This week, I want to share a few blogs designed to help writers become better writers. I read them regularly because, well, I want to improve my writing craft.
Since many of you follow our writing craft posts here on Indie Plot Twist, I know you’ll be interested in and helped by these blogs, too.
The following list is in no way comprehensive. In fact, it barely scratches the surface of what’s available. But I have read these blogs long enough to know the information they share is invaluable.
Most of them post daily. Most of them also feature posts on character development, story development, and all the other things we as writers can’t get enough of.
5 Must Read Blogs
I can’t choose a favorite because that varies from day to day.
So I’m presenting them in alphabetical order. That gets me off the hook with them, too! No hard feelings, right?
Better Novel Project–Christine Frazier studies story structure one index card at a time by deconstructing three popular YA series (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight) to see how they’re put together. Her blog includes her Master Outline. You don’t have to write YA and you don’t even need to like outlining to get excellent help on setting up your story. There’s so much to learn and it’s presented in such a friendly and conversational style that you should check it out. Christine posts roughly once a week. For you fellow artists out there, Christine draws her own illustrations. They are worth the visit on their own.
Helping Writers Become Authors–Multi-faceted author K. M. Weiland writes this blog. She focuses heavily on story structure but also talks about character arcs, scene structure, and related topics. Her posts draw heavily on the movies for examples of what to do–and what not to do–when it comes to writing your novel. She also has a couple of books on writing that are Amazon bestsellers (Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel) and are on my reading list for books about writing. New posts are published roughly twice a week.
Live Write Thrive–C. S. Lakin is the author and editor of this blog. She covers a variety of topics. Her current series is The Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing and the current topic is show, don’t tell. You really can’t afford not to check it out. Lakin is a novelist, a copy editor, and a writing coach, among other things. She also teaches at workshops and conferences around the country. She posts every two to three days.
The Write Practice–This blog presents a homework assignment with each post. A recent post on the lies writers believe concluded with an admonition to spend 15 minutes working on a current work-in-progress. Readers are encouraged to post their assignments for feedback from other readers. Tutorials are available in four categories (short story, characterization, grammar, and interviews). Several writers contribute regularly and posts are published almost every day.
Write to Done–Mary Jaksch is the chief editor and she believes anyone can learn to write better. While some posts are dedicated to the craft of writing, most focus on the background of writing such as developing good writing habits, finding topics, and “designing” your writing for maximum readability. As you might already have guessed, she’s writing for all writers, not just novelists. Even so, it’s worth a read.
What about you? Do you follow any writing how-to blogs? What’s your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.