The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2015

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UPDATE: Our 2016 list is now live! Check out The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016. 

Ready to improve your writing — and maybe even make a living as a writer — this year? Our 100 Best Websites for Writers list is back and better than ever.

Thanks to your suggestions, this year’s list of writing websites includes both well-established favorites and bold newcomers. We struggled to whittle it down to just 100 — there are so many fantastic resources out there for writers! — and could probably create a second list of 100 based on all your recommendations. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts!

We’ve broken the list into eight categories: blogging, creativity and craft, entrepreneurship, freelancing, literary agents, marketing, publishing, and writing communities. The writing sites are listed in alphabetical order within each category, and the numbers are included for easy tracking rather than as a ranking.

If you want to start your own website or blog, here’s our step-by-step guide.

Whether you’re keen to find better-paying freelance writing jobs or self-publish your NaNoWriMo project, build your email list or strengthen your SEO skills, these sites will help you reach your goals.

Best websites for bloggers


1. All Indie Writers

Developing a successful writing career is hard work, and Jennifer Mattern, founder of All Indie Writers, tells it like it is. AIW is a helpful resource for freelance writers, indie publishers and bloggers; it features a job board, community forums and podcast episodes.

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2. Be a Freelance Blogger

Sophie Lizard and other fantastic writers behind Be a Freelance Blogger are making their second consecutive appearance on this list. They share useful resources, valuable tips and guest posting opportunities for bloggers looking to earn a living from writing. If you need advice that’s tailored to your specific situation, or if you’d like to connect with like-minded bloggers, check out the BAFB community — it’s completely free.

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3. Boost Blog Traffic

Since appearing on our list last year, Boost Blog Traffic has become an even bigger powerhouse in the blogging space. Jon Morrow and his team publish fantastic, in-depth content that will help aspiring — or even expert — writers get more eyes on their work.

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4. Copyblogger

Founded by Brian Clark in 1998, this epic content marketing and blogging resource is a one-stop shop for bloggers looking to increase traffic, build a large community, sell products and gain exposure. Spend a few hours digging through their archives and you’ll be amazed at the number of takeaways you can immediately apply to your copy and business. Sign up for a free My Copyblogger membership to access 15 ebooks covering everything from keyword research to crafting headlines.

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5. Problogger

Problogger is the go-to resource for online entrepreneurs and bloggers who want to make a living from their craft. Darren Rowse’s site is a wealth of resources, from its popular job board to workbooks, ebooks and programs to help make your blog a success.

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6. Sark e-media

With the help of Sarah Arrow’s 30-day blogging challenge (it’s free!), you’ll focus on creating and publishing without waiting for “perfect.” Her advice is motivational and inspirational — it’s the kick-in-the-pants we all need when procrastinating on our writing.

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7. Smart Passive Income

In the year since we mentioned Smart Passive Income on our 2014 list, creator Pat Flynn has given it a beautiful makeover. Along with the valuable blog posts that help you create a successful blog and business, you’ll find an extensive podcast library and a new series called Ask Pat.

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Creativity and Craft for writers


8. AdviceToWriters

Curated by Jon Winokur, this site collects quotes from past and present writers, in the form of a Quote of the Day post and daily email. If you’re in need of inspiration, motivation or new ideas, these daily bursts of creativity can give you just that.

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9. Aliventures 

Author Ali Luke’s site is all about writing, blogging and life as a writer, including behind-the-scenes details. While she’s on maternity leave until later this spring, her vast archives include tons of advice about blogging, freelancing, writing ebooks and creating a loyal reader base.

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10. Almost Fearless 

Christine Gilbert is a videographer, storyteller and photographer who teaches courses and workshops on story-driven blogging. She’s working on a book about exploring the world and learning languages with her husband and two young children, and her storytelling advice glows with personality and life.

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11. Brain Pickings

Maria Popova believes that multiple points of creativity drive our ideas and stories, and she created Brain Pickings to aggregate diverse, interesting information. When we look for many different sources of inspiration, we can create more complex worlds for our characters and readers. 

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12. Christina Katz

Christina Katz teaches writers to become successful at their craft through training and classes. From freelancers looking for a nudge to pitch new markets to new authors preparing to self-publish, many types of writers find helpful advice on this site.

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13. Daily Writing Tips 

If you need daily inspiration and writing tips, look no further than this site, which features articles on everything writing-related, including grammar, punctuation, spelling, usage and vocabulary.

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14. Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro’s site is unlike any other. Her words captivate your attention through each post. She shares her personal stories and experiences as a writer, author and storyteller. You’ll find plenty of creative inspiration here, and no doubt relate to her stories about looking inward.

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15. Elizabeth Spann Craig

Mystery author Elizabeth Spann Craig shares advice on writing, character development, productivity and other details around the writing life. She also compiles a weekly list of writing articles that many writers find immensely helpful.

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16. Erika Napoletano

If you need a kick in the butt to overcome writer’s block or get unstuck with your writing business, you need to read this blog. Erika Napoletano offers advice that’s anything but ordinary (and usually NSFW [not safe for work]). You’ll cringe at being called out on chickening out as a writer, but you’ll laugh at the way she does it and feel motivated to step up your game.

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17. Fantasy Author’s Handbook

Fantasy and science fiction author and editor Philip Athans shares his experience through witty, informative, entertaining and inspiring posts. Whether he’s decoding the legal page of a print book or analyzing word choice, his posts will make you think about your work in a different way. 

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18. Fiction University

Instead of sharing advice about what writers should be doing, author Janice Hardy explains how to apply the industry’s advice to your work, including tips on how to plan, write, edit and publish a novel. She also pulls back the curtain on how other successful authors and writers manage their creative processes.

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19. Grammar Girl

With Grammar Girl by your side, you can boost your writing and grammar confidence. Each article and podcast episode is an adventure into the world of the English language, and you’ll likely be able to find any advice you need in the archives or most popular tips categories.

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20. Inky Girl

Inky Girl is all about books for children and young adults. Author and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi creates comics that many writers can relate to, as well as interviews with experts and industry professionals. With her passion for telling stories in unique and interesting ways, you’ll never run out of inspiration.

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21. It Starts With 

Sarah Peck combines her passion for technology, storytelling and creative design with her background in psychology to share a unique perspective on writing. If you’re looking to successfully mesh your multiple passions, better communicate your story and connect with your readers, it’s time to check out this blog.

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22. Jami Gold

Paranormal author Jami Gold breaks down the challenges of writing, plotting and character development until they’re easy to understand and overcome. She also offers great worksheets for plot planning, story development, scene strengthening and more.

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23. KidLit411

Keen to write or illustrate books for children? Author Elaine Kiely Kearns and author and illustrator Sylvia Liu compile tons of great advice on planning, creating and publishing your work from around the web. Their Facebook group is a great place to connect with other kidlit writers and even find a critique partner or group.

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24. Positive Writer 

Many writers struggle to carve out time to work. Bryan Hutchinson tackles this challenge head-on in posts on Positive Writer. He believes you should stop seeking approval from others, and offers advice on overcoming doubt and fears as a writer.

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25. Procrastiwriter

It’s time to stop procrastinating and start writing! Written by Shanan Haislip, The Procrastiwriter will help you find the motivation you need to write more, hone your craft, and most importantly, make room for consistent writing.

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26. Romance University

This site offers inspiring advice from a variety of industry professionals and established authors to help you create a successful writing process. While romance writers will find plenty of inspiration in the archives, even writers focused on other fiction genres can learn a lot about craft, marketing and self-publishing.

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27. Sterling Editing

The Sterling Editing team is comprised of experienced writers, editors and literary agents striving to help writers create their best work. Their weekly “Written on the internet” posts share interesting publishing trends, editing tips and other writing advice from around the web.

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28. Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard covers a wide variety of writing-related topics on her blog, with practical solutions and tips for all writers. She offers more great advice in her newsletter, which several TWL readers say are a must-read.

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29. The Kill Zone 

The Kill Zone focuses on writing and publishing fiction, with 11 top mystery and thriller writers posting advice every day of the week. Tune in for thoughtful, informative and entertaining articles on writing craft, marketing and industry trends, as well as “first page critiques” of submitted manuscripts.

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30. The Write Practice

To become a good writer, you have to practice — it’s as simple as that. The Write Practice, founded by Joe Bunting, offers daily writing prompts, creative writing lessons and a wealth of articles to help you overcome writer’s block.

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31. The Writer and the Critic

The Writer and the Critic is a bimonthly podcast that discusses all things fiction, book reviews and general industry gossip. You’ll find ideas for blog posts, novels, characters and random storiese. In other words, hosts Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond help you find a little bit of everything for your writing.

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32. The Writing Whisperer

Shannon Hernandez spent 15 years as a teacher and now empowers other writers to find their voice in a noisy world. Whether you need memoir coaching, copywriting help, publishing advice or all of the above, her site is a full of high-quality information.

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33. Write to Done

Everyone can become a great writer if they direct their practice properly and apply themselves, says Write to Done’s Chief Editor, Mary Jaksch. The site features inspiring articles and how-to posts that will help you become the best writer you can be.

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34. Writers Helping Writers

Formerly known as The Bookshelf Muse, Writers Helping Writers serves fiction writers of all types and offers tools to help with plot planning, self-editing and promoting your book. You’ll be especially excited about the collection of thesauruses for emotions, talents, skills, physical attributes and other important character traits.

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35. YA Confidential

Young adult fiction has never been so popular, and YA Confidential is one of the best resources out there for writers for teens. Although the site has been on a hiatus for several months, you’ll still find gold in the archives related to writing for young adults, interviews with real teens and more.

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Entrepreneurship for writers


36. Alexis Grant

Writers are not just creatives; they’re also business owners who also have to pay the bills. Along with great advice for freelancers and writers, Alexis Grant also offers several guides, ebooks and courses that help you manage the business side of writing. (Full disclosure: Alexis is Founder and Managing Editor of The Write Life.)

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37. Create as Folk

In the past year, Laura Simms has given Create as Folk an awesome makeover. You’ll find resources for quitting your job, following your passion and making a living doing what you love. She has also taken on guest contributors who share their own perspectives and journeys to creating meaningful work.

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38. Men with Pens

Since 2006, James Chartrand’s Men with Pens has helped writers, bloggers and businesses create engaging copy and market their writing to thousands of readers. If you want to achieve better results with your writing and earn more money as a freelance writer, check out the extensive archives.

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39. Productive Flourishing

Productive Flourishing is one of the top websites for creativity, organization and productivity for all types of creatives and entrepreneurs. Founder Charlie Gilkey, who also works as a business coach, offers valuable advice and free planners that are sure to help you get past any creative slump.

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40. Seth Godin

Bestselling author Seth Godin never ceases to amaze the world with his ideas, advice and aha moments about business. Study his writing to learn how to build a loyal audience, market to your readers and hone your craft.

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41. Side Hustle Nation

Many freelance writers start their careers as side gigs, and Side Hustle Nation is all about empowering your side ventures to propel you to financial freedom. The popular podcast offers interviews with many of the creative entrepreneurs on this list and covers topics related to self-publishing, winning over clients, passive income, recurring revenue and more.

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42. The Art of Non-Conformity

“You don’t have to live your life the way others expect” is the gist of founder Chris Guillebeau’s advice on his blog and in his books. His approach to business and creativity is unconventional, as he would say, and will have you questioning how you, too, can challenge the status quo.

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43. The Creative Penn 

The Creative Penn is the place to find advice on writing, self-publishing and marketing your new book. In addition to her self-publishing and platform-building advice, Joanna Penn shares how she makes a living as a full-time author and entrepreneur. Her podcast is also popular, offering interviews with dozens of successful writers.

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44. Untamed Writing

“Karen Marston’s no-BS approach is practical, funny and gutsy,” a TWL reader told us. Her blog helps writers develop their skills, pitch new clients with confidence and do great work. Whether she’s challenging common assumptions (“Do you need a blog to become a freelance writer?”) or explaining copywriting concepts, Marston’s advice is anything but generic.

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45. Warrior Writers

Kristen Lamb is an author and coach who helps writers connect with their readers. She shares advice on topics like writing craft, building a following on social media, navigating the publishing process and making a living as a writer.

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Freelance writing


46. About Freelance Writing 

If you’re serious about making a living as a writer, this site will give you the information and resources you need. You’ll find a wealth of original articles about being a writer, marketing your craft, and the business of writing archives. The site has been around for more than a decade, and writers keep going back.

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47. Envato Studio and Tuts+

Previously known as Freelance Switch, the Envato Studio and Tuts+ websites offer the same excellent content and resources for freelance writers, designers and developers. Their in-depth archives are a gold mine for anything freelancing-related, so you’re sure to find the solution to any problem you face.

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48. Funds for Writers 

If you’re serious about making a living as a freelance writer, you’ll be excited about C. Hope Clark’s goldmine of resources. She offers information on upcoming contests, freelance writing jobs, connections to publishers, and everything else you need to make money as a writer. Her most popular offering is her newsletter.

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49. Freelancers Union

Freelancers are also business owners who worry about things like contracts, health insurance, saving for retirement and following up with clients who owe us money. Founded by Sara Horowitz in 2003, the Freelancers Union gives you access to a highly active community, valuable blog articles and local resource connections to tackle each of these challenges. 

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50. Leaving Work Behind

While Leaving Work Behind has evolved over the past year,Tom Ewer’s blog still aims to help anyone interested in quitting the day job to build an online business. His honest, I’ve-been-there advice is specifically helpful for freelance bloggers, and the site boasts a tight-knit community. LWB is the place to be if you want to  make money as a freelancer.

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51. LittleZotz Writing

Freelance writer Lauren Tharp offers an impressive spread of resources for anyone looking to build a writing business. Her blog’s weekly posts, newsletters and two free ebooks help writers hone their skills, find clients and earn money from their work.

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52. Make a Living Writing 

Carol Tice is a successful freelance writer, and she shares her breadth of experience and knowledge on her blog. She suggests smart changes that will help you move beyond low-paying gigs and actually make a living from freelance writing. Carol also oversees the popular Freelance Writers Den community.

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53. My Freelance Life 

Williesha Morris discusses her entrepreneurial journey on My Freelance Life, helping other freelancers manage their worries and achieve financial success. She approaches freelance writing from a unique and captivating angle, while offering practical ideas.

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54. Productive Writers

John Soares has been a full-time freelance writer since 1994. On Productive Writers, he shares ideas for freelance writers about working  smarter, not harder — and landed higher-paying gigs. He focuses on earning a living without working around the clock. 

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55. Scratch

Created by Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin, Scratch is a digital magazine for writers that features in-depth interviews, personal stories from other writers and ways to make a living as a writer. While much of the content is behind a paywall, its “Who Pays Writers?” resource, which is crowd-sourced from freelancers, is incredibly helpful for figuring out what you might earn from various publications.

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56. The Freelancer

Contently’s goal with The Freelancer is to help freelancers navigate what can be a confusing business. While it’s not solely focused on writing — photographers, designers and other freelancers will also value this information — the advice on negotiating rates, managing contracts and pitching clients is practical and actionable. Check out the weekly “Ask a Freelancer” column for answers to common questions, and the new Freelance Rates Database for pay information from various publications.

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57. The International Freelancer

Living outside the U.S. sometimes means managing your freelance career differently than a stateside writer. Mridu Khullar Relph shares tips and strategies learned from her years of experience as a full-time journalist based in London, U.K., and New Delhi, India, making her blog an attractive destination for international writers.

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58. The Middle Finger Project

Whether you like it or not, you’ll eventually have to deal with the business side of writing, and The Middle Finger Project is hell-bent on helping you. While creator Ash Ambirge originally focused on creative copywriting and marketing, the site has branched out to include tips for dealing with tough clients and getting paid what you deserve. At times the advice is NSFW (not safe for work), but it’s also fresh, entertaining and motivating. 

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59. The Renegade Writer

Linda Formichelli is a freelance writer who earns a living on her own terms. She’s written for publications like Inc., Redbook and Writer’s Digest and makes “a full-time income working part-time hours.” Her blog focuses on building a writing business that works for you, breaking the rules and overcoming your freelancing fears.

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60. Writers in Charge

If you’re ready to start a career as a freelance writer, Writers in Charge is the site for you. Creator Bamidele Onibalusi shares resources to help you take control of your income, make more money and successfully navigate the freelance world.

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61. Writing Thoughts

Freelance writer Laura Spencer doesn’t update her blog often, but each post offers gems of inspiration and information. With more than 24 years of writing experience — 13 of them as a freelancer — she shares proven advice on running a freelance business, soliciting feedback and working with clients.

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Literary Agents


62. Bent on Books

The Bent Agency looks to turn new and aspiring authors into bestsellers. If you’re interested in traditional publishing, Jenny Bent’s blog could help you launch your publishing career and turn your dream of being a published author into reality.

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

One of the biggest blogs on publishing, Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents blog is a must-read if you’re looking to land a literary agent to represent your new book. The site features posts by guest authors, including industry professionals and literary agents. It also includes resources on queries, book marketing, creating an author platform and more.

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64. Literary Rambles

Created in 2008 by Casey McCormick and Natalie Aguirre, Literary Rambles covers topics related to children’s books, literary agents and publishing. The interviews and comprehensive profiles of industry experts give writers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to write a novel and become a published author.

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65. Nathan Bransford, Author

As a published author and former literary agent, Nathan Bransford gives readers an insider’s look into what literary agents do, how to go about finding one, and tips for writing a good query letter. Whether you’re a newbie author or an experienced veteran, you’re sure to learn something new about the publishing industry. 

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66. Rachelle Gardner

Rachelle Gardner’s blog is one of the most popular literary agent resources for a reason: she’s passionate about working with writers and stays updated on what’s happening on both sides of the desk. You’ll find advice about partnering with an agent who’s a good fit for you, what to include in your book proposal, writing a query letter, how book royalties work and more.

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Marketing for writers


67. Mirasee

Running a successful writing career means embracing the business and marketing side of being a writer. With the help of Danny Iny’s site, you’ll tackle both with ease. His fantastic resources for guest blogging, advertising, SEO, branding, marketing and more are sure to give you an edge up when it comes to making sales. 

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68. Jessica Lawlor 

Public relations professional and freelance writer Jessica Lawlor is all about getting gutsy: stepping outside your comfort zone to reach your goals and live a life that makes you truly happy. As the founder of the Get Gutsy blog and community, Jessica’s website and newsletter are filled with inspiration, ideas and action items to help you #GetGutsy and step outside your comfort zone.

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69. Kikolani 

Kristi Hines is a blogging powerhouse, and her site documents her marketing strategies, guest blogging methods and social media tips for writers and professional bloggers. She also discusses the best digital tools for publishing, productivity and content marketing. 

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70. Michael Hyatt

Marketing expert Michael Hyatt shares advice on everything from blogging to publishing, and his goal is “to help leaders leverage their influence” by managing their platforms. Read his blog for advice on productivity, goal setting, social media and traditional publishing.

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71. Social Triggers

Derek Halpern mixes psychology and social behavior to develop marketing and pricing ideas that will knock your socks off. His no-nonsense attitude will go a long way toward helping you make more sales, price products based on value and become a profitable freelancer.

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72. The Story of Telling

Marketing does not come easily for many writers, but selling your work is all part of making a living as a writer. Bernadette Jiwa is a bestselling business author who shares how to create meaningful work, embrace marketing and tell your best story.

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73. Writing Happiness

To sell books, novels and products, you have to build a readership of loyal followers, and that’s where Marya comes in. She’s in her fourth year of business and shares her personal experiences, tips and ideas for gaining blog subscribers who become buyers. 

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74. A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing

Author Joe Konrath has published 24 novels and sold millions of books, giving him the experience to create a must-read blog. If you write mysteries, thrillers, horror or sci-fi, you’ll find a ton of helpful advice for writing, editing and publishing your novel.

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75. Better Novel Project 

Have you ever wanted to deconstruct a popular novel to learn how authors create bestsellers? Christine Frazier explores common elements in popular novels, draws conclusions from her findings and creates a master outline for a “better novel.” She offers insights on plot analysis, creating excitement in your novels, word counts and character development.

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76. Blots & Plots

Jenny Bravo, founder of Blots & Plots, focuses on writers and their stories. Through her personal anecdotes and writing advice, you’ll find encouraging ways to bring your story to life and publish your work. Readers love her #TATM series (These Are The Moments), where she details the journey of writing her novel. 

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77. Dean Wesley Smith 

A professional writer for more than 40 years, Dean Wesley Smith has published independently and traditionally. In addition to the valuable editing, craft and productivity advice in his blog posts, make sure to read the comments — they often offer even more helpful information.

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78. Diversity in YA

Authors Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon founded Diversity in YA to celebrate young adult books about diverse characters and subject matter and “to bring attention to books and authors that might fall outside the mainstream.” Read their posts for conversational, nuanced takes on diversity in the publishing industry.

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79. Goins, Writer

Author Jeff Goins has written and published multiple books, and he’s on a mission to help writers tell better stories. Along with building his career as a successful writer, he’s established a community that helps answer questions like “What does it really take to get published?” and “How do successful writers make a living?” His free 31-day writing challenge is also popular.

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80. Helping Writers Become Authors

K.M. Weiland’s site features hundreds of posts about writing, publishing, marketing and other fiction-related topics. If you need help crafting a captivating story, exploring the psychology behind the inspiration, and following through till publication, this site is for you.

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81. How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book

Mary Carroll Moore shares weekly tips and techniques on how to structure, create, write and sell your first manuscript — whether it’s a novel, memoir or nonfiction book. She also offers writing classes to help writers hone their craft and navigate the publishing process. 

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82. Indies Unlimited

Created to help independent authors write, publish and promote their work, Indies Unlimited is run by a team of writers and publishing industry professionals. With a nearly overwhelming number of posts, tutorials, lists of low-cost books and writing prompts, there’s lots for writers to explore.

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83. Jane Friedman 

With more than 15 years of experience in publishing, including work with Writer’s Digest, Jane Friedman focuses on moving from writing as a hobby into creating a full-fledged digital publishing career. She shares tips on storytelling, writing techniques and finding your creative inspiration.

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84. Lisa Romeo Writes 

While many TWL readers highlighted the wonderful Friday Fridge Clean Out features, Lisa Romeo also shares posts, interviews and writerly opinion pieces. She writes candidly about what it means to be a writer, from submissions and editing to getting published and dealing with rejection.

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85. Live Write Thrive

Author and editor C.S. Lakin’s blog provides valuable writing tips and editing advice for fiction writers. In addition to focusing on the craft of writing, Live Write Thrive helps writers with their publishing and marketing strategy. If you’re writing a novel in 2015, be sure to check out this site.

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86. Novel Publicity 

Regardless of whether you choose traditional or self-publishing, the Novel Publicity team’s blog offers helpful advice on craft, marketing and publishing. With posts offering writing tips, social media strategy, publishing techniques and more, you’re sure to learn something new each time you visit.

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87. Pub(lishing) Crawl

Run by a group of authors and publishing industry professionals, this site shares advice on writing craft, publishing and marketing, as well as interviews with authors, illustrators and literary agents. The popular “Question of the Month” series is fun to follow as well.

Post you’ll like: Writing Out of Order


88. Steve Scott’s Site

If you want practical ideas on how to sell your books on Amazon and make a living from your writing, you need to read Steve Scott’s blog. The successful Amazon Kindle publisher offers proven strategies and case studies of his publishing experiments to help other writers learn from his efforts. You’ll appreciate his transparent analysis and income reporting for the real numbers and results he shares. 

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89. Terribleminds

Although NSFW (not safe for work), Chuck Wendig’s blog is spot-on and funny. He writes about what it really means to be a writer, author and storyteller, without bothering to be politically correct. Having published both traditionally and on his own, he offers interesting, nuanced comments on publishing industry trends and debates.

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90. The Book Deal 

Alan Rinzler has worked in traditional publishing for more than 40 years. His blog is an in-depth look at how to write an attention-getting book proposal, land a literary agent, market your book and otherwise succeed in traditional publishing.

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91. The Book Designer

With a background in book design, advertising and layout, Joel Friedlander shares guidance on how to make sure your book looks its best. He touches upon marketing and writing, but readers flock for his advice on cover design and self-publishing, which is detailed and authoritative. Check out his Ebook Cover Design Awards for inspiration for your next ebook cover.

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92. The Passive Voice

Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in self- and indie publishing from the perspective of a lawyer who specializes in these topics. Before diving into the world of being a published author, David Vandagriff (aka Passive Guy) will help you arm yourself with the information you’ll need to succeed. 

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93. The Review Review

If you’re interested in literary magazines, check out The Review Review. It assists writers to better target their submissions to literary magazines by interviewing representatives and analyzing past issues of various publications. The site also offers a classifieds section of magazines looking for submissions. 

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94. Warner Coaching

Brooke Warner, a publisher and author, is dedicated to demystifying the business of book publishing. She works to give writers the confidence and information they need to publish well and self-promote with confidence. 

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Writing Communities


95. A Writer’s Bucket List 

A Writer’s Bucket List is a place for writers who think outside the box, have a sense of humor and enjoy connecting with quirky, like-minded peers. Created by author Dana Sitar, the site features articles from writers in the community, as well as experts who share topics on blogging, freelancing and storytelling. 

Post you’ll like: Be Picky, Get Paid to Promote Yourself, and Build Your Dream Career


96. Fantasy Faction

Fantasy Faction’s discussion forums are invaluable for inspiration and discussion of every aspect of good fantasy writing. They also feature interviews and industry news for fantasy fans.

Post you’ll like: Fantasy Makes History Cool


97. Kboards

Kboards is a site devoted to all things Kindle and has become a powerhouse community for Kindle authors and publishers. This all-inclusive site will keep you updated on the latest Amazon Kindle news, KDP changes and how you can make a living selling ebooks.


98. She Writes

Founded by author Kamy Wicoff, She Writes is a community for people who write — yes, men are welcome! With more than 20,000 active members from around the world, you’re bound to find interesting discussions of writing craft, marketing strategies, publishing advice and more.

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99. Wattpad 

Wattpad is a community of more than 35 million users writing, reading and sharing stories — all for free. Want to share a short story that’s tangential to your novel? Or tempt readers with an excerpt from your upcoming book? This might be the platform for you.

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100. Writer’s Carnival

Writer’s Carnival draws many novelists wanting to receive useful critiques through prompts and challenges. Explore poetry, flash fiction, short stories and writing contests in this community for writers.

Which sites do you regularly read and find helpful as a writer? Are there any other sites you think should be on this list?

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  1. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for including All Indie Writers. I’m happy to see some of my own favorites here like Elizabeth Spann Craig, Joel Friedman, and Sophie Lizard. And I’m even happier to see a handful of blogs I hadn’t come across yet. Thanks for adding to my reading list! 🙂

  3. It’s an honor. Thank you! 🙂


  4. Would be useful to add a few British writing coaches! Like me. I lecture in journalism at two London universities and work via Skype for anyone outside the UK who wants to get published.

    • Hi Susan, I’m a Brit :), although not a writing coach. I cover blogging extensively. Also Ali Luke is a British writing coach, and I’m sure there are others on the list under different guises.

      Heather, Carrie and the team, thank you so much for including me. I’m honoured to be here.

  5. Thanks so much for including me again this year. May 2015 be a great writing year!

  6. I am honored that you included WritingThoughts on the list this year. Thanks so much.

    I look forward to going through the list and discovering some new favorite blogs.

    Happy writing everyone.

  7. Wow, that is a massive list. Thanks for sharing, and thank you very much for including Indies Unlimited. We’re honored.

  8. Thanks so much for including KidLit411 on your list! We’re very honored! 🙂

  9. I admit, I thought there’d be a section on diversity and cultural sensitivity in writing. I can think of tons of blogs that address these topics!

    • Great point, Liz. Several of these sites discuss issues of diversity and cultural sensitivity occasionally (Terribleminds and Scratch, for example), but we only included one with that specific focus (Diversity in YA).

      We’ll keep that in mind for next year — though we’ll have to figure out how to make room! — and I’d love to hear your suggestions. You can reach me at heather AT thewritelife DOT com.

      TWL Assistant Editor

  10. GET. OUT. OMG I didn’t even know I was nominated holy crap thanks!!!!!! 1

  11. Wonderful list. There are a lot of new sites that I learned about today. I appreciate the time you put into compiling this every year. And thank you for including Writer’s Carnival. It’s an honour. #WriteOn!


  12. This is a great list! I was happy to see that I already follow a lot of blogs mentioned. It’d be great if, next time, some writing challenges were included such as NaNoWriMo, 12 x 12 (12 Picture Books in 12 Months by Julie Hedlund, ReViMo, my own Chapter Book Challenge (ChaBooCha) and many others.

  13. I’m seeing lots of familiar blogs! Congrats to all the winners!

  14. So honored to see Writers Helping Writers on this list. I imagine this is a tremendous amount of work for you guys, and I thank you for doing it as it’s terrific to have such a useful reference like this at my fingertips!

    Angela Ackerman

  15. I would like to include KidLitTV on this list.

  16. Hey Carrie,

    Many thanks on behalf of Jon and the rest of the Boost Blog Traffic team for including us on your list.

    We feel very privileged to make the Top 3. 🙂

    Keep up the good work!


    Glen (Managing Editor).

  17. Thank you for including Better Novel Project on this list! I’m honored to be in such amazing company. 🙂


  18. *whew* calming down…yes, all the ones I nominated made it! So incredibly honored to be among my peers and mentors.

  19. Thank you so much for including me for a second year in a row! I am honored to be amongst such great company.

  20. Pleased to see the blog of my agent, Rachelle Gardner, included in the list. She does indeed care about writers, and not just her clients.
    Thanks for this post.

  21. It’s an honor to have Romance University included in your top 100 list – thanks so much! And what great company we keep…=) Much thanks to The Write Life!

  22. Thank you so much for including my blog in the Craft list! I’m honored to be included with so many of my favorite blogs. 🙂

    I can’t imagine how much work it is to develop this list each year. Thank you so much for everything you do!

    • You’re welcome, Jami — I loved your newest post about hitting milestones!

      Putting the list together is a lot of work — all thanks goes to writer Carrie Smith on that front — but it’s a labor of love. Thank you for reading!

      TWL Assistant Editor

  23. Thank you so much for adding LittleZotz Writing to the list! This means SO much to me. You have no idea. <3

    Official "thank you" here:

    And congrats to all the other winners!!

  24. Thanks for including me on this list! It’s a great resource for bloggers and writers alike! 🙂

  25. A great and informative list! I just want to also mention This is a fresh and modern site for creative fiction/story writing (with collaborative story invitations and tools) and holding creative writing challenges. It has Great UI and collaborative atmosphere with a young community of writers. For those who who enjoy writing fiction/stories should check it out and instill some influence there!

  26. I can always count on The Write Life to deliver the best of the best for writers. This is a wonderful list, and everyone on it should be so proud of themselves!

  27. Great round-up. Bucket list item to make the list next year;-)

  28. What a fantastic list. Thrilled to be on it. Thanks for including The International Freelancer!

  29. Great list! Thanks for compiling.

  30. So many great sites here, and many from colleagues I recognize! I’d like to humbly put my site into the hat, as it not only addresses creative legacy, but also has a category for The Art of Writing. Online and live workshops, free resources for creatives, and consulting for writers are forthcoming to add to the mix this year. Again, thanks for the terrific list!

  31. PSYCHED! So excited to be included on this list. Thanks guys 😀

    Phase one of world domination: complete.

  32. Thank you very much for this list. It’s much appreciated.

  33. Janice Hardy says:

    Thank you so much! I’m honored to be listed among so many fantastic writers and bloggers.

  34. Wonderful to be included in such a great and diverse list. Thank you! And now I have about thirty new web sites I discovered by going through your list I need to go check out.

    A wonderful job you did here.

  35. YEAH, BABY! Great list! (And thank you for the honor, Carrie!)

    Really thrilled to check out some of these and recommend to our audience as well. Brilliant!

  36. Hi. I’d like to suggest for consideration Flash Fiction Chronicles. This site is focuses on flash fiction but offers essays by writers on all aspects of writing. It’s been around for about six years. The managing editor is Jim Harrington who is doing a wonderful job.

  37. Thank you for this list! Looking forward to visiting each and every website. Now I’ll never get any writing done! 🙂

  38. Jane Merkley says:

    I didn’t see here as a writer website. This website is filled with fellow-writer made contests with rewards like virtual gift points and merit badges to show off. Also, so many people here are willing to review your writing and give you honest feed back. My writing has much approved because of this site and the valuable resources it offers!

    • Thanks for sharing your experience, Jane! It was tough to get down to just 100 websites, but it’s great to see readers sharing their favorites in the comments as well.

      TWL Assistant Editor

  39. Wow, great list! I love the way you added a “post to read” it gives me something to bite into! Thanks for doing this work, now I can bookmarks this for reading 😉

  40. Thanks very much for including my site, and kudos to everyone listed here for providing the education and resources writers need. Here’s to a great 2015!

    (Also note, it’s “Friedlander” not “Friedman”.)

    • Joel — I’m so sorry for misspelling your name! I’ve fixed it, and apologize for not catching that during editing.

      Thank you for sharing so many valuable resources for writers, and all the best in 2015!

      TWL Assistant Editor

  41. Fantastic list! I shared it. And, I know I’m biased…but where is Writers In The Storm? I’d love to see us up here next year. 🙂

    Now I’m off to read.

  42. Wow! What a list! This is a page I’ll return to again and again. Thank you.

  43. Can you add my blog to the list?

  44. George Mulvaney says:

    I opened this late. Great list! I’m amazed at how many of these I’m currently already reading. Hmmm. Maybe that explains why it’s been so hard to finish my book. Of course, I shared this with my facebook friends. Thanks for posting!

  45. Thank you so much for including me the second year in a row! I’m super-excited and looking forward to meeting some new writing bloggers, too! xo

  46. Great list, Carrie. I’m a big fan of a lot of these, and my aim is to be worthy of being included in future lists.

  47. What a great list! I can see resources I have used but there’s some there I havn’t yet and can’t wait to sink my teeth into.

    Thanks so much for the time you put into this!

  48. Hi Carrie,

    Thanks so much for including our interview with Joanna Penn – The Creative Penn – in here! It’s such a fantastic list and an great resource for writers.

    Things are changing fast at Reedsy! Here’s to a great 2015


  49. Carrie, congrats to all of the winners! I have a few great friends on this list… happy to see them rocking it out AND being noticed. Happy to tweet this to spread the word!


  50. Thank you! 🙂 I am so honored to be on the list again this year. What an exciting way to kick off 2015! Can’t wait to check out the others on this list.

  51. Delighted and surprised to be here because I’d totally lost track of this list. Glad to be on it and glad to remember it.

    Thanks so much.

  52. Thanks for the list! I am learning so much. Writing for years and finally found a site FILLED with REAL resources I can use to get serious about my passion for The Write Life.

  53. Next year Wordslingr is TOTALLY going to make this list!

    Great job on the list, guys. Extremely useful stuff here.

  54. Great list! Thanks!

    Sandra Beckwith

  55. Wow! that’s an amazingly helpful list! I came across a bunch of these blogs and websites before but it’s great to see a so huge writers’ selection 🙂 I’ll probably spend all year discovering all the great publications from all these links and share them with our authors at @narcissus.



  56. Austin_Colab says:

    Dollar signs next to the pay sites would be nice (like Writer’s Carnival), also the list is a little light on writing communities where you can, on occasion, get good feedback on flash work. Reddit/r/writingprompts comes to mind and GoodReads can be a very useful site for writers as well. Write On by Kindle is in beta, so maybe worth mentioning.

  57. I was wondering if I can provide a list of the categories here and a link to this site on my blog. I see that one can share via Twitter (which I’ve done) and Facebook, but my blog is where most writers, and bloggers for writers, follow me. As there is no option to “reblog,” I thought I should ask for permission before providing information about this post on my blog. If you give me permission to do so, please let me know what information I need to include (e.g., author’s name, date published, link to this post, mention of The Write Life and link to About page, etc.).

    Thank you.

    • Thanks for your interest in sharing the list, Connie! We’d love for you to share it on your blog as a short excerpt or list of the categories with a link to the full post here. Thanks for checking!

      TWL Assistant Editor

  58. Just wanted to thank you for posting this list. I’ve been using it as a reference for the last week or so and it’s been very useful as a writing resource. I need to join more writing communities to improve my craft.

    Heather, do you think guest blogging is a bad idea nowadays? I’ve been getting mixed messages from various sites. Some say it’s good, others state it’s akin to SEO spam. It’s definitely something I want to try but don’t want to get penalized by the big G for doing it. Thoughts?

  59. What an awesome list. Thank you!

  60. One site that I think should be up there is . They have excellent customer service and really help indie authors build a community. It’s still a rather young company, so it’s not perfect, but they address issues quickly and listen to their authors. The more TS grows the stronger the concept will be, so I’d really like to see it take off.

    Thank you for this wonderful collection of sites. This is such a great resource!

  61. You should consider adding Author.Pub to this list.

  62. This is a great list, and I’m excited to check out some of these resources. I was surprised at the absence of Janet Reid’s blog. That’s one I don’t miss. (Unless I somehow missed it on the list?)

  63. This is indeed a great list of all the writing resources out there. CopyBlogger, DailyWritingTips and Smart Passive Income are my favorite one from these. Bookmarked this page for future access.

    John Miller

  64. Wow, such an awesome list! I hope to see my website up next year.

  65. I always use WRITEABILITY. Would love to see that one featured!

  66. I just bookmarked this post. This for sure is something I will visit over and over again. I even pressed this to my site and recommended other writers to read. This is something a writer shouldn’t miss.

  67. I just bookmarked this post. This for sure is something I will visit over and over again. I even pressed this to my site ( and recommended other writers to read. This is something a writer shouldn’t miss.

  68. This is the best list I’ve seen and just found it in June of 2015.

    As a new blogger, having a resource available like this not only helps me establish a goal to aspire for with my blog, but also to learn from great writers such as you have here.

    I’m bookmarking it and will be coming back to it many, many times.

    Thanks for compiling and sharing!

  69. zakir whosane says:

    ma’am heather…!
    i am coming all the way from india (dharampur, amnour, saran, bihar)…just to say hello! and CONGRATULATE you for googling everything needed by amateur and professional writers to our finger tips…! thank you, thank you very much indeed!
    ma’am, i may be amateur but make no mistake, i am here to stay and eventually make our mother earth…a better place to LIVE – IN.
    zakir hussain…zakir whosane.

  70. Thanks for getting all these websites together in one place. Though the Writing Community list is missing one website that has helped me a lot it’s called InkedVoices. InkedVoices is a great writing community where you join critique groups in order to get feedback on your writing, and give feedback. I joined recently and it’s helped me feel better as a writer and the people there have a lot of helpful advice.

  71. Gosh, I have a lot of tabs open now! Thanks a lot for this list, I was looking for some websites to follow in the freelance writer niche, this makes it a lot easier. Sucks I can’t follow all of them! Don’t want my inbox to be flooded!

  72. Hi Carrie,

    Thank you so much for your brilliant list on 100 best websites. This is a great resource that will help writers worldwide make their dreams a reality. I need to follow these sites to make my writing and site more attractive.

    Again thank you for this awesome resources.

    Kind Regards
    Yasin Rishad

  73. Great list!

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  75. Wonderful stuff

  76. Hi Carrie,

    Thank you so much for sharing. I am an old money struggling to earn money online for a living.

    I try to make use of the info you have given.

    God bless you.


  77. Very interesting. Keep sending me updates. I will work with you

  78. Thanks for this wonderful and unique list. There are many sites in your list that I have never heard of. Keep posting stuff like this and help the writers like me!

  79. Great list! I am looking for more writing jobs and this is a great place to start.

  80. This is a useful list. Do you know any website/blog that focuses mainly on programming or that are only tech related? All Indie Writers has some tech sites featured in their writer’s market but its a very small amount.

  81. I can’t believe watt pad is at number 99 it should be #1

  82. Great list with some of my favorites 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    You should check out my website “Indie Author Advocate”

    A relatively new website featuring original articles for authors and writers. I am also an illustrator and design book covers, some have been featured in “The Guardian”. I also have a beta reader sign up page that has authors helping authors.

    Come take a look at my articles and artwork, you will love my website 🙂

  83. Great list! Writing is passion for many people. But to survive in life is also important. So lately many websites has provided very good platform to follow your passion. At the same time earn some money as well. This list is great. I just want to add one more website which has become bridge between businesses and writers. is very good community of such.

  84. Wow! This is amazing! Thanks so much for posting this. I’m definitely going to be bookmarking this one!

  85. Informative article for newbies. Thank you for sharing helpful information.

  86. Bang2Write ( and Go Into The Story Blacklist blog ( Definitely should both be in the top 10 for screenwriting!

  87. That’s really informative and nice, eventhough it’s so long haha. Thanks for sharing !

  88. I believe those are the best. And I would also add


  90. Thanks so much for putting together this list. Going through all the sites listed is a writer’s education in itself. If nothing else – it also serves as a nudge that writers should have a web presence!

  91. This is an awesome resource for budding writers. What I like about this list is that it is vetted by the experts.

    This is important because in any endeavor in life, one needs to be careful about who is giving the advice.

    The fact that this resource is vetted give me and no doubt budding authors the confidence that the resources included are top quality.

  92. This list is amazing ! You should also try StoriesCity’s writing community at

  93. Great list, Carrie! Thank you for the share.

  94. Very good list Carrie, thank you!

  95. ritabrata ghosh says:

    thank you for sharing….

  96. I’ve spent a lot of time putting together my blog. There’s tons of tips for self-publishers and aspiring writers. I would love to be added to your 2016 best blogs for writers list.

  97. Nice list.

  98. Great list Carrie, thanks for your effort, I have already checked some of theem. Seem reliable Best regards

  99. Great! Articel! Also you can add new awesome publishing platform like watpad —

  100. Thanks for sharing this. Truly worth reading.

  101. Booksie is another wonderful online community for writers – much like Wattpad, but definitely a step down in terms of U.I. and layout. I have been a member for over seven years, and still posting! Community is one of the best that there is, in my opinion. They have also released a sister-site that users over the age of 18 are automatically registered for, as well, called BooksieSilk – which is exclusively erotica, adult romance, and other mature themed content.

    I’ve just signed up for Figment, too. Not too familiar with it, as of yet, but it seems very fun and free-spirited. Content seems to focus around user-administrated contests and prompts, which can help when you are out of ideas or suffering from writers’ block.

    Quotev is excellent for teens and young adults and features options to post polls, quizzes, as well as short stories and novels. Most of the audience and community is under the age of eighteen, but there are of course exceptions – myself, included! You won’t receive as good critiquing as on other sites, but the fan-base is very devoted – and falls hard for good fan-fiction or Y/A supernatural thriller/horror.

  102. Lots of good ideas. Thanks.

  103. This is so amazing. Bookmarked it right away!!

    Best read for the day yet. 🙂

  104. Jaclyn M. says:

    I truly feel that you missed both Bad Redhead Media and 10 Minute Novelists

  105. Novelist Warren Adler has an inspiring writer’s community called WRITERS OF THE WORLD:

  106. Vikas Chawla says:

    Thanks for sharing this excellent list. I have keenly started following problogger and procrastiwriter as I start on my journey as an author. I also come across Notion Press, which seems to have interesting resources, especially on how to write & market your book –

  107. This is one of the best blog post i found ever about writers, thx dude.

  108. Thank you sharing this great list. I will definitely try some of this online writing websites.

  109. Wow, this a super extensive list. Do you know if they have any courses out for people who want to learn how to write blogs and are assigned mentors? I have been looking for ages but with no success.

  110. hey, there’s a new forum which focuses on mystery, myths, aliens,legends and space.
    i hope you guys will find it interesting. Enjoy!!

  111. Thanks for these! I also recommend checking out these:

    The Golden Cricket (YA Fantasy author, Amie Irene Winters’ blog): The articles are also housed on her website:

    Susan Dennard (Steampunk Fantasy author, Susan Dennard’s blog):

    Hope that helps!

  112. I’ve been your fateful subscriber for a while now. Some things on the list are among my favorites already; reading them upgrades my online time. It is good that there are people out there who make it their business to share away useful information and practical advices. It does make [writing] life easier. Thank you.

  113. Thanks for sharing this great list. I will definitely try some of this online money making websites. Currently I am using Regage. Redgage is the best website to make money by blog writing, product reviews and photo sharing.

  114. This is a huge list of resources. Really useful. I know I’ve been on at least 10 of the websites mentioned but there are a lot mroe to explore. Thanks!

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  117. Hey thanks for the blog, very informative, it should help in my personal statement writing I do for my students. Cheers 🙂

  118. That is an incredible list. I thought I was familiar with all of the major writing communities, but Writer’s Carnival was a new one for me!

    I would recommend that those who are looking for a specific poetry writing community check out Forage Poetry Forum – – they’re focused on constructive critique in a supportive environment.

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  128. Jordan Davis says:

    Thank you! I hope i’ll be able to find websites where I can just find warmth of heart and friendship with other writers!

  129. Thanks a lot for sharing such a wide list of websites for writers to get started. These websites will help a lot of writers to get started with blogging. I would also like to add one another website call which is a community of writers to share their write-ups such as poems.
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