best writing sites
The Blots and Plots blog instructs writers to stay in the habit of writing, targeting specific problems and demonstrating how it’s possible to write a novel even with a full-time job.
Run by C. S. Lakin, an accomplished novelist, copyeditor, and writing coach, Live Write Thrive provides a wealth of information from proficient guest bloggers with the intent to instruct, motivate, and encourage aspiring and veteran writers alike.
Plain and simple, this is a group of people who want to help each other become better writers. On Writing Cooperative, you will find articles that cover just about every aspect of the writing life. They also have monthly writing challenges to keep you incentivized, and there’s even a space where you can submit your own article to the blog!
An experienced author of historical adventures, short stories, and popular books for writers, David Gaughran is one of the definitive writing experts out there. His eponymous blog contains plenty of info on marketing and self-publishing, plus workshops to help aspiring authors. And similar to Writer Beware, he’s the noble opposition of online publishing scams and scammers — so if you’re frustrated by these issues, you’ll discover a blissfully sympathetic voice on his blog.
One of the largest libraries of stories on the internet, primarily teen-focused. Mostly novel or novella length content here. Because the audience size is so huge, feedback levels are hit or miss. It is definitely possible to build a big and meaningful audience here as there are many “stars” on the site who have huge followings with millions of reads.
One of the largest fanfiction archives. This is largely considered the second best to Archive of Our Own now, but it still wins out in activity in certain fandoms. Most people coming to this site are interested in fanfiction, so just like with Archive of Our Own, only post here if you are posting fanfiction. Many of the same warnings and advice for Archive of Our Own are also true for Fanfiction.net.
Wattpad — The largest online reading platform, Wattpad is considered the YouTube of writing because it allows authors to share their work with the world. Well-known writers such as Margaret Atwood and Cory Doctorow even post their work here. Teens can find and follow their favorite authors and release their own works as serial novels. Access to an audience in the millions — the site has 25 million members, and that number is always growing — has led to big-name book deals for successful Wattpad authors.
One Teen Story — Direct kids here to introduce them to the nonprofit’s monthly magazine. Each issue features one short story about the teen experience, usually from a known young adult author. Teens drawn to the short story form can also submit their work for consideration in an annual issue that features a story written by a teen for teens.
This selection represents this year’s creativity-centric websites for writers. These websites fuel out-of-the-box thinking and help writers awaken their imaginations.
Here, “creativity expert” Michael Michalko shares creative exercises, thought experiments and explanations of the workings of your brain. Be sure to check out the archives for references to innovative techniques and processes from famous thinkers like Einstein and Darwin.