Perhaps a post on the best websites for writers will be a bit of a contentious issue. Many people may be expecting to find a list of freelance writing gig sites like Upwork.
Sorry to disappoint.
This is more the result of a number of conversations I’ve had with a few of you.
There appears to be a huge importance placed on discovering blogs and websites by other writers and entrepreneurs as we journey down our own paths towards success.
When I first started out, many of the below bloggers provided inspiration and resources at a time when I needed it most, and continue to do so to this day.
I firmly believe that the best websites for writers are those that inspire, challenge and encourage us to be better in all areas of our lives.
It seems that many of you agree. With that in mind, here are 7 of the best websites for writers, entrepreneurs and all round kick-arse visionaries.
1. The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
This really is the blog that started it all for me. Chris writes, travels and, well, helps people take over the world. Their own worlds at least. The main message that always resonates with me whenever I’m on the ANOC website is the underlying notion that you don’t have to live your life the way others expect you to.
2. Leaving Work Behind by Tom Ewer
This is exactly what I did – I left full-time employment behind to follow my dreams and build something of my own. Reading Tom’s blog gave me the encouragement I needed when I was having doubts and also made me realise that becoming a full-time freelance writer wasn’t just a pipe dream. (Plus, as you may have noted from the *ahem* “arse” in this post’s title, I’m a Brit and so is Tom. I guess it was just nice to know that it could be done, and it could be done from here, there or anywhere.)
3. Be a Freelance Blogger by Sophie Lizard
Another British blogger who has built a huge following with her straight-talking tips and advice about how to make real money from blogging for hire. When it comes to freelance blogging, if it’s not on Be a Freelance Blogger it’s probably not worth knowing. (Guest posting there is also a lot of fun and drama-free.)
4. Make a Living Writing by Carol Tice
I’m sure you’ve heard of Carol. If not, pop over to the website and take a look at what she’s doing. Carol has built up such a successful career out of just helping other writers I don’t even know how she finds the time to write for her own clients! This is really practical, useful stuff for writers – you’ll be there for hours.
5. Writers in Charge by Bamidele Onibalusi
Writers in Charge empowers writers by offering practical tips, advice and resources for writers and bloggers. Bamidele must be an incredibly busy young man but he still finds time to inspire and help his readers. I’ve personally had some great advice and support from him.
6. The Suitcase Entrepreneur by Natalie Sisson
Natalie’s website is an amazing resource for budding entrepreneurs. Being a freelancer and entrepreneur just gets easier when you check in with Natalie on her website. Watch her videos and listen to her podcasts to start creating the life and career you’ve always wanted.
7. ProBlogger by Darren Rowse
Another huge blog with a huge following. Darren Rowse offers blogging tips in a simple, transparent way that both newbie and established bloggers can relate to. (Darren also comes across as just being so… nice!) From theme weeks on repurposing your own blog content to a quality job board for finding writing gigs, ProBlogger has it all covered.
This list wasn't easy as there are so many inspirational people out there doing great things to inspire and encourage writers, freelancers and entrepreneurs.
You’ll notice that each website on the list has a name next to it – these are not just anonymous websites created with the sole intention of making money.
Each website was created by a real person, who has a goal and is willing to do whatever it takes to get there. Plus they’re not afraid to help people out along the way.
And those, of course, are the best websites for writers.
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