Resources for Storytellers: A Roundup

If you’d like to improve your writing, we’ve got you covered — from working on your craft to harnessing the power of the community.

Whether you’re counting words all the way to 50,000 for National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) or just blogging at your own pace, we know you have a story to tell. (Fiction? Nonfiction? Who cares — a good story’s a good story.) And we’re here to help. From neat, less-known features to time-tested writing advice, here are some writing resources you’ll find here at

Prepare the perfect canvas

Make your site work for your project

  • Many writers crave feedback before they publish the latest chapter of their memoir, romance novel, or illustrated history of the cronut. Which is where password-protected posts come in handy: share the password with a trusted friend or a fellow blogger whose writing you admire, and let them spot those pesky typos and awkward transitions first. (If you happen to be writing an illustrated history of the cronut, do share your password with me! Pretty please?)
  • Waiting for your masterpiece to come out as a bound volume (or even an ebook) can sometimes take a while. If blogging got you hooked on the power of the “Publish” button, have no fear: you can actually use your site as a platform to publish a book-form work. Alternatively, if all you need is the ability to present certain posts in chronological order (by default, your blog displays them in reverse-chronological order), there’s a neat trick to achieve that.

Polish your craft

Tap into the wisdom of (the blogging) crowds

What did we miss? What are some of your favorite writing resources? Let us — and your fellow writers — know in the comments.


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    1. My pleasure!

      By the way, impossiblebebong, I recently sent you a poetry-related email (to the address you have on file with us), but I sense that maybe you haven’t received it? Let me know if that’s the case!


  1. Thank you for this post. My blog is almost a year old and I want to give it a facelift. Still, I have enjoyed using the Themegraphy theme.


  2. Great tips, but I’m not sure if it addresses my concerns. My blog covers a variety of stand-alone topics. It’s been up for a few days, but not surprising, no visitors as of yet. These tips seem to be more geared to the serious writer focused on a particular area. It would be nice to have a few visitors/comments on a site with no real stated focus; just discussions about a variety of things (history, theatre, family, grief, etc). Visiting multiple blogs is a good tip, but if anyone has any other advice, I’m open. Thanks.


  3. Awesome collection of tips! I also like the Feedback function, too– so I don’t have to do the privately-published thing, I just send the draft to whoever is doing the difficult job of editing my words. It’s awesome… I just wish it was available on the new write-your-post window. 🙂

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