Blogs are a tough topic for writers. We all know that how-to blog posts about writing are an extremely niche topic. Telling people “Don’t use adverbs” is not going to draw potential readers in, and it’s too easy to sound like everyone else. Yet, many of the writers telling us we shouldn’t blog about writing are blogging about writing. Which lead to this comment from Reetta Raitanen:
Btw, I’d love to hear which blogs you’re following, Linda. Maybe you could do a mashup about that, like your favourite posts from your regular reads.
I do subscribe to some writing-related blogs, though I’ve steered clear of the ones doing how-tos for beginning writers. I want to read about writing topics that have a broader appeal, not be told what rules I have to follow.
Here’s a list of what I subscribe to:
Writer Unboxed: Though this blog is more directly about writing, it has such a wide variety of topics that I’m not getting a bunch of how-tos about writing. There has been some recent discussions on when you should use social media to promote your book, as well as self-publishing vs. traditional publishing (and refreshingly free of fights).
The Book Deal: An Insiders Look at Book Publishing: I found this one after I was blasted on a critique for using omniscient viewpoint, having been told publishers hate the viewpoint. Alan Rintzer had a post on how viewpoint was whatever was the best for the story. He posts about once a month, but his posts are such high quality that I stick with him.
SF Signal: Though this is more focused on broad science fiction topics like movies and books, I subscribe for the SF Tidbits that are published every day. These are a collection of various links, including many of writing topics and on the role of women in the industry. I like the list because they generally avoid typical how-to links, and I can scan to pick the ones I want to read.
For you: What writing blogs do you subscribe to? Post the link here, and tell us about them.