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Best Writing Blogs for Writers Awards 2017

Welcome to the 4th annual writing blogs awards 2017!

This year represents a change in the title as: The Best Writing Blogs for Writers Awarded by PositiveWriter.com.

Readers: Bookmark this post, as this list represents the best of the best and is a great place to find motivation and inspiration, as well as exceptional knowledge about our craft.

There are so many more brilliant writing blogs out there, so if your favorite didn’t make the list, be sure to nominate next year. This list represents the top 50.

Champions: A badge is located below the list if you would like to display your awesomeness on your sites. All of you have an open invitation to guest post here on Positive Writer in 2017.

With tens of thousands of social shares and millions of views for 2014, 2015 and 2016, this annual award has taken on a life of its own and for that I’m grateful. These blogs deserve the recognition and it’s my honor to support them.


Our champions:

(In no particular order.)

The Write Practice

Awesome post: How to Write Like Stephen King

Jerry B. Jenkins

Awesome post: How to Get Your Writing Noticed by a Publisher

Terrible Minds

Awesome post: How To Create Art and Make Cool Stuff In A Time Of Trouble

Goins Writer

Awesome post: The Secret to Developing a Regular Writing Habit

Tara Lazar

Awesome post: Crafting Seasonal Stories that Sell with Anika Denise

The Writers Alley

Awesome post: Keeping the Love of Writing Alive

Writers In The Storm

Awesome post:  7 Things Authors Must Do Differently in 2017

Steven Pressfield

Awesome post: Make the Stakes Life-and-Death

Self-Publishing School Blog

Awesome post: PR for Authors—How to Promote Yourself & Your Books

Write to Done

Awesome post: 10 Best Creative Writing Exercises

Writer’s Digest

Awesome post: The Copy Editing and Proofreading Checklist All Writers Need

Writers Helping Writers

Awesome post: Finding the Sweet Starting Spot for Your Story

 Live Write Thrive

Awesome post: 25 Ways Writers Can Impress a Publisher

Helping Writers Become Authors

Awesome post: The #1 Way to Write Intense Story Conflict

The Creative Penn

Awesome post: Thinking About Quitting Your Day Job To Become A Full-Time Writer? Tips From CJ Lyons And Joanna Penn

Jane Friedman

Awesome post: Building a Platform to Land a Book Deal: Why It Often Fails

 Make a Living Writing

Awesome post: What IS Freelance Writing? Answers to the Awkward Newbie Questions

Jody Hedlund

Awesome post: 3 Tips to Help Increase Writing Output

Writers Edit

Awesome post: 5 Surefire Ways To Raise The Stakes Of Your Story

Men with Pens

Awesome post: Are you writing the wrong words?

Curiouser Editing

Awesome post: 10 Ways to Make Your Editor Cry

The Book Designer

Awesome post: A Life of Creativity

Jennifer Blanchard

Awesome post: The Master Guide to Selecting the Best Book Editor For You

The Write Conversation

Awesome post: Writing Through the Tough Times Brings Discovery

The Word’s Greatest Book

Awesome post: Want a Traditional Publishing Contract? Do Your Homework

Writer Unboxed

Awesome post: Reading While Writing

Better Novel Project

Awesome post: 9 Surprising Reasons You Need 20 Characters to Start a Book

Writers Write

Awesome post: 10 Tips To Help You Write More Effective Emails

The Write Life

Awesome post: Need Writing Inspiration? Try This Cool Brainstorming Technique

Steve Laube

Awesome post: Writers Learn to Wait

Two Drops of Ink

Awesome post: How to Write the Tough Stuff

Lauren Sapala

Awesome post: Calling Bull… On The Myth That Every Writer Needs To Grow A Thick Skin

Kidlit 411

Awesome post: Legal Resources for Creatives

The Bookish Fox

Awesome post: What To Do When A Critique Makes You Feel Like Charlie Brown

Marcy McKay

Awesome post: 4 Potential Pitfalls with a Book Launch


Awesome post: How to Foreshadow Like Alfred Hitchcock

Lisa Tener

Awesome post: 7 Quick Writing Tips (and Editing Advice) to Bring Your Words to Life

The Kill Zone

Awesome post: Epic Intimacy and Point of View

Never too Late to Write

Awesome post: Want to Quit Your Day Job?

Go Teen Writers

Awesome Post: The Writer vs The Author

Writers and Authors

Awesome post: 7 Things I Have Learned Thus Far as an Indie Author

Books & Such

Awesome post: Ditch the Pitch

She’s Novel

Awesome post: My Novel Outlining Process


Awesome post: How to Start a Story: 9 Tips From Our Editors

Dead Darlings

Awesome post: On Rewriting


Awesome post: How to Set Super Effective Goals (With the Help From Psychology

Jenny Bravo

Awesome post: How to Write When You Feel Stuck

LittleZotz Writing

Awesome post: Handling Criticism and Naysayers as a Freelancer

What Is A Plot

Awesome post: The Ninja Writer’s Secret Weapon

David Villalva

Awesome post: The Great Storytelling Hoax: Why Fear is the True Path


The 2017 Best Writing Blogs ROCK! Check them out.

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Join me in congratulating the champions in the comments.

About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I help fellow writers overcome doubt and thrive! In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • ProWritingAid

    Hurrah! We are so delighted to have been included in such a great list – thank you!

    Here are our top 10 posts of 2016: https://prowritingaid.com/art/428/Top-10-Blog-Posts-of-2016.aspx

    Lisa Lepki
    Editor of the ProWritingAid blog.

  • Dear Bryan

    Thank you for including Writers Write. We’re thrilled to be included with all these incredible blogs.

    Happy Writing! from Writers Write and our star bloggers: Amanda Patterson, Anthony Ehlers, and Mia Botha.

  • We at Two Drops of Ink are delighted, humbled, and thankful to be listed among some of the best sites in the blogosphere in winning this award. Thank you, Positive Writer!
    Scott Biddulph/Editor-in-Chief

    • Well, with a site title like that, how can you not be on this list? Great, great work.

  • Wow, thank you so much for including Writerology in such an incredible list! I’m beyond honoured and I can’t wait to go through each blog, revisiting old favourites and discovering new ones. Great way to start 2017, don’t you think? 😀 Happy writing, Bryan!

    • Glad to have you with us, Faye! 🙂 Happy writing to you, too!

  • Curiouser Editing

    Bryan, thank you from the bottom of my heart for including Curiouser Editing. It is an honor to be on this list with so many great people I admire. — Shayla Eaton

    • You know you do amazing work, Shayla. I have to say, though, you’ve knocked it out of the park on social media with guest posting. You connect!

  • Thank you for including the Reedsy Blog! There are so many wonderful resources listed here and we’re happy to be listed amongst them 🙂

    Cheers from the Reedsy team!

  • Angela Ackerman

    You are terrific for putting this list together each year Bryan–I know it must take a lot of time and energy. You always have so many great and worthy blogs to choose from, so it’s an honor to be on this list. 🙂

    Wishing you the very best this year and every year,

    Angela & Writers Helping Writers

    • The best to you and yours, too, Angela. 🙂 You and your team are amazing.

  • Chandler Bolt

    Thanks for including the Self-Publishing School blog, Bryan. Appreciate it!

    • Dude, you took off with that blog like it’s been around a dozen years already. Great work! Love it. Let’s rock your launch next week!

  • samcarter44

    Great list! Looking forward to exploring these blogs!

  • K.M. Weiland

    Well, cool beans! 😀 Thanks so much for the shout out. Honored once again!

  • Lauren R. Tharp

    It’s an honor to be included on this esteemed list once again. Thank you, Bryan and everyone who voted for me! <3

  • Well, looky here. Thanks so much for including my blog. That means the world to me because Positive Writer is HUGE! You provide a tremendous service to writers everywhere.

    • Well, now, of course! Keep creating and sharing. You had me worried when I visited your site last week. Glad that got all fixed so fast.

      • My award is PROUDLY displayed on my homepage, linked back to here. Many thanks again for this honor. You’ve helped jump start my year!

  • Emily Ross

    Thanks so much for including Dead Darlings. Bookmarking this fantastic list!

    • I gotta say, love the title of you’re site. 🙂

      • Emily Ross

        Thank you!

  • Thanks for adding these great sites.Some of then I have heard of and go to . There are others I have not heard of and am now going to visit.

  • Thanks for aggregating all these, Bryan — and for recognizing Better Novel Project; Christine Frazier offers a hell of great writers resource with that site!

  • Thank you, Bryan. It’s an honor to be included in this list, among colleagues who pen many of my favorite writing blogs. And I look forward to reading a few blogs I had not known before!

    • I think that’s great when we find new work to enjoy and learn from. Glad you’re sharing your work with us. 🙂

  • Honored, Bryan. Thanks!

    • I’m honored, Jerry. 🙂 Sincerely. You’re blog is absolutely amazing. With you there’s no writer ever left behind! (Did I really just do that?) lol

      • Oh, thanks! I had gone nearly 24 hours without a left behind joke, which would have been the first time in over 20 years.

        Whew! 😮

  • Fun stuff! Honored to be among the positive writers in this group. 😉

  • Jo Linsdell

    I’m honoured to have Writers and Authors including in your list again this year. Thank you

  • We feel honored to be on the list. Two Drops of Ink would love to start some reciprocal guest posts with the other writers and sites listed. This invitation is sincere and reinforces our commitment to be a collaborative site. Again, thank you! Marilyn L. Davis, Assistant Editor.

    • Glad to have you, Marilyn. Drop me a note when you’d like to guest post. Looking forward to promoting you.

  • Myself and the Writer’s Edit team are stoked to have been featured! We’ve gone from reading these types of posts amongst ourselves to being included, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
    Thanks so much Bryan!

  • April

    Congrats to all these bloggers. Can’t wait to click through to all of them and catch up on some reading. Cheers!

  • Looks like I’m going to be here a while clicking over to some of these awesome posts, Congratulations to all.

  • D.K. Fynn


    Two things.

    First, I think I see a spelling error with the title, “The Word’s Greatest Book.”

    I think there should be an L in word.

    Second, I’d like to congratulate you all.