Writing Advice Sites

Our list of great sites for beginning speculative fiction writers.

Writer’s Knowledge Base

Huge database of more than 40,000 articles about writing. Always my favorite place to start to research any writing problem (other than Google, of course). These are the best articles, from the top writing blogs. I also subscribe to Elizabeth Spann Craig’s weekly list of the best new writing-related articles, called  Twitterific Writing Links, which then all get added to this database.

Save the Cat!

Lots of good examples of how the STC framework works for a variety of popular movies and books.


My all-time favorite writing advice site, since it’s about speculative fiction, and also because the editors here seem to care about a lot of the same issues that I do. Latest favorite post:  Five common reasons tension is missing.

Fiction University

Lots of great advice articles here, including  5 questions to ask for stronger scenes  — 1. Can the protagonist be in any danger? 2. Can the protagonist learn or reveal a secret? 3. Can the protagonist be in conflict with someone, something, or themselves? 4. Can the protagonist make a choice? 5. Can the protagonist fail at something?


Clear accessible writing advice on all the basic topics, like  How to write a series  and  150+ Useful Character Quirks. They’ve also got a cute  plot generator  and a really good  character name generator.

The article “Writing Advice Sites” originally appeared on MetaStellar, the magazine of speculative fiction.