Five Writing Blogs You Should Be Reading

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Last week, Positive Writer posted their list of the Top 25 Writing Blogs. After I finished filling up my blog reader with new discoveries, I thought, Wait. Some of my favorites didn’t get mentioned! How could this be?

So here are my unofficial additions to this list: the top five blogs that everyone should be reading…

The Kill Zone


Don’t let the title of this blog fool you. It may be written by a group of mystery, suspense, and thriller authors, but this blog is a treasure trove for writers of any genre and at any skill level. Particularly worthwhile is James Scott Bell’s Sunday column, but I’ve yet to find a post by any of the contributors from which I couldn’t glean something new. There’s no doubt why it’s one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers

The Other Side of the Story


I’ll confess, I’ve actually not read any of Janice Hardy’s books, but there’s no doubt that this author knows her stuff. In fact, this is my go to blog when I’ve got massive word count to cut at the end of a first draft (which is, well, pretty much always)– her editing and proofreading advice is second to none.

Author, Jody Hedlund


Jody Hedlund is a wonderfully talented historical romance writing in the inspy market, and her blog is a reliable source of useful and easy to digest information. Posts range from craft topics to industry insights to inspiration,

WordServe Water Cooler

Another Writer’s Digest Top 100 pick, and for good reason. The sheer variety of the blogs, primarily written by WordServe Literary’s Clients, makes for consistently interesting reading: inspirational topics mixed with craft, social media, and industry advice.

Life in Religious Publishing


Okay, so maybe this one won’t make you a better writer. In fact, don’t go to this site if you’ve got anything better to do–I’ve unintentionally sucked friends on deadline into its irresistable vortex of awesomeness and I’m still waiting for them to emerge. But really, it’s comforting to know that somewhere in the blue yonder, an editor is having a worse day than you.

Bonus: The Tumblr that started it all, Life in Publishing… not often updated, but worth the six hours you’ll spend combing through old posts, assuming you’re not easily offended by language.

What writing blogs are you reading? Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know below in the comments!

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