Writing is solitary. In fact, the singleness of writing can become the elephant in your writing space. So much so, some writers lose the initial spark experienced when beginning that next book, essay, or blog post.
Perhaps you’ve been working on building your platform , and no one seems to be clamoring at your blog or on your Facebook fan page. And all you have for your hard work is a throbbing headache.
What to do to get back in the writing groove and use some of that creativity to work on your memoir, novel or yes, even the dreaded platform?
Look to the writing and blogging community-at-large. After all, this is a business where encouragement and support are readily available. However, despite the abundance of resources and tips, sometimes it’s hard to decide where to look.
Following are six blogs I consistently read. I always find something to reignite the lost spark of creativity or jar loose the stillness in my inspiration:
The Write Practice is here to kick-start your practice.
You have to write millions of words no one is ever going to see
before you can write the ones that will change someone’s life.
Joe Bunting, founder of The Write Practice, supports and encourages writers of all ages and skill levels. Here you will find tutorials, writing prompts, writing tips and other resources.
Connect with Joe @write_practice on Twitter or on Facebook.
… where you will find resources to help you write, publish and market your book.
Joanna Penn, best-selling author, shares her own writing journey using both mistakes and lessons learned in the areas of writing, marketing and publishing. Joanna features guest posts from other writers willing to share their experiences and knowledge.
Connect with Joanna @thecreativepenn on Twitter or on Facebook.
Here’s a full list of all the “self-printing” category posts which chronicle my entire self-publishing adventure. I’ve tried to organize them in some sort of coherent way, but if you want to read them all—and you have, like, a week or so of your life to spare—you can click here to access all posts tagged with “self-printing” instead.
In addition to writing blog posts on “self-printing,” Catherine Ryan Howard is a writer and coffee enthusiast from Cork, Ireland. Her goal at Catherine, Caffeinated is to share with other writers her knowledge gained as self-publisher. A plethora of information is available on her blog, so I suggest a cup of coffee and a comfy place to sit when you’re ready to dig in.
Connect with Catherine @cathryanhoward on Twitter or on Facebook.
Here is where we wage war on the blank page, where we band together
to find purpose in our art and lives.
Jeff Goins generously shares his views on writing in the 21st century while also sharing resources and tips. His blog covers many topics on writing, passion and creativity.
Connect with Jeff @JeffGoins on Twitter or on Facebook.
…she writes, speaks and teaches from a place of knowing that
what has worked for her will at least provide others with
a starting place from which to find what works best for them.
In her blog, How to Blog a Book, Nina Amir shows her readers how to blog a nonfiction book. However, fiction writers may also find many useful tips and ideas here. Nina offers posts based on her experiences as a freelance nonfiction book editor, writing coach, and consultant.
Connect with@NinaAmir on Twitter or connect with her on Facebook.
I help writers share their stories and connect with readers.
Founder of We Grow Media, Dan Blank, works with writers through online courses, conferences and events, one-on-one consulting, workshops and speaking, and writing this blog, a weekly newsletter, and ebooks. Additionally, he also works with publishers and publishing agencies.
Connect with @DanBlank on Twitter.
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This listing is by no means complete and perhaps in the near future I’ll post others I keep an eye on.
And what about you? Is there a blog or blogs that can recharge you and your writing? If so, won’t you share in the comment section below? I’d love finding new resources!
Excellent list, Sherrey. They’re all on my list,too. Thanks for sharing.
And this is only a smidgen of what is out there! Kathy, some of these I met through you, and thanks back at you!
Stephanie, my pleasure!
Yes, indeed I often recognize the need to “reignite the lost spark of creativity or jar loose the stillness in my inspiration as you expressed it so beautifullly. Of the six sources you list, Nina Amir is the one I began with. Her How to Blog a Book gave me my kick-start. Thanks for the links too, Sherrey.
I too found Nina early on and still follow her daily. I’m glad you found the links helpful possibilities. It’s always a joy to be able to share with and encourage others.
Great list. I have been receiving Jeff Goins’ newsletter for a while now. He is wonderful.
Jeff is indeed one of the best out there, isn’t he? Thanks for stopping by and reading.
Thanks for this Sherrey, it’s really interesting – I shall keep the list. I’m following the ‘Catherine Caffeinated’ blog, but didn’t know about the others, so I shall check them out. 🙂
Elaine, glad you found something new and hopefully helpful. 🙂
Thanks, Sherrey–checking them out.
Always good to see you here, Luanne! Hope you find something useful.
I followed most of them through Twitter. I am definitely interested.
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