If you’re a professional writer, should you write a blog? The answer is: probably yes, if for no other reason that to keep in touch with your readers. You know that empty feeling you get when you’ve finished a really good book and you’re going to miss hanging out with its author? Blogs offer writers a means to continue the conversation and to build your readers’ anticipation when you have a new work coming out.
That said, most of the blogs listed here are less about writers and more about writing. They’re written for other writers and address everything from getting stuck to having more ideas that you can possibly handle. Mostly, they’re about loving words and literature.
Writer’s Digest discusses publishing, blogging, and technology for writers.
A writer’s blog by television screenwriter and novelist Lee Goldberg.
Five fiction authors blog daily on professional writing.
A book editor and former teacher blogs about her love of literature.
Mystery writer Anne R. Allen’s weekly posts about publishing and marketing books in the digital age, with guest columnist Ruth Harris, a bestselling author.
A blog on writing, marketing, and technology.
A novelist, essayist, and poet blogs about writing and culture.
Regularly published author interviews.
A blog for the authors to discuss poems and poetry. With guest contributors and an array of useful links.
Author Kelli Russell Agodon’s blog on writing and living creatively. Plus, she’s amusing.
Author MJ Rose offers insights into and advice about the publishing industry.
Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke co-created this site to celebrate books that women love.
Women also like poetry, which is why Sandra Beasley blogs about it.
Fiction writer PeeVee writes about the work. And chocolate.
Suggestions on content marketing, online publishing, and copywriting from the editorial team at CopyBlogger Media.
A writing blog from a content marketer, columnist, and copywriter.
Ollin Morales discusses the novel-writing process.
“Visual poetry, the textural imagination, and personal experience” by Geof Huth. A visually striking site.
The author of over 100 novels and hundreds of short stories across many genres blogs about writing and workshops.
Discusses poetry and disability, and includes reviews and discussions of contemporary poets writing about the subject (including Oregon’s terrific Floyd Skloot). Also offers contests and resources.
An award-winning poet and journalist’s weblog, featuring essays on contemporary poets, contextualized with reflections on politics and culture.
Adventures of a children’s book editor. Who shall remain anonymous.
A delightfully ruthless blog about the stuff writers do that get their manuscripts bounced. (We’ve all been there.)
Novelist Ray Rhamey’s blog on storytelling.
Essays and criticism of contemporary poetry and literary fiction.
Pretty much what it says: Sharon Hurley Hall, a professional blogger, writes about writing and getting paid for it. Bravo.
A general writing blog by a working writer.
Jeff Goins’ blog about writing, marketing, developing creative business ideas, and making a difference in the world. Includes writers resources.
A blog from the Poetry Foundation, almost a magazine unto itself.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s blog for children’s/young adult book writers and illustrators.
Media professor and speaker Jane Friedman discusses reading, writing, and publishing in the digital age.
Novelist Jody Hedlund’s general writing blog.
Urban fantasy writer Karen Woodward addresses the writing process.
Interviews with contemporary poets about their first book publishing experiences.
A New York Times Notable Author, the writer of The Dogs Who Found Me, The Kind I’m Likely to Get, and Dogs I Have Met… discusses his publishing experiences.
Eleven mystery writers blog on the craft and genre. One of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Sites for Authors.
Kirk McElhearn writes about Macs, iPods, iTunes, books, music, and more. Senior Contributor to Macworld (where he is The iTunes Guy); he is also contributes to TidBITS and several other websites and magazines.
A prolific USA Today bestselling writer, working in almost every genre, writes of craft and the business.
Screenwriter Angela Guess provides screenwriting tools, resources, and advice into one site to aid established and novice writers in improving their craft. A wealth of information as well as a blog.
Lisa Hartjes, a freelance writer and owner of Hart-felt Productions, a small publishing company in the role-playing game industry, addresses fiction writing. Her blog emphasizes worldbuilding, in that creating worlds for novels is much like creating worlds for role-playing games. Many useful links.
Bills itself as: Intellectual Curiosities and Provocations. It’s really a blog about literature and philosophy, art, history, religion, society, culture, music, politics, technology, nature, psychology, and, well…life.
A novelist, copyeditor, and writing coach blogs on the writing process. She has a dog named Coltrane: how cool is that?
A novelist blogs and tweets on writing. Sense of humor, this guy.
A beautiful site where novelist and poet Collin Kelley addresses the writing life.
Literary news, commentary, book reviews, and author interviews along with political and cultural pieces from a novelist and creative writing teacher.
This multi-author blog, hosted by Tanya Pryputniewicz, offers: practical help for writing moms, and information on workshops and mentors.
A blog by Erika Dreifus, a fiction writer (who also runs the writers’ resource site The Practicing Writer), focuses on Jewish literary news.
Elizabeth Spann Craig posts on the publishing industry. She also shares writing-related links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig, and she and Mike Fleming of Hiveword manage the Writer’s Knowledge Base, a free search engine to help writers find resources.
A journal by a cartoonist, novelist, playwright, and graphic novelist, with a shelf lined with awards (many for science fiction).
John Hewitt’s blog on writing, with an emphasis on craft.
Writing and communication strategies for the “communication-challenged” by the non-communication-challenged Dan Hutson.
A blog on publishing and writing by Roger Sutton, an editor.
Alex Mathers’ blog about creatives increasing their influence (without being fake).
Hate marketing? Sonia Simone helps make this trying but necessary part of the writing process less difficult.
Technically a blog, but it covers such a wide area that it could also be in this site’s General Resources section. It addresses all forms of literature and has racked up a stack of awards. Good stuff.
Reflections on contemporary poetry and poetics from award-winning poet and editor Ron Silliman.
Fantasy writer Lynn Flewelling’s blog on craft, life, and promotion.
Technology Entertainment Design, a nonprofit devoted to “ideas worth sharing” presents talks from annual conferences about creativity. An amazing resource.
Fiction writer Chuck Wendig’s advice for writers. Wendig’s unique voice makes for a good read.
Writer Patrick Ross’s blog addressing “an ongoing conversation among the blog’s author and its readers regarding the challenges and rewards of pursuing an art-committed life.”
The writing life and craft from Janice Hardy, a science fiction and fantasy writer for young adults.
Even deep, dark, serious writers can use a pep talk now and then.
Christina Katz writes about freelancing (and getting paid) in a digital world.
Diana Burell and Linda Formichelli named their blog after their book on writing; both the blog and book seek to inspire the success of freelance journalists.
Alexis Grant, an entrepreneurial writer and digital strategist, focuses on careers and the workplace, helping writers create the life they desire.
A writing blog by the editor of McSweeney’s Magazine.
Susan Johnston, a freelance writer, blogs on an array of writer-related topics. A popular blog, twice chosen as a Top 10 Blogs for Writers.
Writer Kate Lord Brown covers books, art, music, and family.
Fiction writer K. M.Weiland’s blog focuses on “helping writers become authors.” A 2013 Top 10 Writer’s Blog.
A blog for independent writers by Michelle V. Rafter, a technology reporter.
Margo Roby’s poetry blog emphasizes prompts to get writers rolling.
A weekly podcast on writing.
Rosie Dub, a novelist and writing teacher, blogs on writing’s dangers, disappointments, and rewards.
Sponsored by the Science Fiction Writers of America, a blog by Victoria Strauss that exposes the many shucks and scams that target writers. Very useful, especially if you’re just getting started in the writing trade.
On the craft and business of writing fiction.
Travel tales, tips, and photographs for writers (and travelers).