Top 10 Articles for Writers — January 2011

Carol Tice

Top 10 Articles For WritersWelcome to the first best-articles edition of 2011!

A few notes about these best-of posts: I have to say I do weigh in favor of lesser-known blogs and writers, and I do try to vary who appears. Don’t want this to end up being a list of five posts from Copyblogger and five posts from Problogger every month (though some big names do make an appearance this month!). For the most part, I try to spotlight folks you may not have heard of.

I definitely see the influence of my fellow Top 10 Blogs for Writers Winners in this edition — been checking out their stuff and loving it!

A confession: I tend to cut off the judging about the third week of each month to get the post ready. So if you find a post from the previous month in here, that’s why. This isn’t necessarily the 10 best articles published this month — they’re the 10 best I read this month. In my own private opinion. Just my two cents here.

Hope everyone enjoys these — thought it was a particularly choice batch this month.

7 Deadly Freelance Sins by Lori Widmer at Words on the Page NOTE: As of 11/2016, this blog no longer exists.

7 Reasons Why Your Posts Aren’t Getting Retweeted by Stanford on Pushing Social [NOTE: As of 12/30/18, this article no longer exists.]

14 Ways to Create Multiple Articles on a Topic by David Arthur Smith on Writer on Fire [NOTE: As of 12/30/18, this article no longer exists.]

15 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging by Daniel Scocco on DailyBlogTips

Don’t Ask Why — Dig Deep, Find the Answer to Why Now? by JC Hutchins on Writer Unboxed

How to Stop The Internet From Sabotaging Your Writing Routine by T.S. Bazelli of InkStained, on Courage2Create [NOTE: As of 12/30/18, this post no longer exists.]

Saying No by Chris Garrett at

Three Quick Steps to Clear Writing by Brian Clark on Copyblogger

What’s Your Excuse for Not Achieving Your Goals? by Robert Bruce on Copyblogger [NOTE: As of 11/2016, this post is no longer live.]

Why Writing Every Day Isn’t Enough by Michelle of Wicked Whimsy, on Problogger


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  1. Ollin Morales

    Thanks for the mention Carol!

    • Carol Tice

      Thanks for being the first to notice — I had a Mailchimp fail today, and the post is officially going out on Thursday now. Thought that was a great guester on your site!

  2. Judith

    Thanks for sharing those links. I found a number of them very useful.

  3. George

    I honestly believe that real writers write well. Writing well includes spelling correctly, using proper grammar, proper spacing, etc.

    Unfortunately (for me), the list you’ve given us of “particularly choice” blogs falls short of those precepts. That’s not to say that the advice given isn’t valuable; I’m quite certain once I separate the wheat from the chaff that I’ll be able to benefit.

    But what irks me about folk getting online and just throwing any old thing out there is precisely that – they throw any old thing out there. For the inexperienced writer who may be looking for an example of how to write, their commentaries are sadly lacking. Someone whose usage, spelling, grammar, etc. is subpar won’t learn much that will help with that failing.

    I’m gratified to have been able to find these hints and pointers; please don’t get me wrong. At the same time, however, if we are to be the “experts” and help others hone their craft, we need to be vigilant about our work.

    Thank you for linking those 10 articles. I’m quite certain that there will be plentiful benefits to derive from them.

    • Carol Tice

      Well, that’s the first time someone’s told me these articles don’t meet their standards. No doubt you will soon deliver us a more useful article than Copyblogger or Problogger offers…I look forward to reading it!

  4. George

    I hope you’re right, Carol, in thinking that the article I’ll write will be “more useful” than those I’ve critiqued. Mind you, I didn’t mean to paint the entire collection with the same brush; it was just that there were glaring errors in some of them.

    Honestly, though, my writing and my thoughts have not yet approached the level of being a provider of tips and hints for others who are trying to find their way. Eclectic as I am with my topics, I’ve not found the time to tinker with that sort of context.

    You’ve given me some impetus, however, with your suggestion; and I’ll strive to conjure up something that will provide a benefit to your readers.

    • Carol Tice

      Do you have a website? I notice you don’t list a URL…would love to check out some of what you’ve written.

      Maybe you can start a monthly list for the best grammatically presented pieces. My focus here is on getting the readers useful information that helps them earn more from their writing. If there’s a typo or two in the post, I’m not going to discard it if the information will help people.

  5. Anita Cooper

    Thanks Carol for the great post! I’m finished with number 1 on your list and am looking forward to the rest of them. Thanks again!

  6. Aaron Geiger

    I’m new to this type of community, and I wanted to thank you for taking the time to compile these lists; they are serving me wonderfully as I dip my bucket in different wells. I completely believe in the power of the social community of writers: we work hard for little monetary gain, and yet we still come back for the same thing day after day. Passion is a great unifier of people and talent, and I think the more interconnected we are, the better our work becomes as a result. I’ll definitely be back for more. Cheers to you.

  7. George

    No, Carol, I don’t have a website, nor a blog. I’m getting there. I am not a grammarian per se, but attentive to the rules. I’ve done a fair amount of editing, and my business name is Word of Excellence, which speaks to the standard I apply to myself; and the standard to which I hold others, whose work ought to shine.

    I understand your stance on presenting valuable information, and overlooking minor [well… :)] errors or typos so as to provide solid advice. Having a sharp eye is both a blessing and a curse.


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