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18 Great Sites For Fiction Writers

1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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.

10. 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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11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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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15. 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.

16. 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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17. 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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18. 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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