Michael Stelzner’s weblog for writers is called Writing White Papers. I don’t stop by there very often because the focus is primarily (as you would guess) on white papers, defined as
A white paper is an authoritative report; a government report outlining policy; or a document for the purpose of educating industry customers or collecting leads for a company. White papers are used to help people make decisions. (Wikipedia)
I had a quick look at Michael’s blog this morning and I saw an interesting post. He’s asking his readers to nominate the top ten writing weblogs. There are a lot of nominations, but almost all of them have to do with websites that promote freelance writing, copy editing, and other kinds of non-fiction. Which struck me as a little one sided, so I nominated Paperback Writer as an excellent source of information and the occasional belly laugh, not to mention all the useful bits and pieces she gives away. I also commented on the fact that so many of the nominations pointed to Deborah Ng’s Freelance Writing Jobs. Which shouldn’t be a surprise if the target audience is primarily non-fiction writers, because that is an excellent resource. Long story short: I should have said that to start with. So now that I’ve taken my foot out of my mouth, my original concern still stands:
Why are the fiction writers not participating? Go on over there and vote for the website/oldweblog which is most helpful and/or interesting to you as a writer of stories. Here are some sites that I like:
Tess Gerritsen’s Blog
Smart Bitches Trashy Books
Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind
You will note that I do not list this website. That’s because I would prefer you don’t nominate it, lest I end up again on the authors behaving badly list. Nominate some other weblog that focuses on providing support for writers of fiction. Go forth, and be counted.
Something to consider is the nature of the blogger who is requesting nominations. Writing White Papers isn’t exactly a blog that is of interest to fiction writers. It makes sense that those who visit, and know about it, are non-fiction writers. I’m not saying there shouldn’t be plenty of nominations for fiction writing-related blogs, but it’s not a surprise that there aren’t.
Deborah: of course. I do see your point, but in this case, it seems to be that it would have been better to call the whole thing Best Non-Fiction Writing Weblogs. Or something similar.
I suppose I should just put my money where my mouth is and ask for nominations for best creative/fiction writing weblog.