As a newbie in the area of writing fiction, I follow several blogs as my goal is to eventually become a published novelist. (And yes, someday I want to head off to a Writer's Conference because I can only independently study so much and I wish to network with other authors)
Here are my favorite blogs. These first three publish fresh material each day.
- Janet Reid, Literary Agent Janet Reid (aka the Shark) teaches the do's and don'ts of querying and creates a community of respect and faithful followers with her commenters (aka Woodland Creatures) who also have words of writerly wisdom to share in addition to hilarious humor, confessions, and what it's like to live in exile on Carkoon. The Shark often has 100-word Flash Fiction contests which provide wonderful examples of the creative prowess of the writers that frequent her blog and as she chooses the winners, explanations of how she looks at our works.
She also has Query Shark. The blog, at this time, has sporadic fresh material. And the extensive archives? An amazing wealth of information. Helpful for writing queries and for helping you pinpoint potential problems in your novel.
- Writer Unboxed with articles by a consortium of writers, literary agents, and teachers on the craft of writing.
- Fiction University with Janice Hardy has many common sense articles ranging from the macro-knowledge about story structure to the micro-knowledge about scenes and syntax.
Here are other blogs I enjoy following, which publish 2-3 times each week:
- Writers in the Storm with a consortium of writers or teachers. New material is published on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
- Helping Writers Become Authors with K.M. Wieland, who has many analyses of story structure on movies in her database, and has a book out about story structure.
- Live, Write, Thrive by C.S. Lakin, who has been going through scene by scene analysis, since January, of what makes a scene work and how to hook readers.