BETTER NOVEL PROJECT
Here, hugely popular books (think he Hunger Games trilogy and the Harry Potter series) are deconstructed into their successful story elements—from word counts to character development—often with accompanying infographics or illustrations.
The blog of USA Today and The New York Times bestselling novelist Caroline Leavitt is a treasure trove of author interviews, from Lisa Scottoline to Jodi Picoult, Joyce Maynard and more.
“Write with focus, read with purpose, and build your community,”— founder Gabriela Pereira helps writers self-direct their own Master of Fine Arts–level education and training with articles, podcasts and classes.
HELPING WRITERS BECOME AUTHORS
Historical fiction author and writing mentor K.M. Weiland presents hundreds of easy-to-digest posts on story structure, scene construction, inspiration and more. You’ll also find videos, podcasts, workshops and an e-newsletter here.
PLOT WHISPERER BLOG
Martha Alderson (author of the bestselling writing guide (The Plot Whisperer) offers great story propulsion advice on her blog and YouTube channel, and delivers regular doses of plot tips on Twitter.
For upbeat encouragement when your writing momentum lags or when your inner critic creeps in, visit this blog helmed by motivational author Bryan Hutchinson.
PREDITORS & EDITORS
Since 1997, this site has protected writers, artists, screenwriters, poets, game designers and composers by sharing warnings about known scams, problematic publishers and questionable businesses in the industry.
Thirteen Christian authors set out to share their journeys to publication— and more than eight years and several award-winning books later, the Seekerville team is still going strong, sharing posts on the writing craft, contest tips, encouragement and support.
A step-by-step guide for taking your story idea and turning it into a novel, this is a great resource for yet-to-be published fiction writers. Created by an aspiring novelist looking to help others in their journeys, many of the blog posts come with free worksheets or workbooks you can use to apply the techniques to your own work.
THE STORY GRID
Editor, publisher, literary agent and writer Shawn Coyne helms this blog about the components of storytelling and story-mixing. His weekly podcasts deliver more insights on plot, narrative devices and the mathematics of weaving narrative.