Rainy day link roundup: discover some new writing blogs!

rainy day in BaltimoreIt’s a chilly, rainy day here in Baltimore — the kind that inspires me to make an extra cup of coffee in the afternoon and migrate from my office chair to the loveseat on the other side of the room.

If you’re feeling this way, too, how about perusing a few new blogs? Here are a few of my favorite writing-related blogs. Add them to your feed reader, like them on Facebook, do whatever you do, but don’t miss out what these folks have to offer!

  1. Beyond the Margins | These essays on the business and craft of writing inform, inspire, and entertain me on a regular basis. Short enough that I don’t need to save them for later, long enough to sink my teeth into, I’m always glad I stopped by to read a post on BTM.
  2. Social Media Just for Writers | The name sort of says it, right? Whether you’re an old pro at social media marketing or still trying to figure out what that means, Frances Caballo’s blog is an excellent resource. There is just so much great information for writers trying to build their platform.
  3. Janet Reid, Literary Agent | If I were an agent, this is what I would want my blog to be. As a writer, you’re remiss not to read it. The blog is a fun read, but don’t let that fool you: the advice in here is straight from the source and not messing around. While you’re at it, don’t miss Ms. Reid’s Query Shark blog, either, where you can see critiques of actual query letters — there’s no better way to learn how to revise yours.
  4. Dan Zarrella, the Social Media Scientist | I’m a nerd. I love looking at statistics. I also love Twitter and its lovely community of writers and publishing professionals. This blog isn’t updated every week, but that’s okay. There’s a wealth of valuable information about which tweets actually get shared, how to get people to click on your links, and anything you could ever want to know about the science of social media.
  5. Writer Unboxed | Similar to Beyond the Margins, but with a sharper focus on instructional content. Knowledgeable folks writing well about craft. Some of the posts have made me ask some tough questions about my work, but as writers we should be seeking that discomfort — it’s what makes us better at what we do.

What are your favorite writing blogs? Do you maintain one yourself? Please share in the comments!