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7 Blogs that Will Improve Your Writing

Writing is an essential life skill. Almost anyone can do it, but doing it well? That’s another matter entirel...

7 Blogs that Will Improve Your Writing

Writing is an essential life skill. Almost anyone can do it, but doing it well? That’s another matter entirely. Writing in an engaging and creative way is something that even talented professionals have to work at. Just look at the preposition at the end of the last sentence for proof.

 

There’s always room for improvement, and with that in mind, we’ve compiled 7 blogs that can help you become a better writer.

 

Seth Godin

Seth Godin’s typepad showcases the bestselling author of 17 business and marketing books including Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us (2008) and Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (2010) so you know he has the street cred to speak authoritatively on writing. The blog provides snippets of advice to make you a better person, business owner, communicator, and, most importantly, writer. Check out his articles on ideas and creativity.

 

Kari J. Wolfe

Sometimes you just need to talk through your problems. This is basically what this blog is about: ruminating over common writerly difficulties, such as the dreaded writer’s block, and what Mrs. Wolfe does to solve them. An article on how to be a better writer is an interesting read with links to useful resources. The site’s content is refreshingly vulnerable, and definitely worth a visit for both aspiring and professional writers.

 

Steven Pressfield Online

The author’s introduction states that “this blog is me talking to myself,” and that sounds like an interesting conversation. Steven Pressfield is a versatile, published author of fiction and non-fiction books, most notably: The War of Art. This seminal work is a must read for anyone who has ever thought about writing professionally.

 

This former Marine’s interest in war is apparent in many of his entries, especially in his Writing Wednesdays series, but it’s in his About page that he states that for writers “the enemy is identified as those forms of self-sabotage that I call "Resistance".” So stop resisting and check out the blog.

 

Men with Pens

This is the blog for a web design and copywriting service website of the same name. It discusses the various aspects of what takes a writer from good to great. Check out this amusing article on inspiration and this rant on bad writing advice to give you a feel for the site’s content. Freelance writers will be especially interested in finding out how to make money with writing.

 

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Problogger

If you need to rank, you need to check out this blog. Guest contributors are especially helpful, providing tips on how to deal with online competition, and using social media to get noticed. Predictably, this is a site that would help bloggers get the word out for themselves and for their clients. And if you’re ever hurting for clients, the Problogger job board is an invaluable resource.

 

The Copybot

Copybot features articles about a variety of authorial subjects, from the concept of scaffolding to apps that help you rethink your writing style. It’s simple and straightforward-- nothing but pure writing advice that’ll save you time and stress.

 

Quick and Dirty Tricks: Grammar Girl

And of course, no writer would survive without proper grammar. This website provides mundane but essential short articles on word choice, idiomatic expressions, and punctuation. But wait; there are also a ton of amusing and thought-provoking articles such as this one on semi-colons.

 

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There you have it, 7 of the more interesting blogs out there for writers. Do you have a favourite blog that helps you become a better writer? Please share it with us. We needs it.

 

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