Too busy reading about writing to actually write?

Information overload?

I haven’t posted a blog for a while because I’ve been too busy writing paying stuff. Good but not good because I miss my own fiction writing.  I love writing and because I love it I can’t resist websites about writing which of course means signing up to receive updates. I then become inundated with emails from loads of wraithwonderful sites that I don’t have time to read and I’m now at the stage where I have to cull. For fans of Stargate Atlantis that has horrible connotations – the Wraith regularly perform ‘culls’ and you wouldn’t want to meet up with this guy on a dark night.

I believe I’m  not alone. Writers are procrastinators first and foremost and how many times have you sat down to write and been sidetracked by an email with a link to an article about writing that you just have to read.

I’m making a list of the sites that are truly helpful to me right now. I’m happy to add your favourite if it’s not here but I’m setting a limit of 10 really good sites that can be flexible over time. You can do a search for the top 100 best websites but what’s top right now doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best. They just got more votes on the day.

I believe these sites are all anyone would need to be a writing writer. As opposed to a procrastinating writer.  Yes, there are loads more that could be added and you may already have your top picks but if you know everything that’s to be known on these sites then you’re going to be a pretty good writer.

I’d love to hear what you think. Leave me a comment below.

Writing Craft

C.S. Lakin – Live Write Thrive – http://www.livewritethrive.com/ The best writing craft site I know

The Write Practice – http://thewritepractice.com/ – just what it says on the tin – lots of opportunities to practice

Write to Done – http://writetodone.com/  The spiel says their articles are unmissable – they’re definitely helpful and interesting

Writer Unboxed – http://writerunboxed.com/ I joined this site initially because of the Logo – an old-fashioned typewriter – but I’ve followed it for a couple of years now and it’s always relevant

Brain Pickings – https://www.brainpickings.org/ – for the thinkers

A little bit more

The Write Life – http://thewritelife.com/ – publishing, marketing, freelancing resources

The Self-Publishing School – http://self-publishingschool.com/ If your ultimate aim is to publish a book this is where you’ll do it.

Copyblogger – http://www.copyblogger.com/ – how to grow your blogging business

About Freelance Writing – http://www.aboutfreelancewriting.com/  You want to get paid to write, right? Start here.

Build Book Buzz – http://buildbookbuzz.com/ – there are so many book marketing sites it’s easy to get lost. This provides all the info you need.

Books

Writing down the Bones by Natallie Goldberg

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The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
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On Writing by Stephen King Stephen King Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on the Writing Life by Anne Lamottbird_by_bird
 

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