaches people how to write clear, concise and compelling copy through this blog and for Copyblogger Media. His goal is to create writing that is equally irresistible to search engines and readers.

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21. The Middle Finger Project

The Middle Finger Project is hell-bent on teaching writers to do business and life differently while having way more fun than the neighbors. See also: creative marketing ideas, sarcasm and copywriting advice delivered on a silver platter (alongside a glass of bourbon — neat), so you can get more clients, make more money and do this one life right.

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22. The Writing Whisperer

Are you trying to find your voice as a writer? This site will help you do just that, while cultivating your personal writing style. With the help of M. Shannon Hernandez, the Writing Whisperer, you’ll blend your words with your love of writing to create a masterpiece.

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23. Writing Happiness

If you want to get more clients and customers with your blogging, it might be time to revamp your copywriting strategy. With help from Marya Jan’s blog, you can attract the right kind of traffic and turn leads into revenue.

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24. Aliventures

Whether you write novels, non-fiction or another genre, Ali Luke’s site offers practical advice for overcoming obstacles. She covers topics like how to be more productive, tips for finishing your projects, and even shares some behind-the-scenes details of her own life as a writer.

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25. Brain Pickings

At Brain Pickings, Maria Popova discusses the combinational force of creativity, the combination and recombination of ideas. She compares it to building with LEGOs — the more blocks, the more interesting the creations.

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26. Dani Shapiro

When it comes to blogs about writing, Dani’s blog is a breath of fresh air. This memoir author doesn’t publish on her blog as often as we’d like, but when she does, her literary voice and her insight — often about life — is beautiful. Stop here for creative inspiration.

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27. Grammar Girl

Grammar Girl, created by Mignon Fogarty, is a writer’s best friend. Each episode is a fun guide into the world of grammar, punctuation, usage and fun developments in the English language.

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28. Inky Girl

Inky Girl is a blog geared toward those who write and illustrate for young people, written by children’s book writer and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Content includes interviews with industry professionals, comics, publishing industry news and advice.

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29. It Starts With

While we all have ideas, dreams and goals, many of us have a difficult time executing them. Sarah Peck combines her background in psychology with lessons on how to turn small actions into huge results!

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30. Marianne Elliott

Marianne believes writing can be a potent form of social action, and stories help us not only see the world in new ways, but also build the world we want to live in. She shares her own stories and others she gathers, and teaches on the courage, compassion and curiosity it takes to work with stories.

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31. Mystery Writing is Murder

If you’re looking for motivation to keep writing, this is the blog for you. Elizabeth Spann Craig covers all aspects of writing and the writing life, including character development, productivity and social media.

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32. PickTheBrain

Led by Erin Falconer, PickTheBrain is one of the leading self-development sites. With more than 400 guest bloggers from around the world, PTB creates a global voice on all things productivity, confidence, creativity, motivation and more.

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33. Positive Writer

Created by Bryan Hutchinson, Positive Writer is for writers and all creatives who struggle from time-to-time with confidence and trust in their ability to create art that matters. Bryan writes positive reinforcement articles that help fellow artists start and finish work they’re proud of by avoiding the never-ending, never-winning goal of “perfection.”

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34. Redhead Writing Blog

If you feel stuck with your writing, you need the Redhead Writing blog. Erika Napoletano is blunt, brazen and badass, but also hilarious! This site gives a much-needed reprieve from any ordinary writer’s block.

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35. Romance University

Romance University is a group blog dedicated to helping writers advance their careers, introducing readers to a variety of authors and delving into the ever-inscrutable male mind. Join them for free lectures on writing romance in any genre.

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36. Story Bistro

Story Bistro is another site by The Word Chef Tea Silvestra, whose mission is to help solo biz owners listen more deeply to their audiences, tell better stories and build stronger businesses. She publishes blog posts with concrete advice on storytelling of all kinds.

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37. The Artist’s Road

The Artist’s Road is an ongoing conversation regarding the challenges and rewards of pursuing an art-committed life. As a professional storyteller who brings readers insights gathered on creativity and writing, Patrick Ross includes lessons from all types of creatives through video interviews.

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38. The Other Side of the Story

Author Janice Hardy’s blog is dedicated to helping writers improve their craft through in-depth study of writing, focusing on how to use a “rule” as well as why the rule exists in the first place. She doesn’t just say to “show, don’t tell,” she explains how. She also offers examples and practical tips you can apply directly to your work-in-progress and see immediate results.

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39. The Story of Telling

Bernadette Jiwa is a bestselling business author and speaker. She writes about how to reinvent your business and rethink your marketing by embracing your customer’s worldview to help you tell a better brand story.

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40. The Writer and the Critic

The Writer and the Critic is a monthly podcast devoted to speculative fiction books, reviews and occasional gossip. Hosted by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, you’ll find a little bit of everything for your writing.

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41. YA Confidential

If you write for teens, this site is a must-read. The YA Confidential Operatives share everything you need to ensure your work appeals to young adults, from reviews of the newest YA fiction to undercover interviews with real teens.

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42. Cordelia Calls It Quits

On this blog, Kelly Gurnett documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. She shares her journey to launch her freelance business full time as a blogger extraordinaire.

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43. Freelance Folder

The life of an entrepreneur can be solitary, but Freelance Folder helps fix that. Join this community of writers, publishers, designers and artists, and learn how to improve your craft while collaborating with others.

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44. Freelance Writers Academy

Freelance Writers Academy helps writers earn what they deserve with essential tools, resources and information that guides them in launching successful careers. They also provide encouraging support, in-depth business training and up-to-date employment resources in a fun and interactive membership community.

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45. Freelancers Union

As a writer, you’re also an independent business owner. And with that responsibility comes the need to understand details like contracts, health insurance, saving for retirement, taxes and more. Founded by Sara Horowitz in 2003, the Freelancers Union gives you access to resources on these topics and much more.

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46. International Freelancers Academy

Creating your own freelance writing business is all about connections, so you can bring in enough money to support you and your family. Ed Gandia and Pete Savage’s International Freelancers Academy provides training on these topics and a chance to work with other freelance writing experts, along with free weekly training videos.

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47. Leaving Work Behind

Tom Ewer’s Leaving Work Behind is a blog and community for anyone interested in quitting their job and living a better life. The site’s main focus is on making money through blogging and freelancing.

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48. Little Zotz

Lauren Tharp is a freelance writer dedicated to helping other writers ease into the freelance lifestyle. Her website is a wealth of information, providing readers with weekly blog posts, video answers, newsletters and two highly-regarded free ebooks.

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49. Productive Writers

Productive Writers helps freelance writers get high-paying assignments and finish them quickly so they have more time for the rest of their lives. The site is run by John Soares, a full-time freelancer since 1994, and its motto says it all: Work Less, Earn More, Live More.

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50. Scratch Magazine

Scratch is a quarterly magazine for writers that focuses on intersection of writing and money. Created by former Writer’s Digest publisher Jane Friedman and freelance writer Manjula Martin, the site also features an ongoing collection of reports about magazines and websites and their pay rates called, “Who Pays Writers?”

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51. The Freelance Pinoy

Stef Gonzaga’s site guides freelancers on how to get started, improve and succeed in their respective trades and industry. Whether you’re a writer or an illustrator, this is the place for expert advice, informative tips and actionable steps to help you run a successful freelancing career.

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52. Tuts+ Business

On the new and improved site, formerly part of Freelance Switch, you can dig through the archives to find all kinds of resources for growing your business, marketing and dealing with clients. You’ll discover specific ideas and tips related to the business side of writing and freelancing.

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53. Writers In Charge

Writers in Charge helps writers take charge of their careers and command the rates they deserve by delivering practical content. As a writer you should be the one calling the shots, and this site, created by Bamidele Onibalusi, helps equip you with the necessary skills to build a successful writing career.

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54. Bent on Books

Make your writing dream a reality with the help of The Bent Agency. From navigating contracts to marketing to cover design, Jenny Bent’s blog helps new and aspiring authors publish bestsellers with a personal touch.

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55. Guide to Literary Agents (Writer’s Digest)

If you’re looking to land a literary agent to represent your book, this blog is a must-read. Run by Chuck Sambuchino, the blog features posts by guest authors who have real-world experience, including literary agents who are looking for new clients and authors who have successfully sold books. Watch for a series on “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” and “How I Got My Agent.”

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56. Literary Rambles

Literary Rambles spotlights children’s book authors through interviews and giveaways, and literary agents through comprehensive profiles. Casey McCormick and Natalie Aguirre give you an up-close-and-personal look at what it takes to write a novel, book or other literary work.

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57. Miss Snark, Literary Agent

Anonymous literary agent Miss Snark vents her wrath on the world of writers, and although the author is no longer publishing new posts, this blog’s archives are pure gold. Many of the posts are replies to actual reader questions, so you’re likely to find the answer to yours.

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58. Nathan Bransford, Author

Author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford blogs about every facet of the publishing process, from writing to finding agents to the latest publishing news. If you’re a newbie to the publishing world, or even a resident veteran, this site has everything you need.

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59. Rachelle Gardner

Rachelle’s blog is one of the most popular resources by a literary agent. She offers the inside scoop on traditional publishing, including advice about how to sign with an agent, what to include in your book proposal and how royalties work.

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60. Firepole Marketing

Danny Iny’s blog, Firepole Marketing, is devoted to helping non-marketers become expert marketers. Danny and his team believe that through connecting and engaging with your audience — whether they’re clients, customers or readers — you can inspire them to new heights.

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61. Kikolani

At Kikolani, Kristi Hines covers content, search and social media marketing strategies for business and professional bloggers. Her strategies will help you learn how to successfully promote your blog and your brand.

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62. Social Triggers

Writers often hate sales and marketing, but whether you go the traditional or self-publishing route, you’ll have to sell your books, your proposal or yourself. Derek Halpern uses his outgoing personality to make sales fun, and his suggestions will help you earn more money as a writer.

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63. The Creative Penn

Indie author and marketing star Joanna Penn writes this blog for authors, writers and entrepreneurs. In addition to her self-publishing and platform-building advice, Joanna gives behind-the-scenes details about how she’s making a living as a full-time author entrepreneur.

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64. The Identity

Lis Dingjan runs The Identity, a creation and hustle studio powered on fruity tea, where she writes about branding, design, breaking the biz rules, marketing and reflections on the online world. Mixed with laughs, lashings of high quality, a sprinkle of rustic fusion and a whole lot of love and value, she’s determined to help your business succeed.

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65. Goins, Writer

If you write, you’re a writer! Jeff Goins blogs about creating a successful writing career you are passionate about and getting published. With multiple best-selling books, both self-published and traditionally published, he has loads of experience and expertise to share.

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66. Helping Writers Become Authors

This site, run by author K.M. Weiland, features tips and essays about the writing life to enlighten and encourage other writers. Helping Writers Become Authors was created to help other writers understand the ins-and-outs of the craft and the psychology behind the inspiration.

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67. How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book

Get weekly exercises, tips and techniques on how to structure and craft a book-length manuscript in any genre from Mary Carroll Moore, author of Your Book Starts Here. This blog includes interviews with published writers of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir on structuring methods, character, dialogue, pacing and more.

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68. Jane Friedman

This blog from the former publisher of Writer’s Digest focuses on writing, reading and the digital age. It also features a weekly column on the publishing industry by journalist and publishing consultant Porter Anderson.

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69. Jody Hedlund, Author

Jody’s blog is a chronicle of her writing journey. She offers advice, encouragement and inspiration based on all that she’s learned about writing, publication and marketing in today’s tough publishing industry.

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70. Lisa Romeo Writes

Lisa blogs about writing, editing, reading, books, submissions, freelancing, getting published (and rejected), revisions, life after the MFA, teaching writing and living the writer’s life. Her site features guest posts and interviews with authors, editors and other publishing experts, but comes with one caveat for writers: Write first, read blogs second.

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71. Lynette Benton

If you want to become a better writer, Lynette will help you get there. As a published author of multiple essays and blogs, she shares some of the best tools and tactics for writers. She’s also in the final stages of editing her memoir, so she knows a thing or two about the traditional publishing industry.

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72. Novel Publicity

Novel Publicity aims to be a one-stop shop for published and aspiring writers alike. They blog about topics related to writing advice, publishing, social media and more. If you have a specific writing question, take advantage of their Ask the Editor feature.

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73. Terribleminds

Chuck Wendig discusses writing, storytelling and publishing with great irreverence and gulping bucketloads of metaphor and vulgarity. He interviews other authors, talks about writing and the publishing industry, and offers lots of writing prompts.

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74. The Book Deal

Alan Rinzler’s blog goes in-depth on how to succeed at traditional publishing. A veteran editor, Alan provides advice on writing memoir, marketing your book, landing an agent, self-publishing and more.

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75. Warner Coaching

Warner Coaching is Brooke Warner’s coaching site and newsletter, dedicated to helping writers understand the business of book publishing, including traditional, hybrid and self-publishing. Her primary goal is to give writers the confidence and information they need to publish well and self-promote with confidence.

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76. Write Hacked

Created by Nick Thacker, WriteHacked.com (formerly LiveHacked.com) is all about writing better, self-publishing and building an online platform that actually works. Publishing today doesn’t mean the same thing it used to, and it’s easier than ever to create, publish and sell your work — but are you doing it well?

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77. Almost Fearless

Christine Gilbert’s storytelling draws you into her life as an expat: her writing is honest and heartfelt as she describes travel, language and her writing process. If you can tear your eyes away from her stories and photos, you’ll notice that she and her husband Drew, a videographer, also teach courses and workshops on story-driven blogging.

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78. Camels and Chocolate

Kristin Luna is a travel writer with a thirst for adventure. If you’re looking to incorporate more images and creativity into your writing, this is the blog you need! Her beautiful photos and honest, imaginative descriptions of exotic locations are sure to inspire your writing — and your envy.

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79. Location 180

Who says you have to write in one spot or in a boring office? Sean Ogle writes about building a business you can run from anywhere and living a life worth writing about.

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80. The Art of Non-Conformity

If you’re sick and tired of the status quo, Chris Guillebeau may be the answer. A published author, Chris has traveled to every country in the world and preaches the art of non-conformity through his own lifestyle. Start living a life that matters… to you!

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81. The Writer and the Wanderer

Life only seems to come together in stories and in journeys, and those two narratives — one of the mind and the other of the road — have shaped travel writer Mary Morris’ life. The Writer and the Wanderer, with its posts, photos and watercolors, is an attempt to give all her adventures a context.

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82. The Writer’s [Inner] Journey

There’s no one way to create or write, and everything you’ll discover on The Writer’s [Inner] Journey proves that. Meredith Resnick engages bestselling authors, professional creatives and emerging voices in quirky dialogue about how they write and why it works for them.

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83. Travel Writing 2.0

Tim Leffel’s Travel Writing 2.0 blog is a guide to finding real success as a travel writer in the digital age, without abandoning opportunities to succeed with books, print articles or other options. It features advice and interviews from freelancers, bloggers and editors earning a good income from their writing.

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84. About Freelance Writing

With original articles, answers to your writing questions and resources for finding gigs, increasing pay and pretty much anything about freelance writing, this site lives up to its name. Impressively, it’s been around for more than a decade, and creator Anne Wayman has been freelance writing for over 30.

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85. Advice to Writers

Curated by Jon Winokur, this site collects the writerly wisdom of the ages in the form of a Quote of the Day (also available as a daily email), hundreds of links to resources and exclusive weekly interviews with writers like Harlan Ellison.

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86. Christina Katz

Christina teaches writers to prosper by building solid, salable, life-long career skills via classes and training groups that work even in a rapidly evolving publishing marketplace. Highlights of the site include the Writers On The Move health and fitness accountability group for writers, an annual round-up of Movies About Writers and The Writing Life, and monthly writing and platform challenges.

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87. Daily Writing Tips

DailyWritingTips.com features articles on grammar, punctuation, spelling, usage and vocabulary. The site was founded in 2007, and its archives contain more than 2,200 advice articles for writers.

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88. Funds for Writers

FundsforWriters.com is C. Hope Clark’s website on financial resources for the serious writer. Her weekly newsletters reach 45,000 readers and contain calls for submissions for grants, contests, freelance markets, publishers, agents and jobs. Hope is also a freelance writer and mystery author.

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89. Make a Living Writing

Stop getting paid pennies for your amazing content! You can move beyond the low-paying gigs and actually make a living from freelance writing. On this blog, Carol Tice writes from her wealth of experience and knowledge as a successful freelance writer.

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90. Moody Writing

With resources for fiction writing and creative tips, Moody Writing will get you in the mindset to explore new worlds with your writing. You’ll find resources for everything from creating characters to meeting deadlines for your story.

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91. Procrastiwriter

Written by Shanan Haislip, a champion procrastinator who also happens to be a writer, The Procrastiwriter is for beginning and veteran writers who are trying to write more, write better, and most importantly, fit their writing into a full-time life.

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92. Read. Learn. Write.

As a writer, you should constantly be reading, learning and, of course, writing. At Read. Learn. Write., Brandon Monk discusses the importance of all three and shares essays from contributors all over the world.

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93. The Renegade Writer

Linda Formichelli, aka the Renegade Writer, helps freelance writers earn a living on their own terms. The blog focuses on magazine writers but also includes information for copywriters, bloggers and other types of writers.

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94. The Write Practice

Founded by Joe Bunting, this site is where procrastination goes to die. It offers fun creative writing lessons and prompts to practice your craft 15 minutes a day, six times a week. It’s considered one of the best writing workbooks on the Internet.

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95. Write to Done

If you want to improve your writing, Mary Jaksch’s WritetoDone.com is a fantastic online resource to tap into; it features inspiring articles and how-to posts that will help you become a better writer. Check out their free ebook, The (nearly) Ultimate Guide to Better Writing.

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96. A Writer’s Bucket List

A Writer’s Bucket List is a place for entrepreneurial writers and writerly entrepreneurs to connect with, learn from, and discover awesome work by their peers. Created by Dana Sitar, the site features posts from writers in the community as well as expert columnists on blogging, freelancing, marketing and storytelling.

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97. Laptop Cafes

Created by Lis Dingjan, Laptop Cafes is a directory of little corners all across the world where you can access free wifi in a comfortable, quality space. Whether you need to work, check your email or book the next leg of your trip, you’ll find the perfect place to do it. All cafes are vetted by the LC community and summaries include important details such as which seats have power outlet access.

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98. Writers Helping Writers

Writers Helping Writers (formerly The Bookshelf Muse) is a site dedicated to serving the writing community through solid craft advice, unique tools and friendly support. Its founders Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are best known for their descriptive Thesaurus Collections on Characters Traits, Emotions, Physical Attributes, Setting, Weather, Symbolism and more.

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99. Writers-Network

In this free online creative writing community, writers and poets can post their writing, get feedback and discuss writing-related topics in the forums and live chat rooms. Members can also participate in contests, earn points for reviewing, maintain a personal writing profile and gain fans from all around the world.

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100. Writertopia

Writertopia is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a place where writers can hone their craft while connecting with other writers. Created by Bill Katz and Jennifer Yoon, Writertopia’s goal is to build a community of collaborative, skilled writers.

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Are any of these sites new to you? What are some of your favorite websites for writers?

Carrie Smith is a solopreneur on a mission to help freelancers and solopreneurs design a lifestyle business that earns more money in less time. In May 2013 she quit her small business accounting job of 10 years to pursue full-time entrepreneurship and blogging.... .

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Comments

  1. You should check out this writing community…they are Awesome, and the owners are SO involved with the community…it’s AMAZING! http://www.writerscarnival.ca

  2. Thanks so much for including Literary Rambles on the list. We appreciate it!

  3. Hi Carrie,

    Thank you for including The Artist’s Road on your round-up. I like the category you chose, “Creativity and Craft.” It’s not an easy blog to categorize, but I think you nailed it. I’m honored to be included with many other blogs I enjoy, and am also pleased to see some I’m not familiar with, which I will be exploring!

    Patrick

  4. I’m also very honored to have made the list. What a great resource. I’m sharing it widely! Congratulations to all the other picks as well.

  5. Thanks so much for including CCIQ, Carrie! Awesome company to be in!

  6. Thank you so much for including Freelance Writers Academy on this fantastic list of resources for writers. I truly appreciate it. Kudos to Carrie for the time spent crafting this awesome list!

  7. Great list! Thanks for compiling this list under subject headings – very helpful!

    The Kill Zone is an excellent, award-winning blog for craft-of-writing advice, mostly for fiction writing. I highly recommend it. http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com. James Scott Bell posts thoughtful, informative, and entertaining posts there every Sunday on writing craft, marketing, and industry biz.

  8. Congrats to all that made the list! Thanks for sharing this! I look forward to reading those not on my list.

  9. Carrie, thank you so much for including Productive Writers!

    I recognize many of the other sites, but there are also many that are new to me. I’ll be returning again and again to explore what my colleagues are doing.

  10. So much gratitude to you Carrie for the love and care you obviously took putting this list together. I’m so honored to be among such a fabulous group of people/sites!

    • Carrie Smith says:

      My pleasure Tea! I’m excited and thankful you found this list helpful and saw the love we poured into it. :)

  11. Great post, Carrie! I’ve shared everywhere and bookmarked most of these sites (already knew about Tea’s lovely site :D ). Can’t wait to explore them further. I’d humbly suggest Pajama Productivity, my site, as well – it’s for creatives of all flavors who are struggling with getting it all done.

    • Carrie Smith says:

      YAY! Thank you for helping us spread the word to other writers and freelancers. We are adding Pajama Productivity to our list of suggestions for next year’s epic post. Cheers! :)

  12. So happy to see a lot of my feed on the list. :) Thanks for putting this together!

  13. Hi Carrie, this is such a nice selection. I like this.

    I’ve made your original list in Simulty, which help you find grate blog. you just push keyword of which you want to see the blog into “search bar” on the top of the screen. That’s the link: http://bit.ly/1d0txjd

    I hope you’ll like it!

  14. Awesome list. The only problem is that it take so much time to follow all these incredible blogs!

  15. Thanks so much for including me amid such a stellar list!

  16. Awesome list. I have been following several of these while writing my book! Jeff Goins’ site is the one I frequent most often. I hadn’t heard of way too many of these though. Awesome!

  17. Hi Carrie,

    Thanks for the mention! We’re honored to be included in such great company.

  18. What a terrific list, Carrie! Can’t wait to explore the sites I haven’t heard of before. Thanks for compiling this!

  19. Thanks for including Writer’s Bucket List :) Carrie, you nailed it with the category; that made my day!

    • Carrie Smith says:

      That’s great news Dana! I’m glad we were able to define your site and help other writers hone their skills.

  20. I think this list just became my go-to resource for writing advice! Thanks so much for including amp&pivot on this list. I’m honored.

  21. I hadn’t yet discovered many of these sites. Thanks so much for the list! I can’t wait to see everything that’s out there.

  22. Here’s a great blog we overlooked: Copyblogger. Hopefully folks will leave lots of suggestions in the comments for blogs they wish were on the list, and we can write some sort of followup post!

    Cheers,
    Alexis, managing editor of The Write Life

  23. Excellent resource. This hits all my favourites and then some!

  24. I am honored to be included in such a great list. Thanks for putting this together and for the mention of Read.Learn.Write.

  25. Thank you SO much for including LittleZotz Writing on this list! I’m honored! <3

  26. I’m amazed you don’t have Mridu Khullar’s International Freelancing blog on the list. Mridu’s blog is a treasure-trove of tips and ideas, plus her own experiences as a full-time journalist writing for some of the leading publications on the planet. http://www.mridukhullar.com/blog/

    • Carrie Smith says:

      Thanks for the suggestion Chryselle. We added it to our list of other awesome sites to include in the future!

  27. Awesome list. This is my first time visiting and commenting. :)

  28. This is an incredible list, thank you….I will really make use of it.

  29. There’s so much great information here. Thanks for putting this list together. I’m going to share, tweet and tumble it.

  30. Thanks for the mention, greatly appreciated. Looking forward to checking out the ones I’m not following already.

    cheers,
    mood
    Moody Writing

  31. Wow, what an amazing resource!! A number of these sites/blogs are familiar to me and have repeatedly yielded great information and inspiration, but there are just as many that are new. Have bookmarked this amazing post and will be returning to it frequently. Thank you for taking the time to compile this information and categorize it so helpfully. Wonderful!!

  32. Thanks for featuring my site, and I’m also really glad to see Nathan Bransford on there, not only because he’s a friend but also because his site is consistently the resource I send to any friend looking to get into book publishing. And The Middle Finger Project is just downright inspiring. I also agree that Copyblogger should be on the amended list!

  33. Thank you so much, Carrie, for linking to my Men with Pens article. It was an honor to write for such a prestigious publication — thank you, James Chartrand — and a further privilege to be included in such great company.

    A freelance writer’s world can seem scary and isolated at times. This resource-filled blog makes it less so.

  34. While you have a few good selections here, many are extremely out of date and have advice that is no longer valid such as the ‘Miss Snark’ site. It was fine in its day but hasn’t been touched in years. You also left off the most influential and useful sites such as Joe Konrath’s A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing, author Hugh Howey’s extremely influential site, and the wildly popular kboards. You seem to be about a decade behind in what is worthwhile.

  35. Hi Carrie,

    Great post! You might consider two of my sites, which I hope you will all like:

    http://www.socialmedia4writers and the “glossy” curated magazine site, which I have made you the cover story for this week!

    https://flipboard.com/section/socialmedia4writers-btDva4

    Best wishes from Dublin, Ireland.

  36. Hi Carrie,

    Great list of great writer websites! I see more than 10 of these I’m already following on Twitter.

    Will check out the others soon. But, where is carefulcents.com in this list? Oh, now I see … it’s at the end of the list, in your byline! :)

    So, that makes it “101 Best Websites for Writers in 2014″ and not 100 – ones who write great things about others, are themselves great too. Their greatness is just hidden.

  37. Janice Hardy says:

    Thanks so much! I’m honored to be on the list with so many other amazing blogs.

  38. Awesome list, Carrie. Thanks for including Positive Writer.

  39. Fantastic list, Carrie!

    One more you should add to the list is Joel Friedman’s site http://www.TheBookDesigner.com. His site is loaded with great resources and tips for self-publishers and writers in general.

    • Beat me to it! Joel has brilliant advice on book layout, design, ISBN issues and more, plus his monthly book cover awards are always worth a minute or two over a cup of coffee.

      Also nearly fell of my chair when I got to the end of the list and no copyblogger (not to mention Brians (http://entreproducer.com/)

    • Oh yes, great suggestion! We spent a lot of time compiling the list and not everything made the cut. We’ve added both of these sites to our list for the future! Thank you.

  40. This is an amazing resource. I can’t wait to start checking them out. Thanks for the great post!

  41. This is a great resource that will help writers worldwide make their dreams a reality. Thanks for putting in work to help others Carrie and TWL crew!

  42. Thank you Carrie, SO MUCH, for including The Writing Whisperer on your list. I now have a go-to source, as a fellow writer, when I am in need of inspiration from other writers. I am honored to have been chosen!

  43. Happy New Year!

    This is a great initiative. Thank you so much!

    Thanks also to those who have added to the list.

  44. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be included on this list. And I’m in superb company! What an honor. Thanks so much!

  45. Hi Carrie,

    Thanks for compiling the list!

    Most of my favorites are here; however I’ll agree with Alexis Grant that Copyblogger was overlooked.

    Other blogs I recommend are OnlineIncomeTeacher and this new blog for writers http://www.EquippedWriters.com

  46. Thanks for the really informative list. Like others, I noticed Copyblogger wasn’t on your list. Just one more suggestion: Daphne Grey-Grant’s blog has become rather an addiction to me. Her blog – along with Jeff and Seth and copyblogger – are the ones I’ll always open no matter how busy I am. Just sayin’

  47. Greetings! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted
    to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your articles.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same
    topics? Thanks!

  48. Thank you so much for including me on this list! It’s an incredible honor to be among all of these fantastic bloggers. I can’t wait to go through the list to find new blogs to add to my Feedly reader!

  49. Thanks for putting this together! I just bookmarked and subscribed to a lot of these.

    Christine @ Better Novel Project

  50. You forgot the Freelance Writers Den (www.freelancewritersden.com)

    • Thanks for the heads up, Niki. We know and love FWD, but since it’s currently closed to new members and we already had founder Carol Tice’s site Make a Living Writing on our list (#89), we weren’t able to include it this time. It’s great that there are so many fantastic resources for writers out there!

  51. Hi, not sure if our site should be considered since I didn’t see any screenwriting sites. We fund writers and get their screenplays shot by an award winning filmmaker. Check us out and let the screenwriters and filmmakers in your life know about us!

  52. Thank you so much for your thoroughness in organizing this great resource for writers. Including links to both the sites themselves and “a post you’ll like” for each one must have taken a tremendous amount of time. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  54. Thanks for the List! Some are my favorites.

  55. Writing Excuses didn’t make the list? I use it as a free online MA in Creative Writing. http://www.writingexcuses.com/

  56. The Writer’s Chatroom is a 4 time winner of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. It is also named Best Writer’s Resource by Pr editors and Editors. There are regular topic chats on Wednesdays and Guest Chats on Sundays.

    http://writerschatroom.com/

  57. Wow, Carrie, that’s quite a list! I think you’d like taking a look at http://www.IndiesUnlimited.com. It’s a great resource for writers of/at all levels, and was recently listed as one of the top 6 blogs for writers in Publishers Weekly Magazine. Keep up the good work!

  58. Power Thesaurus (www.powerthesaurus.org) is a very useful one!

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