Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2013 – the Winners

top 10 blogs for writers 2013 214x300 When we asked you to nominate your favorite writing blog as one of the top 10 blogs for writers, we got over 1,100 nominations! Wonderful to see how passionate readers are about their favorite writing blog.

It’s great to see some very interesting new blogs amongst the winners!  Of note is that quite a few blogs in the top 10 are associated with author platforms.

Make sure you visit all the top 10 blogs to get to know the new crop of top writing blogs.

How were the winners selected?


    • Initial qualification: A site must have been nominated more than once by multiple individuals. If someone nominated more than one blog, only the first nomination was counted. Valid nominations needed to include the URL and give a reason why the nominated blog should be considered.


    • Contest criteria: In order to be considered, a blog needed to be a writing blog. In order to qualify, at least 50% of posts needed to be about writing and not about freelancing, business, publishing etc.


    • Blog-based analysis: Reader involvement: Comment numbers per post account for 15% of the total score. The number of nominations accounts for 15% of the total score. Number of shares on social media per post account for 15%. These three blog-based factors make up 45% of the final score.


    • Quality of posts: Educational, useful, engaging, and discussion-creating posts were rated higher than self-promotional posts. The quality of posts accounts for 55% of the final score.


And the winners are …


Writer Unboxed

This blog was started by Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton, and is an excellent source of tips and information for writers of fiction.

Writer unboxed


Tara Lazar: Writing for Kids

This is a very interesting author platform that Tara Lazar has turned into a hub for picture book writers.
Tara Lazar


Helping Writers Become Authors

K.M. Weiland’s blog offers useful advice for fiction writers.

helping writers


Make a Living Writing

Carol Tice’s much-loved blog for freelance writers is a previous winner of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers contest.


Terrible Minds

Chuck Wendig’s site is an author platform. He has added a spirited blog with many useful tips for writers of flash fiction.
terrible minds


 Live Write Thrive

This blog by C S Lakin is a winner of  the 2012 Top Blogs for Writers contest. She runs a very personal blog for writers of fiction.

live write thrive


Men with Pens

James Chartrand’s blog focuses on useful tips and information about copywriting, with some great stuff for fiction and non-fiction writers.

men with pens


Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Kristen Lamb’s animated blog is part of her author platform.

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The Renegade Writer

Linda Formichelli’s blog for freelance writers is a previous winner of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers contest. She offers great advice for budding freelancers.

renegade writer

Fiction Notes

This is Darcy Pattison’s author platform to which she has added a blog for fiction writers.

fiction notes

Congratulations to all the winners! Please add your congratulations in the comments.

The badge of distinction: If you are a winner,  display the badge you see above on your blog and link the badge back to this page. Here is a link you can use (with a smaller badge):

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  1. Linda Formichelli just called me to let me know we won — so excited!

    Congrats to all the new winners — look forward to getting to know your blogs better in the weeks to come.
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    • pygmy says:

      Wonderful and inspiring..
      Thank you.A special gidday from down under,and a very happy Christmas to you all at ‘Write To Done
      fond regards—pygmy sluglark

  2. I’m honored to be among the top 10. Thank you to everyone who nominated The Renegade Writer! And congrats to all the other winners.
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    • Raspal Seni says:

      If I could, I’d have nominated Carol too, but the rule was to nominate only one! Congrats. I had forgotten the date for the results and jsut happened to check my feeds. Great to see both you and Carol on this list once again. :)
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  3. pj reece says:

    Always good to know the best places for a writer to e-hang out. Thanks, Mary. Two years ago I picked three of your winners to become acquainted with. They’ve been a source of inspiration ever since. Cheers.
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  4. Tara Lazar says:

    Wow! I am so honored! I must thank all my blog readers who nominated me. Congratulations to all the other winners, too. It is inspiring to be among your company. I am a regular reader of many of these winning blogs!
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  5. K.M. Weiland says:

    Wow! This is always such an incredible honor. Thank you, Mary! And thank you, Wordplayers, for the nominations and general enthusiasm!
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  6. What a wonderful group of websites for writers this year!

    I see some familiar names, faces, and logos — and some brand new sites to check out, too.

    Happy holidays to all of you, with wishes for a prosperous and joyful New Year!
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  7. Debra Eve says:

    Congrats to all! A great list of resources (can’t wait to check out the ones new to me). And thanks, Mary, for running this contest every year!
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  8. C. S. Lakin says:

    Thanks so much for the honor of being chosen! I thank all my readers and supporters for helping make Live Write Thrive an active and supportive community of writers helping and encouraging other writers. And I am humbled to be among such terrific bloggers on this list. Writers, be sure to check out all the blogs and subscribe to them to become a better writer in 2014!
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  9. Well now, that’s a very cool holiday surprise – just found out now! I also see I’m in fantastic company this year, with a few new faces. Congratulations to all, and my sincere thanks to all the readers who nominated us this year!
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  10. Richard says:

    Only one problem, I do more reading these great blogs when I should be writing. Go figure?

  11. Thank you for the recognition! I’ll pass the news along to the WU team. And thank you to everyone who nominated Writer Unboxed; we’d be nothing without our fantastic, engaged readership.

    Happy Holidays, everyone!
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  12. Good choices, one and all. Congratulations to all the winners. Well deserved. Now, like Richard, if I could just find more time to read more and write at the same time. :)
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  13. Ntathu Allen says:

    Mary, thank you and congratulations to all the winners. Looking ffwd to spending time over holls browsing and reading these blogs. Am inspired and happy for you.

  14. Dan Erickson says:

    Great job. Congratulations to the winners. I’ll be adding a couple of these to my blogroll.
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  15. Shah says:

    Great job everyone. Congrats, happy Christmas and best of luck for 2014!
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  16. I knew Carol and Linda’s blogs were, no doubt, going to make it.

    I celebrate with all the winners…big congrats!!!
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  17. Leanne Dyck says:

    Thank you for this list. I know I’m going to have fun exploring these blogs.
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  18. Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Top 10 Blogs for Writers. This is indeed an honor since according to Mary Jaksch over 1,100 writers nominated their favorite blogs.

    As winner Darcy Pattison, whose blog is Fiction Notes, wrote this morning, “At least half of a blog’s posts needed to be about the writing process itself. And that’s exactly what Fiction Notes tries to do.”

    Twitter @BarbaraMcDWhitt #writetip

  19. Mary, that’s great. Congratulations to all the winners.You deserved it. An indication that people react to what you write positively. You have the audience work to impress them.

    Ready to read more of your work in the few coming days.

  20. Great winners, one and all! This list never fails to include blogs I’m already following and ones I’ve not yet explored. Thanks!
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  21. Raspal Seni says:

    I forgot to congratulate others, so here’s my congrats to everyone else on the list. I know just Carol and Linda, but I’ll be visiting each of the other blogs to know more about you all.

    And, a Merry Christmas to everyone too!
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  22. Melissa Lewicki says:

    I couldn’t get through my writing day without Kristen Lamb! Glad she was honored.

  23. Tanya Adams says:

    Congratulations to Make A Living Writing and The Renegade Writer. Both blogs I follow and have learned a lot from.
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  25. Great list and congratulations to the winners! (I also enjoy Anne R. Allen’s Blog.)

  26. Walter Pinem says:

    wow, great list! I only know men with pens of all this time, and now I should add more sites to my must-read list. Thank you very much by the way, and this is my first time visiting this site, and I found it really useful here. thanks :D
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  27. Ivan Izo says:

    Thanks for the top 10 list Mary. Some familiar sites and an interesting crop of new ones. I’m checking them out now.

  28. lmk says:

    How do I / can I make money from my non-fiction writing blog?

  29. Kristen Lamb says:

    Thank you for this honor!!!! Sorry for the delay in responding, but this is SUPER appreciated and a fabulous way to finish out any year. I am honored.
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  30. Jeff Goins says:

    Congrats to all! Well deserved. A special “amen” to Linda F. Well deserved.
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  31. Lady Lagoon says:

    Congrats to all of the blogs!
    LadyLagoon-the Italian Chick/Aspi/Manager/Diary Writer/Storyteller/

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