Where to Get the Best Creative Writing Tips

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How to find the best creative writing tips.

This post was originally published back in 2009, but I’ve updated it to add some new resources. Enjoy!

You don’t have to search far to find creative writing tips. There are tons of books, websites, and magazines that will let you in on the secrets of creativity and good, strong writing.

But if you want the inside scoop on what it takes to be a successful author, wouldn’t it be best to get it straight from the source–from a published author, an agent, or the editor of a major publication or publishing house?

These experts can share proven techniques that will help us improve our writing, get our work in front of an audience, and build a readership.

Interviews with Writers and Publishing Professionals

Have you ever wondered what happens after you sell your book to a publishing house? Or how an indie author takes a book from draft to publication? Are you searching for an agent to represent your work? Do you want to know how to successfully market your book and build a readership? Want to find out how other authors hit the best-seller list?

Over the last few years, I’ve discovered some of the best creative writing tips and publishing advice by watching or listening to interviews.

As it turns out, the writing process and the path to publication are different for every author. When you listen to writing and publishing professionals give their accounts of how a book gets made, you pick up the finer details, the nuances, and you can choose the strategies that would work best for you and your book and then use them to your advantage.

Listen and Learn About Creative Writing

A good interviewer knows how to ask the right questions, questions that get people talking. When the subject of an interview is at ease, answers start to flow and embedded in those answers are the details of personal experience, nuggets of golden advice that can help you on your writing journey.

For example, many well known, published authors say things like “writing is revising.” Yes, they have to edit, proofread, and revise, just like the rest of us. Others talk about half-written novels, failed attempts that never made it to publication but sit tucked away in bottom drawers.

When you hear firsthand accounts of experiences that successful writers have had, it gives you new ideas and helps you to see your own creative writing in a more realistic light. These conversations give you insight and inspiration and help you feel a little less alone. More importantly, they give you hope for your own future as an author.

Interviews on Writing

Here are a few of my favorite resources for writing interviews that are packed with awesome tips for writers:

  • The Self Publishing Roundtable: A weekly interview show focused on self-publishing, hosted by five knowledgeable and entertaining writers with interviews that reveal effective strategies for indie authors. Don’t miss a single episode of this valuable and resourceful podcast. Watch live every Thursday at 6 PM (Pacific) and participate in the interview or subscribe via iTunes or RSS.
  • Buddy’s Writing Show: Buddy Gott is a natural host who asks guests insightful question. These short interviews are fun to watch and impart useful information about writing, publishing, marketing, and more. Subscribe via YouTube or by visiting Buddy’s website.
  • Writers on Writing: If you want to get the inside story on professional writing, I encourage you to listen to Writers on Writing, a weekly radio show hosted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, author of Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within. The show is available through streaming audio online and you can subscribe and listen to it via iTunes.

Do you ever listen to interviews with writers? Got any interview sources to share? What are your favorite places to find creative writing tips? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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About Melissa Donovan
Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She writes fiction and poetry and is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.


16 Responses to “Where to Get the Best Creative Writing Tips”

  1. Writer Dad says:

    There are just a few websites I read for writing tips, yours being the cream at the top, Melissa. : > )

  2. Marc - WelshScribe says:

    The answer to your blog title is:
    a) WritingForward.com
    b) CollectiveInkwell.com

    Do I win a prize? 😀

  3. twitter.com/dugL says:

    I subscribe to 50+ blogs about writing. This one is definitely near the top in terms of real world utility.

  4. J.D. Meier says:

    Writers on Writing sounds perfect.

    There’s nothing like learning from people who have been there and done that. The key is to model the best and find what works for you. Being your best is an unfolding process over time.

    • It is perfect, and this post has been a long time coming. I’ve been enjoying these interviews for months and learning so much about writing and publishing. In fact, I’ve gone all the way back to the beginning of the archives and started listening to the earliest shows so I don’t miss a single episode. I can’t stress enough how valuable this show is for writers. Must subscribe!

  5. There are so many writing blogs out there, but you’re right, it’s far better to learn about it straight from a successful and well-published author (or editor, or whatever.)

    Better yet, it would be priceless to have a published author as a personal mentor. Think about it: you get to talk one-on-one with someone like Meg Cabot or Stephen King, and they can give you all of their knowledge, and critique your stuff.

    Ugh, that would be a dream come true.

    • Many published authors teach creative writing in various MFA programs, so it’s possible to learn from them directly. I do think having a successful author as a personal mentor would be ideal, but the next best thing is to learn by reading and listening to them 😉

  6. There is some really great advice in this post. Thanks so much for writing it and helping out all of the writers out there who could benefit from your guidance. 🙂

    Positively Presents last blog post..funny the way it is

  7. Salwa says:

    Excellent post Melissa. Great advice and tips in this article and I agree with you that learning from watching and listening interviews is great. I have personally learned a great deal from that too.

    • Hi Salwa. Since I discovered these interviews, they have quickly become my favorite resource for getting great writing tips. It’s amazing how much you can learn just by listening to an interview.

  8. Damyanti says:

    Some of these resources i already knew about– but some were new to me. Thanks for this!