My Top Twenty Websites for Writers


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I don’t know about you, but I rely on the expertise of other writers and bloggers. I have collected an array of blogs that are my go-to resources for writing advice, critiques, editing, grammar, writing prompts, research, publishing, and blogging.

I’m sure you have your favored sites, but I thought I would share with you my top 20 websites for writers. Enjoy and if you have one, you think my readers, or I would like them, please pass the link on in the comment section below.

  1. Fiction University with Janice Hardy – one of all time favorite resources on writing.
  2. WOW- Women on Writing – designed to support women writers through all stages of writing.
  3. Live Write Thrive with CS Lakin – copywriter, editor, and writing coach.
  4. Writer Unboxed – all about the writing of fiction.
  5. The Review Review – a source for all writers interested in submitting to literary magazines; read reviews and interviews with the editors, her.
  6. Mash Stories – started out as a competition site, now a platform.
  7. Every Writer’s Resource – Literary Magazine with all kinds of resources for the writer.
  8. Now Novel– a structured method to help anyone write a novel.
  9. Story Medic – professional editing blog.
  10. Crimespree Magazine – an award-winning print magazine that covers all aspects of crime fiction writing.
  11. Melissa Sugar Writes: Have You Heard -if you love legal thrillers, Melissa is your gal.
  12. The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog – Markets for mystery and crime short fiction.
  13. Crime Writer Sue Coletta – A crime writer’s resource.
  14. The Memoir Writing Club – Mentors and courses for those interested in memoir writing.
  15. Sister’s in Crime – With chapters all over the US, this organization’s mission is the recognition, advancement, and development of women crime writers.
  16. One Stop for Writers – the library of resources for storytellers and writers.
  17. No Rules, Just Write – CJ Lyons – Pediatric ER Doctor turned thriller writer.
  18. Writer’s Digest – both print and online magazine with every resource the writer may need.
  19. Mystery Writers of America – open to the public, this organization is for crime writers (all levels).
  20. Freelance Writing – Everything you need to know to get started and more.


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59 thoughts on “My Top Twenty Websites for Writers

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  3. When I started writing, I never dreamed there would be so much to learn–or that it would be so much work (that darned, four-letter word). Another thing that amazes me in the writing world is the number of “How To” books and websites on the subject. Resources are readily at our finger tips and you can define your search to find just the information you need.

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  4. Most of the time, Sheila, I think writing about writing is a waste of time. You, however, have compiled an essential reference resource. Well done and thank you.

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    • Thank you Dermott. I’m glad you liked the list of resources. I’m curious, Why is writing about writing a waste of time? When I began, a few years ago, I was as hungry for information about the craft as a baby for her bottle. Resources from others and the tips were helpful. I’ll admit, I prefer writing stories; the Cow Pasture is about the journey of writing (mine) and it’s one I like to share. Perhaps, a newbie out there in cyber world, will find a bit of information to help them. I’m grateful for all my readers and look forward to reading their thoughts on issues. Thanks for contributing to the conversation and for stopping by the pasture.

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      • It is both disingenuous and hypocritical of me to say it’s a waste of time. I’ve done it myself. I did a series of blogs recently about criticism, advising people to embrace and learn from it. Nothing you read about writing can teach you to be a writer, without writing, writing and more writing. I learned to write in a hard knocks way as a freelance journalist. If I couldn’t sell my story, I didn’t get paid, I got hungry. Hunger, it is said, is a fine sauce. And that’s why I thought your list is excellent, too because it’s short on the fluff type sites – the read-me-write-a-bestseller types – and packed with practical information.

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        • I appreciate your honesty. I, on occasion, write opinion pieces for other online magazines, journals, and newspapers. Honestly, I would like to do more. I like doing those, but love writing stories about the dark side on all of us. Am currently working on a story collection of those. I agree there are many fluff pieces and to be honest, those so strong on rules drive me to frustration. I like to tell stories. We shall see. Thank you so much for sharing your perspective. I look forward to hearing more from you

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  6. So – where are the sites for Women of Colour (WoC) to get promoted? I’m beyond tired of the stereotypical, redundant suggestions to contact Oprah Winfrey to see if I can be featured on her “Book Club,” or wherever she promotes writers these days. The lists that I’ve seen seem to be homogenous, and those are less than helpful to those of us with fiction that crosses genres. For example, I don’t need to change the protagonists or antagonists in my cyber-punk fiction. They are well-crafted, complex, multi-layered individuals: they just aren’t of european descent.

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  8. Very nice list, Sheila. I follow a few of these already. I’m currently writing a mystery series and really enjoy Sue Coletta’s blog. It’s a great resource for mystery-crime writers. I found your blog at Chris the Story Reading Ape’s blog. If interested, my work is listed on my Amazon author page. Thanks for a helpful post!


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