Is your mailbox cluttered with newsletters from all the “successful” writers you follow? But are you still getting value from them? Or do most of them sit unopened, victims of your brain’s filtering systems?
When we become too familiar with material, it’s easy to glide over the daily offerings that come our way. The little voice in our head tells us we already know what’s going to be said, so move on to something more interesting.
If this sounds familiar, maybe it’s time to shake your attention out of its habitual reading routines and find some fresh insights and resources. Here are 10 blogs that maybe don’t get all the publicity of the biggie sites, but offer outstanding value for writers.
- #GetGutsy, Jessica Lawlor
Living by the motto “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” Jessica Lawlor’s Get Gutsy site helps writers and entrepreneurs take the necessary risks for pursuing goals. Get inspiration, motivation and practical action plans to step out your comfort zone and fully explore your potential.
- Thecopybot.com, Demian Farnworth
Chief copywriter for Copyblogger, Demian Farnworth’s mission is to create “clear, concise and compelling web content.” In order to rise above the noise from the sheer volume of web sites online, we must write content that search engines and people love. Mr. Farnworth dishes essential web writing advice on how to get the best possible return of investment by creating influential copy.
- Thewritingwhisperer.com, M. Shannon Hernandez
Content strategist, copywriter and coach, Ms. Hernandez instructs on how to find your voice. Through knowing how and what type of content to create, crafting powerful copy and branding with words our personal writing style emerges and evolves into our voice.
Sample: Have You Found Your Brand Voice?
- Itstartswith.com, Sarah Peck
A content strategist and communication specialist with a twist of psychology, Sarah Peck delivers a vast array of essays and resources. From a free 8-week writing course to yoga for beginners’ right through to developing grace and gratitude, this site is a must for any writer looking to develop and deepen their communication skills.
- Erikanapoletano.com, Erika Napoletano
Bust writers block and get unstuck with Erika Napoletano’s brazen insights. An award winning author, Ms. Napoletano taps “the power of unpopularity” to help others get on with the business of being awesome.
- Internationalfreelancersacademy.com, Ed Gandia and Pete Savage
With a straightforward goal of helping others to boost their freelance income for greater professional and personal freedom, Messrs. Gandia and Savage provide online “actionable training.” Develop your business connections with their instruction and resources with strategies you can implement right away.
- Littlezotz.com, Lauren Tharp
Helping writers transition into the lifestyle of a freelancer, Lauren Tharp provides resources and information via weekly blog posts, video answers, and a couple of good ebooks for signing up to her newsletter. Straight up advice from someone living the life.
- Guide To Literary Agents – writersdigest.com, Chuck Sambuchino
Information and instruction on how to find literary agents and agencies, submissions, query letters and publication. Mr. Sambuchino’s blog also provides valuable information on writing advice and the writer’s journey.
Sample: How I Got My Literary Agent
- Writehacked.com, Nick Thacker
Nick Thacker’s blog gives us what we need to know about becoming a successful writer, building a platform, self-publishing and selling your book.
A free creative writing community, writers-network is “a place for writers and poets to share their writing, get constructive feedback and interact with other writers.”
Sample: check out their writer’s forum for peer reviews and critiques.
These 10 blogs are full of valuable content and unique ideas. Check them out and see if they can add a fresh perspective to your writing routines. Have a suggestion to add to the list? Feel free to share it with you comment below!