All writers need a little mental refreshment—a walk in the woods, a quiet drink at a local watering hole, a coffee date with a friend.
Sound nice, don’t they? They’d probably work for Stephen King or any writer from the 19th century—but you live in the social media age and
have a full-time job.
The good news is that if you can’t pull yourself away to enjoy a stroll in a sylvan glade, there are plenty of online destinations that offer inspiration and advice.
You probably know about the more popular sites for writers: Quick and Dirty Tips
But what about these? Take a look, and share your favorites in the comments section.
1. Writer’s Digest.
This site is overflowing with resources for writers of all stripes. From writing prompts to career advice and tips, consider it the writer’s Walmart — or Target, if you prefer. Writer’s Digest also publishes its 101 Best Websites for Writers
. Worth checking out, though most of them are intended for book authors.
2. Son of Bold Venture. Esquire
contributor Chris Jones (whose profile of Roger Ebert
is must-read journalism) offers entertaining tips on writing and observations of the profession. His post on the basics of profile writing is useful for aspiring magazine journalists and internal communication specialists alike.
3. Write to Done.
Tips, tips, and more tips. Leo Babauta and Mary Jaksch are masters who offer their advice on writing and pull from the expertise of others.
4. The Grammarphobia Blog.
Grammar wonks and casual writers alike will find this blog funny, useful, and entertaining. Written in a Q&A format, it’s always relevant and on topic. Here’s an example: “The words ‘so’ and ‘well’ are often the first ones that talking heads utter. … I know they aren’t needed here, but are they used properly?” Here’s the answer
5. Writing White Papers.
I have never met a writer who enjoys working on white papers. Then again, I’ve never met Michael Stelzner, whose passion for writing white papers is awe inspiring.
6. Inkwell Editorial.
This site bills itself as the authority on launching a freelance writing career. With nearly daily updates and first-person testimonials, this is a fantastic starting point for anyone looking to get into freelancing. While you’re at it, check out Freelance Writing Jobs
, which offers daily updates to help writers get paid for what they do. (Yes. PAID!)
7. Six Sentences.
Here’s the gist: Writers submit stories that consist of six sentences. Pretty simple, right? No, not simple at all. You try telling a good story in six sentences. Seriously, try it and then submit it to Six Sentences blog. If you like what you see on the blog, there’s also a Six Sentences online community
The beauty of this site is in its simplicity. It offers daily tips for writers, including the popular A.Word.A.Day newsletter
9. The Writer Underground.
Tom Chandler was a copywriter for several years; now he’s a consultant. He shares his (and others’) expertise on this blog, which includes some interesting, original interviews with professional writers.
10. Daily Writing Tips.
It’d be tough to do a better job at describing this site beyond its name. As it suggests, the site offers daily, relevant writing tips on word usage, grammar, and punctuation.
Which ones do you recommend?