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6 Great Websites for Teen Writers

by Iva-Marie Palmer

It’s exciting when your bookworm teen announces his or her plans to be a writer. But teenagers can be a finicky lot: if the adults in their lives are too excited or too supportive of a new goal, suddenly that aspiration is gone. (And having a teen with the writer’s temperament means you’re likely dealing with a moody teenager squared.)

Rather than bombard them with fancy pens and motivational reading, direct them to a comfort zone: the Internet. These sites are great resources and landing spots for future storytellers. Suggest them to your teen writer (or maybe just leave this list lying around somewhere where it’ll be seen).

Figment — Specially tailored for the teen reader/writer, Figment is a community dedicated to reading and writing stories online. Addictively fun, users can rate stories by whether they made them laugh, blush, cry, or just say “wow.” The site frequently runs contests and features work from well-known authors and editors who sometimes drop in for Figment chats with the site’s community.

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.

Teen Ink — Supported by the nonprofit Young Authors Foundation, Teen Ink is the twenty-five-year veteran in the fostering-teen-writers game. The magazine, book series, and website are devoted entirely to writing, art, and photos by teens. It’s also a go-to for teens interested in writing and publishing nonfiction essays and articles as well as poetry.

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.

NaNoWriMo — Short for National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo is an awesome thirty-day adventure for any writer, but teens might be especially inclined to join. In November, would-be novelists the world over attempt to write a 50,000-word (or more, if they can do it) book in thirty days. For teens with pressing homework demands, the Young Writers Program might be a better fit, as it allows authors to set their own word-count goal to meet before the month is out.

Tumblr — The blogging platform is of course a wonderful place for self-expression, but it also doubles as a go-to for young literary enthusiasts, bookworms, and those in need of some writing motivation. Some to check out: The Writer’s Helpers (for advice on everything from grammar to plot); Writing Prompts (just what it says, provided in fun visual ways by a ninth-grade teacher); and John Green’s Tumblr (the Tumblr account of YA author John Green, which is just fun and inspiring).

The 28 Best Writing Websites of 2018

Updated in January 2018 to reflect the best writing websites currently online.

Every writer needs a toolbox.

A writer’s toolbox is filled with gadgets and gizmos that help a writer craft a story when he or she cannot do it alone. There are literal writer toolboxes filled with assorted caffeinated beverages, napkins scribbled with plot outlines, and novels backed up on USBs, and there are metaphorical writer toolboxes packed with character tics, favorite quotes, and—you guessed it—writing websites!

Writing websites are excellent tools to keep stashed away in your toolbox (or bookmarks) to pull out in times of absolute distress (i.e., an existential crisis), piled-up excuses (i.e., writer’s block), or uncertainty about what to do next (i.e., the publishing process).

We’ve got a writer’s toolbox fully stocked for you right here! Even better, these writing websites are categorized so you can find just what you’re looking for at just the right moment. With everything from creative writing advice to publishing-business tips and everything in between, this list of the best writing websites will be perfect for you to stow away in your bookmarks for when you need a helping hand.

Creative Writing Advice

These writing websites give concrete advice for implementing literary techniques in your writing to help your work reach its full potential.

The National Novel Writing Month blog provides inspirational posts for when you’re stuck with writer’s block and offers guidelines for everything from the publishing process to finding feedback.

The articles for writers on Write It Sideways outline real-life advice, like writing grants, author branding, and gift buying, as well as writing tips and tricks, like dialogue mistakes and how to build tension.

K.M. Weiland, the writer of Helping Writers Become Authors, is an award-winning author who shares creative writing advice on story structure, character arcs, common writing mistakes, and much more!

This website offers great advice for authors, bloggers, businesspeople, and students. Not only will you find writing advice and inspiration, but the site also offers a wealth of practical tips for honing your writing skills, finding work, and staying productive. If you’re looking for in-depth instruction, Inklyo.com also provides a range of courses and ebooks aimed at helping you learn how to write anything well.

Warrior Writers is run by best-selling author Kristen Lamb, who guides writers with comprehensive and detailed posts that have a humorous and easy-to-read tone.

Although this is technically a genre-specific writing blog, New York Times best-selling author Philip Athans has great advice for writers of all types, guaranteed.

Abidemi is an accomplished author who has decided to share her insight and knowledge of the writing and publishing world to help others become better writers. In addition to offering free resources in her blog, she also creates and sells writing courses.

Writer’s Lifestyle

The following writing websites are great for writers who have some extra time or need to take a quick break and want to spend it productively.

Write to Done clearly outlines useful topics for writers, like imposter syndrome, recovering from destructive criticism, and finding a pen name.

Maria Popova’s writings on culture, books, and other eclectic subjects are always extremely interesting reading for any writer with some spare time.

While this might be more of a book website than a writing website, Novelicious also has advice for writers on retreats and for writing serialized novels—not to mention post about which books are being turned into movies this year (and reading that is time well spent for any writer, really).

The exclusive online commentary from the Draft section of Opinionator covers essays by journalists, novelists, linguists, and grammarians on the art of writing.

The Authors’ Nook houses relatable posts for writers along with advice on being a writer, allowing for a blend of good fun and useful advice for writing breaks.


These blogs help writers market their books and create blogging personas to engage an audience more effectively.

This writing website offers solid ideas for blogging, including working from home, pitching ideas, guest posting, and much more.

National best-selling author Jeff Goins shares real-life experiences and reflections about building an audience, shortcuts to success, and engaging a community in the age of Internet fame.

As stated in its tagline, The Book Designer gives “practical advice to help build better books,” which includes writing creative disclaimers, choosing the right platforms, and using social media efficiently.

Angela Booth, a copywriter, ghostwriter, author, marketer, and writing coach, write ample posts to help authors improve book sales and ensure a book will be a financial success.

Carly Watters is a literary agent who provides advice on getting published in the 21st century. Her useful “Things I Wish I Knew” posts provide true accounts and tell how other writers can learn from them.


The writing blogs below aid writers in the publishing process, from behind-the-scenes intel to publishing tips and tricks.

Jane Friedman has more than 20 years of experience in the book publishing industry. She provides informative articles on both the writing process and the publishing process.

Run by New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Joanna Penn, this site offers articles and other resources related to writing, publishing, and marketing books.

The articles of Alan Rinzler, a consulting editor, help writers understand what goes on behind the scenes of the publishing process.

Publetariat gives practical information on networking, author websites, and the publishing process. It also shares links to big news stories in the world of publishing.

The Independent Publishing Magazine hosts posts about many different parts of the publishing process, such as growing a following, avoiding authorship problems, and finding the right editor.

Writing Inspiration/Prompts

These sites are excellent for writers who are stuck in a rut and need some inspiration or even concrete prompts to get them writing again.

Writing prompts are posted here daily, offering inspiration for writers in all genres. Some of the prompts focus on breaking through writer’s block, while others focus on building characters or refining your dialogue-writing skills. If you’re feeling as though you’re in a writing rut, the site also posts inspirational quotes from famous authors.

Positive Writer was created for writers with doubt—like the website’s author, Bryan Hutchinson—and to provide inspirational posts that help writers keep writing.

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.

This well-known and comprehensive site offers all manner of advice and resources for authors. Of particular interest are the site’s many creative writing prompts. New prompts are published weekly, and writers post their results in the comments section.

Qwiklit offers fun and accessible articles about reading and writing. It also has a bunch of writing prompts for writers who might feel stuck.

This one’s pretty self-explanatory, but Writing Prompts That Don’t Suck tries to avoid boring and familiar writing prompts to provide fun and interesting ones instead. Have at it!


We hope these tools are just what you need to continue crafting your masterpiece. With a list of writing websites designed to help writers with everything from brainstorming to proofreading to publishing, you’ll be unstoppable!

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Websites for Writers

Whether you’re looking for advice, ideas, online tools or writers’ communities, you’ll find plenty of links to useful websites on this page.

Writing communities & information

ABCtales puts writers and editors together. The one can’t thrive without the other, and what we’ve found is that there’s an editor in every writer and a writer in every editor.

Because there’s as much to be learned from editing as from writing, giving feedback is at the heart of ABCtales. From your first short poem to the final chapter of that novel you’ve been working away at, our community will be there to read your work and give you advice on how to improve. And, when the time comes, we’ll help you spread your work to a wider audience.

National Association of Writers’ Group

A place to register your writing group. Receive resources and access to competitions, as well as the opportunity for free promotion of your group.

The BBC Writers’ Room

The part of the BBC website devoted to finding and championing new talent for all BBC platforms – offers advice, inspiration and firsthand experience from established writers,

The Society of Editors & Proofreaders

The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) is a professional organisation based in the UK for editors and proofreaders – the people who strive to make text accurate and readable.


Scribophile is one of the largest and most well-respected online writing communities around. Writers join Scribophile to give and receive detailed, friendly, and helpful critiques for writing of all kinds, and their forums are busy with members discussing writing, books, and everyday life 24 hours a day.  Scribophile also offers free advice, tips, and articles about the craft of writing, plus news from the publishing industry, in their extensive blog and Writing Academy. They regularly host free writing contests with cash prizes.  Scribophile is the place where serious writers come for serious feedback.

Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors.

The Society of Authors

The Society is a membership organisation which has over 9,000 members writing in all areas of the profession. Whatever your specialisation, you are eligible to join as soon as you have been offered a contract from a publisher, broadcaster or agent.

An unlimited, ever-growing library of free books and stories. On Wattpad, you can discover great fiction, share stories with friends and follow their favourite authors chapter-by-chapter.

Unbound is crowdfunding for books – a new way to connect authors and readers. Authors present a pitch, you pledge, and when the goal is reached the book is written.

The London Writers’ Cafe 

LWC is a fiction writers’ group where any creative writer can volunteer to read their work for instant feedback and advice in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

The National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust is a national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. 

We work to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities, where up to 40 per cent of people have literacy problems.

Young Writers’ Society

An online writing community for younger writers to share their work, connect with other writers and offer constructive feedback.

Book Crossing

The World’s Library – it’s a smart social networking site. BookCrossing is the act of giving a book a unique identity so, as the book is passed from reader to reader, it can be tracked and so connects its readers. There are currently 1,181,206 BookCrossers and 10,179,244 books travelling throughout 132 countries.

Kudos Writing Competition

Really useful website containing listings of upcoming writing and poetry competitions. 


Write-Track is a writing productivity tool that allows writers to track their writing, set personal writing goals and join an online community of other writers. 

Now Novel is a book writing website that provides help for aspiring writers. The bi-weekly Now Novel blog offers writing tips and how to’s. The members area of the site includes the Ideas Finder (an organised tool for creating your novel’s blueprint), online writing groups and critiques and downloadable writing guides. Members can also sign up for motivating one-on-one writing coaching. 

Writing tools

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. 

Free online thesaurus

The Encyclopaedia Britannica

The Oxford English Dictionary 

The British Library

Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes is the leading organisation for performance poetry in England, with a national reputation for producing exciting and innovative participation and performance work in spoken word.

Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

Poetry Archive

The Poetry Archive exists to help make poetry accessible, relevant and enjoyable to a wide audience. It aims to bring the widest possible audience to the fullest possible range of English-language poetry being published around the world, and to complement that poetry with educational material of value both to the specialist and to the general reader.

The Poetry Society

The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to ‘promote “a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry”. Since then, it has grown into one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today it has nearly 4000 members worldwide and publishes the leading poetry magazine, Poetry Review.

Modern American Poetry

The Modern American Poetry Site is a comprehensive learning environment and scholarly forum for the study of modern and contemporary American poetry.

Poets.org aims to support American  poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. 

The Poetry Society of America

The Poetry Society of America, the nation’s oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910. Its mission is to build a larger and more diverse audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the vitality and breadth of poetry in the cultural conversation, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life.

Writing magazines

The magazine for women who write. Mslexia is an independent publishing company that provides information and inspiration for published and unpublished women in the UK and beyond. In addition to a quarterly magazine and Writer’s Diary, Mslexia runs workshops and events, and a series of high-profile competitions for poets, novelists and short story writers.

New Writing South

The magazine for women who write. Mslexia is an independent publishing company that provides information and inspiration for published and unpublished women in the UK and beyond. In addition to a quarterly magazine and Writer’s Diary, Mslexia runs workshops and events, and a series of high-profile competitions for poets, novelists and short story writers.

The Writing Platform

The magazine for women who write. Mslexia is an independent publishing company that provides information and inspiration for published and unpublished women in the UK and beyond. In addition to a quarterly magazine and Writer’s Diary, Mslexia runs workshops and events, and a series of high-profile competitions for poets, novelists and short story writers.

The Literateur

The Literateur is an online literary magazine featuring interviews with luminaries of the literary world, articles, reviews and exciting new creative works.

Words with JAM

Words with Jam email out issues packed full of interviews with authors and industry professionals, articles on writing, reading, libraries, the publishing industry and indie-publishing every other month (the beginning of February, April, June, August, October and December), as well as occasional newsletters

The Writer Magazine

Each month, The Writer is full of features you can use to improve your writing, including before-and-after examples of improved writing, more literary markets than ever before, practical solutions for writing problems, selected literary magazine profiles, tips from famous authors and hands-on advice.

Quarterly international literary journal.

Writing advice & inspiration

Writer’s Digest

WritersDigest.com is the one-stop shop for information, resources and writing community. Writers can connect with other writers on our forum, visit our blogs and sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter. Also find weekly writing prompts, contests and competitions, conference listings, and online exclusive articles.

Fiction University

Author Janice Hardy’s website is full of practical writing advice and inspiration from visiting authors and publishing professionals, writing prompts, manuscript diagnostics and indie publishing advice covering everything from creating an e-book to the latest self-publishing trends. 

The Story Starter

The Story Starter randomly generates story starters. This idea generator can be used for short stories, novels, plays, scripts, or just for fun. It’s also a great tool to combat writer’s block.

Jane Friedman’s website

Publishing industry veteran Jane Friedman offers insight into how sustain a writing career in the digital age, and explores new media tools and business models for authors of all genres and categories. She frequently writes about the future of publishing and authorship, and how technology is changing how we write and read.

Carly Watter’s blog

Carly Watters is a literary agent with the P.S. Literary Agency. This is her blog, where she shares insider tips, brilliant advice and guidance for writers looking to submit their manuscripts.

Query Shark

A very useful blog looking at successful query letters, and providing tips and advice on how to revise query letters so as to give them the best chance of achieving their purpose.

Commonwealth Writers

Commonwealth Writers is the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. It inspires, develops and connects writers and storytellers in a range of disciplines. It builds communities of less-heard voices and links them to groups which seek to bring about social change.


LitRejections helps writers persevere through rejection. 

With the ability to publish their own stories of rejection on the site, exclusive interviews with industry professionals, advice articles, inspirational quotes, and full access to an extensive database of worldwide literary agents, the website is a haven for the rejected.

The Writers’ Guild

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is the trade union representing writers in TV, radio, theatre, books, poetry, film, online and video games.


Novelicious is a bright and passionate website dedicated to Women’s Fiction readers, writers and aspiring writers. Visit Novelicious for up to date news, reviews, exclusive author interviews, writing tips and competitions.

Books by Women

We are an online literary magazine by and about contemporary women writers from around the world. Their mission is to encourage and promote the visibility of women writers. They are particularly interested in the edges, the intersections between genres, nationalities, languages, arts and cultures and they’re interested in giving opportunities to unknown writers to be published, as well as publishing posts by well-known authors. 


Bookanista is a monthly web magazine featuring author interviews, essays, new fiction, extracts, book recommendations, picture stories, diary pieces and blogs about the published word.

Smart Quill Insider Tips & Advice

The blog of Smart Quill Editorial, filled with expert tips and advice for writers. 



CompletelyNovel.com is a friendly publishing platform specialising in high-quality print-on-demand. They have heaps of impartial advice covering all areas of self-publishing.

The Creative Penn

The website of Joanna Penn, writer, speaker and creative entrepreneur – filled with free resources, advice articles and videos on every aspect of self-publishing.

The Independent Publishing Magazine

This online magazine launched in late 2007 with the purpose of providing essential information, resources and reviews of publishing service providers. In the beginning our exclusive focus was self-publishing and POD (Print-on-demand) technology. However, over the past three years, with the increasing and rapid changes in the publishing industry, The Independent Publishing Magazine also focuses on self-publishing and independent publishing within the publishing industry, now, over in the coming years.

The Alliance of Independent Authors

The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) is a non-profit, professional association for self-publishing writers. ALLi offers advice, support, education, contacts and community to author-publishers. Its global team of advisors and partners work together within and outside the publishing industry to foster ethics and excellence in self-publishing and encourage success.

Literary interest

The Rumpus

A website filled with excellent essays, reviews, interviews, advice, music, film, poetry and comics. 

Share Your Shelf

Quite simply – a Tumblr devoted to sharing pictures of bookshelves. 

The Electric Typewriter

Great articles and essays by the world’s best journalists and writers.

Brain Pickings 

Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are.

Qwiklit is devoted to bringing you exciting and informative content from the world of good reading. With weekly articles and writing tips, we are a great resource for those eager to learn about classical and modern poetry, theatre and fiction.

Letters of Note

Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos – a beautiful and interesting website you’re bound to lose a few hours getting lost in.

Book Riot is dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. They provide lists, reviews, articles – both serious and silly – resources, podcasts and more. 

The New Inquiry

The New Inquiry is a space for discussion that aspires to enrich cultural and public life by putting all available resources—both digital and material—toward the promotion and exploration of ideas.

3:AM Magazine

A great websiute consisting of a blog, interviews, fiction, flash fiction, non-fiction, poetry and more.

The American Reader

The American Reader is a monthly print and digital literary journal. It is committed to inspiring literary and critical conversation among a new generation of readers, and restoring literature to its proper place in the American cultural discourse.The American Reader is a hardy and handy compendium of new literature and current critical and industry-related discussions. It features new fiction; new poetry; translated portfolios of international fiction, poetry, and drama; well-argued reviews of new literature; considered essays on all matters literary; and occasional interviews with writers, publishers, editors, and various industry professionals. 

Literary Kicks

Intellectual curiosities and provocations. Literary kicks is about literature – and also about philosophy, art, history, religion, society, culture, music, politics, technology, nature, psychology, life. 

Literary Hub

A great, daily source for all the news, ideas and richness of contemporary literary life.

The Nervous Breakdown

A website of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, book reviews, arts & culture and more.

Literary Festivals

Dates and details of over 300 Literary Festivals throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and 50 more in Australia. 

Five Dials

The monthly downloadable literary magazine from publishing house Hamish Hamilton. 

Scottish Book Trust

Scotland’s leading agency for the promotion of reading, writing & literature. 

Rob Around Books

A website devoted to focusing on literature’s most under-represented genres, both online and in-print – covering translated fiction, short fiction, essays, literary non-fiction and more. 

The magazine of new writing. 

The Paris Review

Quarterly literary magazine founded in 1953. 

Something Rhymed

 We’ve all heard of the friendships between Wordsworth and Coleridge, Byron and Shelley, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. But have you ever wondered whether Jane Austen had a writer pal, or what about George Eliot?

Something Rhymed is a website about the important friendships between famous female authors. Writer pals Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney profile a different pair of friends each month, and then challenge themselves to complete an activity based on a prominent feature of that relationship.

By shining a light on this neglected aspect of literary lore, Something Rhymed brings female friendship out of the shadows.

Random Things Through My Letterbox

An excellent, informative & honest book review site. 

Websites for Writers: 20 Sites with Great Writing Advice

This post covers some of our 101 websites for writers selected in 2017.

Note: Nominations for 2018 are closed. Thank you for your recommendations!

For 19 years now, we’ve been doing the hard work of scouring the web for you: sorting through the hundreds of reader-nominated sites that pour in year-round, reviewing honorees from past lists, considering staff favorites and devoting countless browsing hours to the hunt for excellent websites for writers.

The result: our annual list of 101 first-class free resources to assist every level and genre of writer on every stage of the writing journey. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or motivation, tutorials on craft, assistance with platform building, or insight into seeking agents or self-publishing, you’ll find it among these websites for writers—and much, much more besides. Here, you’ll find our top resources for writing advice from the May/June 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest.

19 Excellent Websites for Writers


Dávila has been documenting her efforts toward becoming a published novelist for eight years running, and her blog is full of advice for bettering your craft, creating community, staying committed and more. Based in Los Angeles, the full-time freelancer also compiles a weekly roundup

(#LitLife) of West Coast writer events.


“Deconstructing bestselling novels, one doodle at a time” is the mantra of Better Novel Project’s Christine Frazier, who uses digital index “cards”—coupled with hand-drawn illustrations—to break down the common elements (from word count to character archetypes and more) of popular novels such as The Hunger Games and Twilight. The result is a succinct and comprehensive Master Outline you might find helpful in structuring your own work-in-progress.


Find your daily dose of grammar and freelance know-how here: From punctuation and word usage tutorials to freelance writing advice, this site will demystify just about any nitty-gritty mechanical question you have. The tips are free, but for $5/month you can also get access to writing courses, exercises and hundreds of regularly updated job listings.


Learn the intricacies of creative storytelling—whether in short fi ction, novel or screenplay form— and apply them to your own work with David Villalva’s insightful visual guides. Check out the Create a Villain infographic or The Storytelling Blueprint for examples of his lucidity in action.

Offering a do-it-yourself alternative to a master’s degree in writing, DIY MFA provides all the tools you need to “write with focus, read with purpose and build your community”— led by prolifi c teacher, speaker and writer Gabriela Pereira (author of the companion book DIY MFA, from WD Books) via articles, classes and a podcast. The e-newsletter brings regular updates to your inbox with the friendly greeting “Hey there, Word Nerds!”


Spearheaded by award-winning novelist Janice Hardy, Fiction University will school you in the hows of writing. A rigorous weekly schedule—from Writing Tip Monday to Writing Prompt Sunday—makes the site ideal for those trying to develop discipline. The cumulative result is more than 1,000 articles on all aspects of the fiction writing process, from mapping a novel to editing, submitting and more.


Helmed by a group of 28 authors and editors, and running thousands of posts deep, this blog neatly organizes its all-encompassing advice into helpful categories such as Business, Craft & Skill and The Writing Life—all with easy-to-peruse subcategories that make fi nding what you’re looking for a cinch.


The brainchild of the author behind The New York Times–bestselling grammar title Woe Is I, Grammarphobia busts language myths and deciphers tricky usage rules while answering literary questions you didn’t even know you had, such as “Is red beautiful?” and “Does a doorway need a door?”


Internationally published historical novelist and writing mentor K.M. Weiland boasts an extensive repertoire of advice on story structure, scenes, characters and more, presented via articles, a podcast, an e-newsletter, workshops and videos.


A former literary agent and professional social media manager turned novelist, Nathan Bransford brings a diverse breadth of knowledge to his blog. He posts less frequently these days, but you’ll still fi nd plenty of candid advice on building a platform, querying agents, targeting genres, and more in his Publishing Essentials archive, along with robust forums.


Nine years ago, 13 Christian novelists started a blog documenting their writing journeys as not-yet-published authors with the goal of inspiring other writers along the way. Today, all of the “Seekers” are published—many of them to critical acclaim—and their commitment to providing thoughtful advice, encouragement and inspiration remains unwavering.


An avid reader and aspiring speculative fiction writer, September C. Fawkes seeks and shares storytelling takeaways by dissecting popular books and movies: Think Les Miserables, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Interstellar and Th e Hunger Games. Adding to her perspective, she also happens to be the assistant of The New York Times bestselling novelist David Farland.


To help viewers better understand the elements of successful storytelling and compelling characters, StoryBrain breaks down popular movies, iconic personalities and TV series with insightful commentary via weekly YouTube videos.


As a novelist, screenwriter and game designer who’s both self- and traditionally published, Chuck Wendig stockpiles knowledge about fiction writing, revision tactics, publishing in various arenas, and more—which he shares conversationally on his blog in engaging and colorful (read: NSFW) prose.


Writing coach Tomi Adeyemi offers free video courses on mastering plot, along with a library of downloadable writing tools: structure and character worksheets, backstory templates and planners, writing prompts, and more. Her accompanying blog is full of advice on plotting and revising.


Who says November is just for novelists? Th is site challenges nonfi ction writers to pen a 50,000-word manuscript in 30 days while their fi ction-writing counterparts are tackling NaNoWriMo. Founded by bestselling author, blogger and book coach Nina Amir, the site off ers communal support and writing advice year-round. For $30/month you can enroll in the Nonfi ction Writers’ University and gain special access to educational teleseminars, webinars and more.


Pick up writing tips during your commute via this Vermont–based radio show’s “Write the Book” podcast, which features more than 400 episodes of interviews with authors, editors, agents, poets and illustrators.


A stable of contributing authors and industry experts (nonfi ction and fi ction, aspiring and bestselling) provides some of the best craft advice out there, in addition to fostering a thriving writing community thousands of members strong. (Looking for offl ine inspiration and encouragement? Th e site’s accompanying title, Author in Progress, edited by WU founder Th erese Walsh, was recently published by WD Books.)


Four seasoned writers—and a steady stream of talented guest bloggers—provide craft tips and inspiration to help writers “weather the storm” and deal with the selfdoubt, deadlines, rejection, and inevitable encroachment of daily life that can threaten to hinder our writing goals.


Hosted by Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson and other acclaimed authors, the Writing Excuses podcast is in its 12th season. Episodes are a bite-sized 15 minutes each: “Because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.”

Story writing websites: 151 of the best

While there are some excellent books on writing a novel, the web is also filled with terrific story writing websites. Here are 151 of the very best writing websites, and they’re organised for you by subject and genre. They’ll help you when you start using the Now Novel process to fine-tune your novel idea and create a helpful blueprint for your story:

Structure and Plot

  • Screenwriting Tips for Authors is the blog of screenwriter and novelist Alexandra Sokoloff, and she comprehensively breaks down the three-act structure for writers.
  • The Plot Whisperer blog is all about plotting.
  • Storytech Literary Consulting is a site by the author of The Writer’s Journey. This is a book for writers based on Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and the site offers a number of resources related to structure.
  • Plot Generator can be a fun way to jumpstart your plot.
  • Scapple is a mindmapping software from the same company that developed Scrivener.
  • Storymind is a site that sells software related to story creation, but their blog is free and includes excellent articles about narrative, structure and more.
  • Free Writing Class from Steven Barnes is based on the screenplay course Barnes has taught for years, but as he points out in his introduction, writing is writing, and this is an excellent way for a writer in any medium to learn structure.


  • FYCD is a blog that focuses on all aspects of character development and answers questions as well.
  • Baby Name Center will help you get the crucial right name for your character. You can search for names by origin, meaning, number of syllables and more.
  • Character Therapist takes a psychological approach to readers’ questions about character development.
  • Motive Generator offers prompts to give your characters purpose.

Researching Agents and Writing Queries and Synopses

  • Query Shark offers contributors the opportunity to have their novel queries critiqued and read critiques of others’ queries.
  • Evil Editor breaks down synopses and explains pitfalls writers should avoid.
  • Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents is a blog that mostly covers agents and what they are looking for but sometimes touches on other aspects of writing and the publishing business as well.
  • Agent Query is a free searchable database of literary agents that not only allows you to search by genre but includes information such as agent interests and whether they are currently accepting new clients. The site also includes a social networking aspect.
  • Janet Reid, Literary Agent writes another excellent blog. Crime fiction is her specialty, but many of her posts concern all types of fiction.

Publishing and Business

  • Publishers Weekly is the bible of the publishing world with a lot of free material on its site and free e-newsletters.
  • Writer Beware compiles information about scam agents and publishers across genres for writers in any country.
  • Publishers Marketplace keeps track of publishing deals.
  • Galley Cat is a blog about the publishing industry.
  • The Book Deal is written by a consulting editor who looks at the industry and the many changes happening there.
  • Jane Friedman focuses on digital changes in publishing and how authors can navigate them.
  • The Creative Penn is a blog that approaches writing as an entrepreneurial venture.
  • Publishing Perspectives takes on the global publishing world.
  • Bestseller Labs offers tips from bestselling writer Jonathan Gunson on how to get published and how to get more readers.
  • Writers and Authors offers tips on building an audience and provides a space for writers to network.
  • Preditors & Editors is an old and trusted site that contains resources about publishers, agents, scams, workshops and more.
  • The Burry Man Writers Center has a focus on Scotland but is a global site with many resources on the business of writing as well as other aspects.
  • The Freelancer’s Survival Guide is an entire free book online about how to survive as a freelancer.

Editor and Agent Blogs

  • Nathan Bransford is an author and former literary agents who has one of the best sites on the web about writing and publishing.
  • Rachelle Gardner is a literary agent who maintains a terrific site with advice on writing and publishing.
  • Agent in the Middle is a blog by agent Lori Perkins.
  • Bent on Books includes posts from all agents at the Jenny Bent Agency.
  • Pub Rants is agent Kristen Nelson’s blog with excellent advise on the business side of publishing.


  • A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing is the blog of writer J.A. Konrath; he is considered one of the leading voices in self-publishing.
  • The Book Designer has had a long career in book design, printing and typesetting, and he turns that into excellent advice for the self-publisher.
  • The Independent Publisher Magazine takes a global perspective on self-publishing.
  • Publetariat is a news hub and online community for self-publishers.

Creativity, Inspiration and Writing Prompts

  • The Write Practice focuses on daily practices to build skill and creativity.
  • Writing Prompts are the prompts that a teacher uses in class, and here, he shares them with readers.
  • Procrastinating Writers is for writers who struggle with blocks and motivation.
  • Courage to Create details one man’s struggle to finish his first novel.
  • Dani Shapiro is an author who muses on her blog about the challenges and epiphanies of the writing life.
  • Great Writers Inspire is primarily designed as a resource for students and teachers, but may also be of interest to novelists wishing to ground themselves in some of the great works of literature.
  • Theodora Goss is a fantasy writer who blogs about her inspirations and how to balance writing with the other demands of life.
  • Positive Writer focuses on self-doubt and confidence-building for writers.
  • Inspired by Life and Fiction brings together ten novelists who write about the things that stir their imaginations.
  • The Writers Alley features writers from around the world offering inspiration with a Christian slant.
  • The Procrastiwriter gives advice on how to avoid procrastination and fit writing into a busy life.
  • Advice to Writers inspires via a quote of the day from famous writers.
  • Encyclopedia Mythica is an online encyclopedia of myth, folklore and religion that can be a wonderful resource for story ideas in all genres.
  • Writers Plot Idea Generator also has exercise prompts, character profile generators, plot twist generators, first lines and more.
  • 750 Words is a site inspired by the book The Artist’s Way that gives writers the opportunity to do the morning pages exercise privately and online with a progress tracker.

Workshops and Forums

  • Critters Workshop began as a free workshop for science fiction, fantasy and horror writers, but now it covers all genres.
  • Absolute Write forums cover novels as well as other forms of writing, and are an invaluable source of information from other professionals and aspiring writers about the publishing business, the craft of writing and more.
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs has a database of hundred of programmes and conferences for writers plus news, contests, articles and more.

Writing websites offering general advice

  • Now Novel (that’s us!) is not only an online novel-writing process, it also provides handy writing advice and great resource roundups like this one.
  • Copyblogger is a website specializing in content marketing and often features helpful, practical tips for writers.
  • Writer’s Digest is one of the best and oldest resources for writers.
  • Absolute Write Blog is related to the forum of the same name and offers a similar scope of information in the form of longer-form posts.
  • NaNoWriMo challenges writers to complete a 50,000 word first draft in a month during November.
  • Booklife Now is a general guide to both the craft of writing and the publishing industry across genres.
  • Terrible Minds is the popular blog of writer Chuck Wendig who shares his observations on publishing and writing technique.
  • Advanced Fiction Writing Blog is where Randy Ingermanson, inventor of the snowflake method of writing, blogs about technique and the business of writing.
  • Litreactor offers online classes, essays on craft and more.
  • Novel Rocket is a site that teaches visitors how to write a novel through guest posts and author interviews.
  • Writers in the Storm features professional writers across a variety of genres blogging about their craft and specialties.
  • First Novels Club is a blog with a particular focus on children’s and YA writing, but it looks at other types of fiction as well.
  • She Writes offers women writers a social network, community blog and more.
  • Writing Forward covers grammar, creativity and more.
  • The Writer’s Toolbox is written by a best-selling suspense novelist who offers articles on the writing process.
  • Fiction University features experienced writers as guest bloggers.
  • Kristen Lamb’s Blog covers everything from dialogue to social media for writers and more.
  • Backspace has many resources including a subscription-only forum for writers.
  • Reference for Writers looks at all aspects and genres of writing as well as having an enormous variety of resources for researching everything from dragons to EMS workers to American life in the 1990s and more.
  • Creative Writing with the Crimson League offers writing advice from fantasy author Victoria Grefer.
  • The Blood-Red Pencil has a large blogging team of editors and writers providing writing advice.
  • Draft is a writing blog hosted by The New York Times and written by a multidisciplinary group of editors, linguists, historians and more.
  • Fiction Factor is a massive writing resource covering many topics.
  • Write to Done looks at techniques for fiction among other types of writing.
  • Writers Helping Writers takes topic suggestions as well as publishing guest posts from many different types of writers.
  • Writer Unboxed features many different writers discussing techniques in fiction writing as well as the business side.
  • Helping Writers Become Authors offers inspiration and advice on characterisation, structure, editing and more.
  • Live Write Thrive offers writing advice from writer and editor C.S. Lakin.
  • Aliventures covers different types of writing including fiction.
  • How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book covers everything from structure to staying motivated and more.
  • Jody Hedlund examines many aspects of writing successful fiction.
  • Novel Publicity & Co. includes a lot of information about promoting your novel but also covers many how-to writing topics.
  • Moody Writing examines scene, character, structure and more.
  • Writers FM is a radio station for writers with interviews, music and more.
  • Storytellers Unplugged features a roster of 30 writers, booksellers, publishing professionals and others – one for each day of the month – blogging on the art, the craft and the business.
  • What About Writing is a blog with articles, challenges and more as well as an ask box and a Writer of the Month competition.
  • My Writer’s Circle is an active forum about writing.
  • Writing.ie bills itself as the home of Irish writing online but actually has an enormous number of resources and links to writing websites for writers and readers in every genre and country.
  • Writing While the Rice Boils is a terrific blog that includes resources, interviews, reviews, writing advice and more.
  • Author is the online magazine of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association in the United States, but it has articles and other information of interest to writers worldwide.
  • inkPageant curates blog posts on writing, and writers can submit their own posts for the site as well as searching by subject matter.
  • Publication Coach runs a blog that includes helpful advice for writers.
  • Ben Schmitt’s blog ‘The Authors’ Nook’ gives great writing advice with a dose of humour.

Grammar and Language

  • Grammar Girl explains language and usage in an entertaining manner at her blog.
  • The Chicago Manual of Style is the style guide used by most of the book publishing industry.
  • Daily Writing Tips looks at topics like usage, spelling, vocabulary and more.
  • Grammar Book has usage rules, quizzes and more.
  • Word Hippo generates word origins, synonyms, antonyms, translations, tenses, rhyming words, various parts of speech, names and more.
  • The Expert Editor, billed as ‘Australia’s leading editing and proofreading company’, offers this excellent guide to 30 of the most common grammar mistakes.

Romance, and Chick-lit

  • Romance University is a site for romance writers that focuses on writing, business and psychology.
  • Romance Divas is an award-winning blog about writing romance.
  • Marketing for Romance Writers covers romance marketing and other aspects of writing romance novels.
  • The Aspiring Romance Writer’s Blog gives aspiring writers tips from established and beginning novelists.
  • Romance Junkies is a huge site that includes reviews, interviews, contests, articles on the craft of writing and more.
  • Romance Bandits has 17 writers blogging about the industry. The rest of the site includes news, prizes and more.
  • Novelicious is a blog for readers and writers of women’s fiction.
  • Women’s Fiction Writers is a blog for and by women fiction writers.
  • Our list of 51 must-visit romance websites gives a fuller list of writing associations and resources.

Literary Fiction

  • Fictionaut is a blog with writing advice, interviews and more focused on literary fiction.
  • The Elegant Variation takes a look at the contemporary literary fiction scene.
  • Story in Literary Fiction covers the art and craft of writing literary fiction.
  • Editor’s Opinion Blog examines various elements of literary fiction writing including characterisation, setting and more.
  • Words Without Borders focuses on translation and international literature.

Crime, Mystery and Thrillers

  • International Association of Crime Writers is a global organisation for those who write in the genre.
  • International Thriller Writers brings together writers of thrillers from all over the world.
  • Sisters in Crime is an organisation for women who write in the genre with branches worldwide.
  • Jungle Red Writers is a blog for mystery writers and readers by seven women crime writers.
  • Elizabeth Spann Craig blogs about writing mysteries.
  • Confessions of a Mystery Novelist is the blog of a mystery writer and professor who examines writing and reading in the genre.
  • Criminal Minds features crime writers responding to a different reader question on writing, crime fiction and publishing each day.
  • The Writer’s Forensics Blog is written by a medical doctor for crime writers.
  • Detectives Beyond Borders is an award-winning blog that focuses on worldwide crime fiction.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

  • SFWA is the site for the Science Fiction Writers of America, but even for writers outside of the United States, the site itself has a number of excellent resources for novelists interested in working in this genre.
  • The Horror Writer’s Association aims to have a more international scope than SWFA and also has resources available at its site for non-members.
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy Novelists is a writing advice blog is maintained by a group of successful genre writers.
  • Worldbuilding Rules offers advice for fantasy and science fiction writers on creating plausible worlds.
  • The Writer and the Critic is a podcast that focuses on speculative fiction.
  • Tor Books is a major publisher of science fiction and fantasy, and their site is an enormous resource of blog posts, links, original fiction and more.
  • Locus is the trade news magazine of the science fiction and fantasy publishing world.
  • This is Horror is an excellent site for keeping up with news and reviews of horror fiction.

Children’s and YA

  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is an international organisation for authors of children’s literature.
  • SCBWI Blog is the society’s blog.
  • Adventures in YA Publishing covers all aspects of writing for young adults.
  • Kidlit is all about writing and reading middle-grade and YA fiction.
  • YA Highway is where YA novelists write about the field.
  • Justine Larbalestier is a YA novelist who blogs about writing in genre.
  • Inky Girl features writer Debbie Ridpath Ohi on writing YA and children’s fiction.
  • YA Confidential focuses on writing for teens and current YA novels.
  • Literary Rambles looks at YA publishing, writing and agents.


  • Historical Novel Society is devoted to the appreciation of the historical novel and includes many resources and links to other writing websites.
  • Writing Historical Novels is written by a rotating cast of established novelists.
  • A Writer of History offers advice on writing historical fiction as well as interviews with readers.
  • English History Authors is a blog about English history by historical fiction writers.
  • Queen Anne Boleyn is a blog for historical novelists of all periods and places that includes writing groups, reenactment groups and more.
  • Reading the Past is a blog about the historical fiction genre and includes reviews, publishing news and more.
  • Stephie Smith lists an enormous number of historical resources for writers.
  • Jane Austen’s World is a blog about the Regency period.
  • Historical Novels lists thousands of novels divided by time period and location and also includes reviews and interviews.

[Update] Because we keep finding more great websites for writers, the list contains more than 151 websites now. We’ve tried to include something on every aspect of learning how to write a book.

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