If you’re anything like me, you may often find yourself wondering what the top sites are for writers out in the vast world wide web. There are quite a few to choose from, and I’m pretty sure everyone will have their own views on what would be in their list. And I think sharing ideas and resources is a fantastic way to support one another in writing and reading communities! So, without further ado, here we go ~
I know what you’re thinking. “But Meghan, that sounds like a site for readers, not for writers!” Touché, friend. But fear not! Goodreads is an excellent resource for writers, precisely because it is a great resource for readers. Writers need to read, to see what’s popular, to understand what the market is like, especially for the genres in which they write. Goodreads can help you see the kinds of books people like to read, which is helpful, because it can help you find good comparison titles for your own work.
It’s also a great place to talk with others about books, storylines, and plots of the books you love, which is all a great learning experience to see what works (and what doesn’t), and apply those lessons to your own writing.
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2. Hyphen Craft
Jennifer Johnson-Blalock founded Hyphen Craft to help writers improve their skills. An email newsletter, blog posts, and editorial services are all resources available here for writers to look through and use. It seems like a really cool site that I’m happy to have found. I am all signed up for the newsletter, and I’m sure I’ll be back at this site often.
Raise your hand if you love NaNoWriMo! Isn’t it great? Besides the fun of writing alongside bunches of folks eagerly sucking down lattes and pouring their hearts into their screens for a solid month together, they also have quite a bustling forum section of the site where people can ask all sorts of questions. Topics range from “what type of pet might a secret agent have at home?” to “how fast does a cherry pie mold when left out on a table?” Helping each other fill plot holes, get inspired, and meet those word goals – that’s what NaNoWriMo does best.
Scribophile lets you read and critique others’ work, as well as post your work and receive critiques. It’s a really helpful community. Having others read our work is usually the very best way we can grow as writers. We need to know if we forgot that we left Leonard in the cow field when the alien spaceship landed while we were busy getting Katarina back to the International Space Station to save humanity, and other readers are the best people to spot those kinds of things. A supportive critique community is highly beneficial to the writing process, so I definitely recommend you check this one out.
Creativity Portal has been around for ages! I can’t believe I’ve only recently found them. There are so many articles and writing prompts. It’d be easy to wander around for ages finding all kinds of creative inspiration. And I plan to do just that!
I hope you found this quick list helpful! If you have any suggestions of your own for amazing writing resources, feel free to link them below in the comments. Have an awesome day!