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Best Literary Blogs

Less writer's block, more writers' blogs! We list our favourites...

In the world of blogging, the written word is all – no surprise then that authors make some of the best bloggers. Whatever the genre, whatever the writer – there’s a legion of delightful material online that will inform, entertain and generally delight. These are our current favourites – but are they yours?
 
FREAKONOMICS

The companion blog to the cult book that is Freakonomics, this is one domain full of off beat facts, figures and general musings from the genius minds of Stephen J Dubner and Steven D Levitt, who came together when Dubner was commissioned to write about Levitt for The New York Times. The result is a taster of the weird and wonderful; a book about ‘cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, self-dealing Realtors, and crack-selling mama’s boys.’ The blog simply carries on where the book left off - take the current post on best practice to avoid telemarketing calls and you’ll see what we mean.
 
BLATHERINGS

Is a more recent acquisition from children’s writer and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi, who focuses primarily on young adult fiction. Her blog (run since 1997) is a homage to her work, full of charming illustrations and observations on the process of creation. There are also some seriously honest appraisals of the harder sides of life, with the illness of her father and the way it has affected her writing at the forefront. Witty, humorous and inspiring – that’s what we like in a blog.
 
NEIL GAIMAN

Is clearly a fixed star in the writing firmament, but his blog had completely passed us by until now. It’s so much more than just a place to post advertorial bumpf about his latest book (as so many authors' blogs now seem to be). It’s full of videos and audio, as well as up-to-date timetables of Gaiman’s latest movements, should you want to catch him when he comes to a town near you.
 
WORDS FOR MY ENJOYMENT

Author, TV producer, journalist and screenwriter Paul Davidson is certainly an iconoclast and his blog is a perfect mirror to his larger-than-life personality. Whilst it might have started as a simple publicity tool, it soon evolved into much more than that with over a thousand ‘humorous entries’ and a seriously large haul of half a million views – which speaks volumes, quite frankly.
 
SETH GODIN

Seth Godin (author of the much lauded The Icarus Complex) is another author who simply ‘gives good blog’. His little slice of web magic has all the prerequisites for success, amongst them tips on how to scuff proof your shoes, how to understand natural monopoly and even well considered reviews of other authors' books. It’s all there in abundance.
 
STORYTELLERS UNPLUGGED
www.storytellersunplugged.com

Now for not one, but multiple authors, Storytellers Unplugged comes from the altruistic brain of author Joseph Nassise, who founded the collective in order to bring the values of creativity, abundance and communion to the professional writing sphere. Every day of the month a different author will offer up something utterly unique, and believe us – there are some gems amongst them.
 
GEORGE R.R MARTIN – NOT A BLOG

Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? Well this is as close as you’re going to get to George R R Martin, unless you tag along to one of the Comicon events where you can find him sandwiched between ‘parties, lunches, parties, breakfasts, parties, dinners, business meetings, and... Did I mention the parties?’ It’s full of banter, on all things mediaeval and magical. Don’t miss his website for further delightful commentary; the essays, speeches and the 'what I'm watching' sections are well worth your time.

VICE AND VIRTUE

Cultural historian Fern Riddell’s oeuvre to the blogosphere is a delightful new find here at The GWG. It’s packed with ‘unique historical stories’ that aim to bring new insight to the widest possible audience. Riddell speaks with an authoritative and approachable tone on all manner of pertinent subjects – recent posts include ‘Suffragette Outrages, The Terrorist Movement’ and 'Edwardian England’s Most Dangerous Woman'. All in all a seriously refreshing addition, well worth bookmarking.

NICK HARKAWAY
www.nickharkaway.com

Novelist and commentator Nick Harkaway’s offering is also worth perusing. The author of The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker (and the son of John Le Carre), his blog is a colourful design-orientated introduction to his iconoclastic writing, full of prevalent discussions on the issues at the heart of Doctor Who, as well as the ideology of communism – an eclectic blog if ever there was one.
 
September 2013.