Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2016

    top 10 blogs for writers 2016

    It’s time to open up nominations for the 10th annual Top 10 Blogs for Writers Contest—the blogosphere’s biggest contest for writing blogs.

    Since this is our 10th anniversary (yes!) we’re doing things a little differently. Read on to make sure your favorite is a winner.

    How to Nominate Your Favorite Writing Blog for the Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2015/2016

    To Nominate your favorite writing blog, you need to do 3 things in the comments section of this post:

    1. Nominate only one blog post from your favorite writing blog. If you nominate more than one blog post, even in different comments, only your first vote will be counted.
    2. Specify the correct web address of the blog post you’ve nominated.
    3. Give reasons why you believe the blog post you’ve nominated should win this year’s award. 

    If your comment does not fulfill these criteria, your nomination will be invalid.


    1. Only posts from writing blogs will be considered.
    2. The blog post you nominate should have been first published in 2015.

    You nominate a specific blog post, and that blog becomes a candidate for the Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2015/2016.

    Nominations must be received by 24th January, 2016.

    Alert your favorite writing bloggers to the contest so that they don’t miss out!

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    • Charlene W says:

      When will the winners be announced?

    • I nominate Live, Write, Thrive by C.S. Lakin. My favorite post for 2015 is “Getting Scene Structure Under Your Belt”. Not only does she provide helpful instruction, she gives an exercise, too. Her address is:

    • Jerry Jenkins’ blog is like having a personal writing mentor on call. Each post is the first-hand experience of a renowned writer who gives valuable backstage information to wannabe writers like me. I had been doing start-and-stall writing many years. After reading the July 10, 2015 post “How to Know You are a Writer,” I grabbed hold of the confidence to call myself a writer, and started writing again. Judging from over one hundred comments to the post, my response was the same as many others. Jerry’s blog should receive the award because the information he shares attracts well published writers, as well as beginners.

    • In view of the ‘10th annual Top 10 Blogs for Writers Contest,’
      I would like to nominate Jerry Jenkins’ blog post, ‘How to Handle Criticism from an Editor,’ posted December 15th 2015 on his website,
      I found this post impelled me to take an introspective look at my propensity to mishandle professional and constructive criticism. As a result, it has transformed my negativity into an optimism that has in turn transformed my writing. There has been no greater lesson for me than to learn from others whose experience has gone before me.

    • I would love to nominate Jeff Goins site! His blog is Goins, Writer. It has helped me tremendously with priceless insight and information. This was just the latest of many helpful posts This one was about how peer editors are vital to growth and balance.


    • Sarah Simmons says:

      I’m nominating Jeff Goins of and the post “Networking Tip: Don’t Do Favors Like The Godfather,” though it was tough to pick just one!

      This post is a great example of why Jeff should win: he writes about life and personal character of writers as well as the craft and how to build/reach an audience. I deeply respect his work because it comes from a place of wanting to help people that is rare and genuine. This post challenged me to think about others in my writing and as I build networking relationships rather than having a “me first” attitude.

    • Jayde Dean says:

      I nominate K.M. WEILAND’S site, Helping Writers Become Authors, because that’s what it does with elegance. The post I’m citing was particularly helpful to me because it led me to a new feature on the blog — brief structural breakdowns of dozens of novels and movies. What a boon! Katie’s several series on specific writing elements — character arcs, scene development, etc. — also are killer, as is her weekly podcast. I’m so grateful to this author-teacher and her clear, enthusiastic expert advice.

      Here’s the URL for the post:

    • Judy Potocki says:

      I nominate C.S. Lakin’s blog, “Live Write Thrive,” which has provided me with tons of assistance and ideas. It’s tough to pick ONE post, but I’ll submit a wonderful guest piece by Michael Hauge, a favorite screenwriting guru of mine. “How Novelists Can Make Unbelievable Stories Feel Real” lays out terrific reminders for grounding and maintaining story logic and credibility in stories with supernatural elements. I’m starting my first paranormal novel and I keep Michael’s advice taped next to my desk.

      Here’s the location: “

    • Hi, I’m David from Ghana, West Africa. This is my blog, . Why should I win this contest? Probably because unlike other blogs which have consistent topics, I tend to write from the heart, meaning whatever I write depends on what I’m feeling at the moment or what I see around me. Thanks.


      I have been an avid fan of C S Larkin’s Live, Write, Thrive Blog for over 3 years now. One of the most helpful posts was October 28th, Infusing Your Settings with Emotion.

      I am currently going through her booklet Writing the Heart of Your Story, based on her blogs from at least 3 years ago, to help me self edit my second novel. She has wonderful insight into the craft of writing and disseminates her knowledge in a very easy to understand and follow format.

    • Elizabeth says:

      This post is highly recommended. I think every writer would love to find out whether they are making this number 1 mistake. This is one of my very favorites; it has helped me immensely.

    • Lori Jan Melnyk says:

      I would like to nominate NowNovel and Bridget McNulty’s blog post, On writing well: 9 celebrated authors’ insights.

      This entry’s wisdom has stayed with me. This blogpost has some very useful nuggest of info. I muse on Ray Bradbury’s advice to write for yourself. Ursula Le Guin points out that the adage, Show, don’t tell, has made novelists hesitant to write a word of exposition. Sometimes telling is necessary. Kurt Vonnegut’s nugget is: Give your characters goals. I keep that in mind as I write my novel. Stephen King’s insight is my favorite. Tell stories about people.

    • I’d like to nominate this post on scene structure from Live Write Thrive.
      I love the way she breaks down the elements of a good scene, and I’m looking forward to more on this topic in the coming weeks.

    • Larry says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive.
      It’s a must read!

    • I nominate NowNovel, and their blog post 151 Important Novel Writing Resources.

      Although I wish I could nominate my own blog, SquirrelsintheDoohickey and my nutty take on attempting to rewrite a novel. Ah well.

    • I nominate Live Write Thrive by C.S. Lakin. Her posts are the best I’ve read in giving before and after examples that point out specifically how to improve craft. Here’s one of my favorites from 2015:

      I’m clear that deeper emotions are missing from my writing and this post helped me learn how to approach writing them in. One of many great posts.

    • I nominate Live Write Thrive. Even when I am buried in a book and eager to continue, I always take the time to read this blog and almost always find some small tidbit to take back to my work in progress. I love the way it’s often laid out with before and after so show the difference that particular writing tip makes. One post I especially liked was about not underwriting emotions:

      and how to make sure the reader stays drawn into the scene, experiencing every moment right along with the protagonist.

      I nominate Jerry Jenkins. This post reveals everything I appreciate about Jerry. Heart, Kindness, Passion, Professionalism, and Sincere (meaning, I’m not telling you what you want to hear in order to win readers or flatter myself) Honesty. Jerry has a bold “I love to help you and I mean it” style. He faithfully posts. He’s sharp and funny. He replies to his readers one by one with kindness, sympathy and truth. I cannot take time to read a lot of blogs and I don’t. But I read Jerry’s blog faithfully. Jerry is convicting and convincing. I’ve actually taken his advice. Best praise I can give- I trust him. I’ve recommended him to friends.

    • I nominate Robin Patchen’s blog post How Writers Can Avoid Underwriting Emotions, published on C.S.Lakin’s LiveWriteThrive – . I could cite many of the posts on this blog because, all in all, they form an excellent array of writing tools. This particular post, however, got me in the middle of a struggle with conveying feelings in such a way that would make readers empathize with my protagonist’s troubles. The idea of “digging down to the next layer of emotion” was simple, but effective, since I was “showing” based on the outer appearance, instead of on the innermost conflict that moved my character. Besides, I love the “before” and “after”, which exemplifies the topic showing, not just telling, what to do.

    • I nominate this post on C.S. Lakin’s Live Write Thrive blog:

      This posts highlights key ideas about credibility, (a.k.a. keeping it real). I especially liked tip 3 under the “Key Methods …” section: Foreshadow the characters’ actions and abilities, e.g. don’t let a guy suddenly have a folding knife to cut through the duct tape around his wrists if he’s naked. Ew.

    • I find the blog content on the site Live Write Thrive to be pertinent and helpful, from building plots, characters, and avoiding fatal flaws. In addition there have been useful blogs on similar words, and punctuation. CS Lakin definitely gets my vote.
      Blog: Live Write Thrive
      Address: htttp://

    • Let me try this again.

      Blog Post: The Truth About Writing Mechanics

      Blog web address:

      I rarely follow blogs in general, but I do like Live Write Thrive. The post I’m nominating hit home as I am in the process of reading/reviewing another writer’s novel and wishing the author had read this post before writing the book. This post should be read by every author whether multi-published or writing the first one. It is filled with excellent, excellent advice.

    • Blog: Live Write Thrive
      Blog website:
      I rarely sign up for blog posts, yet I did for this one and have continued to read and learn from it. It is truly the most informative writing blog I have encountered.

    • There are so many good posts on the live write thrive blog, but I’d have to say that A 12-Month Strategic Plan for Marketing Your Book before Release was the most concise advice I have seen for book marketing.

    • Tez Brooks says:

      I feel this blog should win this year because almost every post he writes has been an encouragement or a challenge for me as a writer. It’s never condescending and always positive. Quality stuff! In fact, here’s a reply I wrote back to Jerry Jenkins (the blogger) after reading his post titled ‘How to Handle Criticism from an Editor” which can be seen at

      Thanks for this post. I’m forwarding it on to my team of 13 writers and editors at a non-profit organization. I supervise a team of journalists that are learning the art of narrative non-fiction as we collect stories of changed lives and report about it to major donors.

      It’s been hard for them to accept critiques. They are hearing things from others like “the writing seems a bit tired, even lazy.” They always take it personally. This post you wrote will help me as I walk them through critiques. Thanks again. Sincerely, Tez Brooks”

    • Elizabeth says:

      Difficult to choose one. My favorite would be the content of “how not to write on the nose prose” but I don’t know the title of it. I just gave it a title. Not being an organized person and having saved all Jerry Jenkins’s materials (at least I thought I did), I just can’t find this one. The above link gives the article/blog about Story 101. I think one of the best qualities of Jerry’s blog is clarity. Anyone that follows his blog is privileged to experience him taking a convoluted thought and break it down into small teaching units. As it was said above, it is hard to choose one among so many jewels, but I would recommend this one for beginners, and that is why it is called “101”.

    • Leena Wright says:

      choosing Live Write Thrive,

      Searching for Poetry is one of most unique contributions to ‘how to write’ advice. The post clearly demonstrates how poetry and Writing can be integrated, Teaching by example, as she always does, allows us to reflect and add depth to our writing.

    • Lois Turley says:

      Though difficult to choose one post, I settled on “Story Writing 101: The 3 Essentials of a Page-Turner.” Here Jerry teaches how to stir readers’ interest from start to finish. Using only the first words of two unfinished sentences as examples, he shows how a story differs from an anecdote. With three short paragraphs he teaches how to create memorable characters that react with life’s dynamics. Jerry concludes by using exciting verbs that show how to keep readers’ interest. I nominate “Story Writing 101: The 3 Essentials of a Page-Turner” at

    • Robert says:

      We loved this post from Oklahoma blogger, Jennifer: “Blessed Are Those Who Try.”

    • Elizabeth says:

      I recommend Jerry Jenkins’s blog. This particular topic “How To Know You’re really a Writer” is a subject that every unpublished writer should become familiar with. After all, we all write, but that does not make us writers. On the other hand, if you add plot, structure, good dialogue and scenes….voila…. you may build a commercial novel, but I’m not sure this is a recipe to become a writer.

      I think the blog speaks for itself and your readers will enjoy it.

    • Ann Coker says:

      Having to nominate only one blog post, I’ve chosen “The Ultimate Self-Editing Checklist” by Jerry Jenkins. And the reason for selecting the checklist among many good posts is that it’s the one I go back to most often. After writing a piece, I use the checklist and often have to edit before submitting. Yet I’m confident that the extra work is worthwhile. Thanks to Jenkins, I’m a better writer by following his advice.

    • I want to nominate Jerry Jenkins’ blog post “How to Finish a Book”.

      This post has helped me to stay focused on what the goal is “to finish the book”. It helped me to realize that I need to make sure my priorities are in the right order and then to move forward with a plan to accomplish those goals.

      As I continue to write my book, I keep in mind the three things Jerry talked about that will help me to finish the book. 1. Treat my first draft as a hunk of meat. I need to remember that I need to just get it down on paper and then go back to fix it. Not fix it as I go or I lose the momentum of getting it out. 2. Crystal clear on my target reader. I need to keep in mind who my reader is and write for them. 3. Work before play. For me all of the other things in life can be distractions that take me away from the work that I need to complete.

      So, as I write I remember these things and that is why I nominate this blog post from Jerry Jenkins.


      I have followed Live, Write Thrive for 3 years now and have purchased each of the writing craft books C S Lakin puts together at the end of each year. Her blogs are informative, to the point and are easy to read and digest. One of my favourite blogs of the year was the October 28th, 2015 blog Infusing your Settings with Emotion. My strengths as a writer are description and action, while I struggle with emotion. I really liked this blog because it showed how much more impact you can make in a descriptive scene if you link description to mood, thus infusing emotion into the scene.

    • I nominate The Write Practice’s blog.

      The tips and tricks outlined helped me grow my writing skill and motivate me to keep writing.

    • Paul Duckett says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive. Their ideas and suggestions have provided valuable insight and enhanced my writing tenfold. LWT is by far the best.

    • Penny says:

      Writing the “fantastical” is my calling.

      Right on cue, Live Write Thrive served up this post by top Hollywood Script consultant Michael Hauge:

      My current story is flirting with Academy-Award-winning levels of “unbelievability.” Michael helped me figure out a way to help readers swallow it (without choking) by using “foreshadowing,” I rewrote a short introduction that created a rationale for the possibility, essentially bribing the reader to accept absurdity “now,” and reserve judgment for “later.” It not only worked, it created additional structural complexity, strengthening the whole. Winning!

      Never does a Live Write Thrive post fail to inspire. In an age of communication overload, Suzanne’s consistent content quality (guests are always impressive), the breadth, and depth of information – day after day – always offered for the affordable price of “free,” is truly a remarkable achievement.

    • Pam De Voe says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive. I have followed this blog site for some time — it has become a part of my on-going learning to improve my craft of writing. I particularly liked this blog post or at which has to do with poetry and cadence. Yes, poetry and cadence in writing our novels. I am knee deep in editing my 3rd volume of a YA trilogy and find this blog to be particularly informative for me at this time.

      In truth, however, CS Lakin’s blogs are filled with valuable posts. I often save them for future reference.

      I happily nominate her blog for the best writer’s blog!

    • Stephanie Riva says:

      I vote for C.S. Lakin’s blog, Live Write Thrive. My favorite post was from October 21, 2015, titled “Writers: Beware of Body Parts Behaving Badly.”
      Ms. Lakin always provides good, practical writing advice that has helped me tremendously in my work as a copy editor. I think this particular blog post should win the award because I’ve not seen this particular topic covered in other writing blogs I follow, and I’ve copyedited many manuscripts whose authors could have benefitted from Ms. Lakin’s body parts advice.

    • I nominate C.S. Lakin’s Live, Write, Thrive blog , and specifically this post: A 12-Month Strategic Plan for Marketing Your Book. I like this blog because Lakin consistently gives good advice for writing as well as marketing your work.

    • Lois Turley says:

      Jerry Jenkins, 21-time “New York Times” bestselling author, combines years of writing mastery with passion to teach writers as he blogs.

      Though difficult to choose one post, I settled on “Story Writing 101: The 3 Essentials of a Page-Turner.” Here Jerry teaches how to stir readers’ interest from start to finish. Using only the first words of two unfinished sentences as examples, he shows how a story differs from an anecdote. With three short paragraphs he teaches how to create memorable characters that react with life’s dynamics. Jerry concludes by using exciting verbs that show how to keep readers’ interest. I nominate “Story Writing 101: The 3 Essentials of a Page-Turner” at

    • Dorothy says:

      I nominate C.S. Larkin’s Live Write Thrive ( Although I’ve followed her posts for several years I still always find posts that help me in my writing practice. Here is one of blog post especially helpful to me in the last year:
      Even in an almost finished manuscript, it still gave me insight into my character development.

    • Lilian says:

      I would like to nominate Joe Bunting’s blog of 100 Writing Practice Lessons & Exercises.

      I joined the Write Practice almost a year back, and I have profited greatly on improving my writing and story-telling.
      Post from Joe and subscribers are encouraging, down-to-earth, and easy to grasp suggestions and advice on how to find time to write, revise and polish a manuscript.

      I highly recommend you to check out Joe Bunting’s blog site.

    • I’d like to nominate Christine Niles blog, River of Thoughts. She’s a great motivator and encourager for writers at all levels, and one of the blog posts I think readers here will find most encouraging is: Four Things Writers Can Stop Stressing About Right Now:


    • I want to vote for Joe Bunting’s Blog:
      The reason is I love all the help and support I get from the write practice. I have written a book in a month with his help, and I find that anything a writer needs can be found on Joe’s blog!
      Plus the community of fellow writers!

    • MC Dalton says:

      Great Blog.
      It helped me grow so much as a writer. the exercises are simple yet effective. I am proof of – if you follow this recipe you WILL see amazing results.
      In general the write practice is one of the greatest writing communities I have ever been apart of. I have grown and improved so much as a writer in this last year and it is all thanks to this site.

      • Yes MC I appreciate you for being such a great contributor and helpful friend on the write practice. Blessings,

    • I nominate Jerry B. Jenkins’ blog post, Story Writing 101: The 3 Essentials of a Page-Turner at because of the simple but powerful suggestions to self-correct a missing ingredient from my fiction WIP.

      Janet C Bly

    • Sue Weems says:

      I nominate Joe Bunting’s site, The Write Practice. He strikes the right balance between inspiration/ motivation as well as practical craft posts. The community over there is terrific and encouraging. A great post I recently read was:

    • ross boone says:
      This is such a great resource to help us writers actually get work done! What Joe at the Write Practice is doing is so helpful to so many folks like me. Thanks guys!

    • I nominate The Write Practice, The reason why I chose this particular blog post is because it covers so much in just one article. Anything and everything I need to know about writing is touched on in some way, whether it be nitty gritty grammatical rules or tips for creating characters or simply just getting inspired. The Write Practice has always been and will continue to be my favorite writing blog.

    • Kellie McGann says:

      I would like to nominate The Write Practice ( for the top writing blog of the year! The post I would like to nominate is 100 Writing Practice Lessons and Exercises. (

      I think this post and blog deserves the award because the website is so much more than a bunch of helpful articles, it’s a community that pushes writers to reach their full potential while helping them get there. This post in particular is a collaboration of their best practices and exercises. It’s an amazing resource for writers. The Write Practice is everything a writer needs to really be successful and have fun in the process!

    • Every time I receive a blog post from The Write Practice, I lean something, or more than one thing. I look forward to receiving these posts.
      I use the help in all of my writing, and it works.
      I’ve joined his membership online community and I love the feedback and the warm comfortable feeling I have when I receive comments from others. I don’t think any other place could possibly be this warm and inviting and helpful.

    • cherryl chow says:

      I’d definitely nominate Joe Bunting’s “The Write Practice.” When I first started searching for writing blogs, his was the first one I landed on. I discovered that the site offers one of the most comprehensive and best articles on all aspects of writing, good for novice and experienced writers alike. I’ve joined his membership writing community, which has helped me become a much more productive writer.

      The site has a wealth of inspiring and helpful articles, but this one shows you how to deliberately set up your writing practice:

    • Awesome! I nominate The Write Practice It’s probably the most practical writing-advice blog I know. It doesn’t stop at simple instruction, but regularly walks readers through both the habit of practicing what they learn, and of helping other writers practice, as well.

      One of their many, many helpful posts is this one:

    • I would like to nominate Joe Bunting’s “The Write Practice Blog”, and this particular post:

      100 Writing Practice Lessons & Exercises

      Not only are Joe’s posts inspirational, instructional and learning tools that all writer’s need in their wheelhouse but his membership/mentor site is the most nurturing and supportive writing community I’ve ever been apart of. Through this tribe of writer’s, headed by Joe Bunting, I not only wrote my first fiction novel ever but I’m turning it into a Trilogy.

      I highly recommend you check out his blog site!

      • Lilian says:

        I fully agree with you, Wendy.
        I’m also voting for Joe’s blog.

    • Kieran says:

      I would like to nominate The Write Pactice. I joined The Write Practice earlier this year to kick start my writing habit, and I have had nothing but positive experiences from the group. The experienced members are extremely supportive of the newer members. Whether joining temporarily for one of the four writing contests we offer annually or joining for the long haul, The Write Practice offers a supportive environment to foster a writing habit.

      There are tons of great posts from regular and guest contributors alike, but this is definitely one of the staples: It has tons of great posts that can either break a writer out of a rut or get them back on track. I’ve used several of these when looking for help on my writing, and it’s been an excellent asset.

    • My favorite writing blog is still The Write Practice. They’re eminently practical and useful to emerging and established writers, and consistently deliver high quality articles.

      In particular, I nominate “100 Writing Practice Lessons & Exercises” :

    • Ruth Tredway says:

      Jerry Jenkins ( has earned my respect for many years, with his willingness to help beginning writers along with his honesty about how to be a better writer.
      The information is focused on the topic, and written clearly in a way that’s easy to remember. I especially like the post on Nov. 9, 2015 – “How to Finish a Book: 3 Qualities of Writers Who Finally Get ‘er Done”

    • Binu Sivan says:

      Hi Mary
      I would like to nominate C.S.Lakin’s Live Write Thrive. The particular post I would like to nominate is
      I am working on the first draft of my first novel. This blog and its posts help me find my way through all these firsts. This particular post helped me understand that sometimes big emotions are revealed through the little details. Maybe not sometimes. Maybe at all times.

    • I nominate Darcy Pattison’s Fiction Notes–specifically, this exercise because it provides so many specific and concrete tips for brainstorming the opening scene for a novel: Find Your Novel’s Opening: Quickly, Efficiently – and with MORE Creativity –

    • Vonda says:

      For some reason it keeps saying that I nominated How to Handle Criticism from an Editor, and the Website that I put in the form was –

    • Vonda says:

      This site breaks down the format for writing a story into 3 elements that work very well whether a writer is starting a new project or simply evaluating one that has already written. It doesn’t leave you there; the tutorial breaks down the three steps with easy to follow descriptions that anyone could follow even if they were a beginner. Jerry’s blog always has the tone of a supportive mentor, and that’s important because I’ve read writing blogs that come across with the tone of someone who feels superior speaking to those who need their instruction to ever succeed.

    • Vonda says:

      This site breaks down the format for writing a story into 3 elements that work very well whether a writer is starting a new project or simply evaluating one that has already written. It doesn’t leave you there; the tutorial breaks down the three steps with easy to follow descriptions that anyone could follow even if they were a beginner. Jerry’s blog always has the tone of a supportive mentor, and that’s important because I’ve read writing blogs that come across with the tone of someone who feels superior speaking to those who need their instruction to ever succeed.

    • Robert says:

      Jerry Jenkins’ posts are insightful, practical, and stem from a very successful writing career.
      He is very responsive to questions, offers practical suggestions, and maintains his blog in a manner that promotes an open forum among members. The post that I would like to nominate is “Why Readers are skipping crucial parts of your story”. Jerry critiqued several paragraphs I submitted and made suggestions that changed – and improved – my style of writing altogether.

    • Cheryl Johnston says:

      The link to the post I’d like to nominate is for Jerry Jenkins’ “How to Handle Criticism from an Editor.” ( )

      Being teachable is a requirement of writers who hope for a wider audience than just their own family. The feedback editors offer is invaluable and good writers (craftsmen) long for honest critique. Jerry’s post will be a help to new writers with his confession of needing review, too.

    • David Bazzett says:
      Are You Making This #1 Amateur Writing Mistake?
      Posted January 2nd, 2015 by Jerry Jenkins

      This really spoke to me as a beginning writer as I too often try to write “on-the-nose”.

    • Jarm says:

      I love K.M. Weiland’s blog. She is so generous with her advice, and is dedicated to helping others achieve what she has achieved. Here is a great post:

    • Lamar says:

      I would like to nominate a blog post entitled “3 Steps to Writing a More Powerful Story,” by the great Jerry B. Jenkins. His blog is [email protected]. The most helpful piece of advice I have heard in a long time is “Get off the stage.” Jerry says it often.

    • Sandee says:

      I nominate Jerry Jenkins Blog, “Story Writing 101: The 3 Essentials of a Page-Turner”

      My reason for this nomination is the generosity of the writer – I have noticed it is a central theme of a good writer to desire to share their knowledge with other writers. Also, no matter what level of writing, this blog post is evergreen. For the beginner, the post offers a concrete beginning; for the more seasoned writer, it provides the way to reassess.

    • NT says:

      I admit that I have learned a great deal from several writing blogs. I would like to thank all those authors, brave and generous and admirable.

      I discovered Jerry Jenkins’ blog in July this year. I appreciate all his posts and comments, which are insightful, helpful, and witty.

      If you ask only one post, I nominate one of the most recent posts titled “Writing 101, Three Essentials for a Page Turner.” You can reach it here:

      This post touches the heart of the matter of story writing, in a simple but very effective way. It made me rethink a lot of what I am doing with my writing fiction–giving it a fresh look and a more profound meaning.

    • I want to nominate Jerry Jenkins blog post: “3 Crucial Decisions Every New Writer Must Make”

      As a new writer, my blog is my version of singing in the shower, no one listens, so I feel safe there.
      I came to Jerrys blog scared, devaluing myself and certain no one would ever want to read anything I have written.

      After just a few weeks, his blog is changing me. I’m dreaming again, I have hope, I’m starting to believe I have something to offer and maybe, just maybe I will be touch someones life with my stories one day. I’m feeling this because Jerry writes with compassion for his reader. He genuinely wants to mentor new writers and you can feel that truth in the words he types.

      This post meant the world to me because Jerry kept it simple. He instructs us to:
      Decide what matters to you, decide what you stand for and decide on your priorities.

      As writers its our job to reach people, to touch their hearts, to make them think, help them dream and take them away from their everyday lives and make them believe they can have more.

      Without knowing what matters to us, what we stand for or what our priorities are, how can we expect to effectively reach into our hearts and give our readers a piece of our souls?

      Jerry keeps it simple, he has a heart for new writers and wants us to succeed and although I love every one of his posts, for me, this post is the foundation that I will stand on and hopefully, one day I will pay it forward and help someone believe in themselves as Jerry has helped me.

    • I read Jerry Jenkins’ blog regularly and always pick up great tips from it. His November 16, 2015 post was very relevant: In this blog, Jenkins gives six reasons why 9 of 10 writers quit; and six why the ten percent stay with it and are successful. As he says, the six reasons are simple — but not easy! I appreciate Jenkins’ inputs on writing success and will continue to appreciate and learn from his blogs.

    • Deb Miller says:

      Power Writing

      I’ve read lots of blogs, newsletters, and listen to gobs of podcasts about writing. This blog has been the most useful. It teaches how to write faster, uses mind mapping to plan and organize writing, using a timer to focus on bursts of writing. It is wonderful for all types of writing from business, technical, novels, newspaper, and many more types of writing.

    • I regularly read Jerry Jenkins’ blog. It is always encouraging. I want to nominate A blog entered last summer on how to know you are a writer. This one was particularly encouraging and fun.

    • I nominate Jerry Jenkins’ post “Story Writing 101: The 3 Essentials of a Page Turner.”

      Jenkins simplifies what a successful story needs: concept, character, and conflict. No elaborate plotting techniques here, nothing that would require an MFA to master. As a writer who writes by the seat-of-her-pants, I appreciate his concise methods for developing engaging fiction. Both plotters and pantsers can benefit.

    • Mike Moore says:

      Jerry Jenkins really tells it like it is and doesn’t sugarcoat how hard it is to become a truly good writer who connects with readers. It’s a not-too-tough love approach that I find keeps me realistic about my goals but motivated to do better and better work…

    • Pam says:

      I’m nominating Jerry Jenkins’ post “Why Readers Are Skipping Crucial Parts of Your Story,” because it provides excellent insight on how writers lose their readers’ attention and how to get it back. Jenkins cleverly advises his readers to incorporate description into the action, which gives the writer a way to combine the most interesting component of his writing–the action–with the part most readers skip over–the description. Totally brilliant.

    • Jeff says:

      Jerry Jenkins blog

      This particular blog provides tips on how to handle criticism from an editor. This not only applies to writing but to life in general. We must handle criticism especially from someone who is committed to help us,

    • I nominate Jane Friedman’s blog post: The Secret to My Productivity.

      Jane Friedman is a sincere voice in the world of writing and publishing. In her post, The Secret to My Productivity, Jane is honest and transparent in telling her readers how she balances creative work, marketing, and promotion, as well as the demands of family and day job. We all wrestle with time management; she has answers.

    • I nominate, “Why I Never Aim for the Bestseller List (and You Shouldn’t Either)” by Jerry Jenkins.
      This powerful reminder to focus on, “The work. The message. The mission.” and not worry about success made a difference to me. Judging by the 100+ comments, many others felt the same.

    • The blog on How to Handle Criticism From an Editor was extremely helpful. Jerry puts out a weekly blog that is forthright and honest. His insights on how to deal with criticism were helpful and he even admits that no one enjoys criticism! I am so appreciative of his uplifting and encouraging posts each week!

    • Judy says:

      My favorite blog post is How to Handle Criticism From An Editor by Jerry Jenkins. It is found at

      Jerry Jenkins is open and honest about writing and himself as a writer. He will be the same with anyone who asks his advice on their writing. This blog explains how to react to criticism to get the most out of it so as to improve ones writing. I think this is something all writers need to know. I’m glad I read it. 🙂

    • Greg Leaman says:

      Jerry Jenkins’ opened my eyes to leaving the reader some way in which she or he can become more involved in my stories. I might tell the reader my heroine has blue eyes, but I let him or her decide the shade! I realized i actually preferred doing some of that creative thinking when I’m reading, too!

    • I would like to nominate Jerry Jenkins’s post
      He reminds us that “writers write” while others just talk about it.

    • Janet K says:

      I nominate Jerry Jenkins’ post –Why 9 Out of 10 Writers Quit (And How to Be the 1 Who Finishes)
      Posted November 16th, 2015. Link —
      I got good advice to be myself, to keep writing because every writer that succeeds has to pay their dues of hard work.

    • I’d like to nominate Jerry B. Jenkins blog and the specific blog post is:

      I found this blog post especially helpful because we all, as writers, will receive criticism and the manner in which we receive that, and even more importantly, what we do with the feedback, will make all the difference in whether we grow into better writers or remain frustrated and wondering why we can’t get published.

    • Donna Melby says:

      I’d like to nominate Jerry Jenkins Blogpost from December 8, 2015 titled “Writing 101, Three Essentials for a Page Turner”. This blog tells more in three steps than I have heard or read anywhere else. He makes me feel itchy to get back to writing!
      His Website is:

    • I’d like to nominate Story Writing 101: The 3 Essentials of a Page-Turner for the best writing blogs contest. Jerry Jenkins gives great straightforward and concise advice. I’m a cut to the chase kind of gal and his car analogy made complete sense to me.

    • His post of Oct. 13, 2015 was very informative for me. !. Make your characters believable. 2. Trigger the theater of the mind. 3. Add pet-the-dog moments. A word in season.

    • I love this post because I have been a diva at times. Mr Jenkins has shown me I can fuss and fume over my editors remarks and that is ok–just as long as I do it privately.

    • Lucy says:

      Jerry Jenkins’ amazing writing blog, and this article especially, have changed my approach to writing. His down-to-earth, practical advice is eye-opening and incredibly helpful. This post gives a list of basic tips for self-editing that, when applied, can totally transform a piece of sloppy writing. I’ve been recommending this site ever since I discovered it. On a personal note, Jerry’s blog posts have rekindled my own motivation for writing. I’ve stopped judging my writing and started working to change it into what I want it to be. Jerry’s blog has equipped me with inspiration and effective tools to do that. Thanks Jerry!!

    • I’d love to nominate Writers Helping Writers. Angela and Becca pay it forward every. Single. Day. I loved this post on showing characters hidden emotions.

    • Matt Lenz says:

      I nominate Jerry Jenkins for his blog on how procrastination made him a better writer. See:

      I have deadlines for everything else in my life, with the exception of writing. When I work in my normal day job, the only way I get things done is by a list. If it’s on the list, it gets done. Not on the list, won’t get done. That is what happened to my novel writing. My first one got published because I needed to meet a contest deadline. It was on the list. The sequel has languished because I did not give it a deadline. Jerry showed me that and what he says can be applied to every writer.

    • I love Jerry Jenkins’ columns/blogs. This particular blog resonated with me. I am primarily an editor and wish this blog were required reading for all writers! With Jerry’s permission, I’m now sending the blog link out to all our new authors.

    • The reminding to “show” not “tell” is something that helped me a lot. Now when I want to express a characters emotion I tell it first and then sit there and think of a way to make it better by “showing.”
      Your example of “She looked sad” is stuck in my head as “telling.” “Her eyes filled with tears” always reminds me to look for telling when I could be showing.

    • david werenka says:

      hard to pick just one, she’s had some great guest posts but i’ll go with ‘Oh, Those Lovely Adverbs’ ’cause it’s fun. i nominate LIVE WRITE THRIVE.

    • Elizabeth Petersen says:

      I would like to nominate: Live Write Thrive

      One of my favorite blogs this year is “How Writers Can Avoid ‘Underwriting’ Emotions.”

      I really appreciate all the blogs from this website. They help me fine-tune my writing in a big way.

      I like this particular blog because it shows how to write emotion without the typical tears, smiles, or sighs. I learned how to dig deeper for inner dialog that produced so much more than the physical outward expression.

    • Live write thrive
      Great post because it is direct and to the point and doesn’t accept excuses.

    • I novimate

      This post from guest blogger Jeff Gerke on C.S. Lakin’s Live Write Thrive blog is especially valuable for fiction writers, but is excellent advice for the nonfiction writer as well. Why? Gerke gets to the neuropsychiatric basis for what makes a book a page turner. We are always taught the importance of excellent writing craft, and writing teachers and coaches do admonish us to capture the reader’s attention and maintain suspense throughout the story. The difference brought out in this blog is the scientific basis for how this works in the brain. This is extremely valuable information for all writers.

    • Mark Hunter says:

      My nomination goes to Live Write Thrive. I look forward to each blog post and have found them to be consistently well-written, relevant and on-target. Wonderful information!

      Hacking Your Reader’s Brain

    • Author Website – Getting Started

      Is it (story) any good? This question is often asked by even published writers. Darcy Pattison gives tips to help writers answer that question for themselves. Powerful!

    • I’d like to nominate Darcy Pattison’s “Fiction Notes” blog, and although there have been several posts of hers I’ve really benefited from this year, including one on revision, this one on creating turning points was the one that was the most useful to me, and is a really important subject for writers, I think:

      Turning points at major beats (like the end of chapters and key plot points such as the climax) are things I always look for, but not so much turning points within scenes. Yet, as the article points out, having these engages the reader. If a scene lacks one, it can end up flat. I printed the post out to re-read while I’m writing and revising.

    • I am reposting because the address of her blog didn’t appear in my comment. Here it is:

      This is just one of Deena Nataf’s sassy, funny posts from her Bulletproof Writing blog. I look forward to reading it every week! Who would have thought that grammar rules and writing tips could be so entertaining and upbeat? I love her tongue-in-cheek humor and her lessons are spot-on. She really deserves to win this year!

    • I’d like to nominate Darcy Pattison’s Find Your Novel Opening post from her Fiction Notes blog ( dated June 15, 2015 because she clearly showed me her thinking in the process of developing a novel opening, creating twenty different possibilities, evaluating them, and narrowing it down to six results. She worked all of her final choices into the opening sequence because she had several subplots. Many writing blogs reveal a tantalizing hint and then direct you to purchase something. While Darcy does offer books for sale, she is generous in sharing ideas to help other writers. Oh that I may I send the elevator back down one day as she has done!

    • This is just one of Deena Nataf’s sassy, funny posts from her Bulletproof Writing blog. I look forward to reading it every week! Who would have thought that grammar rules and writing tips could be so entertaining and upbeat? I love her tongue-in-cheek humor and her lessons are spot-on. She really deserves to win this year!

    • I nominate Darcy Pattison’s blog post on novel openings: because I solidly believe in and teach the use of mentor texts and love the way Darcy discusses in this post a great way to use beats (as always, she gives appropriate credit where due, this time to Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat site) and mentor texts to support the writing process.

    • Fiction Notes by Darcy Pattison is my favourite writing blog because she discusses character development, but also children’s books, tips for designing a writer’s website, and more. It’s not just about writing; she has lots of helpful information.

    • Viviane says:

      I would like to nominate the K.M. Weiland blog:
      And the post below
      I love it because with each post there is always an audio file which is quite helpful. The author take us on her own journey in writing her novel and share what she learns. The themes of the posts are not repetitive and very practical with lots of examples. It’s clear, and very instructive. It really helps and keeps you going on.

    • I tried to post before, and somehow it didn’t appear. Made me wonder if fate was telling me something. Because honestly there are two bogs that deserve equal shout outs IMHO. So, I know this means my vote won’t be counted, but I’m going to include them both because they should be here together!
      Susanna Leonard Hill is the touchstone for Perfect Picture Book Friday and a slew of other writing contests throughout the year. This post sets out the challenge for her holiday contest and a smorgasbord of prizes. Forcing us to write and post actual texts, Susanna’s post is from a writer helping other writers improve craft, and be better people.
      Carter Higgins wrote this post for Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (while raising them), spotlighting the fact that writing story and characters are great, but that without an emotional core they aren’t “about” anything. And that’s what Tara’s blog routinely does, going beyond nuts and bolt to what will make writing exceptional.
      Picking between them is like asking a parent to pick a favorite child! Can’t be done.

    • I’d like to nominate a recent post from Tara Lazar’s Writing for Children (while raising them) blog. It was hard to pick just one! Tara posts throughout the year but I decided that it’s piboidmo that pushes it WAY over the top for me as my favorite. So here’s the post:
      Upcoming debut author Carter Higgins wrote this post. This post resonated for me, a reminder that writing plot and characters is important (okay, essential) but the stories that will stand the test of time (hello backlist!) are about more. These stories have beating hearts that take children on an emotional journey. And that’s what Tara shares with other writers–her heart. Nobody does it better.

    • I nominate Indie Author Lily Amis for her Confessions of a Writer Blog. Lily was a war refugee and had much to overcome. Her blog reflects her positive outlook and has a powerful message of Love, Peace, Tolerance and Friendship.
      Her Blog:

    • Lily Amis says:

      I like to nominate Julia Granthams blog “Confession of a Writer” because of her personal experiences and tragedies that she has managed to overcome. A strong and beautiful Lady.

      I tried to nominate her blog by pressing the SUBMIT Button. But there is an Error and unfortunately I dont have access to the pop-up page!
      Many thanks and warm regards,
      Lily Amis (Indie-Author)

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s, Writing Kids While Raising Them blogpost It’s hard to pick one post from Tara’s PiBoIdMo, but in this one Josh Funk, author of Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast, challenges writers to take their bad ideas and turn them into something unique. He sites mentor texts and even shares a bit about the critique process.

      Cheers for Tara who has built a fabulous writing community and blog filled with insightful posts!

    • Serena Yung says:

      Nominating Jami Gold’s blog, specifically this post:

      My story has tons of tangents and subplots, and this post was really helpful to me in making these story elements work! I learned a lot about the art of storytelling from this post too.

    • JC Haley says:

      William Spear has a blog named Ink and Gear where he writes about his projects in speculative fiction and video game development. He currently has a series on avoiding procrastination. This is very important in the world of a Writer. I would like to nominate his post:

      This post deals with something that many of us deal with from time to time – self directed anger resulting from procrastination. Right now I am at a place where his series on beating procrastination hits home. It is something that I really need to be reminded of now that NaNoWriMo is over and I’m falling prey to turning ‘a small break from writing’ into not writing for days or weeks at a time.


      JC Haley

    • I would like to nominate Julia Grantham, a wonderful American writer who is the personification of selflessness.

      Her blog is part of an ongoing thread, attended by authors on Twitter, titled “Confessions of a Writer.”

      Julia is a highly-regarded member of the Twitter fraternity @JuliaGrantham2

    • Karla V says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo post –> This is the launching pad for a month of insights, creativity and skill development. The resources that follow are some of the best resources out there on how to write Picture Books.

    • I’m nominating Jami Gold’s Blog post Romance Writers: New Scrivener Template – I’m partial to this post because I’m the one that gave her the idea to create a romance writers template for Scrivener. I’m new to the genre and new to Scrivener. When I saw she had a beat sheet for romance writers, I wanted to put that sheet in Scrivener. So I asked her and she did it. Which I thought was pretty cool.

    • Every year Tara Lazar hosts PiBoIdMo in November. It is extremely well-organized and chock full of inspiration and idea generation tools. Even if you don’t write picture books, every writer can benefit from the camaraderie and advice. I nominate PiBoIdMo 2015 as one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers.

    • Jay Warner says:

      I nominate the blog post “On Designing the Life You Want To Live” by Jeff Goins of Goins, Writer. It was published this year on

      The reason I nominate this blog is because it discusses examining your own life, making decisions and not waiting for the “perfect” time to live the life you want to live. Following a life/career path with design and intention is vastly more rewarding than going along with the status quo or what others expect you to do. This blog post is a real wake up call for writers who actually want to stop thinking about writing and do it.

      I think this blog post should win the reward because it’s timely, universal yet personal, and is really the tipping point for any aspiring writer who has not made the leap just yet. It’s encouraging, instructional, hopeful, and helpful. I have very high regards for opinions and advice given forth in Jeff Goins’ blog.

    • Serena Yung says:

      (I’m reposting this since my comment didn’t appear after I submitted it)

      Nominating Jami Gold’s blog, specifically this post:

      My story has tons of tangents and subplots, and this post was really helpful to me in making these story elements work! I learned a lot about the art of storytelling from this post too.

    • Serena Yung says:

      Nominating Jami Gold’s blog, specifically this post:

      I have tons of tangents and subplots in my own story, and the tips and advice both in the post itself, and in Jami’s replies to my comments, were very helpful! I learned a lot from this post. 🙂

    • Serena Yung says:

      Nominating Jami Gold’s blog, specifically this post:

      I really loved this topic of how to make tangents and subplots work, because my own story has a huge number of both of these, and Jami gave many helpful tips both in the post itself, and in reply to my comments. I learned a lot from this post!

    • JON` says:

      I nominate Jami Gold’s blog for day in and day out relevance, thoughtfulness and timeliness. Specifically I nominate this post:
      It discusses the problems associated with writing, or reading, in lesser appreciated genres such as erotica, romance or westerns, and the “shaming” associated with such creative writing.

    • Sarah Endo says:

      The writing blog I’ve been drawing the most inspiration from this year is The Debutante Ball. It’s a group blog written by five women (plus guests) who have their first novels coming out this year. The posts are an inspiring mix of funny, touching, daringly honest, and informative on a practical level for someone who aspires to someday have a first novel coming out. The post I’m nominating is “On Not Selling a Book,” which kind of “had me at hello” because I can definitely identify with *not* selling a book. I can identify with the soul-crushing despair described by the author, Jennifer S. Brown, when her first novel (product of her blood, sweat, and tears, and endless revisions) just did not get picked up by a publisher, and her agent said, “It’s over.” I can relate to her indecision about whether or not to try self-publishing, and most of all, about whether she could justify the time spent writing (time away from her family and other endeavors) when her writing wasn’t exactly meeting with success. The most helpful thing about this post for me is that Brown tells *how* she managed to keep writ in, keep trying, despite the rejection, despite the “sound of failure humming in the back of [her] brain.” I need that message to counteract the doubts humming in my own brain, and I’m grateful to Jennifer S. Brown for her honesty in sharing her story.

    • June Sengpiehl says:

      I’m nominating Tara Lazar’s Writing For Kids (While Raising Them) with the blog post PiBoldMo Day 24: Jesse Klausmeier Shuffles the Deck.
      It was hard to choose one because all the blogs were good but this one seemed to be one that
      provided encouragement to not only come up with an idea but to shape the book as well. day 24

    • Annelouise Mahoney says:

      I’m nominating Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) with the blog post: Post-PiBoIdMo Day 5: Tara Lazar is Out of Order because Tara shares her own creative process with dedication, inspiration and encouragement for other writers and illustrators. This blog post is part of her Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) where she shares, and has guests share, informational posts for each day of the month. I wish the whole blog could be nominated because each post is well thought out and delivered to help writers.

    • AJ Smith’s post for Tara Lazar’s blog Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) perfectly exemplifies the value of her annual PiBoIdMo challenge. Every November while novelists pound away at their word counts, picture books writers everywhere benefit from her fun challenge to come up with thirty picture book ideas in thirty days. Generous, informative posts have changed my craft and practice over the past three years, and the challenge is completely free! This blog deserves your award!

    • PiBoIdMo Day 28: Paula Yoo Explores Non-Fiction Biographies

      Because this kind of well-presented information, specific to non fiction biographies, is as rare as hen’s teeth. Fascinating content, thoughtfully presented. Yay!

    • Doris Stone says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog post,
      The reason I believe Tara should win, is because, year after year through PiBoIdMo and with blog post like this, she helps picture book writers around the world. Tara’s yearly challenge changes lives and makes the world a better place.

    • In the blog, Typing Out the text, Pat Zietlow Miller shares her insights rich with experience as she discusses what she learned by breaking down Boats for Papa, by Jessica Bagley. (

      Beginning on the first page, she discusses how 23 words so fully introduce two main characters, their circumstances and their relationship. I learned that the text’s brevity allows the reader to fill in with their own experiences. She explains how ten words on the next two pages set up what is to happen in the story, although the reader is not aware of it as they read. Ms. Miller’s analysis helped me see the deeper, richness of each page, and how each word contributes.

      The true test for the post is that it inspired me to type out Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer and analyze each page, each word/phrase. I looked for character development, plot development, tension builders, and how ‘economy of words’ (i.e. Bernadette’s tail dropped) say volumes. I examined how each word moved the story forward. Removing the illustrations, I examined the words on each page to try to figure out how Ms Sauer decided on those words chosen. I challenged each decision and learned so much. I felt like I was overlaying Ms. Sauer’s decision making process on top of mine, hoping I would gleam her insights!

      Her post educated me, inspired me, and moved me to action, where I learned ‘journey’s more’.
      Ms. Miller’s insightful reviews break down the writing basics in a story, showing how they enhance the final story. We are continually ‘shown’ application of the basics (ie rule of three, problem identification, etc.).

      The blog, Picture Book Builders, features eight well-published picture book writers/artists each month and provide in-depth analysis of good picture books. I’m never disappointed in the blogs, and usually end up checking out each book they discuss to better understand what they share. (

    • Shelley M. says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo Blog. In all her blog posts, including I commend the gathering of professional guest bloggers whose words of experience and wisdom positively and generously help move picture book writers in a productive direction. In addition to offering a wealth of information from guest bloggers and comments from readers, it is free, and offers prizes to readers who comment. Yeah for Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo Blog.

    • I wish I could nominate all of Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo blog posts, but if I have to pick one, it’s the post by Heidi Kilgras on Dec. 5.

      Heidi shows her love for Picture Books as she talks about your voice as your own “special sauce” and about making words sing. But my favorite part is where she talks about the fact that what you leave out (the text that isn’t there, that the reader’s mind fills in) is just as important as what you put in.

    • I wish I could have read Tara Lazar’s December 7th blog years ago, when I was starting out. In it, Tara reminds her readers (who are picture book writers) that they have a special kind of freedom… freedom to begin a book with a winning sentence, freedom to begin at the end, freedom to start in the middle. It is a gift to realize we have such flexibility.

      Just as important, Tara advises picture book writers not to surge ahead full speed with what they think is a good idea but to let the idea simmer and percolate until it is more mature and closer to developing into a truly stand-out book. This makes so much sense. Why waste all the time to be spent on revisions and refining on what may be only a half-baked idea?

      This blog,”Tara Lazar is out of order,” on the fifth day after PiBold Month, particularly resonated with me. But I’d like to mention that the quality of Tara’s blog, including her own writings and those of guest writers, is singularly high. It truly is the most worthwhile blog I read.

      Tara Lazar reflects the pulse of children’s books and publishing. Her site is my GO TO place for the latest. She informs, comments, and shares from her heart. A bit of whimsy is sprinkled in every post, along with REALLY FUNNY graphics and videos!

    • I want to nominate Tara Lazar’s “Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) blog. A few years ago, she created PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month). It is similar to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) but better. The PiBoIdMo is low stress, does not require a minimum of x-amount of words a day to reach the 50,000 words, and has many helpful articles written by various agents and authors. By the end of thirty days, participants should have thirty ideas for children’s picture books.

      The particular blog post that spoke to me most is the following:

      It offers many ideas to get those creative juices flowing. AJ Smith, the author of this particular post, writes a thorough article about brainstorming ideas and putting them to paper. He also goes into details about what types of subjects work well for particular age groups. For example:
      “5. …building obstacles around fear. … Ages 1-5: divorce, loss of parent, monsters, separation, and unfamiliar experiences (animals, environments, noises, strangers, etc).”

      It was real helpful. The breakdown of ages and fears associated with them, guides us children’s writers on the subject matter for stories written for that particular age group.

      I highly recommend Tara’s blog, period! I am glad my friend told me about it.

    • It’s not easy to choose only one blog post on Tara Lazar’s blog Writing for Kids (While Raising Them). Her help and advice for writers is top notch. She originated Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) which just ended for this year, and although there are other posts that rate highly this year (imo) I chose this one:

    • I would like to nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them):

      Tara’s blog provides all kinds of advice for pre & published writers and illustrators of picture books. There are posts on craft, on promotion, tons of prizes including critiques from editors and agents. It’s the go-to blog! Tara’s a vital part of the kidlit community, and her PiBoIdMo (picture book idea month) that happens every November is an inspiration to all of us.

      Thanks for considering!!

    • Kathy Farr says: is my nomination; a great follow up to PiBoIdMo.

    • Mary Worley says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s post “How to Write Fractured Fairy Tales” from her blog Writing for Kids (While Raising Them). Tara covered all the information needed to tackle a project that many picture book writers attempt. Her video captures her humor and down-to-earth advice while the pdf gives writers ideas on how to keep their version fresh and fantastic. Then, she provides a list of mentor texts (love that she shows the covers!). Tara’s PiBoIdMo is, of course, the main attraction of her blog, but her posts on the craft of writing are gems, too. I keep her picture book layout templates handy and have used her words kids like and don’t like as well as the monster list she compiled. Love Tara Lazar and her blog.

    • Kathy Halsey says:

      I’d like to nominate a blog I have followed for 3 years, Tara lazar’s Writing for Kids While Raising Them. the month of November for Picture Book Idea Month is a gift Tara gives us every year to come up w/30 ideas for picture books. I’ve even used some of her posts with middle school writers. One example post is here:
      Tara explains what it takes to get all the pieces of a picture book puzzle in place with humor and examples writers can emulate.

    • I nominate this post from Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) lineup:
      The post is written by the warmly generous, indefatigable Tara herself, describing her method of turning a picture book idea into a full-blown manuscript. The post caps off a full month (and more) of posts from other picture book writers that Tara has expertly assembled to inspire PiBoIdMo participants to achieve the goal of coming up with 30 fresh ideas in 30 days. This is my second year participating in PiBoIdMo and I can say that the dividends have paid off in full. Tara’s inspiration carries me through the year. Her blog posts, like the one above, help children’s writers train our brains to constantly come up with new ideas, find the gems, and write to our fullest potential. What more could a writer ask for?

    • Patty Bennett says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar and her Piboidmo blog. Excellent info that was very helpful.

    • Dee Knabb says:

      I am nominating Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids While Raising Them blog post on 12/6/15 Tara Lazar is Out of Order. Tara inspires through guest bloggers who help writers generate ideas and hone them into worthwhile stories for the month of November. In this blog post, she shares how she constructed her book much like you would solve a puzzle. She is one of the most generous writers today and her blog is outstanding.

    • Mona Pease says:

      I’m nominating Tara Lazar and her PiBoIdMo blog. I spent a month* with Tara, jotting my own ideas and getting inside tips from each amazing presenter.This last post summed it up and gave thoughts on how to pick up a puzzle piece, of which I have more than 30, and start fitting pieces until the story is written.

    • Jill says:

      I nominate Tara Laser for her blog on writing for kids. It has been a real encouragement to be a part of the Picture Book Idea Month -PiBoIdMo- which she hosts. Her recent post on how she processes her ideas is just one example of the positive, straightforward advice she provides for other aspiring writers.

    • Pam Miller says:

      I’m nominating Tara Lazar (Writing for Kids While Raising Them). Tara, an amazingly talented author herself, gathers authors and illustrators together to post about writing for children. Her Blog site is like having a genie on my shoulder. Tara truly knows the value of helping others, and I admire her dedication to that goal.

      While so many posts were chuck full of inspiration, I found sound advice to begin writing every day in the post by Carrie Charley Brown, Post-PiBoIdMo Day 1: Carrie Charley Brown Researches Concepts and Beyond.

    • Pam Miller says:

      I would like to nominate Tara Lazar (Writing for Kids While Raising Them), a blog post that pulls authors and illustrators together in November to keep writers from running out of steam at the end of the year by inspiring a new, monster to-do list.
      The most exciting post was Day 25, Reading this post was like getting a genie on my shoulder to coach me throughout the coming year.
      But I must also appreciate Day 1 post by Carrie Charlie Brown, because she gave a simple solution for getting words on a page: search and research.
      Tara, an amazingly talented author herself, knows the value of helping others. And her Blog is most valuable to me.

    • Kelly Schmitt says:

      I would like to nominate

      This is a fantastic post both about idea generation and taking them all the way through to the end of your story to really make it a winner. Tara Lazar repeated writes wonderful blog posts with tips as well as motivation, and also assembles a top-notch team of guest bloggers to make her site a true gem.

    • I’m nominating Tara Lazar’s blog,, for the 2015 award. In this blog, Tara shares her idea process for developing her stories. She’s honest about the fact that what works for her may not work for you. Tara encourages each writer to find what works for them. Great advice.

    • I nominate the Thursday blog by an up and coming author I’ve recently stumbled upon. I am not a writer yet look forward to her Thursday blog as it relates to all of life. I find myself pondering her blog throughout the week – her humorous approach to serious questions transcends the ‘author only topic’. I cannot wait for her book to be published.

    • I would like to nominate an up and coming author I’ve recently been following on The Debutante Ball. I stumbled across this site through an author I follow. I find the writing and blogs relatable to all parts of life. The humorous way the topics are explored in depth leaves me ruminating all day on the topic. I look forward to the posts to start my Thursdays.

    • Dorothy Wiese says:

      Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) by Tara Lazar is a blog that has helped and encouraged me. I would like to nominate today’s “Post-PiBoIdMo Day 5: Tara Lazar is Out of Order” for the 2015 award.

      Tara is a prolific blogger, and she invites guests who contribute wonderful posts as well. Tara is very generous with her time and talent, and I look forward to her blogs.

      Dorothy Wiese

    • I nominate the post entitled “PiBoIdMo Day 29: Arree Chung Gets an Idea OUT and Makes it Work” from Tara Lazar’s “Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)” blog. ( It’s tough to choose a single post from this blog, since so many of them are helpful, but this one really spoke to me. It’s so easy to throw an idea out when it doesn’t seem to be working, but Arree explained what steps to take to rescue ideas that you love but that just aren’t working, and he showed how he did it with one of his books.

    • Artelle Lenthall says:

      I am emphatically nominating Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) because of the wonderful work she does to help children’s writers especially with PiBoIdMo. So many generous professionals sharing great advice like http://

    • I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them). Throughout the month of November, plus a few days before and after, Tara’s stellar team of guests offered so many ideas and so much advice to help picture book authors pursue their craft through the PiBoIdMo event. I especially enjoyed this post by Tammi Sauer:, which offered an excellent character development exercise that I’ve already started using to create a character for a future project. I think this is a winning post because the advice was so clear and easy to follow that anyone, even a “non-writer” could use it effectively.

    • Lyn Oxley says:

      Post-PiBoIdMo Day 5: Tara Lazar
      Tara has blogged extensively on writing for children and is a reliable and dedicated blogger.

    • I would like to nominate this post:

      This is part of Tara Lazar’s series to generate picture book ideas. This particular post reminds writers of the importance of leaving room for the illustrator to help tell the story and to leave room for the reader to interpret the story. I always find helpful writer information and inspiration at Tara’s blog.

    • Linda Baie says:

      I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them), this specific post: All the month of Picture Book Idea Month is a pleasure, but the anticipation, the getting ready is also what Tara takes seriously, from the pre PiBoIdMo to the November posts, and after, Tara gathers the best of ideas for writing and supporting writing, and keeps us all on that journey, excited and inspired.

    • Elaine Le Sueur says:

      I would like to nominate Tara Laser’s blog post.
      Post-PiBoIdMo Day 5: Tara Lazar is Out of Order
      December 6, 2015 in Little Red Gliding Hood, PiBoIdMo 2015, Picture Books
      Because the picture of a heap of puzzle pieces needing to be sorted out into order to create the final story reflects how I write and i am glad to know that others are the same.

    • Nila Jean Spencer says:

      I am happy to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) which recently featured (PIBOIDMO) Picture Book Idea Month during the month of November. I specifically liked her final post which can be found as follows: http: I especially liked this post because she mentions that one must really think about a topic before beginning to write. That is the same idea I have just discovered in a college Drawing class that I am taking. We are told to spend as much time just looking at an object as we actually spend drawing it. Thus it appears that reflecting and examining something is equally as important as actually creating a product. This seems to be true for both art and writing.

    • Ingrid Boydston says:

      I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them):
      Tara hosts PiBoIdMo, an invaluable combination of encouraging and practical advice for Picure Book authors. Every post is helpful, and usually highly entertaining as well, but Tara’s final post encapsulates them all.

    • I would like to nominate Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo 2015 post on her blog, Writing for Kids While Raising Them.

      I nominate this post because Tara is a true champion for writers and aspiring writers of picture books. She puts an enormous amount of time and energy into supporting and encouraging writers to create awesome books for kids.

    • Lori Dubbin says:

      I get so much writing advice from so many posts on Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them). But if I have to choose one, it was from yesterday. It’s a Post-Picture Book Idea Month post written by an Editorial Director/Author about what Editors/Publishing Houses look for in a Picture Book: “Heidi Kilgras Listens Between the Notes.” Here’s the link: The wisdom in the post (and in all of Tara’s posts on her blog) is generous, insightful, and priceless.

    • I would like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) which also offers an annual Picture Book Idea Month during November. It is always chock full of encouragement, insight and guest posts that keep us all motivated as we reach for those sparkly ideas that will eventually turn into picture books. Tara’s wit, kindness, and generosity are boundless. I hope she wins!

    • Sandy Simonds says:

      I nominate:

      1. “Seven Secret Weapons That Will Make You a Better Novelist” (May, 2015)
      3. It’s a clear guide to the art and craft of writing. Key points every writer needs to understand are listed and explained. Larry Brooks is passionate about teaching writers to be successful and as difficult as it is to pick one blog from his outstanding, award-winning site, this blog epitomizes the lengths Larry goes to teach others striving to improve. To All – click on this link and once there – stay awhile, look around and enjoy. A+

      • I’d like to nominate Storyfix. Specifically this post shows how passionate Larry Brooks is about teaching others what he’s learned over the years. This post in particular took him hours to write…all for the sole purpose of showing writers story structure.

        Few are as dedicated to the craft of writing as Larry Brooks, IMHO. And his passion shines through everything he does.

    • Elizabeth Brown says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog:

      My favorite post is:

      I feel Tara’s blog is inspiring. I have so many new ideas for writing and ready to write the books!


      This is one of MANY posts from Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them), that are worthy of mentioning here in this nomination process. She provides inspiration throughout the year, and sponsors the Picture Book Writing Challenge during November, which provides posts from forty or so experts in the picture book industry. All of the posts help picture book writers progress in their efforts, but this one in particular, I believe, is so jam-packed with information it’s a workshop in itself. The fact that Tara can round up so many experts to guest blog during her PiBoIdMo challenge speaks well of the respect she has in our community, and is confirmed by the number of year-round followers she has — more than 7.000.

    • I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them):
      Each year Tara puts together a fine crew of bloggers to inspire picture book writers to come up with an idea a day for the month of November. It’s so gratifying to end the month with a notebook full of ideas. The post that I’ve listed motivates readers to take those ideas and develop them, piece by piece.

    • I’m nominating Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them). I have chosen the post at the link below because it exemplifies her commitment to picture book writers. In this post, as in all of her posts, Tara supports and inspires writers. Many of my best ideas would not exist without Tara’s blog.

    • Christine Rodenbour says:

      Reason – light bulbs went off while reading this post! Clear-cut, basic yet profound, tips on how to craft an amazing picture book with all of the elements a writer needs for success! (The other 29 PiBoIdMo posts on Tara’s site were fantastic too).

    • Kerrie says:

      I’m nominating the post below from because it is just a really great example of how Tara’s posts are all about helping her readers.

    • Ellen Cohen says:

      Tara Lazar’s PoBoIdMo month-long+ picture book idea generator is inspirational and posts are eagerly awaited each day. Think of having thirty new picture book possibilities at the end of a month. Down with procrastination! The specific blog post I am nominating is the Post-PiBoIdMo Day 1 “Carrie Charley Brown Researches Concepts and Beyond.” The post recommends you start with your idea and research its prototypes to make sure it stays unique. It provides websites for award-winning picture books to launch your survey and websites to hone your craft. A great wealth of resources in a little gift-wrapped package!

    • Lotus Ivak says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s closing Picture Book Ideas Month (PiBoIdMo) post The post is great because it is such a perfect encapsulation of the PiBoIdMo challenge that Tara hosts. Her advice on picture book writing is so informational and inspiring!

    • Linda Thomsen says:

      1) Clearly-explained points on key writing issues (e.g. show not tell, point of view, etc.)
      2) Hardy’s blogs are never boring and she uses humor to make her points
      3) Articles offer links to former blogs that deal with side-points in greater detail
      4) Tips easy to employ in current WIP, whether one is a beginner or more advanced writer
      5) Blogs deal with areas of writing one may never have thought of on one’s own, like foreshadowing or pacing
      6) Website well organized, offering a list of main categories on writing solutions and subjects that Hardy’s blogs have covered
      7) A “SEARCH ARTICLES” space, essential when one either has a specific title in mind or simply needs assistance in finding more info on a “fuzzy” subject area

    • I want to nominate C.S. Lakin’s “Live, Write, Thrive.
      I look forward to receiving these blogs each week. I read each one and see how it can inspire me to improve my writing. While I enjoy all of her blogs, I want to nominate, “The only self publishing platforms you’ll ever need.” As I have already self published and want to improve, this blog really appealed to me.

    • Jenny Cahill says:

      I nominate Amy Reade’s Reade and Write blog post “Social Media Primer.”

      because Amy is refreshingly honest about the need for self promotion and how it contributes to your success as a writer. I learned a great deal from reading this about how to make myself more accessible to readers.

    • Deborah says:

      The most helpful this year, for lifting my writing to the next level was:

    • Paul Edens says:

      I would like to nominate C.S.Lakin’s blog from for her consistent and outstanding blog. She has so much useful information that’s to the point for writers on their journey. It’s a joy to read and follow her blog and to hear from other writers as they develop and share their skills. Thank you Suzanne.

      One of my favorite blogs is this one:
      How Novelists Can Make Unbelievable Stories Feel Real

    • I’m nominating this one of many great posts from C. S. Lakin & Live, Write, Thrive simply because it is the most recent of her posts to help me find my way to the finish line. Her guest experts’ and her own posts are indispensable to writers–especially guys like me who must make every mistake once, at least, before learning from them.

    • Kate Oh says:

      I nominate C.S. Lakin’s “Live Write Thrive” blog, which I read avidly. I appreciate the variety of topics as well as the long-term intensive posts that become the basis for her writing aid books. I particularly like “Hacking Your Reader’s Brain” (, which gave me a surprise insight into the elements readers respond to.

    • I also nominate Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo site, specifically the post done by Paula Yoo –

      Everything posted at PiBoIdMo is helpful to picture book writers but I found the post I gave the URL for particularly helpful to those of us who write nonfiction.

    • L K. Haliburton says:

      Hi All,
      I nominate Live Write Thrive by C. S. Lakin,
      I’m encouraged and inspired to keep writing from this consistent and very effective teaching tool. I manage a learning center for adults coming out of devastating trauma and dysfunction. Writing continues to be theraputic in their fight for survival. Susanne graced us with a training for them, priceless memory. Some of my favorite posts include: How to deal with Writer’s Block, Don’t Jump to Conclusions and 9 Ways to Turn Your Pen into a Money Making Machine.

    • Dan Hoger says:

      I nominate the blog Live Write Thrive by C.S. Lakin. Here is a great post from her blog:

    • Jon Duncan says:

      Live Write Thrive is a terrific blog for writers. It is rich with information on everything from manuscript editing to the correct usage of the English language. As a writer, I found being a member of Live Write Thrive a very useful tool and I think this is one of the best blogs available for any author.

    • I nominate Live Write Thrive.
      The posts have helped me tremendously in my writing endeavors. The posts are timeley and very informative. The examples they give are very helpful.
      I particularly liked “Hacking Your Reader’s Brain.”

    • Kim Larson says:

      I love the helpful before and after examples they give. They show, not just tell you how to do it.

      • Kim Larson says:

        I forgot to state the website I nominate: Live Write Thrive.

    • Cara Flett says:

      I nominate C.S. Lakin’s blog post: “How Writers Can Avoid Underwriting Emotions.” Here’s the link:

      In a writing world where we’re told repeatedly to “show, not tell,” I appreciated the fact that Lakin’s post illustrated exactly what this meant. Illustrating her points is something Lakin and her four blog cohorts do particularly well in all of the instructive posts shown on Live Write Thrive.

      In the case of “underwriting emotions,” Robin Patchen explains how authors need to capitalize on the power inherent in fleshing out the emotions of the characters shown in your story. Her advice to move beyond showing the obvious resonated with me for days, and I found myself beefing up the emotional impact of my scenes and analyzing how others might have shown better the emotions of their own characters!

    • I love C.S. Lakin’s “Live Write Thrive” blog about writing and all things related. She not only gives me what I want for my writing, but what I need – and there’s a difference. A summer blog post on The Only Self-Publishing Platforms You’ll Ever Need is perfect in todays publishing world where more and more writers are taking charge of their writing and getting it out there. Here’s the link:

    • I nominate C.S. Lakin’s blog post in Live Write Thrive for How Novelists Can Make Unbelievable Stories Feel Real

      I loved this post because it made me aware on how to write a story on a deep level to make it realistic and believable.

    • Joy DeKok says:

      Favorite Blog: Live Write Thrive
      Post: Hacking Your Reader’s Brain
      The Link:
      Why? The author, Jeff Gerke, didn’t just state the great rule of writing fiction (“The great commandment of fiction is this: You must keep the reader engaged from beginning to end.”) He explains how. And yes, I bought his book – I was that engaged as a reader who writes.

    • Chris Bailey says:

      This one, from Live Write Thrive: How Writers Can Avoid Underwriting Emotions
      Because I’ve been rejected for lack of emotional connection, and this helped me understand why.

    • I nominate Live Write Thrive.

      I loved this blog post by guest Jeff Gerke entitled “Hacking Your Reader’s Brain,” found here:

      I found it a great reminder to add in more emotion, more heart, in I’m writing. Sometimes I hold back, but this personal element adds the oomph to our stories.

    • The Only Publishing Platform You’ll Ever Need. Found on Live Write Thrive.

    • Ken Hughes says:

      I nominate the one and only Rachel Aaron, for

      Rachel is always more fun than most of the bloggers out there. This post briefer than many of hers, but it takes the classic problem of First Chapters and knocks it on its head by helping the writer focus on the basic joy (and the genre expectations) of the story and see potential starts through the right eyes. Her examples are so colorful you forget you’re improving.

    • David Larsen says:

      Last year I discovered the blog Positive Writer via WTD’s yearly awards post. I had quit writing for some time and from reading the inspiring posts on Positive Writer I started writing again. It’s a blessing for writers and anyone else who needs inspiration. The posts I would like to nominate is


    • Andrick Schall says:

      Maria has a great blog! It’s helped me in my writing greatly. The post of hers that I am nominating is a brilliant bit about how inspiration can come from the most unexpected of places. She found some sort of gelatinous monster on the shores of her lake! I’m still not sure what it is, but it sure was fascinating!

    • Josh Funk says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s post about picture book titles:

      Not only because a title is so important, but also because it’s something writers struggle with constantly. The title is the first hook an agent will see in the subject line, so it’s possibly the most important thing of all.

    • My favorite blog is Nicholas C. Rossis is an author who blogs mainly about book marketing and writing. His posts have helped me greatly with my promotions, especially his “Call to Arms Book Marketing Survey Results” on

      For that post, Nicholas has compiled the results of over 100 author promos into handy graphs that show which promo websites work and which don’t. I never schedule any promos nowadays without consulting it first!

    • To update my previous post–I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog and more specifically the post by AJ Smith. It was informative, inspiring, and educational. As a children’s book writer I appreciate all the help that Tara offers us through her terrific blog, and AJ’s post is one terrific example.

    • Brittany Orrico says:

      I’m nominating a recently-published post on Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) entitled, “Kim Norman Goes Mad.” Tara’s blog posts are all great, but this post was especially helpful for developing catchy titles, which is SO important for hooking agents, editors and readers.

    • Jan Peck says:

      Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)
      Blog & website of children’s book author Tara Lazar
      PiBoIdMo Day 8: Samantha Berger Is Ready For It (plus a prize!)

      Exceptional ideas from experts for those who are writing for children. Thirty days of wonderful inspiration along with a challenge to come up with an idea every day plus gifts and prizes. Great information, motivation, and fun! I especially love this one written in rhyme.

    • I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s PiMoIdMo Page

    • Like, Dayne Sislen above, I’ve just completed Tara Lazar’s 2015 Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). I enjoyed and learned from all 30 posts in her blog, but I liked AJ Smith’s the best:

    • I’d like to nominate Write On Sisters (

    • Definitely Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) blog because she has gathered 30 authors and/or illustrators to share their experience for Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) event

    • I’m nominating Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) because her Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) and the informational guest posts for each day of the month provide such a valuable service for those of us trying to enter the world of picture books as writers and illustrators. She is truly committed to helping writers.

    • Edie Melson’s The Write Conversation has great post ideas for writers each month, but this particular post is one of my favs because it lists post topics for the holidays — the absolute busiest time of the year.

      Thanks so much,

      Angie Arndt

    • Li'vee Rehfield says:

      I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo page – this is the first blog I have followed and it was the best 30 days of insightful and inspirational advise I have ever gotten from one blog place…I will do it again and again and tell all who inspire to be writers to go here and take her challenge…Tara truly cares about helping writers…

    • Natalie Shannon says:

      I nominate a blog post from K.M. Weiland. The post is called “Busting 6 strong female stereotypes (What I learned writing storming)

      I love this post because I hate the way movies portray female characters! I was very annoyed when I saw the Lego movie. K.M. Weiland brought excellent points on how wrong Hollywood is when they try to have “strong female characters”

    • I nominate Nikki Novo!

      1. What Does “Find Your Voice” Really Mean?
      3. This is the perfect blog post for anyone needing inspiration to find their inner voice. It gives you just the right amount of inspiration and guidance. I found my voice and started my blog, because of Nikki. Her inspiration gave me the push to share my story (what I love) and inspire others. I will forever be grateful to Nikki.

    • Darlene says:

      I’m nominating Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) blog because her Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) offers writers a wealth of information and inspiration.

    • I posted this earlier, but I haven’t seen it in the comment feed, so I’ll try again. Thanks for the opportunity!

      I would like to nominate Edie Melson’s post, Where to Find Free Images Online to Use in Blogging & Social Media, on her blog, The Write Conversation. Here’s he link to the post: Where to Find Free Images Online to Use in Blogging & Social Media.

      Reason: As a blogger, I’m always looking for legally free images, so this was a much-needed list!

    • Martin Insel says:

      I love Jon Morrow’s Boost Blog Traffic! Here is an awesome post on BBT, written by Michelle Russell. It’s well written, inspiring and helpful:

      The Wild and Crazy Guide to Writing Sentences

    • I also nominate Nikki Novo!

      #1. What Does “Find Your Voice” Really Mean?
      #2. @
      #3. The reasons why I believe her blog post should win is because she’s such an inspiration! Her writing is organized and to the point, and most importantly, I can feel the warmth in it. Furthermore, she will go above and beyond to connect and help readers (for example, she held Periscope session about how to write more effectively).


    • I love Edie Melson’s post at The Write Conversation, Where to Find Free Images Online to Use in Blogging and Social Media.

      Reason: I’m always on the lookout for free images and was thrilled to find this list!

    • Cristina says:

      I nominate Nikki Novo
      She inspires people to find their passion and helps them find it. She is giving and passionate and living a life of her own design.

    • Pat says:

      Here’s the SCREEN WRITING BLOG to end ALL SCREEN WRITING BLOGS. It will help you understand story a new way. How is a book like a movie? You’ll learn that here.

      It’s written by Matt Bird.

      The post is The Ultimate Story Checklist: The Babadook. It’s Matt’s signature checklist for analyzing stories and he has a TV Pilot version also. This is version 5 of the checklist updated Fall 2014. I chose the Babadook analysis because it’s a highly rated film, in the top three on Rotten Tomatoes from 2014. If you aren’t into horror or haven’t seen the film yet and don’t want it spoiled, you can search his blog for the Ultimate Checklist v5 with detailed hyperlinks explaining each question or another film analysis using v5, keep yourself up to date. Enjoy the blog.

      I’ve tried to talk him into marketing this as a class to no avail. Maybe winning this award will get him to properly develop and share this absolutely stunning blog on film, tv, and story.

      Good luck Matt! I hope you win.


    • I love Nikki’s blog for their fiercely intelligent content as well as her authentic voice which is inspirational!

    • I love the Chapter Book Challenge Blog. Full of helpful information. One post I’m finding useful at the moment is this one about writing a fast first draft –

    • PCosta says:

      You may think that this post is just another text from a teenage girl, who thinks that everything in her life is hell, and that she overthinks in every aspect of her daily basics, but, after you read this, you’ll see that those words come from a girl who opens herself by writing, and everything she writes are pieces of her soul and of her self-being. Trust me, you will enjoy reading these texts.

      • Which post are you referring to, please? Link? Reason why you like it?

    • Bea says:

      I’d like to nominate this post from John Yeoman’s

      It was hard to come up with a favorite from John’s site. It’s bulging with insights and examples that truly teach. The posts are almost always followed up by thoughtful, intelligent comments which it turn are answered by the writer of the post, whether John or a guest poster.

    • Tara Lazar’s post page promoting PiBoIdMo literally started me on a journey to filling my journal with ideas for children’s picture story books this month, as well as filling my mind with ideas from her guest bloggers.

      • Denise Engle says:

        Tara Lazar’s post page promoting PiBoIdMo literally started me on a journey to filling my journal with ideas for children’s picture story books this month, as well as filling my mind with ideas from her guest bloggers.

    • A wonderful resource for all your kidlit needs in one place.

    • Veronika Magali-Marosy says:

      I nominate the closing post of this year’s PiBoIdMo from Tara Lazar’s blog (guest post by Kim Norman) it’s such a fun and inspiring read. It gets your ideas flowing.

    • I would like to nominate Dead Darlings:

      It’s hard to choose a single article, as so much of the appeal is the variety. A large group of authors write a diverse array of articles specifically devoted to novel writing, some more seriously focused on craft, some humorous takes on the frustration of research for novels, compilations of helpful links, etc.

      The linked post is one of their author interview articles, which are often with newly published, first-time authors and usually seem to focus on questions they might not get asked elsewhere.

    • Jolie Adam says:

      I have to nominate the blog post below from Leah McClellan at Simple Writing. It’s the only writing blog I frequent other than WTD. Other than the fact that Leah is personable, takes time for her readers and actually cares for their improvement and success, her blog is phenomenal. It’s everything the title promises. Every post is helpful, relatable and drips with sympathy for fellow writers.

    • I’d like to nominate “But How The $&%* Do I EXPLAIN What I’m Selling?” on The Middle Finger Project. Here’s the url:

      I think this blog post is so wonderful because it does a great way of explaining the snore-worthy concept of selling benefits over products in a way that actually makes sense, with real examples, and with the perfect amount of in-post comedy to keep you hooked and wanting to read more from this site. (Which I think is the goal we’ve all got as writers, no?)

    • the post is:

      Sheismelrose is an up and coming fashion blogger who works in the fashion industry full-time and teaches blogging workshops on her free time

      • We’re looking for blog posts about writing, please.

    • I’m nominating Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids because her Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) and the informational guest posts for each day of the month provides information for those of us trying to enter the world of picture books as writers and illustrators.

    • the post is:

      Devia de ser nomeada pois a escrita da escritora traduz os seus sentimentos, nota-se que escreve de alma e que sente todo o que escreve.

    • Tara’s blog: Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) offers wonderful insight into the world of children’s publishing. Tara’s shares her own experiences along with offering participating writers the Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) challenge each November. She has fabulous guest authors and illustrators who generously give advice, guidance and inspiration to both newcomers and seasoned veterans in the world of children’s literature.

      • Hi Judy, you’ll need to put forward a particular post and tell us why you think it’s excellent. A general mention of a blog won’t be counted.

    • I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo page – – because it is one of the most helpful resources out there for aspiring picture book writers. Not only is it free to all, but there are even prizes on top of the great daily advice from picture book pros. As well, it is a great community of writers cheering each other on.

    • I’m nominating Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) because her Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) and the informational guest posts for each day of the month provide such a valuable service for those of us trying to enter the world of picture books as writers and illustrators.

      • Hey Lyn, could you please nominate a particular post of your favorite writer’s blog?

        • Okay, here’s one. I liked the way she invites experts in particularly areas of picture book writing rather than trying to cover it all. I got so much information, guidance, and inspiration from posts like this:

        • By the way, any special reason why your article linked to my post was titled “Why Blogs Fail”? (haha!) I’m actually quite satisfied with my blog because back in the day, someone like me would be standing on a soapbox in Hyde Park and the weather is usually a lot better indoors on my computer.

    • Intoxcy8me says:

      I would like to place this in the voting section please

    • Pam says:

      Writer Sarah Selecky has a really great website for writers and she shares her personal experience as a writer, but also shares very useful free tips for those actively writing. She’s kind, engaged and passionate about helping writers at any stage of their career. Here’s an example of one of her free series that contains practical and helpful information for writers:

    • Novel Rocket has a huge team that posts articles on the craft, the business, and the life of writing. They discuss traditional publishing and indie publishing. Their team is filled with proven authors and publishing professionals. The articles are great.

      • Ane, for this contest you need to put forward a particular post and tell us why you think it’s excellent.

    • May I cheekily nominate my own blog, if only to kick-start the voting process? It’s Writers’ Village:

      Why should it be nominated? For six years, it has been a premier fiction writing site. Each weekly blog post usually draws 60-140 comments. It won the Serious Bloggers Only award for ‘Virtuoso Writing’ three times in 2014-15. Here’s what one guest poster Alexander Limberg told me last week:

      ‘As always, it was awesome to post with you. Your readership is smart and incredibly engaged.’

      I shall now retire, blushing modestly…

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