There are so many blogs out there, all asking for a slice of your day. A lot of them are good; really good. How do you choose?
Like most things in life, the absolute best marketing is word-of-mouth. How many times have you gone to a movie or picked up a music CD or book because a friend told you how great it was?
In that spirit, I’m going to share five blogs that I enjoy so much, I follow them. They aren’t the only blogs I follow, but if you’re a writer, if you don’t have a lot of time, and if you want to follow blogs but don’t know where to start, these are good choices.
5 Must Read Blogs
Because I couldn’t pick a favorite one, I’m listing them in alphabetical order.
Advanced Fiction Writing Randy Ingermanson writes this blog. For those who are unfamiliar with Randy, he’s the fellow who developed the snowflake method of story design. It’s a functional, flexible, and fun way to put a story together. He’s even developed software based on the system. Randy also writes monthly e-zine that’s well worth the cost at any price. It just happens to be free and you can sign up here.
Author Media. The focus of this blog is exactly what the name implies: Helping authors navigate media. You’ll find tips on subjects ranging from web hosting services to blogging to crowdfunding and marketing. If you prefer to listen to content, check out NovelMarketing, where Thomas Umstattd, Jr. and James L. Rubart cover many of the same topics in a weekly podcast of 15 to 20 minutes.
Better Novel Project. Christine Frazier began Better Novel Project November 2013, so it’s the newest of today’s recommendations. Christine is studying 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 what she refers to as the Master Outline. Even if you don’t write YA or if you’ve never found much use for outlining, there’s a lot to learn from Better Novel Project.
Funds for Writers isn’t exactly a blog, but it is invaluable to the writer. C. Hope Clark writes this free, weekly newsletter, in which she shares opportunities for writing grants, freelance opportunities and other writing positions, publishers, editors and other information. The best recommendation I can offer is that I found my freelance client via Funds for Writers nearly three years ago. Hope’s weekly column also includes words of wisdom from her experiences as a published author and a column devoted to the success stories of her readers.
The Write Conversation Edie Melson is a writing instructor, a writer, and the go-to person when it comes to helping writers (and others) manage social media. She’s even published an eBook on social media. No matter what she’s writing about, you’ll gain insight, instruction, and encouragement from her blog posts.