As writers our favourite hobby might just be looking up articles about writing. Reading tips and tricks by some of our favourite authors is the perfect procrastination. So, now that uni semester is over and it's all up to us to motivate our work, we thought we would share with you some of our favourite online resources on writing life.
Electric Literature is a great wesbite for lit nerds. It's got essays galore discussing books and writers. There are great advice articles, personal essays about people's connections to great books, and conversation about how various authors have gone about dealing with sensitive subjects.
Electric Literature also open for submissions now and again, and seem like a great community to be a part of.
Aergoramme Studio is where you go to for some sound advice on dedicating your life to your craft. Not only do they post heaps of publishing opportunities and competitions, they also share writing tips by some of today's big guns. There are also some great pick-me-up pieces to have a read of, like 'Rejection Is Not Feedback.'
Aerogramme Studio don't take submissions for their own site, but are constantly sharing prizes and competitions which are open all around the world – so they are definitely worth a follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Aaaaah, Writers Bloc. It's good to have an Australian resource on this list. Writers Bloc do an incredible job of dedicating themselves to emerging Aussie writers.
The website is invaluable. There are monthly updates on which publications and competitions are open for submissions (with a focus on those that pay), there is a blog with opinion pieces and tips, and even a way of getting involved in the community and finding beta readers.
Writers Bloc are here to help and it's great to have so many articles and resources coming from Australian writers.
The Wheeler Centre
Another great Australian resource, The Wheeler Centre is based in Melbourne and is a centre for discussions about not only books and writing, but all manner of topics under the sun. They hold regular events in Melbourne, but so much of their content is available online and accessible from anywhere. They post interesting articles on their website, they produce a number of original podcasts and their YouTube channel has a great archive of some of their past conversations.
Express Media is an Australian youth arts organisation that has an amazing collection of resources and opportunities for young Australian writers, from publications like Voiceworks and Buzzcuts to a range of great prizes and fellowships. But even though they focus on writers aged 12–30, they have a range of great online resources for emerging writers of all ages. On their website you can find guides for pitching and freelancing, a list of publications to submit to and other pathways for your writing and an archive of their Toolkits series of online writing workshops and livestreams.
As the name suggests, this website is a hub for all things literary including features, interviews, news, reviews and excerpts from all kinds of writing and from writers all over the world. Literary Hub is a treasure trove of literary content from discussions of rape culture in crime fiction to discussions of how needlecraft can teach us about narrative form. They also have a daily front page feature of interesting articles from publications they've partnered with (including Australian publications like The Lifted Brow and Kill Your Darlings) and have recently started a podcast called fiction/non/fiction.