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    Nominate *Your* Favorite Writing Blog: Top 10 Blogs For Writers Contest 2014/2015

    UPDATE: Click here to check out the winners of our 2014/2015 Contest.
    It’s time to open up nominations for the 9th annual Top 10 Blogs for Writers Contest—the blogosphere’s biggest contest for writing blogs.

    How to Nominate Your Favorite Writing Blog:

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

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

    If your comment does not fulfil these 3 criteria, your nomination will be invalid.

    To make the cut, a blog must be nominated more than once.

    Nominations must be received by 24th December, 2014.

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

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    • I love this site. It always gives good advice, an easy way to interact with other writers and commentary from published writers. I always look forward to is posts.

    • I would like to nominate the Write Practice at http://thewritepractice.com I read the posts daily and end up saving many of them for future reference. Many great tips and interesting prompts. It’s my favorite writing blog of all I read. Thank you.

    • I nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com. Jeff’s Intentional Blogging Course and frequent helpful tips have helped me go to the next level as a writer/blogger. He’s a great cheerleader, generous, and experienced.

    • I nominate Jeff Goins’ blog at http://goinswriter.com/blog/. I took Jeff’s Intentional Blogging Course recently and have benefited from lots of his free tips. Jeff is a great cheerleader and he knows whereof he speaks. He’s helped me go to the next level.

    • I nominate Jeff Goins http://goinswriter.com/blog/

      Jeff continues to inspire and educate writers & bloggers thru his regular blog posts, his Tribe Writers course, his Intentional Blogging course & his 500 Words a Day writing challenge.

      I took his Tribe Writers course last year (2013), and his blogging course this year (2014), and while I’ve not met with the same success as he has, it has increased my passion, ability & focus of both my writing and blogging.

    • malik says:

      this site is actually very helpful and the team is very supportive. i highly recommend this site to anyone looking for quick everyday tips in writing 🙂

    • I nominate Jeff Goins, http://goinswriter.com/blog/ because his technique is so easy to follow. He writes in a straight-forward manner that says, look, you know you can do this, you just need a little help to get you going and some instruction to make sure you’re on the path that is right for you and your goals. And, if you don’t know that you can do this, I’m here to tell you that you can and that you shouldn’t worry about whether you’re a writer, just write.

    • Kathy says:

      I nominate http://www.thewritepractice.com as the blog I go to for the most practical way to learn writing. The many prompts for a theme help me see how to construct my words into a cohesive topic and there is feedback from the promoter to help me correct my point of view.

    • Jeff Goins @ http://goinswriter.com
      because his writing is real and helpful. He has helped to inspire me to want to be a better writer.

    • Nat Keller says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo-

      http://taralazar.com

      Fantastic resource for everything kidlit–

    • slimani says:

      you are helping to discern the subtle loopholes.thanks

    • keith says:

      jeff great and always teaching me things…..a great writer and a greater blogger.he always helps people to be come writers and blogger..I vote Jeff Goins

    • Ellen says:

      I nominate http://goinswriter.com

      Jeff Goins always has awesome content! He’s a great storyteller!!

    • Just one? Dang! 😀

      I nominate Goins Writer (goinswriter.com). Jeff’s words are full of heart and hope, and his transparency lends credibility to those musings.

      A clear winner <3

      Kitto

    • Janell says:

      The Write Practice is great for me; I teach creative writing at a high school and use this website’s blog posts for all of my instruction in the short story unit. We also use it in our school’s Creative Writing Club; the Write Practice is bringing up a new generation of writers!

    • Shai says:

      I nominate http://thewritepractice.com because their daily posts, free ebooks, chances to get feedback from other writers, and overall community are motivating.

    • I nominate The Write practice. It provides a variety of tips, practice and feedback opportunities, and inspiration for mini-lessons for those of us who also teach writing.

      • Sorry: The Write Practice. Plus, I thought the website link would show, as I entered it where indicated, but it didn’t so here it is: http://thewritepractice.com/. (FYI, there is a spelling error on this webpage: fulfill)

    • I am nominating The Write Practice.

    • I am hereby nominating The Write Practice.

    • I nominate http://thewritepractice.com/ – It is a wonderful resource site with a whole library of situations, skills, settings for mood, and much more. I always read my daily email. It has really increased my descriptions in writing. I have yet to go there looking for what I need and not have found it.

    • I nominate http://thewritepractice.com for not only practical advice in day-to-day writing, sentence structure, proper word usage, but also on publishing as well.
      Thanks so much!

    • Robert Kozman says:

      I nominate The Write Practice
      http://thewritepractice.com

      By encouraging participation and sharing it creates a writer’s community.

    • Jonathan says:

      I nominate The Write Practice http://thewritepractice.com/
      In addition to being full of great ideas and daily writing prompts, Liz makes me feel not only empowered, but again proud to be a Grammarian.

    • http://www.thewritepractice.com delivers interesting and useful writing inspiration on the regular!

    • I nominate Darcy Pattison’s Fiction Notes blog at http://www.darcypattison.com/blog/

      Darcy’s is an excellent teacher on the craft of writing. Fiction Notes is filled with practical instruction for writers at every point in their careers. Very helpful-and inspirational.

    • Jane Pelkki says:

      I would love to nominate Fiction [email protected]. Darcy writes about real life and how it impacts my writing life.
      Darcy is very accessible.
      She keeps inspiring me to put one foot in front of the other in a sometimes puzzling market.

    • Jim says:

      I nominate The Write Practice because the site gives useful information and also provides a workspace for the writers. Joe Bunting and his entire team provide great insight on every single post.

    • Andrea P. says:

      Darcy’s blog helps any level of writer. When I was first studying the craft of writing for children, I looked forward to her posts and learned so much. Now, so many years later, I still use her blog posts regularly to help me advance my ability as an aspiring author. Fiction Notes has something for everyone! She is an inspiring author and an encouraging teacher! She works hard and she shares what she has learned so you can be successful, too. You know she believes in you…

      Merry Christmas 🙂

      • Andrea P. says:

        The name of Darcy’s blog is Fiction Notes at darcypattison.com

    • Tena Tommarazzo says:

      Darcy’s blog is chalk full of wonderful advice on the art of writing. She has terrific products (videos, books, etc) that can help you improve your own writing or website. She writes her blog as if she’s a friend sharing her knowledge to help me reach my goals. She breaks it down into bite-sized pieces that have taught me more than I can detail here. She’s the best!

    • Damon Dean says:

      I nominate Darcy Pattison’s blog Fiction Notes at
      http://www.darcypattison.com/blog
      Darcy is a master at teaching and explaining writing by clarifying the processes that build story in relatable ways. I always find her hints, tricks, and insights so usable.

    • E. Allison says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive at www:livewritethrive.com.
      This blog provides a lot of good and useful information on writing and writing styes. I appreciate the fact I can read her previous blogs from 2013, 2012, etc.

    • E. Allison says:

      The Live Write Thrive blog (C.S. Lakin) is informative and helpful in my efforts to write a novel. Ms. Lakin provides information in a short and easy way to understand on each topic.

    • I nominate Fiction Notes at darcypattison.com

      Always contains helpful tips!

    • I nominate Fiction Notes at darcypattison.com.
      This blog provided me with information about inspiration, writing styles, designing a website, ebooks, getting more information, and other pertinent information about writing a book.

    • I’d like to nominate Fiction Notes at darcypattison.com . I have subscribed to Fiction Notes for years. I read it faithfully because there is always something I learn from it. DarcyPattison blog cheers me on, validates my process, and very often, even though I have published widely, it teaches me a new tool. Fiction Notes is part of my writing life.

    • I nominate Fiction Notes at darcypattison.com. I have read Darcy’s books, attended her seminar on Udemy, followed Fiction Notes for several years. Of all the blogs I follow, Darcy has done more than any other to help me get to the end of a ms. Her advice on revision is priceless.
      Sharon Schlesinger

    • I nominate Live, Write, Thrive because the advice is practical and more importantly doable. I know that when I apply advice from this blog to my writing, my writing gets better.

      http://www.livewritethrive.com/2014/12/17/layering-motifs-in-your-novel-for-powerful-effect/

    • K says:

      Great insight that’s useful to my writing technique!

    • KK says:

      I would like to nominate Suzanne Kingsbury’s Blog – For Writer’s Only. http://suzannekingsbury.net/for-writers-only/

      Suzanne truly is a book shaman and visionary! She’s a kick ass writer that also has the remarkable ability to nurture and encourage other writers to find what is best in their writing and in themselves. A dynamite editor and super smarty pants – Suzanne will help you fall in love with the art of creating again and again! xo

    • Curtis Freeman says:

      I would like to nominate Rosanne Bane’s Blog, The Bane of Your Resistance.

      http://baneofyourresistance.com

      Rosanne is an author and writing coach and, I might add, a tireless inspiration. I have never had the opportunity of attending any of Ms. Bane’s classes, nor have I had the pleasure of meeting her in person, but through her blog I feel I have had a supportive (and understanding) friend.

      The Bane of Your Resistance Blog is well written, positive, well designed, and it has empowered me to meet some of my goals as a novice writer. I am a long way from where I would like to be, but the support from this blog site helps me realize that even so–I am not defeated!

      Thank you.
      Curtis Freeman

    • Gwyndolyn says:

      I would like to nominate Jenna Dalton’s Blog at http://jennadalton.com/blog/.

      Her posts are not only insightful and personable, but actionable and practical. Her advice has/is helping this new blogger immensely!

    • Mindy Haskins Rogers says:

      I nominate Suzanne Kingsbury’s Blog:For Writers Only

      http://suzannekingsbury.net/for-writers-only/

      Suzanne is a creative, insightful, and savvy guide for writers of all genres. Her posts are informative and inspiring. Just a few encouraging lines from her will leave you with a “Yes you can!” feeling about your work, something we all need as we labor alone at our desks, and her encouragement is coupled with concrete advice about the industry.

    • I would like to nominate http://www.becomeawritertoday.com/

      The posts are clear, crisp and concise and Bryan has written one of the best books on writing I’ve encountered. It deserves more exposure.

    • I nominate Suzanne Kingsbury at http://suzannekingsbury.net/for-writers-only/. Her enthusiasm for writing and for lifting other writers up along with her is contagious. And she can write like crazy, too.

    • I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com as the best site for writers.
      Lots of great topics, advice and most importantly motivation.

    • I nominate Live, Write, Thrive. See http:www.livewritethrive.com
      Susan blogs on many topics regarding writing. She shares relevant information
      for writers of all stages.

    • Ed Burke says:

      I nominate Suzanne Kingsbury’s delightful, informative and inspiring blog: http://suzannekingsbury.net/for-writers-only/ Her Gateless Writing approach has brought a lot of great writing to publication.

    • Suzanne Kingsbury’s blog keeps me writing, and I look forward every day to her magical words.

    • Lauren says:

      I nominate Suzanne Kingsbury’s blog!

      Any day I need to be inspired, or am feeling down and self- critical, I can read Suzanne Kingsbury’s blog and get on the right track. I’ve been wanting to get to one of her Gateless writing retreats, but haven’t had the time. Her blogs are the next best thing. She brings me back to my basic love for writing, and then I feel free on the page again.

    • Christine says:

      I enjoy Jeff Goins at http://www.goinswriter.com. He’s generous and helpful in his content. Also, his podcast is practical and a great listen!

    • Suzanne Kingsbury keeps writers writing. Her blogs inspire and invite and I look forward every day to read her magical words.

    • I nominate Suzanne Kingsbury’s blog “For Writers Only”: http://suzannekingsbury.net/for-writers-only/.

      Suzanne is one of the most inspiring and uplifting souls I have come across, and her writing is exquisite. Her blog is a reflection of her talents and her ability to make writing a divine scripture. Suzanne and her writing offers hope, love, and beauty to her readers!

    • Lava says:

      With my whole heart I nominate Suzanne Kingsbury:

      http://suzannekingsbury.net/for-writers-only/

      Suzanne’s blog is more than a blog – it is an offering to all writers, it is hope, it is truth, it is strength; Suzanne gives her writers so, so much including a powerful dose of LOVE!

    • My vote goes to HowToWriteBetter.net (http://howtowritebetter.net/). I like bloggers who are not afraid of saying things like they are. Suzan is one of the best at it.

      Her tips also cover a wide range of industries. They are simple, yet effective. And Suzan has this uncanny ability to make you feel like you are the only person in the room.

      Suzan is diligent and dedicated.

    • Ross Thurber says:

      I nominate Suzanne Kingsbury’s blog Wild words: http://suzannekingsbury.net/for-writers-only/.

      Her work is aimed square at reaching the place – be it neurological or divine- that produces the best writing. For many authors that follow her this has resulted in quality award winning publications.
      No matter the result, the process she advocates for is a satisfying experience in its own right.

    • Terry Rappold says:

      I nominate Suzanne Kingsbury’s blog, For Writers Only
      http://suzannekingsbury.net/for-writers-only/

      Even though I have known Suzanne only a few short months, she has been an incredible influence in my life and support in my writing endeavors. She aspires me and all she comes in contact with to dream the dream.

    • I nominate Suzanne Kingsbury’s blog For Writers Only: http://suzannekingsbury.net/for-writers-only/

      Suzanne teaches and lives a method of writing that draws out the best writing in you. It’s revolutionary, centered in love, and of the highest caliber. Her blog is like the call of the muzzein, except with more funk and style, more encouragement and more practical advice to be the writer you want to be and write the stories, poems, scripts, blogs you want to write. I have not read another blog so clear in purpose and so ambitious in its welcome. Suzanne’s work gave me back my writing life.

    • I passionately nominate Suzanne Kingsbury’s blog: http://suzannekingsbury.net/for-writers-only/.

      Besides being a wealth of information on the writing/publishing world, Suzanne embodies what writing is all about. Passion, expression, inspiration and support for the writers. She makes writers into authors.

    • Tim Weed says:

      I would like to nominate Suzanne Kingsbury’s fantastic blog, For Writers Only: http://suzannekingsbury.net/for-writers-only. Suzanne it utterly unparalleled in serving as a force for the advancement or writers and literature in America. She is a magician and her blog reflects that. The number of emerging writers she has helped continues to grow, and For Writers Only reflects that, and deserves widespread attention!

    • I nominate Livewritethrive.com
      This blog continually offers helpful information on novel writing.

    • I nominate wholeheartedly Suzanne Kingsbury’s blog, http://suzannekingsbury.net/for-writers-only/

      The reason? Not only does Suzanne provide practical info, but it’s wrapped in a spirit of generosity that fires me up.

    • Darci Speidel says:

      I nominate Chuck Wendig’s blog at

      http://terribleminds.com

      Chuck’s posts have it all – observations, advice, support and encouragement. He expresses himself with honesty, bluntness, and a passion to elevate writers and writing. I have greatly enjoyed every post he’s offered up since I started following over a year ago.

    • I would like to nominate Suzanne Kingsbury’s Blog because her writing is not only inspirational and fun, it’s also extremely helpful. Suzanne is a Book Shaman who is able to make people’s book dreams come alive. Reading her blog will help any writer (new or experienced) get their story out into the world. http://suzannekingsbury.net/for-writers-only/

    • I nominate The Write Practice, http://thewritepractice.com/.

      Joe Bunting has been, without a doubt, one of my biggest writing mentors. He took me on as a regular contributor at the age of twelve because he believed in me and my writing. The community there is so amazing. They’re welcoming to newcomers, encouraging to those who have been there all along, and support one another unconditionally. I’m proud to be part of it.

    • I nominate http://LiveWriteThrive.com as an outstanding blog. Blogger C.S. Lakin offers excellent advise as a writer herself and as an accomplished editor. I read this blog regularly and often share it with other editors. http://www.livewritethrive.com

    • Lisa Miles says:

      I nominate Jennifer Blanchard’s blog. She has extremely helpful articles and ideas on writing, is down to earth, and fun to connect with.

    • Nick says:

      I nominate the blog Live Write Thrive by C.S. Lakin

      found at

      http://www.livewritethrive.com

      She is very generous in giving detailed ideas on writing novels. Her ideas are nicely illustrated, yet she manages to keep the blog ‘readable’ time-wise. She also has articles on word distinctions and the business of writing.

    • Mary DeRosa Hughes says:

      I nominate http://jenniferblanchard.net/ ! It is an amazing site, chock full of great writing tips and inspirational posts. I’ve worked with Jennifer for several years, and her skills as a writing coach are what finally got me through the first draft of a novel I’d been wanting to write for 20 years!

    • Bill and Dave’s Cocktail Hour http://billanddavescocktailhour.com/ is my favorite because they give great writing advice (even though they call it bad), feature a wide variety of other writers (even me a couple times), and offer views of the writing life that are funny, engaging, and worth reading more than one. Also nice cartoons by David. Check it out!

    • Arvilla says:

      http://www.livewritethrive.com gets my vote for the most informational writer’s blog. She is unselfish in sharing many ideas.

    • Paul Swann says:

      I nominate http://jenniferblanchard.net/. Jennifer’s website is easy to navigate and full of incredible advice on writing. She is a great writing coach and has helped me tremendously in my quest to write a first novel.

    • Micheline van der Beken says:

      I nominate the blog “Live Write Thrive”, website: http://www.livewritethrive.com because it is the most user friendly blog with checklists of all topics covered, it is well structured as to how to write a novel or other script and the advice is always achievable. By collecting the entries of the blog one starts to really get well informed of how to write like a professional. Thanks for this blog, it changed my life!

    • Pam De Voe says:

      I nominate C.S. Lakin’s blog Live Write Thrive at http://www.livewritethrive.com/2014/12/17/layering-motifs-in-your-novel-for-powerful-effect/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LiveWriteThrive+%28Live+Write+Thrive%29

      I’ve been reading it for some time and always find something fascinating, useful, or funny within her range of writing topics. She is consistently thoughtful and insightful in her posts.

    • I’d like to nominate Live Write Thrive. The site gives me a good overview of some things I know, some I should know and some things I’d like to know. It’s a very enjoyable read every time I open it.

    • I’d like to nominate LIVE WRITE THRIVE. (http://www.livewritethrive.com) Nearly every post brings some new insight even to things I think I’ve already mastered. Often it has come at just the right time to help me untangle some stalled portion of whatever I’m working on at the moment. It’s especially good for new writers as well and I’ve recommended it often to newbies who are trying to find their way.

    • I nominate The Write Life (http://thewritelife.com). It’s become my favorite writing resource, and I have saved numerous articles from them with tips that I hope to incorporate into a Creative Writing seminar one day. Fantastic job by them, and probably my favorite Twitter handle overall.

    • Mandy Diner says:

      I’d like to recommend WritetoDone 🙂 I know you can’t be part of the competition but I really LOVE this blog! So, so helpful

    • Harry Dunn says:

      I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com for this award. It is truly inspirational for writers and has helped me enormously. The help,advice and encouragement is so consistent and I hope this blog receives the recognition it so richly deserves. Thank you.

    • I would like to nominate C S Lakin’s blog Live Write Thrive (http:www.livewritethrive.com) because she imparts so much useful knowledge on a regular basis via email, Facebook and Blog. My writing has improved regularly as a result.

    • Mridu Khullar Relph’s site is the most inspiring, resource packed, easy to navigate writer’s site on the internet. The site tells you how to find the work, do the work, run your business and also offers several reasonably priced e-courses. She is a font of information and relays it in an accessible, motivating way. She makes you realize your successful potential!

    • Jacqueline Auld says:

      I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com/. A great blog giving sound advice on the writer’s craft.

    • Susan Levi says:

      Following the Live Write Thrive Blog is like taking a writing class. I always learn something that can improve my writing. The checklists are also extremely helpful.

    • I nominate C.S. Lakin’s blog http://www.livewritethrive.com/ because it always offers new ideas

    • Viki says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive by C.S. Larkin. I read upwards of 20 writing blogs a week, C.S. Larkins is head and shoulders above the others. Her generosity of knowledge to her readers is sublime.

    • As a published, agented author, I nominate Live, Write, Thrive by C.S.Lakin for her unique approach to writing technique. Through cinematic writing, dissecting the main novel pillars, and finding the heart of your story, I always learn new techniques and definitely feel my writing has improved. http://www.livewritethrive.com

    • I nominate Emma Darwin for This Itch of Writing

      http://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/

      Emma’s articles are thoughtful, in-depth, and structured in a way that makes the material immediately useful. She often tackles issues that are rarely covered by other writing sites. She’s also quick to reply to questions and comments.

    • I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com. It’s my go-to website for novel writing. Isn’t that the purpose of writing blogs?

    • I nominate live write thrive as the best blog for writers because it is always interesting and useful to read. The advice informs my writing.

    • Johnee Cherry says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive http://www.livewritethrive.com/ by C.S. Lakin
      I read every post. I’ve purchased her last three books. Her advice is smart and on the spot. You can trust this site to entertain and train.

    • Aline says:

      I vote for Live Write Thrive at http://www.livewritethrive.com/ as my favorite writing blog. C.S. Lakin offers advice that is thorough, insightful, helpful and encouraging.

    • I’d like to nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com. This blog gives novel-writing advice that goes beyond the standard plot/character/dialogue to get deep into some of the subtleties of creating a compelling work of fiction.

    • I nominate Live Write Thrive – http://www.livewritethrive.com/

      This is an invaluable site for anyone in the writing profession. Each post has been insightful and very helpful to me.

    • Sarah says:

      Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com/ – Goins, Writer. His blog is incredbly helpful, inspiring, and useful.

    • CS Lakin’s Live Write Thrive is the best blog I have come across. It always has excellent content and doesn’t waste my time. For example, Layering Motifs in a Novel, their current subject. This is deep content and welll presented. Or, word choices between very similar words and why. I generally know a hawk from a handsaw when the wind is southerly, but I have to admit I learned what I didn’t know from a discussion of predominant, predominate and all their many forms. I try to never miss reading it.

    • L. E. Wright says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive http://www.livewritethrive.com/ by C.S. Lakin
      It is the first site I go to for help and inspiration. She consistently challenges a writer to reflect, learn, and improve their craft.

    • I nominate Jeff Goins’ blog, http://goinswriter.com/blog/ . He gives simple advice to newbie writers, and keeps it very honest too. Helps you to stay focused on what’s important in your writing.

    • Tempa Fleming says:

      I nominate the blog Live Write Thrive by C.S. Lakin

      http://www.livewritethrive.com

      She offers in-depth insight on how to start and finish a novel and what it must contain or not. I adore her ease with language and content. In the end, I feel as if her words are cheering me on throughout the lengthy process!

      Well done, like a soft nudge to carry on.

    • I nominate Live Write Thrive. It has been my author go to site for 2 years. I learn something new everytime I read it.

    • Benjamin says:

      I nominate Jeff Goins’s blog,

      http://www.goinswriter.com

      because Jeff gives excellent advice on finding motivation, a voice, and thereby an audience (or a Tribe, as he calls it) for your writing.

    • I would like to nominate Goins Writer (http://goinswriter.com/).
      The information there has motivated me to move forward in my aspirations to become a writer.

    • I nominate LiveWriteThrive, by CSLakin for the Blog at http://www.livewritethrive.com/.
      This blog has been a thoughtful and inspiring blog that helps me to elevate the art of good writing.

    • I nominate Live Write Thrive by C.S. Lakin.
      It provides insights from the bird’s eye view on writing to the details of grammar in a fun and concise manner.
      http://www.livewritethrive.com/

    • I nominate Live WriteThrive as my favorite blog While there are many worth mentioning, this website is always solid, advert-free and useful for everyone, whether novice or advanced writer. It is a writing Blog,that stays a writing blog, chock-full of hepful improvement suggestions.

    • Christy says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive. Excellent information for writers!

      http://www.livewritethrive.com

    • I nominate Susanne Lakin’s blog, Live Write Thrive. For the last two years it has been an incredible help to me in my writing journey.

    • Clare says:

      Bryan Collins’ Become a Writer Today gets my vote.
      http://www.becomeawritertoday.com

      Bryan’s writing has helped me reach a couple of big creative goals this month. It’s like he’s inside my mind and knows the challenges I am facing! His emails are short and insightful – just how I like them! His articles and free tips have been both thought-provoking and practical. Evernote has transformed the way I work and figuring out what it can do for me as a writer is thanks to the advice Bryan shared with me.

    • I Would like to nominate http://livewritethrive.com because I have had SO much help and encouragement from following this blog. The advice and tips are always superb and are always well written and easy to follow.

    • Bob Howard-Spink says:

      I nominate

      How to Write Better by Suze St Maur

      http://howtowritebetter.net/

      Her posts are regular and fresh, easy to read and make a worthwhile point.

    • I nominate http://howtowritebetter.net/ for the following reasons:

      1. The writing there is better, or at least it’s always grammatical, easily understood, and informative.
      2. It’s packed with creative content and tips.
      3. It’s well illustrated, even though a web site about writing.
      4. The author is a professional and her tips are based upon many years of successful practice.
      5. This past year alone has been packed with practical, actionable, which are of such quality as to make this web site by Suzan St Maur a top contender for the prize, and if you bother to scroll back to previous years you will find great content there too, all designed to improve your writing skill 🙂

    • Bonnie Waltch says:

      I’d like to nominate the Dead Darlings website at http://www.deaddarlings.com.
      This site is run by alumni of Grub St. Boston’s Novel Incubator program and all the contributors have gone through the rigorous yearlong program of revising and completing (and many publishing) a novel and provide insight into all stages of the writing process, from organizational systems to how to support writer friends when their books launch. It’s filled with practical advice, humor, and inspiration.

    • I nominated:
      How To Write Better
      http://howtowritebetter.net/
      Because Suzan St. Maur, has for years -and continuately does – inspire both me personally AND my business!!!
      #MustFollow

    • Janine says:

      I would like to nominate Suzan from http://howtowritebetter.net/
      Her blogs are always informative, witty and you get something out of every article!

    • Lynn Tulip says:

      I nominate Suzan St Maur (Suze) and her “How to Write Better” site : http://howtowritebetter.net/
      because Suze offers practical advice and guidance mixed with humour for businesses and engages with her diverse readership with her inspirational blogs. HTWB is an awesome informative website and well worth a daily read.

    • I nominate Suze St Maur at http://howtowritebetter.net

      Reasons:
      She is a very experienced writer
      She writes in “plain speak” when sharing her nuggets of knowledge
      She is quick to respond to comments
      I love her sense of humour

    • Mels says:

      I would like to nominate How to Write Better, an informative and amusing site.

    • This is a library sponsored fiction only blog open to people of all skill levels. We focus on developing various writing techniques, providing feedback for each other’s work, and then posting out stories for all to enjoy. Our group meets monthly and encourages those who can’t attend to write for publication. This is a true community outreach blog for all ages!

    • This fiction-only blog, which we call PLOTTERS INK, started in the spring of 2014. Under the auspices of our local library, it is a community outreach encouraging writers of all ages and skill levels to express ourselves. We provide constructive feedback to one another during monthly sessions in which we read and share our original short fiction, and each month we focus on a different aspect of writing, genre, or technique. Writers may submit stories whether or not they attend meetings. We do not accept advertising, and blog maintenance is all done by volunteers.

    • I nominate The Write Life (http://thewritelife.com) because its articles offer actionable tips for writers of all stripes — everybody from freelancers to novelists. I always leave the site feeling educated and inspired!

    • MIS says:

      “Bane of your resistance” is a great blog for writers who take their work seriously and are earnestly trying to work on their craft daily. Honest and true insights into how the creative brain works. Daily notices in my inbox. never fails.

    • Tara’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) sponsors a 30 day picture book idea event. I participated this year and was amazed at all of the great writing ideas offered by guest bloggers and by Tara. For sure the best blog out there for kids’ writers.

    • Tara’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) sponsors a 30 day picture book idea event. I participated this year and was amazed at all of the great writing ideas offered by guest bloggers and by Tara. For sure the best blog out there for kids’ writers.

    • I nominate : http://www.orrchidslines.blogspot.com. The motivational post after post after post gets me through my week.

    • I’d like to nominate C.S Lakin’s blog, LiveWriteThrive. http://www.livewritethrive.com/

      What I love about her posts for writers is that they always contain practical advice on how to actually implement the tips and tools, and that downloadable ‘checklists’ are freely available to absolutely anyone who might need them.

    • Linda says:

      I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com
      Live Write Thrive

    • Dennis Goss says:

      I nominate. Live Write Thrive http://www.livewritethrive.com

      Susanne’s year long 12 pillars course has been extremely helpful in the rewriting of my novel.

    • KAREN MACDOUGALL says:

      I nominate C S Larkin’s Live Write Thrive at http://www.livewritethrive.com/ . It blows my mind that someone has the time to not only write novels and offer a critiquing service, but then produces a free online writing blog with several posts a week, focusing on the mechanics of writing. Her blog and the books she produces from them are a highly recommended read for any writer but especially for those of us new to the game.

    • Gayl Wilson says:

      I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com/. This site has helped me think through possibilities and I never leave it without at least five new ideas. I highly recommend it.

    • I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com. It is a daily source for inspiration and help.

    • Jessica Baumgartner says:

      A Writer’s Path at http://ryanlanz.com/ offers the best of insight for aspiring authors. From quotes, writing tips, and critiques, this blog has it all.

    • Catherine says:

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

      http://taralazar.com

      As the creator of PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month, the children’s book version of NaNoWriMo), this blog is just full of tips and tidbits, guest blogs and encouragement for the children’s picture book author and illustrator. As it is a very specific niche, blogs like this are invaluable!

    • Sophie says:

      I nominate Literally Stories 2014 at : http:www.literallystories2014.com

      They publish the great works from any writers who are willing to submit.

    • I nominate http://www.literallystories2014.com

      It operates to highlight the greatest short stories from around the world. It works nonprofit and gives feedback to almost all submissions. Five editors guarantee a fair judgment. It publishes a new story every week day.

    • This blog offers regular awesome articles pertaining to so many different key points of writing, it is very useful and interesting.

    • Writers Write is a great blog: http://writerswrite.co.za/ Includes good, solid advice and information, along with inspiration and fun trivia.

    • I nominate Live, Write, Thrive as best writer’s blog for 2014, because week after week, she provides the soundest advice I’ve ever seen, in a format and writing style that is easy to read quickly. So valuable to any writer of serious fiction!

    • Belle Brett says:

      I did not write the post mentioned in my previous post although I have contributed to the blog mentioned! I didn’t realize that this blog entry title would appear with my name! Sorry…

    • I nominate Dead Darlings because it occupies a unique spot in the blogosphere by focusing on all things related to the novel writing process–craft, revision, finding agents, publishing, useful resources, and all the agonies and ecstasies in between, with a lot of heart and humor. Its contributors are mostly folks who have been through an intensive year long novel writing program through Grub Street and who have completed two or more drafts of at least one novel, some as far as publication.

    • I nominate Live Write Thrive.http://www.livewritethrive.com/
      Every post makes a difference to my writing

    • I nominate Live Write Thrive. If you want to write a compelling, well-constructed novel, all you have to do is follow C.S. Lakin’s dead-on advice.

    • Tom Webb says:

      I nominate http://HowToWriteBetter.net because it gives good advice on such a wide range of writing topics, including academic writing which I found very helpful when I started university. Useful resource whether for business or creative writing.

    • Jessica says:

      I nominate KM Weiland’s blog, http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com. She does exactly what her blog says it does; she helps writers with every bit of the writing aspect. Her blog posts are always thorough and easy to understand and there are so many helpful postings that it’s like a free online book.

    • Alyson Hercus says:

      I nominate http://HowToWriteBetter.net because it helps encourage literacy among adults and teenagers by making good grammar and spelling seem worthwhile – and even entertaining

    • Dana Sitar nominated The Write Life on November 28. I second the nomination for TWL at http://thewritelife.com. Alexis Grant and her team of writers launched the vibrant site in July 2013. In January 2014 they published 100 Best Websites for Writers. A new list will appear in January 2015. The Write Life has many guest blog posts and a new one appears, if not daily, every two or three days. I invite you to take a look at http://thewritelife.com, scroll to the bottom of the first page, click About, and read “a behind-the-scenes-look at how The Write Life came to be.”

    • I nominate Suze St Maur’s http://HowToWriteBetter.net because it’s consistently useful and a site worth searching through for blogging ideas and answers.

    • Suzan St Maur says:

      I nominate http://HowToWriteBetter.net – nearly 1,000 articles on how to improve your life through better writing on anything from fiction and nonfiction books to business writing and blogging, and even music lyrics and poetry. Listed by Alltop.com as one of their top social media sites worldwide.

    • Anne Landfield says:

      I nominate Dead Darlings http://deaddarlings.com

      This is a great site for fiction writers. Great shared pain, great tips, great inspiration. And the GIFs are pretty great too.

    • Fredi says:

      I vote for Rosanne at : http://baneofyourresistance.com/

      With her advice, I was able to write two complete novels in a year. Before that, I just didn’t know how or where to start.

    • Mark Noldy says:

      Nomination: http://goinswriter.com

      Reason: Highly interesting, relevant, compelling, actionable content with high reading ease.

    • Topangamaria says:

      I nominate TARA Lazar http://taralazar.com not just for her Writing for Kids (while raising them) site
      and her kick ass PiBoldMo November smorgasboard of Picture Book writing and illustrating prompts.
      OH SO generous, wise, witty and useful tool for this picture book writer and illustrator.

    • Janet Bingham says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog PiBoIdMo at http://taralazar.com, especially for her inspirational and brilliantly structured November ideas pledge.

    • I nominate Live Write Thrive http://www.livewritethrive.com/
      CS Lakin regularly adds practical tips and great encouragement for writers of all genres.

    • Janine Winn says:

      I nominate Bill and Dave at http://billanddavescocktailhour.com because of the guidance & encouragement they give new writers.

    • Mary McClellan says:

      I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog written for picture book writers. She shares a kidlit treasure box of ideas, tips and advice for aspiring writers. Writers flock to her blog in November where they’re challenged to come up with an idea a day. Daily posts from guest picture book authors provide ideas and inspiration.

    • Rasa says:

      I would like to nominate LIVE WRITE THRIVE blog.
      http://www.livewritethrive.com/
      I love it because all the information given there is very thorough and explores all kinds of questions you get when writing.

    • Rajeev Pundir says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive (www.livewritethrive.com)for providing me valuable tutorials free of cost about English language and the expert advice about the intricacies of writing a novel meticulously.

    • M.C. Simon says:

      I nominate: http://goinswriter.com/

      The website not only that provides great advice for writers and bloggers but its owner, personally guide thousands of us… FOR FREE…
      I owe to Jeff Goins the love for posting daily. It became a ritual thanks to his website.

    • Ione Mattos says:

      I live outside the US (in Brazil) and have recently ‘discovered’ Live Write Thrive – http://www.livewritethrive.com. I nominate it because of the useful and insightful information, posted by both C.S.Lakin and guest writers. The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction has helped me organize and plan my work. Most helpful.

    • I nominate http://www.billanddavescocktailhour.com
      Bill and Dave’s cocktail hour provides inspiration, writing wisdom and at times entertainment; a blog from two fabulous authors and inspirational writing teachers, editors and wise men.

    • Sissel says:

      I’d like to nominate Goins, Writer at http://goinswriter.com

      He teaches the core skills of becoming a writer.

    • M.C. Simon says:

      I nominate: http://goinswriter.com/

      The website not only that provides great advices for writers/bloggers, but its owner personally take care of thousands of readers… FOR FREE. I owe to Jeff Goins the mastering of writing at least 500 words each day.

    • Killilan says:

      Ms. CS Lakin’s web site is the most informative I’ve encountered on the topic of the mechanics of writing. Her year-long blog-course on the 12 Pillars of novel construction is the ideal blueprint to help writers jump-start their manuscripts in an orderly and well-founded manner. I highly recommend Live Write Thrive (www.livewritethrive.com) to everyone interested in improving their craft.

    • Bill And Dave’s Cocktail Hour!

      I nominate Bill Roorbach and David Gessner at http://billanddavescocktailhour.com.

      Bill and Dave also teach graduate courses in writing and writing workshops, so there is lots of inspired content on their site.

      They bring in guest contributors, so Cocktail Hour is surprising and fresh.

      Bill and Dave are really funny!

    • LiveWriteThrive
      http://www.livewritethrive.com/
      This blog has taught me a great deal over the last year. I like the way she teaches without making me feel I must conform to all the normal standards of writing…ie…I am allowed to have my own style. Her topics are relevant to my writings as well. Each blog stands alone and if I miss one its not a problem, though I can go back if I wish.

    • hosted by two fantastic writers, Bill Roorbach and Dave Gessner, this website is a writer’s best friend… regular guest reviews from Bill Lundgren of Longfellow Books in Portland, Maine and consistently amusing, edifying and enlightening posts by the two hosts and a treasure trove of visiting fellow artists and writers.

    • I nominate:http://www.writersandauthors.info/
      ‘Writers And Authors’ posts all sorts of helpful tips and informative articles for writers at all stages of their careers. Need to figure out how to use facebook? There are posts for that! Trying to sharpen up your character writing skills- there are posts for that! All delivered with a dose of fun and spirited energy! Without Writers & Authors I wouldn’t be where I am today!

    • Yo Read says:

      I would like to nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com/
      I’ve been reading her blogs for a while now and her course “key pillars of novel construction” is really making my own book stronger. Although I thought I had made up a strong story, she showed me it could be so much stronger! With her blogs I turned my casual vanilla story into a russian roulette stracciatella yoghurt flavoured book with raspberry saus… Well I hope it will be. The book is still under construction.

    • As an aspiring writer, I have been following the Live Write Thrive blog for a few years now. The advice and inspiration provided by C.S. Lakin has been thoughtful, instructive and inspirational. Her knowledge and understanding of the writing profession seems limitless and she doles it out in a friendly, helpful manner. I look forward to reading each new blog post and I sincerely appreciate each and every one.

    • I nominate the writepractice http://www.thewritepractice.com. I credit if for getting me off my butt and onto the page every day! And we all know, if we’re to be writers we got to show up at the page;)

    • Michael Dale says:

      I’m glad to nominate Live Write Thrive by CS Lakin (https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/14a10c43bc71823e). Sue’s posts are entertaining, provocative, stimulating and inspiring. I always look forward to her posts in my email list. I often recommend her blog to colleagues and friends interested in writing. This award is the recognition Sue’s blog deserves.

    • The info shared in http://www.BaneOfYourResistance.com has improved my writing life dramatically. This blog is not just a way to lead readers to Roseanne Bane’s creativity coaching, classes or book (Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want). The blog shares fresh and meaty science-based and practical how-to info. I’ve retrained my brain and changed my habits for writing success using Bane’s methods. My battles with procrastination and perfectionism are now winnable. I’m getting more done—easily and joyously. Every creative person can gain from this blog.

    • I would like to nominate Joanna Penn’s blog http://www.thecreativepenn.com 🙂 I find her interviews and tips especially for Indie authors very helpful to me as a fiction writer as well as a non-fiction writer 🙂

    • Sandy S Harris says:

      I really can’t say enough about Jeff Goins. His site and writings have helped me immensely.

    • goinswriter.com

    • I nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com.

      All I can say is that I look forward to reading his posts because they are both informative and inspiring. The rest is spam.

    • Karen Lee says:

      His blog is inspirational and practical. He offers so much value to followers in every way from branding to e-mail list building to an array of writing techniques. Very empowering.

    • Christine says:

      I’d like to nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com

      Jeff’s continued blend of encouragement and honesty about what it really means to be a writer has made a huge difference in my life.

    • I would like to nominate Jeff Goin’s site, Goins, Writer. http://goinswriter.com/blog/word

      I find his site full of valuable resources that continue to help me in my writing career.

    • Shelly Mecum says:

      I nominate the blog titled The Bane of Your Resistance found at this web address: http://baneofyourresistance.com
      Her book, her blog, her insights and gentle wisdom proved to be pivotal in helping me fall in love with writing again. Thank you Rosanne Bane. It is an honor to nominate you.

    • Bob Holmes says:

      I nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com/

      Jeff is head and shoulders above the rest. His posts, emails, training, and Facebook groups assure any blogger who’s serious about becoming a writer every opportunity to succeed. On top of that, Jeff always gives away his best work, tips and secrets away for Free. His mentorship is outstanding!

    • Terrie Coleman says:

      I nominate the writing blog of Jeff Goins, http://goinswriter.com/.

      He provides a steady flow of encouragement, instruction and inspiration, and he leads by example in his authentic writing and generous spirit. Many have become published authors and successful bloggers primarily because of Jeff Goins and his work.

    • I nominate Jeff Goins. http://goinswriter.com . Because of him I call myself a writer and an artist, my dreams are coming true, I follow my passions and respond on my calling. Because of him I am myself and write about what I find most important. Because of him I’ve got a community with other writers and met writers who have the same worldview as me. Because of him I think I’m slowly finding my small tribe.

    • I love C. S. Lakin’s Live, Write, Thrive http://www.livewritethrive.com. It is full of good, in-depth advice from a thoughtful writer who not only knows her craft but also understands how to reach a reader’s heart.

    • Nominating Jeff Goins of http://goinswriter.com/!!!

      This person has fueled my love for writing, networking, blogging, and simply enjoying the art of story-telling. His blog helps me focus on small tasks that have lasting impacts. The community he has built is one of my favorites because I can engage with other bloggers, gain and share ideas, and find accountability and motivation that I wouldn’t otherwise have.

      I am grateful that Jeff has shared his wisdom and passion for writing with strangers. It’s one thing to put yourself out there. It’s another, indispensable and invaluable thing, to help others.

    • I nominate Live Write Thrive.

      C.S. has clear and practical articles about writing that are consistently good and always useful.

      http://www.livewritethrive.com/

    • Irene A says:

      CS Lakin’s web site (livewritethrive) is a treasure trove of fantastically helpful tips, techniques, analysis, and information for fiction writers. I can’t tell you how much her site has helped me. The “Heart of Your Story” and “12 Pillars” on-line courses have been absolutely invaluable. The reason is that Lakin goes deeply into writing issues and challenges, while always providing clear examples to illuminate her points. This is one terrific web site for aspiring fiction writers (and others wanting to polish up their skills). Thank you so much, Ms. Lakin!

    • My choice is simple – http://jennadalton.com/blog/!) Great tips for writers and bloggers!

    • Sibilant says:

      I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com as the best blog for writers.

      There are several new posts per week and each year she creates an ongoing “course” on how to write a novel. Definitely helpful for anyone who aspires to get published!

    • Catherine says:

      I would like to nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com
      As a new writer Jeff’s blog has helped me tremendously in a variety of ways. He gives me things to consider that I might otherwise have missed. I think it’s made me a better writer.

    • http://goinswriter.com/

      Jeff Goins. He’s a real person talking about real writing in the real world. He’s available and supportive.

    • I nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com.

      I nominate Jeff’s writing blog because it has pushed me to write my very first Bible study and the daily practice and encouragement from online support is amazing and keeps me going – I praise God for this Jeff’s blog and all the practical advice he gives on a daily basis.

      Constance
      SimplyLiving101.wordpress.com

    • Elizabeth Petersen says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive by C.S. Larkin – http://www.livewritethrive.com/.

      I have learned so much as a writer from her blogs – especially from this years study of the 12 Pillars of a novel’s construction. This blog has really been a confidence builder.

    • Rachel Anderson says:

      I nominate Writing for Kids (While Raising Them), by Tara Lazar : http://taralazar.com/

      Throughout the year, Tara’s posts are informative and inspiring. And during November, picture book writers/illustrators have the opportunity to challenge themselves to come up with 30 (or more) ideas during Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). Not only do the posts encourage folks on how to come up with ideas, or how to take their ideas to a new level, the posts highlight authors and illustrators, pre-published and published, and give us a glimpse of agents whom we may not have known about. Thanks so much, Tara. And thanks for this opportunity to nominate her blog.

    • I nominate Jeff Goin’s http://www.goinswriter.com/

      It is packed with useful, inspiring and easily adaptable content. Jeff has a unique ability to draw his audience in, add value to them and provide them with an opportunity to find their voice in and authentic manner.

    • Chrissie says:

      I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com as an excellent resource for writers. It makes me a better writer.

    • I nominate Dead Darlings http://deaddarlings.com/ because it is written by writers in all stages of the craft, giving support and advice ( often humorous) to others as they work their way forward.

    • I herewith nominate Janice Hardy’s FICTION UNIVERSITY (http://blog.janicehardy.com/). She offers hands-on advise, how-to courses and just plain old inspiration to keep one going. Her articles often refer back to previous ones that offer more indepth details on the current article’s subject. Her practical approach is open and informative, and at the same time simply “begs one to try it out.”
      Thanks, Janice!

    • I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com. I have learned so much about writing fiction from her. She goes into the depth of structure, character, and language. The posts that deal with the proper use of words are also valuable and often amusing.

    • I nominate C.S. Lakin’s writing blog Live, Write, Thrive. because
      Ms. Lakin consistently offers in-depth teaching to help beginning writers learn to write effectively.

    • Andrew J. says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive http://www.livewritethrive.com/

      This site offers a wealth of writing knowledge and insight presented in a straight forward and easy to understand format.

    • I nominate http://www.thewritepractice.com

      The Write Practice assists writers with constructive advice and “practice.” Joe Bunting does a great job bringing in people and cats to share their knowledge.

    • John says:

      I would like to nominate http://www.finallywriting.com!

      Out of all the new and up-and-comer’s, Finally Writing is a personal favorite. Jackie’s tips are always thoughtful, inspiring, and great for when I hit a slump with my writing.

      Thanks!

    • john regan says:

      http://www.livewritethrive.com/2014/06/04/revisiting-the-four-primary-pillars-of-novel-construction/

      I nominate live write thrive for an outstanding blog with detailed information delivered in clear, simple language.

    • Ekta Garg says:

      I would like to nominate Live Write Thrive, created and maintained by Susanne Lakin. Susanne offers writers practical advice that encourages writers and helps them do their best. As a subscriber to her blog, I can say with confidence that I learn something from each and every post Susanne puts online.

    • Nicole says:

      I am nominating Darcy Pattison’s http://www.darcypattison.com/. Every time I go there, I spend *hours* reading all her great tips and advice. This was a tough choice, because I also love LiveWriteThrive, and HelpingWritersBecomeAuthors, so it was a close call. And now, I have to go check out all these other great blogs I discovered here!

    • RJ Thesman says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive at: http://www.livewritethrive.com/ because CS Lakin explains her content so well and instructs so thoroughly without trying to sell me anything.

    • Sunil Puri says:

      I nominate Live, Write, Thrive at http://www.livewritethrive.com for her thoroughness in teaching the 12 pillars of a novel.

    • I nominate Live, Write, Thrive at http://www.livewritethrive.com

      This is the most informative and in every way helpful blog I’ve found. Her advice is always concise and up to the minute accurate. I read everything Suzanne posts, and print out most of it too.

    • I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com because C.S. Lakin’s 12 Pillars of Novel Construction course over the year has been so insightful and helpful for my own memoir crafting!

    • I’d like to nominate C S Larkin – Live Write Thrive

      Web address: http://www.livewritethrive.com/about/

      I like this blog because it is filled with helpful information about writing and editing your writing. C S Larkin often has guest bloggers who offer great insight to the writing process from a different perspective. Her editing tips are spot on and challenges me in my own editing.

    • I wholeheatedly nominate “The Bane of Your Resistance:
      http://baneofyourresistance.com

      Author Roaseanne Bane goes beyond the common how-to advice that’s repeated infinite times across the Internet and in writing books, She brings current discoveries in neuroscience (how our brains actually work) to bear on our habits and behaviors when we write. Roseanne always makes the science part fun, easy to understand, and it’s always spot-on relevant. She can put her finger on exactly what may be holding us back from our best work.

    • My vote goes to Live, Write, Thrive by Susanne Lakin
      http://www.livewritethrive.com

      Whenever I see a new post by Susanne on her Live, Write, Thrive blog, I read it because I know it will be worthwhile. Her Twelve Pillars of Novel Construction, for example, is a treasure trove of solid writing advice–a must-read for new and aspiring novelists. She doesn’t throw a few ideas together and run like many other bloggers. Instead, she puts considerable thought into what she writes, and the end result is a thorough and helpful piece of writing advice. Huge thanks to Susanne for her generous sharing of what she knows so well.

    • Renee Benzaim says:

      I nominate Live, Write, Thrive http://www.livewritethrive.com/

      For the last three years Susanne has taken writers by the hand and led them through some amazing and beneficial lessons on how to be a better writer. I started this year with her 12 Pillars posts and applied what she taught to the book I had just started to write. As I review the finished first draft, I can see where Susanne’s article helped me immensely. Each of the 12 Pillars had a checklist that helped a writer remember the important points of that specific pillar. Thank you, Suzanne!

    • I nominate C.S. Lakin at http://www.livewritethrive.com/. I am writing my first novel, and her posts are regular, helpful and work together to actually teach what I would call a basic course on novel writing.

    • I nominate Live Write Thrive (livewritethrive.com) because it has the clearest, most effective and most useful writing tips, explanations etc I have ever seem. Just wonderful!

    • Jen Arena says:

      Tara’ Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) PiBoId Mo blogs!

    • Fay Choban says:

      Rosanne talks about writers block and all the things that you tell yourself you have to do before you write. She talks about the science of the brain and your excuses for not writing and gives you advice on how to work through these issues.

    • I nominate theWritePractice.com

    • Pia Garneau says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) at http://www.taralazar.com. i
      It’s a great site for the picture book community. And she is really funny!

    • Amber S says:

      Live Write Thrive http://www.livewritethrive.com/

      I learn something from this blog every week. There are few blogs that I subscribe to that I will stop and take the time to read regularly (who’s got the time?), but this one is worth it. I’m more editor than writer, so I love the nuts-and-bolts grammar I’m learning, and the big picture aspects are also helpful for teaching me to teach my authors to focus and hone their work.

    • Vicky Adin says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive by CS Lakin.
      http://www.livewritethrive.com

      For the whole of 2014 this blog has delivered regular and useful hints to strengthen writing and structure.
      The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction is a must for any writer.

    • david says:

      cs puts a lot of heart and time into her blog live write thrive at http://www.livewritethrive.com–the trail of crumbs to the food for thought is always a delight! i nominate her site for best of the bunch and there are a lot of contenders.

    • Ester Benjamin Shifren says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive http://www.livewritethrive.com/.
      The content is always really well written and informative. I’ve learned a lot from the regular posts and look forward to receiving many more.

    • Marcia says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive http://www.livewritethrive.com/.
      The blog posts are always filled with information that I can apply to my writing. it’s like having a writing class come to my in-box.

    • John Austrian says:

      I nominate Rosanne Bane’s The Bane of Your Resistance.

      http://baneofyourresistance.com

      Rosanne’s site and her book have helped me build a consistent writing habit and stick to it. Without her I never would have finished getting my MFA in Creative Writing.

      You can’t be a writer if your not writing.

    • Kathy Schuknecht says:

      I nominate C.S.Lakin’s blog, Live,Write,Thrive:

      http://www.livewritethrive.com/

      I have been following the blog for over a year, and the 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction has been a terrific resource. I appreciate Susanne’s willingness to share her expertise in such a clear and concise way.

    • Penny says:

      I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com. The only writer’s site I refuse to give up (I easily tire of cutesy, make-talk, insubstantial fluff). Suzanne knows some stuff, and the wisdom just keeps flowing. Every post has something in it I’m glad I didn’t miss!

    • I wish to nominate Live Write Thrive because I have learned more from this blog to improve my writing than any other. Regular, specific lessons that surpass most courses I’ve paid for.
      http://www.livewritethrive.com/

    • I nominate C.S. Lakin’s Live Write Thrive @ http://www.livewritethrive.com/
      She puts her heart into this blog and her teaching is clear and concise, easy to follow, and well thought out.

    • I nominate Rossanne Bane’s baneofyourresistance.com

      Rosanne is realistic, positive, inclusive, no matter what stage one is in the process. She obviously does her research and generously shares her knowledge with skill

    • Paige McKinney says:

      I nominate The Bane of Your Resistance http://baneofyourresistance.com/ because it offers insight, hope, and humor and challenges writers to examine and work through the resistance our creative brains have to writing.

    • I would like to nominate Live Write Thrive.
      http://www.livewritethrive.com

      The articles are concise and focused, helpful and encouraging to any level or writer.

    • Lyndsay says:

      I’m nominating http://www.livewritethrive.com

      This year, Suzanne, has provided so much helpful content.

    • Robyn Roze says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive, because I have gained a multitude of terrific ideas and fundamental informanion from CS Lakin. I subscribe to and recommend her site whenever I can for insightful comments, links, and ideas.

      Here’s her link: http://www.livewritethrive.com/

    • Curtis Manges says:

      I’m nominating Live Write Thrive. The Wednesday articles are especially good; they are in-depth instructive series, as good as any book on writing. Excellent stuff all around.

      http://www.livewritethrive.com

    • Anne Jackson says:

      BaneOfYourResistance.com
      Rosanne Bane
      Rosanne speaks to writers who do this for a living or who are writing for the first time in years. She includes relevant real life ideas that are applicable.

    • Simone says:

      I nominate Rosanne Bane’s BaneOfYourResistance because her advice is ALWAYS so useful and spot-on! The articles really help me get around my challenges- resistance, writer’s block, self-sabotage, etc. I highly recommend it!

    • I wish to nominate C.S. Lakin’s blog, http://livewritethrive.com. I really enjoy the insights shared and have revamped my writing to take advantage of the many great suggestions. I have also purchased one of her books and plan to buy a few more.

    • I nominate “The Bane of Your Resistance.” Rosanne’s blog helps me break the dreaded writer’s block. Here psychological approach has been much more effective than nearly anything else I’ve encountered.

      http://baneofyourresistance.com

    • I nominate Live Write Thrive. The pillars of construction are spot on.

    • Rosanne Bane’s “Bane of Your Resistance” at http://baneofyourresistance.com/

      Rosanne understands the brain science behind why we write and why we don’t, and offers simple, practical advice and processes to make writing a habit — one you’ll enjoy.

    • I nominate the LiveWriteThrive blog by CS Lakin.

      Instead of disjointed posts, she builds a cohesive structure around a theme (hmmmm, what a concept…). Each post covers an aspect of her theme in depth and builds on a earlier posts. Hers is probably the most helpful blog about constructing a novel that I’ve found for a novice author.

    • Sara L. says:

      I’d like to nominate Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi’s site Writers Helping Writers (http://writershelpingwriters.net/). Every article on their site is information, entertaining, and incredibly helpful. Not to mention their Thesaurus Collection is stellar – I don’t think my WIP would be where it is today without those books!

    • I nominate BaneOfYourResistance.com because it shares brain science for writers in easy-to-understand terms and gives writers pragmatic techniques to get around writer’s block and other forms of resistance. The author shares the experiences and insights of her coaching clients, writing students, guest bloggers and her own writing struggles and solutions.

    • Heather Brady says:

      I would like to nominate http://livewritethrive.com. The posts are real, practical advice that you can put to work right away – they are so good I even bought C.S. Lakin’s book to use a reference. She focuses on topics in-depth and in a logical, easy to follow manner. Highly recommended!

    • I nominate Live Write Thrive at http://www.livewritethrive.com/. I’ve gotten such helpful writing tips from the 12 pillar series. Very specific and applicable information.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) because I LOVE PiBoIdMo – an incredibly inspiring month for picture book writers!

      http://www.taralazar.com

    • I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com because its posts are both thoughtful and derived from wide encounters with fiction, both the good and the bad. Suzanne is also very generous with really valuable worksheets for authors of widely differing levels of experience.

    • June Smalls says:

      http://taralazar.com/
      Writing for Kids While Raising Them
      This is the home of
      PiBoIdMo

    • I would love to nominate http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/

      The gracious agents who post on this blog have helped me in so many ways with both the writing and platform aspects of an author’s life. They have made me feel welcome, even though I’m a pre-published author. Whether I become traditionally published or self-published, I will continue to visit their blog each and every weekday. The comments and comment replies are often just as helpful as the posts.

      Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

    • I always read the blog from Books & Such Literary Management – :
      http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/

      Helpful advice, great camaraderie, seasoned with humor

    • Jana Barclay says:

      I nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com/

      Through his blog, Jeff finally convinced me that I needed to woman up and write. Decades of procrastinating suddenly screeched to a grinding halt because this man’s words spoke to me. No more excuses. It. is. actually. HAPPENING.

      Jeff Goins rocks.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog: Writing for Kids (While Raising Them): http://taralazar.com/

      Tara’s blog is the go to resource for writers of picture books with great interviews and information, giveaways. Tara’s also the founder of PiBoIdMo (picture book idea month) where we’re inspired to write 30 picture book ideas in 30 days every November. She’s one reason the kidlit community is so special.

    • I want to nominate http://taralazar.com/ because it’s an amazing blog with lots of useful advice about writing picture books, inspiration and so much more! It’s the best writing blog ever!

    • Donna Warwick says:

      I would like to nominate Tara Lazar. Tara’s PiBoIdMo blog is totally inspiring and encouraging. It offers a great structure for getting to the finish line and the guest bloggers offered amazing advice. The blog can be found at: taralazar.com
      I will certainly participate next year and plan to continue to subscribe to her blog year round.
      Donna Warwick

    • I would like to nominate the Books and Such blog: http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/

      The five agents who post there Monday-Friday offer a wealth of knowledge about the industry, about writing craft and real life and writing life. They respond to the commenters, as well, offering encouragement and answering questions. I’ve learned much about the writing life and writing industry through this blog!

    • Cathy Breisacher says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog, http://taralazar.com – Writing for Kids (While Raising Them). She has a genuine interest in helping other writers to succeed in pursuing their dreams. She does an outstanding job of finding published writers and other experts in the field who are willing to share their stories, as well as words of wisdom, inspiration and encouragement. Her blog inspires me every day. There are so many gems to be found in each post.

    • I nominate the Purpose Fairy blog http://www.purposefairy.com by Luminita Saviuc because it is insightful, inspiring and uplifting so many people that need a boost of energy and a way to get out of the negativity they are stuck in for so much time. 🙂

    • It’s funny, informative, literary, and all around wonderful

    • Emily Goldstein says:

      taralazar.com

    • We nominate zenhabits.net by the great Leo B and we just love him. He raises our spirits, helps us get along in this difficult world we all live in together. He’s the best and every post is special.

    • I nominate http://jennadalton.com/blog/ because since I signed up for Jenna’s blog, I unsubscribed from every other source of blogging advice because she captures everything I want and need perfectly.

      This is the place where I get all my inputs on copywriting & blogging.

      • Wow! Thank you so much, Daniel. I’m so glad I’m that helpful for you 🙂

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog (http://taralazar.com)! She promotes the desire to write, giving great advice, encouraging when you think you’ve reached an impasse. She creates a feedback with other bloggers, empathizing with their situation. Actually, she does a great job. Thanks!

    • Jo Brown says:

      i nominate Tara Lazar’s blog Writing for Kids While Raising Them http://taralazar.com
      especially for PiBoIdMo, full of interesting articles from Tara and guest bloggers, inspiring!

    • Nancy Booth says:

      I nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com
      He teaches, encourages, inspires and shows me how to write and believe I can be a writer. I get something out of each blog I read!

    • Lynne C. says:

      Jeff Goings at http://goinswriter.com/ is a constant source of encouragement and inspiration. He’s an ordinary guy who stopped just dreaming and started doing. In this case … doing = writing.

      Jeff’s posts are down to earth, generous and inspirational. He definitely wins my nomination. Thanks Jeff!

    • John says:

      Thank you. It is also important to make no spelling mistakes. To avoid making mistakes it’s best to nip it in the bud – during the writing phase. Be sensitive to spelling mistakes like there and their, it’s and its, form and from. The occasional slip is not going to lose you a lot of readers, but making the same mistakes repeatedly is going to annoy people.

    • :Donna says:

      OK, I nominated Tara Lazar’s blog last year, so this year I’m nominating Kathy Temean’s “Writing and Illustrating” blog. Kathy has been blogging for quite a few years now and continues to be an in-depth resource for anyone involved in kidlit. She keeps us abreast of news, contests, hosts first page critiques with agents and editors, posts tips and all kinds of valuable info. One of my favorite features on Kathy’s blog is her “Illustrator Saturday.” It is to DIE for, each week with a talented illustrator interview posting amazing artwork, a look into their process and often filled with useful tips. Great stuff!

      http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/

    • Christy says:

      I nominate Joe Bunting’s The Write Practice (http://thewritepractice.com/). Joe’s blog was the first step in helping me with my writing career. Because of his blog and classes I have made huge strides in my writing and have met some really great people!

    • I would like to nominate Jeff Goins at http://www.goinswriter.com for this contest. Jeff has helped so many people become award winning writers, new and amazing authors and better bloggers. He always has helpful information on his website. I think he deserves to win this contest. He is very gifted and he shares his knowledge with others.
      Thanks. Brenda

    • Jessica Shaw says:

      I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog! http://taralazar.com/

    • Janelle says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog (http://taralazar.com)! Her 30 days of generating 30 Picture Book ideas has reignited my passion for picture book writing, and has given me a great starting point for writing next year. She and her guest author posts have been so motivational for me.

    • I nominate The Write Practice ( http://thewritepractice.com ) without hesitation! The site not only has the most helpful writer’s blog I’ve seen, but Joe also runs a fabulous Twitter feed (@write_practice) and teaches some really amazing courses on audience-building and more. I’ve benefited personally from his classes, and it’s thanks to him that I went from 768 Twitter followers to just over 8000 (no joke). The Write Practice utterly deserves this award!

    • I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog: http://taralazar.com. Her blog has been provided me with the inspiration I needed to revitalize my writing of children’s literature. Her Picture Book Idea Month encouraged me to get those ideas down to use in the future.

    • I nominate Publication Coach Daphne Gray-Grant

      http://www.publicationcoach.com/blog/

      Each blog post laser-focuses on a specific issue, and she always brings personal examples to share that make the posts interesting, entertaining, and informative.

    • Writers no more or less than other humans are in the words of Browning, “…part angel and part bird.” It is difficult sometimes to sort out just how much of resistance is the animal part of our nature pushing back but Rosanne Bane’s blog can do just that with a distinctive mix of brain science, good old fashioned coach-type support and gentle humor. It is always interest and informative, a real treasure. Highly recommended.

    • Emily says:

      I nominate Dead Darlings.

      http://deaddarlings.com/

      Fantastic site focused on all things ‘novel’ including craft advice, author interviews, tips on agents and publishing, and humor!

    • Lisa Birk says:

      Hi, I’d like to nominate http://www.deaddarlings.com, the web site for “everything novel.” This site is rife with craft talk, author interviews, market advice, wry humor and humility. THE place to go for fiction writers, and especially novelists. True confession: I’m a contributor to Dead Darlings, but even if I weren’t, I would read Dead Darlings. Thanks so much.

    • I nominate http://taralazar.com. Tara has done so much for picture book writing with her posts and with Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). Her site is inspiring and motivating.

    • I nominate Goins, Writer. http://goinswriter.com/

      Jeff gives smart, actionable advice on both writing and the business of writing, but what elevates his work is that he holds himself AND his readers to a higher standard. It’s not enough to DO the work and MARKET the work, that work needs to contribute.

    • wendy says:

      I nominate http://www.kidlit411.com because of the variety of links and information on writing for kids. The information is free from ads and is not used to sell or promote anything.

    • I nominate the Books & Such Literary Management blog called Between the Lines.
      http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/

      The five agents at Books & Such post once each week. They use their expertise and their genuine interest in those on the blog to direct and encourage. Not only do they dole out advice about the craft of writing and the publishing industry, they also give us a realistic glimpse of what it takes to make it as a writer. Many of the people who regularly interact on the blog have become good friends of mine.

    • Brenda Huante says:

      I nominate PiBoIdMo, taralazar.com.

      I enjoy her website because she not only has good advice on writing picture books, but she motivates us to do specific things, such as think of thirty ideas in a month. We get daily posts on how to find these ideas.

    • Mandy says:

      I nominate Dead Darlings.

      http://deaddarlings.com

      Created by novelists for novelists. Great interviews, discussions of craft, and a lot of humor about life as a writer.

    • Jack Ferris says:

      I would like to nominate Dead Darlings (http://deaddarlings.com) for its variety, humor and insight into the entire process of writing a novel.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) at http://taralazar.com
      Her annual PiBoIdMo is priceless!

    • I nominate “Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)” by Tara Lazar at http://www.taralazar.com.

      Tara Lazar’s site is a gift to children’s writers, full of inspiration and sound advice. Her PiBoIdMo contest is nothing short of awesome. I learned a great deal and felt connected to a wonderful community of winters.

    • Susan Schade says:

      I would like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog, http://taralazar.com/

      I participated in PiBoIdMo through her blog in the month of November and came up with 33 new ideas at a time of the year when I thought that I had no extra time! Her blog is inspiring, informative and something that I look forward to reading each day!

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them): http://taralazar.com/

      Tara’s Picture Book Idea Month feature in November has been such a wonderful resource for me as I pursue my career. Ideas, encouragement, and practical advice not found anywhere else.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) http://taralazar.com. If it weren’t for her 2013 PIBoIdMo challenge, i wouldn’t be marketing my latest PB manuscript, which landed me personal feedback from a “big deal” agent:)!

    • Laura says:

      I nominate http://taralazar.com/. This is a fabulous picture book site for inspiration and ideas, esp. during November, when Tara hosts Picture Book Idea Month.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s Picture Book Writing Blog: http://taralazar.com

      Her blog and its PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) are genuinely what gave me the confidence to pursue my lifelong dream of writing for kids.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog, WRITING FOR KIDS (WHILE RAISING THEM) at http://taralazar.com.
      If you are a kidlit writer or picture book/kidlit writer or reader, this is the place to be for inspiration and community. Tara encourages others to believe their ideas can become books, not only through her November “Picture Book Idea Month” frenzy, but all other months of the year as well. It’s just a fun place to be.

    • I would like to nominate Tara Lazar and her blog Writing for Children While Raising Them.
      http://www.taralazar.com
      The reason I’m nominating Tara and her blog is because I feel she is a valuable player in the children’s genre. On her blog she does the PiBoIdMo Challenge, which we are wrapping up now. Not only does she give great advice, but she also give a place for writers to connect and encourage each other.

    • Mark A. Bentz says:

      I would like to nominate PiBoIdMo an must do for anyone who would like to
      write for kids of all ages. Tara Lazar gathered together a group of professionals to guide you
      along the way. And its FREE!!!

    • I would like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog Writing For Kids While Raising Them. Her PiBoIdMo is brilliant, and has really lit my creative fire! Plus, I met her at a SCBWI conference and she’s a wonderful person.
      http://taralazar.com/

    • kckass says:

      Tara Lazar at http://taralazar.com

    • Maria says:

      I nominate Live Write Thrive http://www.livewritethrive.com/

    • I nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com.

      Because his blog has helped me a lot in my writing journey.

    • Taralazar.com
      A great inspiration to build 30 picture book ideas in just one month. Great posts, great people collaboration, great feeling, encouraging…
      Love it!

    • Gina Langridge says:

      I nominate Story A Day

      http://storyaday.org

      because it offers a doable challenge that gets me writing. It’s also one of the easiest challenges to dip into and out of, because if you miss a few days you can just pick up again where you left off. Plus the owner makes it feel really friendly and personal.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s ‘Writing For Kids While Raising Them’ because it’s such an inspirational blog & I LOVE PiBoIdMo every November: http://taralazar.com/

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog http://taralazar.com for such fabulous inspiration on her blog!

    • Tara is so generous to create PiBoIdMo year after year, with fabulous guest bloggers to share their perspective on writing, illustrating, and getting published.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog http://taralazar.com for her 30 days of PiBoIdMo posts. It really got me going!

    • I think this group meets the needs of writers who needs informations from various aspect of writing and publishing. These people who write these blogs have many years of experiences in their area of expertise. I have learn much from them.

      • Deborah says:

        I wrote my reason why I picked the Kill zone but it did not published so I guess I need to type the address here. http://killzoneauthours.blogspot.com
        I had mention that the writers for this blog has many years of professional experiences from various aspect in the field of writing and publishing. I have learned much from them.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) and her PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) November challenge to record 30 PB ideas in 30 days. In addition, and in assistance, of the challenge,Tara facilitated the posting of 30 amazing, funny, touching, and enlightened discussions by authors. It was truly inspirational.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog,Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).http://taralazar.com/

      This blog in November keeps your creative juices flowing all month and provides plenty of inspiration to keep you going all year

    • Pat Conway says:

      I would like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) at http: taralazar.com. She is a wonderful help to picture book writers and also runs the annual Picture Book Idea Month in November.

    • I nominate Jeff Goins @ http://goinswriter.com

      I love his heart. I really feel like he cares about me.

    • Sheri Rad says:

      I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids While Raising Them blog, http://TaraLazar.com. This is the most visited blog I use to get ideas for writing picture books and stories and reading all the authors and illustrators that post ideas and inspiration on her site. There are many available resources there for the writer, too. I love her November PiBoIdMo every year, too, it sends me into writing and creating mode.

    • Maria Bostian says:

      I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar. Her blog at taralazar.com is inspiring for picture book writers.

      This is my first year of Picture Book Idea Month and I have so many ideas I don’t know where to start. Her PiBoIdMo is not only an idea challenge, it is a way of connecting picture book writers together. Not only do I have picture book ideas, I have Facebook friends and networking opportunities galore! All of this happened just a little over a month ago and all because I jumped on the bandwagon to take the PiBoIdMo challenge!

    • Jean James says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar at Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) http://taralazar.com
      PiBoIdMo…need I say more, but seriously her website is such a generous resource for anyone looking to improve their writing skills, and learn about the process along the way.

    • I would like to nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) http://taralazar.com/
      because she has inspired and motivated many writers, including myself, with PiBoIdMo!

    • Aidan says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s inspirational Blog, http://taralazar.com… “Writing for Kids (While Raising Them). It has been like taking a month long interactive (and free!) course while working alongside hundreds of other picture book author/illustrators to improve our craft and fill our boots with fresh ideas every day. Over the rest of year she continues to write fantastic entries with great guests and tips. Love it.

    • I would like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog at http://taralazar.com. Her blog is truly an inspiration to writers. She hosts every November PiBoIdMo for picture book writers. She blogs with helpful posts about the craft and creativity of writing picture books.

    • I nominate Kathy Temean’s “Writing and Illustrating” blog: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/

      She keeps writers and illustrators updated on each others’ work, showcases illustrators’ work, provides agent feedback on story beginnings, and keeps writers updated on contests and requested submissions.

    • I nominate Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustrating blog.
      http://kathytemean.wordpress.com

      It is the most consistently updated blog for writers and/or illustrators of children’s literature. She posts contests, tips, advice, and a weekly illustrator profile with the most in-depth collection of art. She also holds a free writing critiques from professional agents/editors/writers each and every month.

    • Bekah Hoeft says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) blog
      http://taralazar.com/
      Tara’s posts are helpful and interesting.

    • Jamie Palmer says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo website: http://taralazar.com/

      It is a great source of writing inspiration for ANY writers- young or old- I mean, wise.

      She is awesome and so is her site and that is why I nominate her website!

    • Tracy Molitors says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids While Raising Them blog:
      http://taralazar.com

      Tara’s blog is funny, informative and selfless. The November PiBoIdMo event is incredibly empowering for those who take the time to participate!

    • Donna Rossman says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog, WRITING FOR KIDS (WHILE RAISING THEM) at http://taralazar.com
      Tara through her blog and the PiBoIdMo writing challenge has inspired so many to believe in their ideas. Each day during the month of November she links her readers to the blog of different a writer or illustrator. She unselfishly opens her readers awareness to the writing and illustrating community.

    • I nominate http://taralazar.com for her amazing PiBoIdMo! The posts and advice have helped me tremendously as a writer.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog http://taralazar.com for her 30 days of motivating PiBoIdMo posts!

    • Brian says:

      I would to nominate http://my.storycartel.com.

      Joe Bunting’s community not only taught me to be a better storyteller, but also inspired me and several other writers to self publish an anthology.

    • Brian says:

      I would like to nominate http://my.storycartel.com

      Joe Bunting’s community not only taught me how to be a better storyteller, but also brought me together with a group of fantastic writers with whom I am publishing an anthology.

    • I nominate Writing for a Kids While Raising Them http://www.taralazar.com. Besides guest blog writers each day of November during PiBoIdMo, she keeps a reader interested and inspired.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog (http://taralazar.com/). She covers the gamut of interests for writers: help with the craft of writing, idea inspiration, tips from pros, contests, a community feel, and she’s just a really nice person.

    • I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog http://taralazar.com for her 30 days of inspirational PiBoIdMo posts!

    • Jill Siegel says:

      I nominate ‘Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)’ http://taralazar.com/

      The PiBoIdMo challenge is such a great way to inspire and motivate writers to create new ideas!! 🙂

    • I would like to nominate Live Write Thrive http://www.livewritethrive.com/ because its posts continue to inspire and educate me so I, as a fellow writer, can continue to “Live Write Thrive”!

    • I’d like to nominate Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Children (While Raising Them) blog. http://www.taralazar.com

      In the doldrums of bleak November, Tara brings energy and inspires creativity with Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). After 30 days of amazing guest posts by authors, illustrators and others in kidlit, you’ll have enough ideas to last throughout the coming year.

      And although I know I can only vote for one, I must mention Susanna Leonard Hill (www.susannahill.blogspot.com) who helps writers with every post and is one of the most generous people I know.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar at http://www.taralazar.com. Her website is chock full of info for writers. And her November PiBoIdMo blog posts are such a blessing for picture book writers and children’s writing.

    • Dead Darlings delivers a great combination of features, interviews, advice columns, and humor pieces. Excellent!

    • Lee Tyler says:

      All great contender s here, Mary. I nominate The Write Practice http://thewritepractice.com/ because Joe gets you actually writing rather than thinking about it. (Big help for me.) Great snippets of the writing craft knowledge as well.

    • Nadine Gamble says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids While Raising Them,
      http://Www.taralazar.com. She gives great advice and invites others at the top of their game to guest blog. Her PiBoIdMo pushed me beyond the limits that I thought were possible. If you want to publish a picture book, middle grade novel or YA, check her out and join her community. You won’t be sorry!

    • Janet Bailey says:

      I nominate
      http://taralazar.com/
      This is the best blog I’ve come across that really makes you write, and that’s the whole point.

    • Dear Mary,

      Appreciations for your opportunity to suggest Tara Lazar’s fantabulous, nourishing,
      PiBoIdMo Blog (Writing for Kids While Raising Them) with the url of

      http://taralazar.com/2014/11/30/piboidmo-day-30-tara-lazar/

      While I enjoy a playground’s worth, no a village’s worth, of sharp blogs for writers, some also nominated here, Tara Lazar’s blog demystifies the world of writing articles, poems or books for young readers in a way that empowers writers to feel they can publish well, for this age group.
      Tara responds to her readers personally, offers herself & all her contacts freely, creates deadlines & contests that are as I said above, nourishing & pulls lively writers to her site for guest articles that are rapidly forwarded & linked to across social medai. She does all this with whimsey, which itself, is worth being Top Ten.

      Again, thanks for this opportunity.
      Jan Godown Annino
      children’s author of an ALA/Amelia Bloomer listed book (She Sang Promise)

    • sharon giltrow says:

      I nominate

      http://taralazar.com/

      she hosts an inspirational blog for PB writers, which encourages, supports and builds a community of writers

    • shirley johnson says:

      I Nominate http://taralazar.com/ The blog is very inspiring. Tara hosts PiBoIdMo (30 ideas/30 Days) Great fun! Guests that encourage writers. The challenge is also very inspiring for writers.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) at http://taralazar.com/.
      Tara’s enthusiasm for writing picture books is contagious, and her motivating PiBoIdMo 30 day challenge includes daily posts from authors, illustrators, editors and agents, packed full of inspiration and helpful tips for generating ideas. It’s a terrific resource for both new and published writers.
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    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them), http://taralazar.com.. This year I participated in her PiBoIdMo for the first time and it was WAY more interesting and helpful than I anticipated. All of the great guest bloggers were so inspiring! I was so impressed that she lined up prizes for participants, ranging from copies of books from great authors to free critques! I can’t wait to see if I won one.

    • Dani Duck says:

      I’m nominating Tara Lazar’s blog too. “Writing For Kids (While Rasing Them)” http://taralazar.com/

      Tara has such great resources for writers. I mean what’s not awesome about a blog that encourages parents to write? (The answer is nothing, everything is awesome about this blog.) I love PiBoIdMo that she runs every year. She pushes people to come up with new idea s that can be turned into great picture books in the future.

      Could I write without Tara’s Blog? Yes, but I would never, ever come up with so many ideas without her influence. Tara is a wonderful person and it shows in her blog posts. She honestly wants other people to succeed in the picture book industry. For that she will always be a winner in my heart.

    • Tara Lazar’s site offers inspiration to picture book writers and encourages her readers to think creatively.

    • Ann Cole says:

      I nominate The Kill Zone: http://www.killzoneauthors.BlogSpot.com.

      I’m subscribed to a number of blogs, but The Kill Zone is the only blog that is guaranteed to, on a daily basis, provide me with something informative, helpful, or just plain fun. Not to mention the energy in the comments section!

    • I nominate writing for kids (while raising them) at http://www.taralazar.com. Tara’s PiBoIdMo has been the most interactive thing I have been able to participate in being a childrens writer in rural australia. This was my first year participating and I have an inspiration hangover from the endless ideas, posts and inspiring articles and am already sad it is over. I love this blog!

    • Ann Cole says:

      I nominate The Kill Zone: http://www.killzoneauthors.BlogSpot.com.

      I’m subscribed to a number of blogs, but The Kill Zone is the only blog that is guaranteed to, on a daily basis, provide me with something informative, helpful, or just plain fun. Not to mention the energy in the comments section!

    • I would like to nominate Tara Laza’s blog, Writing for Kids While Raising Them. This blog has motivated countless picture book writers during the month of November, better known as Picture Book Idea Month (or PiBoIdMo for short). The goal: to come up with 30 ideas in 30 days. Not all will work, but there will be one golden nugget that could turn into a marketable picture book. She provides the push and the space to make this happen.

    • Erin Nowak says:

      I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)
      http://taralazar.com/
      Tara’s blog, and PiBoId Mo, have been a huge help to me as I move forward in my Children’s illustration and writing career!

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) at http://taralazar.com/blog because she hosts PiBoIdMo each November, and I’ve grown immensely by participating the last 2 years. Additionally, her posts throughout the rest of the year are wonderful for anyone interested in the world of kidlit! :0)

    • http://jamigold.com/blog/

      Jami has a great writers blog. She mixes craft, news and her great personality. Can’t wait for each edition to roll into my inbox!

    • I nominate Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) at http://www.taralazar.com.
      It is an inspiring, fun and educational site which encourages writers, thanks to Tara’s amazing PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month). This is my second year of participating with my 30 ideas in the month of November and I’m looking forward to next year’s PiBoIdMo already!

    • Lori Mozdzierz says:

      It is my honor to nominate the uber awesome Tara Lazar’s blog Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

    • Meena says:

      I would like to nominate Tara Lazer’s website http://www.taralazer.com for organizing the Picture Book Idea Month every November and encouraging children’s writer’s to be part of the larger NaNo event. Thank you Tara for the great inspiration you provide through your blog.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog site, http://taralazar.com/. Especially the PiBoIdMo event in November. Her own advice, plus those of her guests, is invaluable. A great resource for Picture Book writers and those in the making.

    • I nominate Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

      I look forward to every message from Tara and her wonderful friends. I just completed writing 31 book titles for PiBoMoId, and I learned a lot from the 30 November postings!

    • I nominate Writing for Kids (while raising them): http://www.taralazar.com

      Tara’s PiBoId Mom blog inspires so many picture book writers–and her posts throughout the year are great. The work that Tara does to organize PiBoIdMo is a wonderful service to the children’s writing community.

    • Pam Miller says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s PiBoldMo Blog at
      http://taralazar.com/2014/11/30/piboidmo-day-30-tara-lazar/ . This is an annual program that challenges children’s book writers to list 30 new manuscript ideas (in 30 + days). Tara provides a full college course of information at no cost to participants. Her guest bloggers are inspirational, as is Tara. Prizes given at the end keep up your courage until the ideas begin to flow from your pen to paper.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog for children’s writers:
      http://taralazar.com/
      Her comments and organization of the PiBoIdMo exercise this month have been inspiring and motivating for myself and hundreds of other picture book writers.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s WRITING FOR KIDS (WHILE RAISING THEM) at http://taralazar.com/2014/11/30/piboidmo-day-30-tara-lazar.

      Whether you are a beginner writer just starting out or an established author with many books under your belt, Tara’s blog contains an overflowing wealth of writerly wisdom to help any writer become strong in their craft. I highly recommend Tara’s blog for anyone serious about their writing career!

    • Is there a better blog out there, or a more giving and generous writer than Tara Lazar? I think not. She puts out a plethora of ideas, mixed in with guest posts and prizes during her PiBoIdMo. A month’s worth of craft and creativity and challenges. I nominate http://taralazar.com for the best blog anywhere on this planet, or any other planet, for that matter.

    • Mona says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo, http://taralazar.com/2014/11/30/piboidmo-day-30-tara-lazar/ book writing challenge because she gathers guests to give ideas on writing picture books, offers prizes when challenge is completed, and if a noted book is kept, a pb writer has a wealth of ideas to draw stories from all year long.

    • Erik says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog: http://taralazar.com/
      She has very helpful ideas and also runs PiBoIdMo each year that helps so many people (I think over 1000 this year) come up with ideas that will, hopefully, become books to inspire younger readers to, well, read!

    • I nominate The Fairfield Writers Blog, https://fairfieldwriter.wordpress.com/. It is successful in building connections between writers and the Fairfield Public Library, plus it offers interesting author interviews filled with useful writing tips and it inspires writers to keep on writing even when their day jobs, parenting, and other responsibilities threaten to get in the way.

    • Tara Lazar’s website, http://taralazar.com, is chock-full of writing tips for picture book writers. Not to mention the PiBoIdMo event every year that’s helped hundreds of writers learn the craft and make valuable connections.

    • I also nominate Tara Lazar’s blog: http://taralazar.com/ (Writing for Kids – While Raising Them). It’s a wealth of information year-round, but absolutely priceless during November. The PiBoIdMo posts always inspire me and help me come up with so many amazing picture book ideas.

      This is such a helpful website for writers at any stage of their career, from those just starting to think about writing their first book through multi-published authors.

    • I also nominate Tara Lazar’s Blog, Writing For Kids (While Raising Them) http://taralazar.com. It’s a wealth of information year-round, but during November, the PiBoIdMo posts are priceless–full of inspiration and information that have helped me learn even more about writing picture books and coming up with great ideas for new ones.

    • Sherry Walz says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog: Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) at http://taralazar.com. This blog is filled to the brim with helpful information for writers. And, PiBoIdMo is an amazing experience for all, thanks to Tara’s efforts.

    • I also nominate Tara Lazar’s blog: http://taralazar.com/ (Writing for Kids – While Raising Them). She sponsors an annual writing challenge called PiBoIdMo – Picture Book Idea Month. It is a month-long event filled with posts from authors, editors and illustrators. The idea is to come up with at least 30 picture book ideas that you can work on throughout the year while you’re waiting for next year’s challenge. It’s great fun and hundreds of authors participate.

    • I’d like to nominate Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) http://taralazar.com/. This blog is inspiring, informative, and offers very practical advice. The Picture Book Idea Month challenge is phenomenally useful.

    • Another vote for Tara Lazar’s blog, http://taralazar.com/. Wow, did I learn and accomplish a lot by participating in her PiBoIdMo!

    • I nominate THE INTERNATIONAL FREELANCER http://www.theinternationalfreelancer.com/

      This blog is full of tips and articles about becoming a freelance writer no matter where in the world you live. It offers articles on living the writing life, getting clients, running a writing business, and doing the work. It is one of my 3 favorite blogs that I read, but since I could only nominate one, I nominate this wonderful blog by Mridu Khullar Relph. It is helping me learn about the business and step out to becoming an international freelance writer.

    • Another nomination for Tara Lazar’s blog: http://taralazar.com/

      This is a blog that always has insightful, valuable information and a source of support. It is a gift to the community that has grown into being because of it.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s “Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)” (http://taralazar.com/) Not only does Tara’s blog provide a great deal of inspiration, but it also gives writers the tools we need to find ideas and develop them into salable stories. Hers is the only blog that I never miss reading.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s Blog: Writing For Kids (While Raising Them) http://taralazar.com
      which contains an incredible amount of valuable information for writers.

    • I nominate TaraLazar.com for the blog, Writing for Kids While Raising Them. Tara Lazar created and hosts a spectacular FREE event, PiBoIdMo on her blog each November. She also posts helpful information for writers throughout the year.

    • I would like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) at http://taralazar.com/

      This blog is packed full of advice and interviews specifically for picture book writers. And Tara’s annual writing event, PiBoIdMo, can’t be beat.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s Blog. Tara does an incredible amount of work on behalf of her blog followers: organizing PiBoIdMo for picture book writers, recruiting excellent guest bloggers, providing terrific craft content and tremendous support. Thank you, Tara!

    • I can’t say enough about how inspired I am reading this blog. Tara Rocks!

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s Picture Book Writing Blog: http://taralazar.com. Not only has Tara provided an outstanding writers’ blog filled with fun and useful information, but she has created an online community of authors with her PiBoIdMo. She artfully brings together experienced authors to give helpful insight and advice to new authors.

    • Marty says:

      Tara gives aspiring writers so much good information each year with her PiBoIdMo in November. She always brings in terrific guest bloggers, and offers all sorts of motivation to help keep you going the entire 30 days. A great site year round, too!

    • I nominate http://www.taralazar.com
      Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)
      Reason: The PiBoIdMo challenge was fun, inspiring, and offers great advice on writing books for children.

    • Darlene Ivy says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog: Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) – http://taralazar.com/

      Her posts are always helpful and she has built and supported an amazing community through PiBoIdMo.

    • Wendy says:

      I nominate: http://taralazar.com/
      “Writing For Kids (While Raising Them).”
      REASON: Tara hosts Picture Book Idea Month annually which is a wonderful tool for picture book writers! I have REALLY enjoyed the experience this year!

    • I have to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog for this award. Tara did an outstanding job of coordinating the PiBoIdMo. This website with it’s PiBoIdMo was such an inspiration for me. So many authors and illustrators shared their ideas and expertise which kept my creativity and passion flowing. I highly recommend this site as a top blog!

    • Janny J. Johnson says:

      I would like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog http://taralazar.com/ because I find her “real” approach to writing refreshing and also inspiring. She also sponsors PiBoIdMo (picture book idea month) every year which has always had me come up with ideas that are usually well received when I pitch them to agents at conferences every year.

    • Derick says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s “Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)” at http://taralazar.com. Her Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo), happening each November, provides a wellspring of inspiration and ideas for children’s writers, from the novice to the best-selling author.

    • Rowena Rae says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog: http://taralazar.com. Tara’s blog is full of interesting, informative and inspirational advice and ideas for children’s authors & illustrators. As a relative newbie to children’s writing, I have learned an immense amount from her blog posts, as well as those of all the guest bloggers during November’s PiBoIdMo event.

    • Margaret Greanias says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog (http://taralazar.com/). She runs PiBiIdMo each November which provides invaluable inspiration for PB writers like myself.

    • I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar (creator of PiBoIdMo) and her blog Writing For Kids (While Raising Them) at http://taralazar.com.

      This is such an inspiring and helpful site for children’s writers! Love it!

    • This has been an inspiring site for me. I am just starting to explore writing picture books and this site has been perfect for a newbie like me. Thanks Tara I would like to nominate this site.

    • Ali Pfautz says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar at http://taralazar.com/

      Through her blog and Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) Tara energizes all of us. She keeps kidlit writers motivated and educated with her insightful, often humorous, posts and guest posts.

    • My favorite blog is Tara Lazar’s “Writing for Kids (While Raising Them). Her website is http://wp.me/p7jVE-2dV.

      Tara invented “PiBoldMo”- the challenge to write 30 picture book ideas in 30 days. I joined the challenge this month, and it’s been fantastic. I never thought I could do it. Tara’s blog has given me so much inspiration!

    • louise says:

      I would like to nominate The Dead Darling’s blog http://deaddarlings.com/
      It’s a funny, eclectic group of writers blogging specifically about the novel.

    • I’d like to nominate http://taralazar.com/piboidmo/. Tara’s blog Writing for Kids (while raising them) is a fantastic idea generator and blog of writing encouragement.

    • Debbie Austin says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog at http://taralazar.com/.

      Her annual PiBoIdMo is why. She provides 30 days of picture book writing inspiration from authors and illustrators during the month of November. I come away both inspired and challenged to kick things up a notch. Plus by the end of the challenge I have 30 new ideas to work on throughout the year!

    • Nina Haines says:

      I nominate the Writers Write blog http://taralazar.com/.Wonderful advice.

    • I nominate PiBoIdMo/Writing for Kids (While Raising Them). http://taralazar.com/piboidmo/ Tara Lazar is an incredible giver supporting a growing writing community bringing in experts, providing giveaways, supportive ideas, and as a third year participant, I have over 90 ideas in my back pocket for inspiration.

    • Janie Reinart says:

      Love, Love, Love Tara and PIBoldMo at http://taralazar.com/ It is the best blog and the most exciting and fun filled resource for children’s writing. Tara Lazar is the idea whisperer!

    • Jennifer Ali says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar for top blog, http://taralazar.com/ . She has helped shape a nurturing writer’s community through her encouraging posts and her “Picture Book Idea Month”.

    • Jim Chaize says:

      I nominate PiBoIdMo/Writing For Kids (While Raising Them). It is found at http://taralazar.com/, and is such a great resource for authors of picture books.

    • I would like to nominate Tara Lazar. Her blog is a great place to go especially for beginners like my self. http://taralazar.com

    • Megan E. Freeman says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog *Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)*. This was my first time doing Tara’s PiBoIdMo 30 day challenge (side by side with NaNoWriMo), and I was blown away by the quality of the daily guest blog posts and the online community that extends past the blog and into social media. The generous, supportive, and inspiring milieu that Tara’s blog creates has made this the most productive writing month I’ve ever had.

      http://taralazar.com/2014/11/30/piboidmo-day-30-tara-lazar/

    • Definitely http://taralazar.com/ the best blog and outstanding resource for kidlit writers!

    • I just finished my first official PiBoIdMo and I’m thoroughly impressed with Tara Lazar’z blog. I nominate her because she consistently focuses on reaching out to help aspiring authors. Three cheers for Tara!

      http://taralazar.com/2014/11/30/piboidmo-day-30-tara-lazar/

    • I nominate Tara Lazar at http://taralazar.com/author/anonymom/

      Her website is awesome everyday, but pops to life in November when she hosts PiBoIdMo with great guest writers as well as sharing words of wisdom of her own.

      Tara is amazing!!

    • I wholeheartedly nominate Tara Lazar’s inspiring, helpful, motivational blog: http://www.taralazar.com
      Tara selflessly puts an incredible amount of time and work into helping children’s writers improve in their craft. Her annual challenge in November – Picture Book Idea Month (aka PiBoIdMo) – includes daily guest authors, illustrators, or agents, who challenge and encourage writers of all levels of experience to continue on. Because of this event some participants have had their ideas become published picture books. Thank you, Tara!

    • I nominate http://taralazar.com/2014/11/30/piboidmo-day-30-tara-lazar/ (Writing for Kids While Raising Them). Tara Lazar runs PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) which has inspired thousands of kidlit writers to come up with 30 new ideas in 30 days in November. The guest blogs from well known writers and illustrators are also incredibly inspiring and offer oodles of hands-on writing tips. Tara’s blog is full of energy and encouragement…exactly what writers like me need.

    • I would like to nominate Tara Lazar’s web site Writing for Kids (while raising them) http://taralazar.com/.

      As an aspiring writer, I find this site extremely informative and helpful. In addition, the yearly PIBoldMo challenge has helped me jump-start my book ideas.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar http://www.taralazar.com Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

      Her website is inspirational for writing ideas especially during the month of November. A sharing and caring website that has something for everyone!

    • Jason Gallaher says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog: Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)
      http://www.taralazar.com

      Tara’s annual PiBoIdMo event is very inspiring and helps give picture book writers multiple ways to find their muse. Tara includes blog posts from multiple writers, illustrators, and agents that give her blog’s readers valuable information about how to craft picture books.

    • Ginger Weddle says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids http://taralazar.com for the Top 10 Blogs for Writers. I am new this year to the online writers community and I have found Tara’s blog to be a great resource. Furthermore, the Picture Book Idea Month, PiiBoIdMo, has been inspiring, insightful, educational, motivating and entertaining. Thank you for the opportunity to make this nomination.

    • My nomination is for Tara Lazar’s blog Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) http://taralazar.com

      Her annual PiBoIdMo is a very inspiring and encouraging event every November. Thanks, Tara!

    • I nominate Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)
      http://taralazar.com/

      This blog is both inspirational and practical, while being up to date with market practices.

    • Holly Ruppel says:

      Children’s Book author Tara Lazar is amazing, and I nominate her blog, Wriiting for Kids (While Raising Them), which can be found at http://taralazar.com/. Tara offers writers and illustrators invaluable information about craft and the industry, and every November, she hosts Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo), a challenge designed inspire 30 manuscript ideas in 30 days.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog “Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)”. The URL is http://taralazar.com/
      Many thanks to Tara for all the time and effort she puts into hosting and organizing the Picture Book Idea Month challenge, a very generous effort to keep such a popular event going on top of her already busy professional and personal life.

    • Deb Dunn says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) http://taralazar.com
      because Tara offers writers a consistently strong community to come together to learn. Her PiBoIdMo event is chockfull of incredibly inspiring, useful and practical ideas for children’s writers. She has a terrific understanding of the craft of writing and a wonderful sense of humor. I’ve learned a lot from Tara!

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog at http://taralazar.com/
      She runs a terrific challenge every November called PiBoIdMo. But even when she’s not running this challenge, her blog is full of helpful advice.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog http://www.taralazar.com. The blog posts are inspiring. I always take away something from Picture Book Idea Month.

    • shiela fuller says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s bog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) http://taralazar.com/

      Her blog is a valuable resource and wealth of information for seasoned and aspiring picture book writers. Thank you, Tara!

    • Tina Cho says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog. http://www.taralazar.com because she has awesome posts for kidlit writers, especially picture book writers. She hosts Piboidmo during the month of November and gives us fabulous posts every day that inspire me in my writing journey.

    • Kristen Yakubisin says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog Writing for Kids While Raising Them @ http://taralazar.com/. Tara writes in a witty, thoughtful, and (have to admit) slightly goofy way that truly encourages the writers of picture books to write picture books. And isn’t that the whole idea!

    • The reason I have 30 new picture book ideas in a list on my phone is PiBoIdMo. Tara Lazar’s blog makes me laugh, think, rethink, discover, create, and did I say laugh…? I would like to nominate http://piboidmo.com – a blog that challenges writers to be better, more original, more prolific, to see things in ways we never saw them and did I say better…?

    • Joy says:

      I nominate The Write Practice. Because of Joe’s blog, I was able to meet awesome writers.

      http://thewritepractice.com

    • I would like to nominate Live Write Thrive.
      This blog covers everything you need to know and do to become a better writer. I have found it insightful and practical and my approach to writing has improved because of it.

      http://www.livewritethrive.com/

    • Rick Sukovieff says:

      I would like to nominate Jenna Dalton’s blog, http://jennadalton.com/blog/
      Her writing is succinct, clear, based on factual research, and immediately useful. Reading her blog leaves you with the feeling that you’ve just had a personal conversation with someone who is truly interested in you; and who also has a great sense of humour.

      • Thanks for nominating me, Rick! Good to know that I have a sense of humour 🙂

    • Dan Hoger says:

      I nominate Live, Write, Thrive: http://www.livewritethrive.com

      C.S. Lakin’s 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction series has helped me to develop the book that I am currently writing.

    • I nominate Jeff Goins, http://goins writer.com.

      Jeff’s blog is insightful and inspiring. He offers useful advice based on personal experience and manages to call readers to action by making us each feel worthy and relevant. He is straightforward, honest, funny, and dedicated.

    • I nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com

      Jeff provides timely content and actionable tasks to a wide audience of writers, artists and creative-types of varying levels. He deserves to win this year’s award because of his impact in the online space and his genuine commitment to delivery with each post.

    • I want to nominate LiveWriteThrive. The blog by Ms. Lakin is filled with easily read and applied writing help. A gem!

    • Jasper says:

      I nominate jeffgoins.com

    • Kate says:

      I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com. I never miss a post and always find Susanne Lakin’s advice helpful and practical, knowledgeable and inspiring.

    • Christiana says:

      I nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff provides practical advice and actionable advice for every writer whether beginner or advanced.

    • There are so many great writing blogs out there, that this is a tough one to choose. When I look back at which blog I visited the most…

      I have to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog- Writing for Kids While Raising Them at http://taralazar.com/. Not only does Tara bring thousands of picture book writers together every year for Picture Book Idea Month- where she features over a month’s worth of daily inspirational blog posts that assist the community and the featured guest, but she consistently offers weekly posts (or more) that target what we need as writers…questions answered, upcoming challenges, author interviews and guest posts, and important things to incorporate into our writing.

    • Pam Haddix says:

      I nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com .

      As a new writer/author, I greatly appreciate Jeff”s generosity with his help and guidance. He’s speaking from a place of personal success (he’s not a wannabe) and offers invaluable advice on how we too can achieve our goals. It’s a place any writer can find inspiration, motivation, and instruction to move forward as a writer.

      Check out my worship blog at http://pamelahaddix.com/ .

    • I wish to nominate a blog about Organizing Creativity called,

      http://www.organizingcreativity.com

      I find it extremely useful for help with information about how to manage the stuff I produce and what to look for and what’s available in software that can help me handle it. There’s a lot of info on this site, and I haven’t needed all of it, but it’s even a help knowing that other people have faced these issues of wondering how on earth to pull it all together. It’s even more useful for non-fiction writers.

    • I nominate Joe Bunting at The Write Practice. http://thewritepractice.com/

    • I would like to nominate http://goinswriter.com/. Jeff provides straightforward advice that can be implemented immediately for real people in need of practical advice. He also inspires confidence in those of us who need a gentle shove in the direction of self-confidence as writers. Thanks Jeff and good luck!

    • I nominate Jeff Goins at: http://goinswriter.com/
      Jeff offers excellent content with great value in every post. He encourages us to find our voice and let it shine through our writing. I have found many of his posts to be a great help and an inspiration.

    • I nominate Fiction Notes by Darcy Pattison. http://www.darcypattison.com Darcy Pattison’s 30 Day Series is a gold mine for writers. This year alone I’ve used her “30 Days to a Stronger Author Website”, “30 Days to a Stronger Character”, “30 Days to Stronger Scenes”, and “30 Days to a Stronger Picture Book.”

      Darcy is a great teacher because she’s had so many years of writing and still writes actively! Her advice is gentle and from experience and immediately hands-on practical. She’s always careful to offer more than one way of reaching the same destination since writers often like to take different paths. There’s no “one way” or “my way” with Darcy. Her website is the best!

    • http://thewritepractice.com
      Everyday brings something worth reading on The Write Practice. Tips for writing, grammar, dialogue, plot structure, ideas and inspiration, unusual ways to approach creativity. Never a dull moment! I always shift out of business mode to read and savor it.

    • Maggie C says:

      I’d like to nominate http://avajae.blogspot.com for the wonderful advice she gives to writers of every level. She has a superb writing style and relevant insight into the craft.

    • I nominate C.S. Lakin, http://www.livewritethrive.com the best blog for writers. I have been following Susanne Lakin for two years. I also have one of her books on writing. I look forward to each of her blogs. She covers everything I need and more. I value her Life Write Thrive blog more than any I have seen or read. And yes, she has helped me be a better writer.

    • Sylvia says:

      I love “The Kill Zone” at http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/. A variety of authors offer advice, and interact quickly with readers. They also offer critiques on reader MS and keep their readers up to date on industry trends.

    • Rachel says:

      I nominate Ani at http://www.anialexander.com/category/blog/

      She knows her stuff because she has been published and she’s constantly talking to other writers and publishers.

    • I nominate Ani Alexander from http://www.anialexander.com/blogs

      there are several reasons: first, her awesome podcast features the crème de la crème of writers and provides weekly insights, advice, empowerment, and inspiration to any aspiring writer or professional writer.

      Second, Ani is a no BS blogger. She doesn’t fluff around, and she targets her entire energy to helping her customer avatar – the self published writer.

      Last, because it’s the only writer blog I know were you will NOT find any “lists”, “top of”, or any similar post format that offers no value besides viral potential for the publisher.

    • I nominate The Write Practice blog for the ten top web sites for writers at http://thewritepractice.com

      I appreciate the advice and information Joe and guest bloggers offer to writers in small and clear posts, but also the fact that Joe is always approachable and takes time to reply to notes I send via email.

    • I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com.

      I always learn something from reading Lakin’s blogs. She helps my writing like no one else.

    • I would like to nominate Joe Bunting’s “The Write Practice” (www.thewritepractice.com).

      Of all the many writing sites I visit, “The Write Practice” is the one I credit with pushing me from being a writer wannabe to published author. Joe’s site is a virtual treasure trove of useful and encouraging advice, but more than that, his useful exercises give a serious push to getting started writing. Through his “15-minute” writing practices and his sister site (storycartel.com), I have stopped dreaming about becoming a writer, and written dozens of short stories, completed the second draft of a novel and am currently working on its sequel. Through Joe’s mentorship, many readers have found dozens of like-minded authors to form cartels with for critiquing, mutual encouragement and friendship. His site has changed hundreds (if not more) of people’s lives for the better by helping them live their dream.

      I highly recommend The Write Practice (www.thewritepractice.com) for all authors, at whatever stage they are.

    • I nominate C.S. Lakin, http://www.livewritethrive.com the best blog for writers. Her tips for Grammar, Pillar of Novel Construction, Narrative Shaped by Voice, and much much more are now my writing Bible that I keep on my desk.

    • Mark Griffin says:

      I’d like to nominate http://janefriedman.com/. Jane Friedman is consistently a writer’s best friend, offering a wealth of no-nonsense advice for free. She always speaks the truth, even when it diverges from the popular narrative, and has no higher agenda than writers’ best interests.

    • Dawn Young says:

      I would like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog http://taralazar.com/ Not only does Tara provide the writing community with limitless inspiration during PiBoIdMo (which she started) but she offers all kinds of helpful information and encouragement throughout the year. Tara is so generous with her time and support. Her helpful posts and advice, links to resources, and overall support to the writing community have fostered an environment that makes the children’s writing community like no other!

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog–Writing for Children While Raising Them.
      http://taralazar.com/

    • Diego says:

      I’d like to nominate betternovelproject.com – The reason being that it’s without a doubt, it’s one of the most unique experiments on the web. Christine takes bestsellers and deconstructs them in order to find the nuts and bolts of a blockbuster novel. There’s nothing like it on the web, and it’s helped me analyze my own writing and improve it.

    • I nominate The Kill Zone for the top 10 websites for writers. The website address is as follows:
      http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.in

    • I am nominating the Dead Darlings site: http://deaddarlings.com/

      Written by novelists for novelists, this site has consistently interesting interviews with novelists as well as many craft and thought pieces that will inspire and motivate the aspiring novelist.

    • Kristen Joy Wilks says:

      I nominate the books and such blog at
      http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/
      It always has helpful information about the publishing industry, insider info, and encouragement from professionals. I read it almost every work day.

    • I nominate Writers in the Storm: http://writersinthestormblog.com/. I have learned so much from their blog this year, and the variety and depth of their topics continue to nurture my writing career.

    • I’m nominating Jenna Dalton’s blog: http://jennadalton.com/blog/

      She has such a fresh, personable writing style and provides LOADS of VALUE in every single post! I share her stuff with all of my clients who are trying to build their businesses.

      • Thank you for the vote, Michelle! It makes me joyous that you’re sharing my posts with your clients. I really appreciate it!

    • I would like to nominate Mridu Khullar Relph’s blog (http://www.mridukhullar.com/blog/) as the top writing blog of the year. Writers like her are an inspiration because they prove to me that relentless work ethic, uncompromising quality, and confidence in self-identity can always overcome the hurdles of being an international freelancer. I hope I can help pave the way for more freelance writers some day and contribute back to this community just like her.

    • Prashant Bajpai says:

      I would like to nominate Mridu Khullar Relph’s blog (http://www.mridukhullar.com/blog/) as the top writing blog of the year. Writers like her are an inspiration because they prove to me that relentless work ethic, uncompromising quality, and confidence in self-identity can always overcome the hurdles of being an international freelancer. I hope I can help pave the way for more freelance writers some day and contribute back to this community just like her.

      http://blogwriterswanted.com/make-money-writing/

    • I nominate Jeff Goins at goinswriter.com/ because he encouraged me to go for it! I am a writer! I continue to learn so much from goinswriter.com for my writing and blogging so I can successfully help and encourage others!

    • Jevon says:

      I nominate The Write Practice – http://thewritepractice.com/

      Joe and guest bloggers post great articles about writing from unique angles.

    • I nominate The Write Practice, http://thewritepractice.com.

      I love TWP because it offers a daily writing practice to help make writing a habit. Plus, it’s short, sweet and to the point.

    • Gyda says:

      I nominate http://goinswriter.com/
      Jeff is very motivating and inspiring with his blog posts, his inspiration and quotes on facebook and amazing online courses.

    • George M Momogos says:

      I nominate Jeff Goins – http://goinswriter.com/

      “Jeff delivers on his promise and his innovation taps into the imagination (without an overly expressed profit motive!)”.

    • I would like to nominate Writer Unboxed (http://writerunboxed.com). It’s a fun, inspiring, eduational and, more of all, welcoming site with more than 50 contributors and daily articles about the craft of writing. The comments section is as more a conversation than any other I’ve seen, and people at all stages of their writing journey are welcome. There is no better resource for new, aspiring, or experienced writers on the web.

    • Saida says:

      I will like to nominate
      http://goinswriter.com/
      It gives timeless tips on Writing/blogging and also post various genuine essay competitions

    • Miriam N says:

      Er a few errors in my last comment. Though to through and most importantly “I’d like to nominate The Write Practice http://thewritepractice.com/

    • Miriam N says:

      I would like to nominate http://thewritepractice.com/.

      I being a young writer have been trying to find writing advice where ever i can. I’d read many posts and be like oh yeah I should do something about that and then the thought was forgotten. This writing website got me engaged. Though it I was able to break my two years absence from writing. The practice section of this blog got me writing even if it wasn’t’ on my novel. I believe that anyone and everyone can get help from this website. Joe Bunting is a truly amazing and inspired person to create such a blog.

    • tom combs says:

      I nominate the Kill Zone
      http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com.au

      Daily blog with great depth and range of content – craft, publishing, industry news, author help.

    • I nominate Writer Unboxed – http://www.writerunboxed.com

      This is a multi-authored site of exceptional breadth and depth. From craft to industry to inspiration it’s a daily feast of fiction writing gems. The comments often are as thought provoking as the posts themselves, too, due to the caliber of its community. Craft authorities such as Lisa Cron, James Scott Bell, David Corbett, Ray Rhamey, Dave King and myself are there. Inspirational posts by the Buddha of fiction writers, Robin LaFevers, have turned around careers. Published authors like Julianna Baggott, Brunonia Barry, Juliette Marillier, Catherine McKenzie, Liz Michalski, Erika Robuck and Allison Winn Scotch regularly get me thinking. Posts by emerging writers like Jan O’Hara, Vaughn Roycroft and Keith Cronin switch on light bulbs and (in Keith’s case) make me laugh. Porter Anderson, Jane Friedman and publicist Dan Blank do not offer standard industry perspectives but rather get us to see the business in new ways.

      The Writer Unboxed community even went live this year with their own writers’ conference which for those of us fortunate enough to attend was a never-to-be-forgotten, already legendary experience. Do not miss Writer Unboxed. It’s must reading for me very day.

    • Lovelyn says:

      I nominate Goinswriter.com. Jeff writes motivational and informative posts for writers. His blog has been very helpful for me.

    • James Hall says:

      I nominate The Write Practice, http://www.thewritepractice.com

      The Write Practice not only inspires writers to write, but also encourages them to share their stories. It is a wonderful experience to share and connect with such dedicated writers and story tellers. There is always opportunity to help others improve their writing and to tips to help you improve your own writing.

    • Birgitte says:

      The first web site that comes to mind, which I’d like to nominate, is The Write Practice. I’ve known the community of writers there for a few years now, and it’s one of the most supportive and engaged online communities you’ll find.

      Here’s the link: http://thewritepractice.com/

    • I nominate Jeff Goins (goinswriter.com). As I’ve started my own blog, Jeff has helped me tremendously by being so transparent about his own struggles to finally start a successful blog at 7 years of other blogs that didn’t quite work out. In addition, he has modeled generosity (such as giving away free resources) and showed me how to take the small, next steps (such as how to find my niche and guest post) that will help me keep things moving forward so that I don’t get discouraged.

    • I nominate The Write Practice ( http://www.thewritepractice.com ). The Write Practice is a great resource for writers through motivational blogs on all sorts of writing topics, to the encouragement of flexing one’s writing muscle on a regular basis. Plus, and, for me, maybe most importantly, this site has been the starting point of many relationships with other writers.

    • I have been following The Kill Zone for a couple of years and love the mix/match of writers who contribute to this blog. The differences in their writing style and genre allows for varied ideas and experience. Joe Moore, Jodie Renner and Nancy Cohen are three of my favorites but I glean information and incite from all of them.

    • I nominate Jenna Dalton from http://jennadalton.com/blog/.

      She has written on SO many topics that have helped me big time when it comes to writing my blogs and her stuff is always easy to read, well-researched, charming, funny & unique! Love her stuff 🙂

      • Thank you, Rebecca! So happy to have you in my community 🙂

    • Simon says:

      I would like to nominate the Better Novel Project. http://www.betternovelproject.com/blog/

      Blogger Christine analyzises themes, characters and storylines from bestselling novels to identify what works in these stories and why. She analyzes archetypes and reviews all aspects of storytelling, then provides her findings to help writers craft better stories.

    • The folks over at The Killzone Authors get my vote. In addition to get craft talk, and a reasonable perspective on the industry, they make a terrific effort to help the new writers. Their Thursday First Pate critique is a huge help to those writers and a chance for the rest of us to learn. http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/

    • Lorel Colgin says:

      I nominate “Elizabeth Spann Craig”

    • Scinia says:

      Goinswriter.com is the most inspirational writing blog for me. Jeff Goins motivates through his beautifully lucid text. His blog deserves nomination and even more than that – winning!

    • I would like to nominate The Kill Zone: http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/
      As an aspiring author, this blog has been so informative and helpful and I read it every day to get new writing tips.

    • Doug Toft says:

      I nominate Jane Friedman’s blog:

      http://janefriedman.com

      Her core posts about writing a book proposal and how to get published are a touchstone for me that I’ve recommended to many people.

    • He’s the best!

    • I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar. Her website is http://taralazar.com/piboidmo/ She has totally motivated and encouraged so many writers – including myself. She has taken my journey another notch.

    • I nominate The Kill Zone, http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/

      Experienced authors giving exceptional advice, constant inspiration, and sincere encouragement. I start every morning with them.

    • Bonnie says:

      I have to vote for Tara Lazar blog. Her posts are always inspirational, helpful or fun for writers whether you are a newbie or a veteran. http://www.taralazar.com

    • I would like to nominate Jenna Dalton’s blog http://jennadalton.com/blog/

      The information she gives to readers of her blog is in extremely valuable and insightful. I am already planning my 2015 blog schedule using the valuable insights she gives her readers.

      • Thank you, Chris! I’m glad I could help you get your 2015 blog schedule worked out 🙂

    • Debbie Burke says:

      The Kill Zone.

      http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/

      With multiple perspectives from a number of published novelists, this blog offers varied information that is fresh and interesting day after day, week after week. From technical aspects like editing, e-pubbing, and marketing to the art and psychology of writing, there is something for every taste and skill level. I learn worthwhile tips that I frequently pass on to writer friends.

    • Florence says:

      If ever there was a winner in so many of his “tribe’s” books already, it’s Jeff Goins at goinswriter.com. Discovering Jeff has helped me find greater clarity and focus, hone my voice, believe in myself as a writer, and even understand the technical aspects of starting to build a platform. He is extremely generous with his knowledge, and his brief, actionable videos are like pulling up a chair and chatting with a trusted mentor. Jeff’s affable and encouraging demeanor comes across like a balm in the sea of internet sales hype. He’s awesome!! 🙂

    • I nominate The Write Practice at http://thewritepractice.com. Joe Bunting could coax an author out of almost anyone. He obliterates writer’s block on an almost daily basis and his techniques are down to earth practical for a beginner or an already-published author. The support is immeasurable and you feel like you have gained a learned professor and a good friend at the same time. This is the write way to go.

    • I’d like to nominate “The Kill Zone” site. The authors always provide great, diversified information for writers. I find the site very helpful.

    • I nominate The Write Practice at http://thewritepractice.com. Joe Bunting can make someone who has never had the desire to write pick up his pen. Writer’s block is obliterated on a daily basis for beginners or old hands. His entire body of work is precise, uplifting, helpful-so helpful, but most of all encouraging. His approach is not to teach ” I think I can”, but ” I know I am a writer”.

    • I’d like to nominate The Kill Zone at http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com.

      I’ve found nowhere else online where you can find eleven fantastic, expert writers all in one place, offering down-to-earth, applicable wisdom and guidance for writers of all genres and in all levels of their writing journey. I can’t recommend this blog highly enough for nomination!

    • Beca Lewis says:

      I nominate The Write Practice – http://www.thewritepractice.com

      I love the community, Joe’s support is awesome, and I am always learning something from them!

    • I nominate The Kill Zone: http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/

      Regular posts on this blog by gifted and generous writers cover just about every writing topic under the sun. Additional comments by a host of regular participants are intelligent and on point. This is like the best writing class you could ever want. Topics going back years have been indexed for ease of use. I check in at TKZ once or twice a day. I think it’s the best place ever for writers.

    • Dana Sitar says:

      I nominate The Write Life (http://thewritelife.com). The most well-rounded blog for writers who want to break into or step up their game in freelancing or publishing, with contributions from top writers in the blogosphere.

    • I’m nominating http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog by the Books & Such Literary Management team. Every day, their insights and wisdom influence many writers. These savvy agents help so many grow in their craft and in their understanding of the industry.

    • Laura Friedman says:

      I wish to nominate janefriedman.com
      She is extremely knowledgeable about the entire publishing industry, as well as posting valuable tips and information writers need to become successful.

    • CG Blake says:

      I nominate Writer Unboxed

      URL: http://writerunboxed.com/

      The diversity of voices is the strength of Writer Unboxed. From literary agents to published and unpublished authors to literary critics, WU’s bloggers offer highly useful advice on the craft and business of fiction writing.

    • Yvonne Mes says:

      I nominate http://www.kidlit411.com

      An amazing resource for children’s writers and illustrating for all age groups and genres. Only the best links and amazing interviews with authors and illustrators.

    • I nominate http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog where top agents blog five days per week on everything from the writing craft and industry news to manuscript mechanics and encouragement. The Books and Such team fosters a great sense of community and cohesiveness by chiming in with pertinent answers and news we can use.

    • Rebecca says:

      I nominate Dead Darlings http://deaddarlings.com/

      Lots of different posts from a great group of writers. Useful to see many different perspectives, all interesting and useful.

    • Stephen Buehler says:

      I nominate The Kill Zone: http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/
      Every week I’d say, 5 out ot 7 times they talk about writing information/thoughts/advice that I can use.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog,Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).http://taralazar.com/

      Tara not only shares her talents with other authors and writers but provides the much needed encouragement to all who are interested in writing for children through her posts and annual PiBoIdMo event. The knowledge shared through her blog and the community she’s created is priceless!

    • I nominate The Write Practice, thewritepractice.com.

      Joe Bunting has been, without a doubt, one of my biggest writing mentors. He took me on as a regular contributor at the age of twelve because he believed in me and my writing. The community there is so amazing. They’re welcoming to newcomers, encouraging to those who have been there all along, and support one another unconditionally. I’m proud to be part of it.

      • Miriam N says:

        I think you need to redo your link it doesn’t take you the the write practice it not containing the link part. just to let you know

    • Katie Hamer says:

      I nominate The Write Practice @ http://thewritepractice.com.

      This site is a source of daily inspiration on all aspects of creative writing and its prompts help writers to effectively beat writer’s block. As well as having very talented regular contributors they also have guest posts from readers.This is good as it encourages a high level of engagement from everyone involved in the site.

    • Kelly Robertson says:

      I nominate Dead Darlings.

      http://deaddarlings.com/

      The site covers all things related to writing the novel, including in-depth author interviews, book launches, and advice (often funny) on surviving life as a writer.

    • Funny and honest writing tips about craft and life from a group of aspiring and publshed authors.

    • CGC says:

      I nominate The Write Practice. http://TheWritePractice.com

      Helpful. Practical. To the point. Just what I like.

    • Linda Seed says:

      I nominated Writer Unboxed earlier (at http://writerunboxed.com) but forgot to mention why. It’s a a great site because it doesn’t just offer useful and inspiring content, it’s also is a vibrant community of writers who learn from each other daily.

    • I nominate Writer Unboxed!
      http://writerunboxed.com/

      Welcoming + Fun + Friendly + Interesting + Inspirational = Writer Unboxed!

    • Frank Miles says:

      I nominate the Kill Zone blogspot for thriller writers.

      http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/

      Professional, published writers sharing technique and sage advice on writing and publishing. And engaging in helpful, encouraging,and frank conversation with the readership.

    • I nominate the Dead Darlings site for novels and novelists:

      http://deaddarlings.com/

      The site offers top notch interviews with authors, tips for drafting, finishing, publishing, and launching your book, and funny stuff about how to survive the writing world.

    • Jan O'Hara says:

      I nominate Writer Unboxed (http://writerunboxed.com) because of their breadth of advice and community orientation. The regular contributors are mostly seasoned, multi-awarded novelists, yet they still welcome contributions from the unpublished and regularly make room for new voices in the form of guest spots.

    • I nominate The Write Practice, thewritepractice.com because of their dedication to helping writers improve. Everyone from the novice to the experienced writer can benefit from The Write Practice.

      • Miriam N says:

        I think you need to redo your link… it doesn’t actually have the link part on it. Just to let you know

      • I nominate The Write Practice, (http://www.thewritepractice.com) because of their dedication to helping writers improve. Everyone from the novice to the experienced writer can benefit from The Write Practice.

    • I nominate Kill Zone-http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/

      I find their advice very practical and current. They are a conglomerate of 11 working, selling, authors. It really adds weight to the things they say.
      Everyone has heard from someone who has sold books and says” You just write what you feel and send it off and they print it. Unfortunately, if you are not the one in a million, that doesn’t work. What these people say is the real thing.

    • One behalf of the leprechauns i would like to nominate the most important blog for writers on the internets. The kill zone, while it does have apparently violent sounding name, is actually a very nice place to hang out and they teach and help writers young and old and they don’t discriminate against silly people or overly vivid imaginations.

      http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/ is an awesome place to hang out and learn a bit about writing and even share in the various writing exercises that pop up from time to time.

    • I love all kinds of writer’s blogs, but one of my favorites is a vlog by the WordNerds. I love their Youtube channel, but here’s their blog site Tumblr http://yawordnerds.tumblr.com/

    • kath says:

      I nominate
      http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com.au

      Out of all the writing blogs that I follow. These guys consistently give me something new to think about with my writing. I have never been disappointed. They are unique in their approach to sharing the writing experience with their readers.

    • I nominate The Kill Zone, because it has fresh daily content, and is always timely and topical, covers well the ever-widening spectrum of crime fiction, and always has a lively second life in the comment threads.

    • Christine, the author of this blog, has made a detailed “Master Outline” of the key elements (storyline, important scenes, character archetypes, etc.) for writing a YA novel, by analyzing popular and successful stories. I can attest to the fact that this has been very instrumental in my writing process.

      She also hosts pieces generally about writing, the improvement thereof, and the occasional tips on the journey towards a published novel. And can she win based solely on the fact she’s an awesome person?

      • Christine says:

        Thank you for nominating Better Novel Project, Sandile!

        -Christine

    • I nominate Writer Unboxed. I think it’s the most friendly, supportive,and informative writing community out there.

    • I nominate: The Kill Zone

      The bloggers of the Kill Zone are some of the most genuine people I have ever met. They made me and my little ideas feel welcomed and valued. Their discussions are thought provoking, helpful and fun.

      They don’t *tell* you what to think or how to write, but show you how by example. They are great at responding to inquiries, and usually even post a reply just to let you know they are reading comments.

      I look forward to each day’s entry. Each contributor brings something special to the table and I feel like I am in a writer’s buffet of talent and good company every time I visit.

      Plus, we have leprechauns!

    • Aliina says:

      I nominate Jeff’s site goinswriter.com.

      Without a doubt, Jeff’s blog deserves to be on this list.
      When it comes to setting up my blog I think – WWJD- What Would Jeff Do.
      His blog has a wealth of inspiring ideas on writing and creativity.
      The blogosphere does need inspired writers who have authentic voices and content, and Jeff’s blog is helping writers to create blogs that connect people and are worth the read.

    • Travis Braucht says:

      I nominate Jeff Goins at http://www.goinswriter.com
      His blog on writing seems to cover everything from how to set up a blog to being the best person we can be while writing the best we can write. I not only appreciate his generosity sharing what he knows about writing but also his overall attitude toward life.

    • Jennifer Mosley says:

      I nominate the Better Novel Project blog – http://www.betternovelproject.com. The posts are creative, fun to read and helpful and have been a great resource for me in my writing.

    • I nominate: http://writerunboxed.com/

      Do I need to tell you why Writer Unboxed is so kickass? Really! That’s like explaining why Stephen King is the man, the myth, and the Legend.

      As a writer, do you need help “Embracing the Naked Self”?
      Are you looking for some insight into storytelling?
      Do you wanna commune with some down-to-earth writers?
      Would you like to read about writing from some of the professionals in the writing industry?
      Writer Unboxed is a place where we love to agree, but it’s also a place where we love to agree to disagree.

      Are you picking up, what I am putting down? Can you feel me?

    • I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids While Raising Them. http://taralazar.com/
      Tara hosts an amazing, free challenge every November for writers to generate ideas. It’s a first class, inspiring event. Also her regular posts contain much useful information for all writers, no matter where we are on their publishing journey. Her blog has proven an invaluable source of reference for me in my writing.

    • Dede Thies says:

      I nominate Jeff Goins @ http://www.goinswriter.com

      Jeff’s message has been invaluable to me in finding my voice and following my passion to really become a writer!

    • Bernadette Phipps-Lincke says:

      I nominate Writer Unboxed. http://www.writerunboxed.com I love the expert craft advice I receive from this site, and the interaction available for the craft questions in the comments.

    • I nominate the Better Novel Project, for: consistent quality; helpful advice; the willingness to direct the reader to outside sources when internal sources do not suffice; the willingness to explore formula without exploiting it; the motivation-enhancement provided by Christine’s delightful encouragement; my conviction that my writing has improved thanks to the Better Novel Project.

    • Rick Gibbs says:

      I would like to nominate Positive Writer. This blog by Bryan Hutchinson is an inspiration for “regular” people who want to write.

      http://positivewriter.com/

    • lisa barton says:

      I would like to nominate Jeff Goins, Goins Writer @ http://goinswriter.com. Jeff is an inspiration and always has a nugget or two of wisdom to part with that is actionable, authentic and credible and I have learnt so much from his generous wisdom and service to his readers. Thank you 🙂

    • Melissa says:

      I’d like to nominate The Write Practice @ http://thewritepractice.com

      They don’t only have a wide range of topics and contributors, but they also encourage readers to apply and practice the concepts they explore.

    • I nominate Jeff Goins blog http://goinswriter.com/blog/

      Jeff’s blog authentically and passionately encourages writers to use their voice and share their message.

    • I nominate http://www.betternovelproject.com. Intelligent, informative and fun, this is a great resource for writers that deconstructs so that we can build.

    • Nancy Vest says:

      I nominate Positive Writer because Bryan offers realistic encouragement in simple language. He helps me have confidence that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.

      http://positivewriter.com/

    • Patricia Toht says:

      I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids While Raising Them, which hosts the terrific Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) in November. http://taralazar.com

    • I nominate Writer Unboxed ( http://writerunboxed.com/ ). For a daily blog with over 50 contributors, the content bar remains very high for the essays. No a single one feels “phoned in” or like a rehash of content we’ve all read a thousand times. And the comments section is always a conversation rather than a spot for rah-rah or rehash, and always takes the post to another level. There is a real since of community, which continues on a daily basis on the FB group page and in the Twitter-verse.

    • I nominate KIDLIT411.com: http://www.kidlit411.com/

      This site was launched a year ago to support the massive children’s literature writing community, and it continues to grow on a daily basis. The founders have gathered every single piece of info a kidlit writer (and illustrator!) would need to get her career going or to sustain an already established career. They cover every aspect of writing picture books, MG, YA, and children’s poetry, from manuscript formatting to query letters to great course recommendations. They also do weekly interviews with top children’s writers and illustrators as well as weekly update newsletters with the latest tips. AND they maintain a Facebook group to build community and a 411 Manuscript Swap group for those looking for critique partners. It’s one of the most active and dedicated sites I’ve seen for writers.

    • Linda Seed says:

      I’d like to nominate Writer Unboxed:
      http://writerunboxed.com

    • Vicky Cox says:

      I would like to nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com. I most appreciate that Jeff tells us that we have a voice and a story to tell and that we really are writers.

    • I would like to nominate The Kill Zone, http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/ for my favorite writing blog.

      The regular blog writers are some of the best teachers of the craft, authors, editors, and intellectual property attorneys – all at one site. There is a large following with active participation and much advice offered. A great site!

      Thanks also for this contest. This is a great resource to look for other writer sites.

    • Victoria Addis says:

      I nominate The Better Novel Project: http://www.betternovelproject.com/ because In never knew deconstructing bestselling novels could be so entertaining! Great little illustrations with every post, well written, and an all round great blog with lots of useful hints and tips for writers.

    • Stephanie says:

      I nominate http://deaddarlings.com/

    • I nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com.

      Jeff offers excellent content with great value in every post. He’s a giver to his audiance and connects brilliantly with his subscribers through transparency and truth.

    • David Mike says:

      I nominate Jeff Goins at:

      http://goinswriter.com/

      Because of his inspiration, I can now call myself a writer. Before finding his blog and reading his book, I hesitated even saying that. After, our introduction I now have a year old blog that has over 57,000 views!

    • I nominate Writer Unboxed. Not only are the contributors at the top in their fields, the community is warm and friendly. I’m always learning something new that inspires me and fuels my writing. http://www.writerunboxed.com

    • I would like to nominate KidLit411.com. It’s a free resource for writers of children’s literature, a clearinghouse linking to all the best content on the internet from how to start writing kid lit to how to submit to agents/editors, and everything in between. Plus, they also do interviews of influential authors and illustrators to share how they create their works, and also have plenty of giveaways! 🙂

    • Sydney says:

      I’d like to nominate Janice Hardy’s Fiction University.
      http://blog.janicehardy.com/ The blogs are exceptionally informative, and they are indexed by topic for easy reference.

      I hope there is more than one award of recognition. I also enjoy and appreciate Kidlit 411, Writing for Kids While Raising Them, and many others. We are fortunate to have so many writers and authors who give their time and share their talents with us.

    • Joanna says:

      I want to nominate Writer Unboxed http://writerunboxed.com/ I have more , “YES!” moments with this blog than any other.

    • Heather says:

      I want to nominate Jeff Goins for the Top 10 Blog Writer Contest! His website is http://goinswriter.com and I want to nominate him because his blog posts for bloggers and SEO is the only one I have been able to read, and I have read many of his posts! Normally I can’t read blog posts on this kind of topic, but his are worded in such a way that it makes it easy and even fun to learn from the knowledge he has! An awesome blogger with many good tips!

    • Rob Wilstein says:

      I nominate http://www.deaddarlings.com.
      Dead Darlings, created by novelists for novelists, uses humor and critical insight to bring ‘all things novel’ to the experienced and budding novel-writer. Check it out.

    • I nominate http://www.kidlit411.com

      It’s a go to site for kiddie lit writers and readers. It is filled with advice, interviews, a critique swap, and so much more. There is also a Facebook group which not only does all the above, but it builds relationships.

    • I nominate http://www.kidlit411.com/ because it is an active resource for writers. When I say active, I mean new content is added weekly with a newsletter that highlights all the latest content. It has excellent author and illustrator interviews and provides links for just about any information a writer or illustrator may be looking for. One website for all sources, and the design is out of this world. It too is active with the images changing regularly.

    • I’d like to nominate Jeff Goins as his work is personnel and inspires me to make a bit more effort in my writing.

      Best of luck Jeff

    • I would like to nominate KidLit411.com. They are a free resource for writers of children’s literature – providing links to the most useful articles and posts on the internet from how to write kid lit to how to submit to agents/editors and everything in between. They also do interviews of influential authors and illustrators, and have giveaways. And did I mention “free”? 🙂

    • I nominate Writer Unboxed as my favorite writing blog. It addresses every facet of the writing life — craft, publishing, social media, the emotional realities of creative pursuits. It has both high-profile and unknown contributors, published and unpublished, industry insiders and gadflies (sometimes these are the same person). Even better than that, there is a palpable sense of community among the commenters, with the comment section often taking the conversation deeper, in part because other contributors chime in. It’s the only writing site I visit every day. http://writerunboxed.com

    • I want to nominate Writer Unboxed http://writerunboxed.com/

      I start every morning by checking this blog. The posts there range from the nuts and bolts of craft to inspirational essays and they often generate a lot of conversation in the comments. Literary agent Donald Maass is a regular contributor. Over the years this group has become my writing community, and I know of many writers who feel the same way. It absolutely deserves to be on your list.

    • ML Swift says:

      I’d be remiss if I didn’t nominate Writer Unboxed (http://www.writerunboxed.com). In my opinion, it is the best site on the web for writers. I think there are over fifty regular contributors, with a new post daily on something about the craft of writing fiction.

      Also, there’s the friendliness of the staff and the entire Unboxed community. The comment section in each article is lively, and just as full of information as the post it discusses. There, all writers, no matter the level of publication experience, have equal validity and feel safe to voice their opinions and fears, whatever. I go to many writing sites, but WU is my default.

    • I nominate Dead Darlings, http://www.deaddarlings.com . Great advice, delivered with humor and wisdom.

    • I nominate Write To Be Read http://www.anialexander.com/blogs
      Ani offers AMAZING value to anyone who wrote a draft and needs directions. She’s doing an amazing job in helping writers all over the world and I would love to see her win, and continue doing her amazing job!

    • I nominate Ani Alexander’s writing blog at http://www.anialexander.com/category/blog/.

      I nominate Ani’s blog as in a very short period of a few months, she has amassed over 50 very useful podcasts on the subject of writing, book publishing and marketing.

      She is a breathe of fresh air – and already an Amazon best-selling author.

      Go, Ani!

    • Jo Carter says:

      I nominate Terribleminds by Chuck Wendig

      http://terribleminds.com/

      I nominate this blog because he offers down to Earth, real, usable writing advice. And delivers it with humor! He offers great motivation to write and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog for her amazing PiBoIdMo which has grown from a tiny personal challenge into something that many hundreds of picture book writers, published and unpublished, undertake each year. There’s a great sense of community and the amount of work for it to run so smoothly is quite staggering. Tara’s done an amazing job and great things have come from it (including lots of published picture books that will inspire children worldwide).
      http://taralazar.com/

    • Maria Oka says:

      I nominate the blog of Tara Lazar. http://www.taralazar.com Tara has created PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Blog) and has fantastic bloggers join her every November to give support, advice, and inspiration to aspiring picture book authors. She has had a tremendous impact on the PB writing community.

    • ilias says:

      I would like to nominate Ani Alexander’s blog :
      http://www.anialexander.com/category/blog/

      Because she is a source of inspiration and useful knowledge to all of us .

    • Katie Furze says:

      I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s ‘Picture Book Ideas Month’:
      http://taralazar.com/piboidmo/
      because PiBoIdMo has inspired me – I have learned a lot from other competitors and guest bloggers, also I have met a whole community of like minded people. Fantastic!

    • I nominate Ani Alexander, http://www.anialexander.com/blogs

      She is the best writer and is a unique soul. She grew up in a communist country and would not accept being told what to write. Cheers Ani, you are an inspiration!

      Bill Nowicki

    • I nominate http://taralazar.com Tara has done so much for the writing community especially in the genre of picture book writing with her year-long posts and with Picture Book Idea Month every November (PiBoIdMo).

    • Ed Markel says:

      I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com as the best site for writers. C.S.Lakin’s blog is inspirational, educational, and motivating.

    • Pat Miller says:

      I’d like to nominate Tara Lazar’s blog: http://taralazar.com. Her blog has been a necessary part of my wriiting life for the last 4 years. One example of its helpfulness is its answer to NaNoWriMo: Picture Book Idea Month. Every day of November (and a week before and after), Tara has organized a guest blogger to encourage writers, and a prize drawing each day! Despite being a mother of young children, Tara has consistently been generous with her content for writers.

    • Danny Kyzer says:

      Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids(While Raising Them), is very encouraging, welcoming, and features authors and illustrators of picture books who give much useful insight into this huge world of writing. It’s a ten out of ten, a class act to be sure! http://taralazar.com

    • I’d like to nominate Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) at Taralazar.com.

      You can find everything you’d ever want to know about writing picture books on her blog. There is a wealth of information, and in November of every year, Tara hosts Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) where there are daily posts about different aspects of writing, and many, many extraordinary giveaways. This blog rocks hard and has produced published writers. I can’t recommend it enough.

    • Julie says:

      I nominate http://taralazar.com
      Tara hosts PiBoIdMo–Picture Book Idea Month–to help writers generate ideas for picture book stories. We gather at Tara’s place each November for a series of inspirational posts from a diverse group of folks in the world of children’s literature. If you want to generate ideas for stories, this is the place to be.

    • sara says:

      I nominate nada http://nadanessinmotion.blogspot.com/ Almost every post is of interest to me 🙂

    • I nominate http://www.anialexander.com/blogs

      She does an awesome job inspiring others to write the story they have inside them.

    • Sydney O'Neill says:

      I’d like to nominate Janice Hardy’s Fiction University.
      http://blog.janicehardy.com/
      Posts are exceptionally informative, and past posts are organized by topic for easy reference.

      I also enjoy and appreciate some of the other blogs that have been nominated. We are fortunate to have such talented and generous authors giving their time and sharing their wisdom with us.

    • PiBoIdMo is a creative and motivating challenge for picture book writers and/or artists. There is an accompanying Facebook group where participants discuss the posts, creativity, artistic process, and inspirations. Participants share their successes and frustrations with one another. Tara Lazar has built and maintains an amazingly supportive community of children’s writers.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar http://taralazar.com/. Her blog is fantastic and her PiBoIdMo challenge inspires picture book writers around the world.

    • Marcy P. says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s Picture Book Writing Blog: http://taralazar.com

      Tara uses her blog to inspire, grow, and encourage the entire kidlit writing community. Each November she brings in agents, editors, published authors, illustrators, and other industry professionals to help us come up with new ideas for stories. The rest of the year is spent using her blog as a bridge between everyone in sharing resources, celebrating successes, and validating discouragement as part of the deal. Talk about a “connector” – she’s it.

    • I’m nominating Ani Alexander and her blog at http://www.anialexander.com/blogs

      I like the dual format text-and-podcast posts and she always has interesting ideas to share.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog. Her PiBoIdMo has jumpstarted my writing career! http://taralazar.com

    • Tara Lazar’s blog for writers is the best blog because all of the information on the site is current ,up-to-date and relevant to today’s market of children’s literature.

    • Kaila says:

      http://beafreelancewriter.com

      I love the down to earth advice.

    • i vote for Tara Lazar’s picture book blog. http://tatalazar.com/

      A great place to learn,lots of information,support and humor. We all need a bit of humor when the writing demons arrive. Love – PiBoIdMo

    • I nominate http://www.anialexander.com/blogs because she does an awesome job inspiring other writers out there.

    • The BEST BLOG for writers is:

      http://taralazar.com/

    • I nominate Ani Alexander’s blog http://www.anialexander.com/category/blog/

      – because of the innovative support she provides to writers through her podcasts

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog WRITING FOR KIDS (WHILE RAISING THEM): http://taralazar.com/

      Tara is so generous with her own knowledge and time and shares as much as she can with other writers on her blog. She also helps to inspire and motivate fellow children’s writers every November during Picture Book Idea Month. I’ve learned loads about writing for children from Tara.

    • Kelly Vavala says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog: Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) – http://taralazar.com/
      Tara does a wonderful job on her blog. She inspires all of us with wonderful blog posts not only during the month of November but all year long!! Especially today, on Thanksgiving Day, I thank her for all the wonderful things she does and sharing her precious time!

    • I nominate Tara Lazar:http://taralazar.com for her incredible commitment and dedication to children’s books writers. She continues to give this writing community inspiration and information making us stronger as a group and making us stronger as individual writers in achieving our goals!

    • Margaret Flint Suter says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar at taralazar.com who has shepherded us through PiBoIdMo and is an amazing writer and inspirational motivator!

    • Jon Nastor says:

      My nomination goes to Ani Alexander over at http://www.anialexander.com !!

      Thanks for the cool contest.

      Jon

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog Writing for Kids (while raising them).at: http://taralazar.com. Her blog is a source of invaluable writing information (not just writing tips, but book reviews, writer interviews (also editors and agents), developing teaching / presentation skills, conference overviews) and just plain old encouragement throughout the year.

      Every November, Tara runs Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) which she initiated. Every day in November features a creative post on writing for children from a knowledgeable guest. PiBoIdMo encourages every participant to generate at least one story idea every day. The community created around this project is unfailingly encouraging. It’s a space in which the entire kidlit community cheers each other on

    • Damon Dean says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo at http://taralazar.com
      The start of a story, the spark, the notion that becomes the work that we do is fundamental to our endeavors as writers. This offering from Tara Lazar infuses that effort with brilliance.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog: Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) – http://taralazar.com/

      For her humor and insight, and most especially for her totally inspiring PiBoIdMo challenge!

    • Kathy Halsey says:

      I nominate PiBoIdMo/Writing for Kids (While Raising Them). http://taralazar.com/piboidmo/ Tara Lazar has created a wonderful, supportive writing community. W/daily posts from picture book writers and specific ways to generate ideas, I have been able to add 30+ ideas of 2 years to explore and tease into stories. This opportunity is free and there are numerous prizes, too. Having participated for 2 years, that’s 60 ideas I have in my writer’s toolbox.

    • I nominate Tara Lazar’s blog.

    • Lori Dubbin says:

      I nominate Tara Lazar’s Picture Book Writing Blog: http://taralazar.com
      Tara keeps her blog full of up-to-date information, helpful posts, and excellent tips on writing children’s picture books. She created Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) which takes place every November, each day Tara, an author, or an illustrator inspire participants with their approaches to creating. Tara’s blog also comes with an amazing group of kidlit writers who support newbies and each other!

      • My reason for nominating Tara Lazar’s blog, WRITING FOR KIDS (WHILE RAISING THEM) at http://taralazar.com, is that Tara has done an astounding job of creating a community of like-minded picture book enthusiasts. Her leadership has encouraged thousands of writers to find the courage to believe their ideas could become books. While the month of November, the beloved #PiBoIdMo, is a particularly busy one at the blog, the site is a source of inspiration and encouragement year-round.

    • Steve Barr says:

      I absolutely have to nominate Tara Lazar! http://taralazar.com/ Not only is Tara’s blog consistently full of great inspiration and helpful tips, she also hosts Picture Book Idea Month every November and features an amazing array of guest bloggers from the writing world. Agents, authors, illustrators and others all help motivate each other to write more, achieve greatness and continue their quests for excellence and success in their chosen field.

    • Bryan Hutchinson has transformed the way I view writing. His words have inspired me to keep trying and to never give up. He offers amazing easy to understand tips in a simple blog post. Which to me is incredible because with a few short paragraphs he cuts to the core of a writers issue and solves it. He always responds to comments and never disregards his fans. It’s clear he is passionate about helping others. And that kind of passion is difficult to ignore.

    • David K. says:

      I would like to also nominate http://www.positivewriter.com. PW is by far one of the best sites as far as working towards actually writing and overcoming doubt. Whenever I start getting down on myself I can go read any article from PW and get back to writing.

    • I nominate Sophie Lizard’s blog Be a Freelance Blogger.

      http://beafreelanceblogger.com/

      I love it because it’s packed with super helpful information for freelance bloggers (which applies a lot to any type of freelance writing). They don’t twiddle their thumbs over there. Everything is great advice and has done a lot to improve my own career as a writer.

    • Linda Hewett says:

      Reading through the sites listed here I noticed betternovelproject.com. I had a peep and I’m so glad I did.
      I’m writing a novel ATM and need all the professional advice and guidance I can get – looks like I can add betternovelproject.com to my list! Thanks to Luci Locket!

      • Christine says:

        Thanks, Linda! I’m so glad you found Better Novel Project helpful. 🙂
        -Christine

    • I would like to nominate The International Freelancer blog by Mridu.
      http://www.theinternationalfreelancer.com/
      This is an awesome blog for freelance writers and I love it for the bouts of advice, hard-learned tricks of the trade that have been generously shared, and the humor and fun in between!!

    • Wild Words has been inspirational at allowing me to view my writing in a new way. It’s helped my confidence so much I have finally entered a competition.

    • Alfie says:

      I also nominate Bridget Holding’s Wild Words blog. http://www.wildwords.org
      I like it because it makes a connection between writing and nature, so that you can explore more of the outdoors in your writing. It also gives you great exercises to try each month and makes me feel more positive and confident about writing even though I’m new to it. I imagine it is even better for giving experienced writers something innovative to try when other traditional techniques have been exhausted.

    • Kylie E. says:

      I would like to nominate Positive Writer.

      http://positivewriter.com/

      I love this blog because it’s direction is focused on the importance of uplifting commentary. Writers are encouraged to not only write but get out of ruts, roadblocks and the temporary self-doubt that we as writers face. The blog offers nothing but what it says….positivity. As a writer, I’ve found nothing more encouraging than Positive Writer.

      • Christine says:

        I also would like to nominate Positive Writer. (http://www.positivewriter.com)

        For me, writing is a mind game. Bryan Hutchinson helps me get my head into the right place.

        I also enjoy his creative images, which are easy to share. 🙂

    • I would like to nominate Kristen Lamb’s blog. Her posts are fun to read, witty and informative. She mentors writers, offering valuable advice while writing about real life and connecting with readers on a human level. http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/

    • Xanthe Wells says:

      I nominate Wild Words http://www.wildwords.org
      Unlike other writing blogs, this site offers unique ways to engage with your writing and gets you to consider your instinctual writer. Each month there are new insights into writing and self-development. For me, it’s a real asset to a writer’s growth.

    • I would like to nominate ‘The Future Of Ink” at http://thefutureofink.com/

      For anyone looking to write online, they’re an invaluable asset. They continually give me worthwhile hints and tips, that I’d never considered.

    • Gean says:

      I nominate Rochelle Richards’ http://www.orrchidslines.blogspot.com/ for best writing blog of the year. The posts are relateable and speak the truth on matters that most of us experience on a daily/weekly/monthly/yearly basis. It speaks on matters that sometimes weigh heavy on our minds, but don’t know how to express ourselves.

      Her blog serves as a voice for many of us.

    • I nominate K.M. Weiland’s blog, Helping Writers Become Authors at http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/. She posts consistently and often and each post is very informative and have helped me with understanding structure and character development. And her posts are written in a relatable, conversational manner. I love it!

    • Maureen says:

      I would like to nominate Mridu Khullar Relph’s blog (http://www.mridukhullar.com/blog/) as one of the best writing blogs of the year. She is down to earth, honest and very successful at what she does. Her relaxed, informative style helps readers believe we can write and publish also. She is very generous in helping other writers and her advice is spot on. I love reading her posts. She is fearless.

    • Julia says:

      I would like to nominate Jenna Dalton’s blog because Jenna is such a brilliant writer while also keeping things clear and simple for her readers. Go Jenna!

    • I’d like to nominate https://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni is a young blogger who has a fresh, entertaining style.

    • I nominate This Itch of Writing – Emma Darwin http://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/

      Almost every post is of interest to me. The concepts are presented in an easy to understand format while still being thorough, and many of the posts include outstanding examples. Any time I go to the blog, I am happily “stuck” following further links and taking notes.

      • Thank you for the nomination, Lori! I see I’m in good company – some great blogs here.

    • I’d like to nominate Angela and Becca at http://www.writershelpingwriters.org.

      • :Donna says:

        This is an amazing blog! Since we can only nominate one, I’m going to nominate theirs next year ’cause the one I’m nominating this year deserves it, too, and I nominated Tara Lazar’s last year! There are SO many deserving blogs!

    • Dawn Dort says:

      I am nominating Jenna Dalton’s blog http://jennadalton.com/blog/

      She is a wonderful inspiration to entrepreneurs. She writes as if she is speaking directly to you and about you! She always has a great message and this message has helped many!

      • Dawn, I love this, “She writes as if she is speaking directly to you and about you!” That is always my goal so I appreciate you saying that. Thank you so much!

    • I am nominating Jenna Dalton’s blog: : http://jennadalton.com/blog/

      She’s the cream of the crop when it comes to writing blogs. I’ve received so much good info that I can use for my business. When I want to take a break from writing, Jenna inspires me all over again. She’s such a generous entrepreneur.

      • Thank you so much, Joane! I’m so lucky to have readers like you 🙂

    • Adam says:

      The Write Practice is my current favorite writing site. The posts there present a great mixture of practical and “big picture” insights, and the community is very supportive. It’s a wonderful place to talk about and practice the craft of writing.

      http://thewritepractice.com

    • I nominate Nikki Elledge Brown – http://nikkielledgebrown.com/blog/

      She’s honest, authentic, and really generous in sharing how she’s become successful herself in hopes that it’ll help others.

    • I would like to nominate Shannon Hernandez of http://www.thewritingwhisperer.com as a blog for writers. I really enjoy getting her emails and reading her blogs. I find her blogging to be relevant and inspirational to my writing.

    • Ann says:

      I look forward to reading Jenna’s Dalton’s blog every week. It informative, useful, and inspiring. She’s so authentic that I feel like I know her personally. Her blog is an fantastic example of all the tips she shares. I always feel her priority is spreading knowledge rather than making money.

      I wholeheartedly believe her blog is unique and deserves this acknowledgement!

      • Ann, you saying this means the world to me, “I always feel her priority is spreading knowledge rather than making money.” My priority is definitely to help people and the fact that you see that makes me joyous. Thank you so much!

    • I nominate Jenna Dalton http://jennadalton.com/blog/

      Jenna does a fantastic job at helping coaches articulate their message and get more exposure, sales and clients. She is super sweet, knowledgable and very talented at what she does.

    • Shelby says:

      Jenna continues to inspire me on a regular basis. Her positive attitude and outlook on life radiates through her business. I know that there are many more people out there that would greatly benefit from her encouraging approach, feedback and motivation.

    • Vanessa says:

      I nominate Jenna Dalton because she provides honest and helpful content, which is a rarity. http://jennadalton.com/blog/

      • Thank you, Vanessa! I’m so happy you find me honest and helpful 🙂

    • Jennifer S. says:

      Oops forgot to include her website!: http://jennadalton.com/blog/

    • Jenna is one of the most genuine people I know. She pours her heart and soul into what she does and has help so many. She truly deserves this recognition. You go girl!!!

      • Thank you so much, Jennifer! You are so sweet. I really appreciate the kind words.

    • I nominate Jeff Goins at http://goinswriter.com.

      No one else on the face of the earth has inspired me to write as much as he has or taught me as much about the craft. Everyone has their own style and his just strikes a chord with me.

      He taught me the power of STORY…my one and only superpower. It was life changing and for that I am always thankful.

    • Jennifer says:

      I nominate Janice Hardy’s Fiction University.

      http://blog.janicehardy.com/

      Every day, there is an article about the craft of writing, or sometimes about the nuts & bolts of publishing or the writing life. But most of them are about the actual craft, and they are always so helpful. It’s the first thing I check every morning.

    • Beth says:

      I nominate Jenna Dalton http://jennadalton.com/blog/
      Jenna is enthused and bright. She is a huge help to the Members of the CANNP as they begin their businesses, attempting to reach the masses! Good luck Jenna! You are the best!

      • Thank you so much, Beth! I think you’re pretty awesome too 😉

    • Whitney says:

      I’d like to nominate jennadalton.com. Great writing advice, tips, and amazing relationship building techniques.

      • Thank you for nominating me, Whitney! I love that you mentioned “relationship building” that’s so huge and a definite sweet spot I love talking about.

    • I nominate Jenna Dalton’s blog. http://jennadalton.com/blog/

      It’s filled with great tips for finding and serving an audience via your blog!

      • Thank you so much, Kevin! I’m honoured you took the time to nominate me.

    • I nominate Jenna Dalton over at http://jennadalton.com/blog/

      She’s super smart, every single post offers practical tools, advice and easy to grasp perspective and she’s incredibly generous with her knowledge. She’s amazing and I learn SO much from her!!!

      • Thank you for nominating me, Kathy! I’m touched that you think all those nice things about me 🙂

    • It was a toss up between Mr. Smith’s blog, and Mr Konrath’s, as both are very informative, especially at the nut-n-bolts, nitty-gritty details of being an author/writer/blogger, but I think Mr. Smith’s is the more “comfortable” read – that, and it is updated every day, and has been for years.

    • Dvora says:

      I nominate K.W.Weiland blog http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/
      She write a lot of great articles and tips of how to write better and in an easy way

    • Leesa says:

      I nominate Jenna Dalton http://jennadalton.com/blog/

      Her posts are well written, thorough and her personality/sense of humour comes through.

      • Thank you so much for the nomination, Leesa! I really appreciate it 🙂

    • Linda Hewett says:

      I nominate http://www.livewritethrive.com as the best site for writers.
      Every post inspires and teaches me, without fail.

    • John Lewis says:

      I nominate http://www.purposefairy.com/ by Luminita D Saviuc because she came up through the school of hard knocks, she has walked the talk, she is very inspirational in her writings, she is a gifted speaker, she is a shining light in a sea of darkness and besides she’s great.

    • Jarold Williams says:

      http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/ by K M Weiland. Simply the best.

    • http://www.thecreativepenn.com/ This site has just about everything aspiring – and more advanced authors – would want: instructional material, information on the latest goings on in the world of writing and publishing

    • I nominate http://www.betternovelproject.com – an inventive and insightful blog for the discerning writer. Teaches you the “nuts and bolts” of novel writing by deconstructing popular genres – enlightening and uplifting!

      • Christine says:

        Luci, thank you for nominating me. I appreciate it!

        Mary, thanks for putting together this excellent resource.

        Best of luck to all the great writing blogs here!

        Best,
        Christine

    • I will like to nominate
      http://www.naijawriterscoach.com
      It gives timeless tips on Writing/blogging and also post various genuine essay competitions

    • Manfred Diener says:

      I would like to nominate Writer Unboxed:
      http://writerunboxed.com

      I like the blog because it has inspiring articles for writers.

    • I nominate the Writers Write blog http://writers-write-creative-blog.posthaven.com/

      This blog offers some amazing writing advice, support, encouragement and just general awesomeness.


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