Are you writing a novel? Are you looking for ANOTHER productive way to waste time and avoid writing? (Who isn't?!)
Well...here are 10 Must-Read Creative Writing Blogs every novelist should add to their browser bookmarks to help them in their quest to learn how to write a novel: (What the HELL else you gonna do? Play another game of Candy Crush?)
Creative Writing Blogs That Don't Suck No.1: Newbie's Guide to Publishing
Not only is J.A. Konrath - or Joe as his friends call him - a best-selling thriller and horror writer. He's also an absolute font of publishing information. This BLOG is the perfect primer on the self publishing game - and a great way to boost your book-selling IQ in no time.
Blog Link: http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/
Creative Writing Blogs That Don't Suck No.2: Query Shark
Even if you have no intention of dipping your toe into the traditional publishing waters, this fascinating interactive blog in which readers submit queries to be critiqued/pillaged is a GREAT tool for sharpening your own story's plot. (And boosting the marketing of your material.)
Blog Link: http://queryshark.blogspot.com/
Creative Writing Blogs That Don't Suck No.3: Neil Gaiman's Blog
Okay, I have to admit: I'm totally biased on this one. I LOVE Neil Gaiman's work. But aside from the fact that his books scare the crap out of me he's also a very instructive blogger. (And provides lots of inspiring tales from the trenches of a 21st century writing career many of us would love to have.)
Blog Link: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/
Creative Writing Blogs That Don't Suck No.4: Galley Cat
Okay, so Galley Cat isn't so much a blog as it is a fire hose of traditional publishing information. Any BIG publishing deals - and earth-shattering changes - in the book industry you'll hear about here. (Perfect for figuring out what the traditional publishers are buying - and what they THINK audiences will want 18 months from now.)
Blog Link: http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/
Creative Writing Blogs That Don't Suck No.5: The Book Designer
Don't let the title fool ya...Joel over at The Book Designer offers MUCH MORE than just how to create a cover for your 6x9 trade paperback. His blog is a ONE-STOP shop of delicious info on how to get your book prepared for publication - and how to sell more copies of it when you do.
Blog Link: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/
Creative Writing Blogs That Don't Suck No.6: Go Into the Story
Though technically about screenwriting, this fantastic writing blog will give you all kinds of Hollywood insider tricks for writing visually - and keeping your story moving forward. (Who knows you might even set yourself up with a 3-picture deal before you know it.)
Blog Link: http://gointothestory.blcklst.com
Creative Writing Blogs That Don't Suck No.7: LifeHacker
There may be no better resource I know for boosting productivity and finding cool geeky shortcuts for living a much better, stress-free life. (Their tagline is "tips for getting things done.") Spend three weeks reading this blog and you'll find yourself with so much free time, you might just end up starting up a writing blog yourself.
Blog Link: http://lifehacker.com/
And when you do start that blog, let us know over at our Facebook page: https://facebook.com/selfpubnation. (And we might even just add you to this list.)