Technology’s reach in the world is cause for excitement, especially for beginning writers. Being able to explore the way we reach clients, publish books, and make our names known through the Internet shows that the possibilities fill our cup ‘til it runneth over. However, in the same sense, the abundance can easily overwhelm.
Even when we find great resources and examples of talented writers, the fact that they’ve “made it” makes beginners seem at a disadvantage. But the truth is every expert started as a beginner. Every writer who is successful and is actively maintaining that success has put in the effort (and continues to do so) to end up where s/he is today.
But first, they had to decide where they wanted to be. Some people know exactly where they ought to go. Others have no clue. And still others have a million different ideas with multiple sources but have no actual hint of the direction they should take (that’s me!).
Whether you’re at either extremes of this range or meandering in the middle, beginning writers can start with this list of 10 writers I most admire and have looked up to for insight since the start of my journey.
Walking Through the Maze
Blogging / Business-ing
- Melyssa Griffin from The Nectar Collective: Personable and approachable, Melyssa shares everything entrepreneurs need including all the tech stuff. No “Click here to see the high-priced product that leaves you with nothing” nonsense. Honest information with genuine personality, yo.
- I started by reading 5 Backdrop Ideas for Blog Photography Under $30.
- Regina Anaejionu from By Regina: Whenever I need to search up a topic about blogging, I find it on Regina’s site. Whether I’m looking for how to send e-mail newsletters or a master outline for a blogging business plan, Regina has the information in full-blown epic force without the “Wait ‘til the next post to find out more!” shlump. Thank you, Regick.
- I started by reading Blog Income Report: The Tools that Helped Me Earn $16,000 Last Month.
- Carrie Smith from Careful Cents: Carrie has such a firm grasp of the freelancing world that the topics she writes about are completely relevant with the times. She presents complex aspects of business, writing, and networking in a way that gives ample guidance for beginners and reassures pros that they are in the right place.
- I started by reading How to Attract More Freelance Clients Than You Can Handle.
- Linda Formichelli from The Renegade Writer: Linda’s spunk hooked me. Although many writers put on an edgy vibe to their websites, Linda elicits empowerment using genuinely energizing gestures like her Monday Motivations for her subscribers. Her domain says it all.
- I started by reading Why I Killed My Social Media Accounts.
- Brianna da Silva from Story Port: Brianna is the perfect example of starting off on the right foot. Her branding, transparency, and personality make her a force to be reckoned with. Follow her progress on her upcoming novel Emergence to see what I mean.
- I started by reading 7 Young Adult Cliches That Need to Stop.
- Eva Deverell from e.a.deverell: Eva has an overflowing stock of FREE resources for writers and features a coterie for subscribers on her website. Writers will feel like kids at an ice cream shop gunning to sample every flavor. Seriously, check her website out. You can thank me later.
- I started by reading Novel in a Month Notebook.
- Jenny Bravo from Blots & Plots: Jenny, author of These Are the Moments, gives you information with a quick one-two punch. Her blog posts are to the point and packed with helpful, easy-to-follow tips. Plus, she’s transparent about her self-publishing journey, sharing all her resources.
- I started by reading How to Write in Coffee Shops.
- Kristen A. Keiffer from She’s Novel: Kristen started blogging in January 2015, but the soundness of her content displays why her work is so highly valued. She’s Novel offers an assortment of bonuses (such as a library of resources for her subscribers) and fairly priced content with a wealth of knowledge for prospective novelists.
- I started by reading How to Write a Novel Outline.
- Mandy Wallace from Write or Die: Mandy is another writer who chooses to show rather than tell. And her posts are filled to the brim with priceless information. Her posts are the hulking, love-filled burritos of the writing world.
- I started by reading Too Scared to Write? The One-Two Punch Approach That Finally Got Me Writing.
- Maria Ribas from Cooks + Books: Maria understands the writer’s world, especially in the area of traditional publishing. When she approaches publishing, platform building, and finding agents, her advice encompasses all angles. Practical, minimal, and enlightening.
- I started by reading The One Limiting Belief That Holds Authors Back from Success.
More Writing (Bonus)
- Brian A. Klems from The Writer’s Digest: If you want to explore other genres of writing, Writer’s Digest has a plethora of information on different venues and resources that you can scavenge, including workshops and conferences. Brian A. Klems features article upon article of advice for writers as a whole.
- My favorite guest post is Matt Meyer’s “How to Guarantee that You Stick to Your Writing Schedule” (You’re welcome). You’ll see what I mean.
Although this is simply scratching the surface of all the wonderful writers out there, these writers helped me the most when I first started out. So explore each website and absorb the gist of their focus.
If you feel an area speaking to you, invest in it! But be sure to glance at the others. Like in the SAT’s, look through all the options first before deciding on your final choice if only to strengthen your decision.
When you’ve searched and found the resource you love, soak it in, commit, and write on.
Which resource resonated with you? How do you plan on going the extra mile after exploring this content? Share your journey in the comments below, lovelies!
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