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Writing Advice Sites

By Maria Korolov

My list of great advice sites for beginning speculative fiction writers. I use Feedly to make sure I don’t miss any posts. Feedly, is the most popular feed reader, available for all platforms, so when I mention an RSS feed, I’ll include the Feedly link as well.

Fiction University

Lots of great advice articles here, including 5 questions to ask for stronger scenes — 1. Can the protagonist be in any danger? 2. Can the protagonist learn or reveal a secret? 3. Can the protagonist be in conflict with someone, something, or themselves? 4. Can the protagonist make a choice? 5. Can the protagonist fail at something? You can subscribe to the Fiction University RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link), or follow it on Twitter or on Facebook.

Helping Writers Become Authors

K.M. Weiland is the award-winning author of acclaimed writing guides such as Structuring Your Novel and Creating Character Arcs. She also writes historical and speculative fiction and mentors authors. Follow her site via its RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter, and on Facebook.

How to Fight Write

Advice on how to create realistic fight scenes and characters from a third-degree Black Belt. This site is mostly in an Q&A style, with more than 500 fight-related questions answered. If you like the site, you can support them on Patreon. Their RSS feed is here (direct Feedly signup link).

Kiingo

A writing and story telling school with online courses, how-to articles, and the book The Structure of Story. Follow them on their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter here, on Facebook here, or support them on Patreon.

Kill Zone

The Kill Zone is the home of eleven top suspense writers and publishing professionals. They cover the publishing business, marketing how-tos, and the craft of writing. Follow them on RSS here (direct Feedly signup link). Follow them on Twitter @killzoneauthors.

Kindlepreneur

Kindlepreneur is pretty much the top site out there for self-published authors who want to sell more e-books on Amazon. The RSS feed is here (direct Feedly signup link). Follow them on Facebook at @KindlePreneur and founder Dave Chesson on Twitter at @DaveChesson.

Live Write Thrive

A writing advice site by novelist, editor and writing coach C. S. Lakin, author of eight-book The Writer’s Toolbox Series. Follow her on Twitter @LiveWriteThrive. Also check out her other site, The Self Publisher.

Mythcreants

My all-time favorite writing advice site, since it’s about speculative fiction, and also because the editors here seem to care about a lot of the same issues that I do. Latest favorite post: Five common reasons tension is missing. Get their RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link) or follow them on Twitter @Mythcreants and on Facebook at @mythcreants.

Reedsy

Clear accessible writing advice on all the basic topics, like How to write a series and 150+ Useful Character Quirks. They’ve also got a cute plot generator and a really good character name generator.

Save the Cat!

Lots of good examples of how the STC framework works for a variety of popular movies and books.

SFWriter

Get writing advice from Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction author. Subscribe to the SFWriter RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link).

The Write Practice

The Write Practice is an advice site from a group of writers. They also have a writing critique community and a newsletter. Follow The Write Practice on Twitter, on Facebook, or subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link).

Writer Unboxed

Fantastic writing advice site, with lots of helpful articles from some of the biggest names in the field. Follow them on RSS (direct Feedly signup link) and on Twitter.

Writer’s Digest

This venerable resource for writers celebrated its hundred-year anniversary last year, but is still going pretty strong. Follow Writer’s Digest via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @WritersDigest and on Facebook at @writersdigest.

Writers Helping Writers

Great site for writing advice. These guys also have the One Stop for Writers online tool set. Subscribe to the Writers Helping Writers RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link).

Writers in the Storm

Writers in the Storm is another great site for writing advice, with a group of regular contributors and guest writers who post frequently. It is very well worth following on RSS (direct Feedly signup link).

Writer’s Knowledge Base

Huge database of more than 40,000 articles about writing. Always my favorite place to start to research any writing problem (other than Google, of course). These are the best articles, from the top writing blogs. I also subscribe to Elizabeth Spann Craig’s weekly list of the best new writing-related articles, called Twitterific Writing Links, which then all get added to this database. The RSS feed for her writing links is here (direct Feedly signup link).

MetaStellar publisher and news editor Maria Korolov is a science fiction novelist who covers artificial intelligence, extended reality and cybersecurity at her day job. See her Amazon author page here and follow her on Twitter here. Email her at [email protected].