When I first joined Tumblr in 2009, I recognized it as a paradise for fandom–practically every fandom under the sun. I was a refugee from Livejournal, looking for a little corner of the internet that was–then at least–a little quieter. What I didn’t expect, though, was for it to provide invaluable writing resources as well.
Over the years, I’ve slowly gathered a list of writing-related Tumblr blogs that I read if not every day, at least every single week. Here are five, in particular, that I think are worth a visit. If you’re unfamiliar with Tumblr, or don’t have an account, I highly recommend bookmarking them and coming back to them later.
In the mood to write, but waiting for the muse to stop by for a visit? While it’s not updated as frequently as it used to be, there are a lot of gems to be mined from Writing Prompts if you’re looking for inspiration or are looking to practice or experiment with different forms.
I’ve really come to love reading Writing with Color, a Tumblr that focuses on bringing racial and ethnic diversity into writing and helping others identify microaggressions, stereotypes, and tropes in their stories. They also provide fantastic starting points for research, and talk a great deal about diversity in fantasy settings.
The Writing Cafe is a fantastic resource for… well, just about anything. I mean, look at their tags page! If the idea of following a zillion Tumblrs feels daunting to you, try TWC. In addition to creating a lot of extremely helpful, original material for the site, they also have a great eye for reblogging others’ advice and guides.
The one kind of scene I invariably struggle to write is the fight scene. Aside from just not knowing that much about fighting and weaponry in general (nevermind how quickly someone would actually die from a wound), I still struggle with making the scene’s action clear enough to the reader that they can always picture it. Enter How to Fight Write.
Last but definitely not least, we have Write World. Like The Writing Cafe, they focus on all facets of writing–in their words “education and inspiration.” I’m obsessed with the images they use for their visual writing prompts. I even have their words list page bookmarked so I can get to it in a single click while drafting.
So tell me, have you guys found any helpful Tumblrs for writers out there? Share the wealth!