Faye Rapoport DesPres

Looking for some great writing blogs?

There are so many blogs out there, and so many links posted on Facebook and Twitter, that it’s hard to where to start. I know that I don’t have enough time to read all of the interesting stuff that is posted online, and my guess is you don’t, either. So below are a few blogs that I find particularly helpful, as a writer, to read. These blogs are interesting, informative, and often just plain fun.

The Brevity Blog
– “(Somewhat) Daily News from the World of Literary Nonfiction”: This blog, written by Dinty Moore, is always fun to read, always informative, and always in on the latest scuttlebutt when it comes to literary discussions about nonfiction.

Perpetual Folly, a literary blog written by author Clifford Garstang: In addition to being an award-winning fiction writer, Cliff is one of the editors of Prime Number Magazine. He also publishes lists of literary journals ranked by the number of Pushcart Prizes they have earned in different genres.

The Better Editor by Chris Daly: Chris earned his MFA in fiction at Stonecoast and is an expository writing instructor at Framingham State University. His blog is for serious or at least semi-serious grammar geeks, but he makes grammar and language lessons fun by producing well-researched, often humorous commentary.

Erika Dreifus’ Practicing Writing: Erika, an accomplished author, blogs about everything from literary news and writing practices to event and submission listings.

You’re probably tired of hearing me recommend Joy Castro’s Blog, but I never get tired of reading it, and my bet is that you won’t, either. Joy offers a glimpse into the writing life of a literature professor who also happens to be a highly accomplished creative writer. Joy has two books coming out this year alone: a novel and an essay collection. She offers writing advice, literary tid-bits, occasional social commentary, and an opportunity to witness how the publishing process works after one’s books are accepted for publication.

I’ll stop with these five blogs, even though I can think of several more writers’ blogs that I enjoy but that are more personally oriented. If I don’t stop here, I’ll end up being yet another source of too many blogs and too much information!

Happy reading.