Monday, January 13, 2020

70 Best Websites for Writers 2020


Are you struggling to get your book finished?  Just starting out as a writer and not sure about the rules?

These are valid questions that need to be answered, and that's why the 70 best websites for writers 2020 is here to help you on your writing journey.

Writing Communities

1. Yeah Write

Yeah Write presents weekly writing challenges for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and micro stories each week. The community gets to vote on the most impressive stories and discover new favourite writers.

2. Wattpad

A social platform where "stories are made social". The world's largest community of writers and readers, all members are free to post and read original stories as well as engage in conversation with other members.
3. Two Drops of Ink

A literary blog that accepts submissions from writers of just about any genre of writing out there.

4. She Writes

Founded by author Kamy Wicoff, over 27,000 writers of all levels have joined this exciting community. She Writes provides you with a profile where you can create your own profile and build a network, as well as sharing your own work you can get feedback and be involved in discussions on all sorts of things in the forum.

5. Scribophile

This writing community relies on a "karma points" system, where you spend points in order to submit your writing, and receive points when you provide extraordinary critiques. Free writing contests and an active forum are also regular events.

6. 1st 10 Pages

At 1st 10 pages "first impressions" really do count, writers can anonymously post the first 10 pages of their work to be carefully reviewed by established industry insiders.

7. NaNoWriMo

This community of writer's celebrate National Novel Writing Month by partaking in this ambitious event.

8. Faith Writers

The #1 website for Christian writers, for those Christian writers wanting to spread gospel universally.

9. The Masters Review

A platform created for new writer's, that doubles as an online print publication, sharing useful resources.


10. Wanderful World

Lizzie Davie teaches you everything she's learned about the process of freelancing.  With e-courses, blog posts, and workshops.

11. The Quiet Type

Discover tips from freelance copy and content writer Katie Jenison.

12. The International Freelancer

Mridu Khullar Relph shares her vast knowledge sustained from a 15-year writing career.

13. The Freelancer's Year 

Lindy Alexander, award winning writer shares her insider knowledge she's gleaned along the way of her thriving freelance career.

14. Make a Living Writing

Carol Tice, award winning freelancer brings you support and resources to help grow your freelance writing career.

15. FundsforWriters

Funds forWriters has been supplying all kinds of writers with grants, competitions, jobs, publishers and agents for 20 years.

16. Freelance to Freedom

Discover tools like the Freelancer's toolkit, newsletter and plenty of informative articles at Freelance to Freedom.

17. Freelancer FAQs

Have all of your questions answered at the Freelancer FAQs.

18. Elna Cain

Dig deep into Elna Cain's site for action-based content to help grow a successful business as a writer.

19. A Selfish Poet

Check out Trish Hopkinson website for the latest opportunities for writing contests, journals, and other publications that pay. 


20. The Daily Post

After you've set up your Wordpress site, name and theme, the team at The Daily Post will help you grow as a writer professionally. With the help of daily writing prompts, interviews with successful bloggers, photo and writing challenges, and Wordpress tips to help you on your way.

21. Sark e-media

Sarah and Kevin Arrow provide you with practical and motivational articles, a free 30-day blogging challenge. Helping you gain confidence in your writing and the recognition you deserve.

22. Problogger

A reliable blog about blogging, founder Darren Rowse and his Problogger team bring you all the latest news and tips to build a better blog. With extensive resources on how to monetise you blog as well a job board updated regularly full of new opportunities.

23. Copyblogger

Copybloggers site takes your content marketing and SEO and community building to the next level. With a free library of free ebooks, blog posts, forums and much more. A leading resource for professional blogging from the creators of Rainmaker Platform for digital marketing.

24. Smart Blogger

Jon Morrow and his team at Smart Blogger offer a wealth of resources to increase traffic to your site and build community, all done without the sacrifice of quality content.

25. Be a Freelance Blogger

Sophie Lizard will teach you how to take your freelance blogging skills to pro level through her blog posts, free community and jobs board. Showing you how to increase your blogging income and become an expert in your niche.

Creativity and Craft

26. Write to Done

A website dedicated to learning to write well. Mary Jaksch its founder brings the age old-advice to keep writing to a different level, pointing out that its not practise that makes you a better writer - its practise directed in a positive way.

27. Writer Unboxed

Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton decided to create Writer Unboxed in 2006 in order to freely publish their observations. Since then its grown into a thriving online community, with contributions from writers of all levels to the craft of writing.

28. Writers in the Storm

Like any fictional character in a story, all writers must weather the storm of their profession. This website is run by a group of authors, providing inspiration and tips for authors, providing inspiration and tips for writers during all stages of the process.

29. Writers Helping Writers

A one-of-a-kind resource provided by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, that writers can actually utilise for themselves. They provide books and blog posts helping writers become better storytellers. Their library is teeming with tools for planning, researching and writing your book.

30. Write or Die

Mandy Wallace, a writer, doesn't believe that when it comes to writing that you should wait for a lucky strike or inspiration to come. Instead just "show up, shut up, and write," sooner or later it'll all come together. Wallace offers blog documents, writing, lessons as well as practical guides for upgrading your writing.

31. Witty Title Here

Witty Title Here offers writing advice, inspiration, writer spotlights and more - with a feminist twist. It also publishes reader-submitted pieces for writers just starting out or finding their voice.

32. The Write Practice

Practise, the number one thing all successful writers have in common. Joe Bunting and his team at The Write Practise help you develop your writing rhythm and grow your voice and identity as a writer.

33. Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard share her secrets on planning your novel, maximising productivity, facing your writing fears and getting published all in her blog posts and newsletter.

34. Script

Script has been the top place to go for inside information for more than 15 years. With how-to-articles, interviews, podcasts, influencer directories, webinars, courses and resource directories for those writers in the film and TV industry.

35. ProWritingAid

This blog is all about transforming good writing into great writing. Including tips on grammar, writing techniques, software recommendations, a great resource to polish your prose.

36. Positive Writer

Bryan Hutchison offers a blog to help writer's be more motivated, moving beyond writing paralysis and finish the work they set out to create.

37. Live Write Breathe

Janalyn Voigt's websites core principles are "live with passion, write well, and remember to breath". A gentle reminder to aspiring authors that if we lead a passionate life we can properly fuel our writing and succeed.

38. KidLit411

Founders Elaine Kearns and Sylvia Liu have put together awards, writing challenges and publishing resources for all children's authors and illustrators. Posting weekly author and illustrator interviews making it the ultimate place for anyone interested in becoming a children's story writer or illustrator.

39. Inky Girl

Debbie Ridpath Ohi provides a place for children's authors and illustrator's to share interviews, original comics and advice on telling unique stories.

40. Ink and Quills

Ink and Quills was founded by Kaitlin Hillerich who has for more than 10 years studied the craft of writing. Created to help other writers reach their novel-writing goals and create fascinating stories. There's a ton to explore with blog posts, worksheets, ebooks and courses to choose from.

41. Fiction University

Janice Hardy explains how you can make writing industry rules work for you. With articles and guest columns posted daily you can gain valuable insight into the book-writing and publishing process.

42. Elizabeth Spann Craig

Mystery author Elizabeth Spann Craig talks about all things relevant to a writer's life, with blog posts about public speaking, gaining visibility, productivity and connecting with a wider audience. Her articles are a firm reader favourite.

43. C.S. Lakin's Live Write Thrive

C.S. Lakin, author, editor and writing coach helps writer's get their manuscripts ready for publication. Her website articles include scene structure, character development, editing and crafting a story.

44. Brain Pickings

Created by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings documents her intellectual, creative and spiritual growth. Exploring brilliant discoveries of different disciplines, and how we can "cross pollinate" these ideas to move us forward in creative thinking.

45. Bane of Your Resistance

With research used from creative process and neuroscience, Rosanne Bane takes on the issue of writing resistance in all its forms: perfectionism, procrastination, writer's block and more. Weekly posts that offer science backed quandaries to common problems for writer's.

46. A Writer's Path

A wealth of information from author Ryan Lanz, featuring frequent guest blog posts, Writer's Toolbox and favourite websites, blogs, music, apps and people picks.

47. Ann Kroeker

Writing coach and author Ann Kroeker is on a mission to help writer's reach their ambition by maximising productivity, creativity and curiosity. With frequent blog posts, podcasts and resources for writers.

48. Aerogramme Writers' Studio

With up-to-date information on writing news, opportunities, contests and calls for submission, Aerogramme Writers' Studio contains tons of articles on the art of writing.

Publishing and Editing

49. The Creative Penn

Author Joanna Penn offers articles and resources relating to marketing, publishing and writing books.

50. Alan Rinzler

A consulting editor, Alan Rinzler, shows writer's what goes on behind the scenes of the publishing process.

51. The Independent Publishing Magazine

Hosting posts about many different parts of the publishing process The Independent Publishing Magazine has a strong audience, helping authors find the right editor.

52. Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman former publisher explores the intersection of publishing, authorship and the digital age. Established for 15 years in the industry Friedman knows her stuff - her website is a wealth of information on how to embrace the "future of authorship".

53. Writability

Soon-to-be-published author Ava Jae has been established for five years on the internet, sharing vlogs, book reviews, and how-to's, and blog posts about her journey to getting published.

54. Standoutbooks

So you've written your book, now what? Discover tons of articles, templates, tools and resource recommendations for getting your book published and marketed and more. Make sure you grab a free copy of Book Marketing Plan and Press Release templates.

55. How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book

Mary Carroll Moore, through blog posts, weekly writing exercises, and 12 week book development courses, is devoted to helping writers bring their novels to fruition so they can move forward in the publishing process.


56. The Story of Telling

Bernadette Jiwa, author of The Story of Telling says the secret sauce to great marketing is building content and understanding between you and your audience. Visit her blog to see marketing as not just a department, but also part of a holistic and successful entrepreneurial experience.

57. Social Triggers

Marketing expert Derek Halpern shares his best tips, strategies and scripts for growing your audience and making the sale. The Technique he uses are data driven, using the latest finds in psychology and social behaviour.

58. Shelly Hitz

Shelley Hitz is on a mission to help you reach your target audience and build your author platform. Read her blog posts, podcast and Author Audience Academy, where you'll find tons of content in book writing, publishing, and marketing.

59. Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt, bestselling author of Platform: Get noticed in a noisy world will help you do that. With tips and resources about personal development, productivity, leadership, influence and more.

60. Kikolani

Discover the latest strategies, trends and how-to's in digital marketing from founder Kristi Hines. A must-have resource for business and professional bloggers who want to make their brands stand out.

61. Jessica Lawlor

Don't be swayed by low confidence in your marketing success. Follow Jessica Lawlor and the #GetGutsy community to find inspiration and tips on how-to step outside your comfort zone and go for your goals.

62. Giving Voice to Your Story

Everyone has a story to share with the world. Dorit Sasson through her blog and corresponding radio show helps writers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders build a trusting relationship with their audience so they can share their message and reach new levels of success.

63. Build Book Buzz

DIY book publicity and marketing is something you can definitely do. Public-relations star and author Sandra Beckwith provides articles, training programs and other resources that help take the guesswork out of book marketing.


64. Create if Writing

Kirsten Oliphant, author and host shares tools and tips on how to build a platform for your creative brand.

65. How Do You Write

Best-selling author Rachael Herron's podcast guides you through the entire process of writing a book.

66. Indie Author Weekly

Sagan Morrow, romance novelist and business-book author goes behind-the-scenes into her journey of writing and self-publishing books.

67. Publish a Profitable Book

Elizabeth Lyons shows you how to grow your brand and expand your impact.

68. Self-Publishing Formula

This weekly podcast hosted by Mark Dawson and James Blatch shares tips on writing, publishing, marketing and more.

69. Writing Class Radio

This live writing class teachers listeners about how to create their own stories.

70. Writing Excuses

In this 20 minute podcast learn from the experts some writing tricks to bring life to your stories.
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