Analysis of 30 Websites on “Writing”

After deciding I wanted to spend time researching “How to Write”, I did some perusing of the internet to see what resources were already available. Here is a list of 30 websites I viewed that focus on writing. This list also includes, the audience focus of these websites, and if I believe them to be helpful or not. Yes it is lengthy, but I still believe it may be helpful to some.

 

Website #1.

http://www.aliventures.com/nine-motivations-to-write/

Publisher: aliventures.com

Search Term Used: “How to motivate yourself to write a book”

Target Audience: Potential writers, especially fiction writers.

Needs: They are targeting self-actualization to help you motivate yourself and see your own potential. As well as cognitive needs.

Style: The website is a blog, it is pretty basic mainly text. There is a picture at the top of the page, other than that no other graphics on the website.

Features: It’s mainly just blog posts, and lists but there is also a newsletter.

Is it successful? I think it has a lot of helpful information, I personally don’t like the format of it. It’s an overwhelming amount of text. If it were bulleted points I think the info would come across better.

 

Website #2.

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/how-to-write-a-novel-7-tips-everyone-can-use

Publisher: Reader’s Digest

Search Term Used: “How to sit down and write a book”

Target Audience: Hopeful writers

Needs: Self-Actualization and cognitive.

Style: It’s definitely a professional lay out. It is written in a list format and has graphics to go along with most of the points made.

Features: Articles, Blogs, Resources, a Message board, Submissions for stories

Is it successful? I think it is very helpful. A lot of people are familiar with writer’s digest so they would generally trust the website. Also it is written in an easy to read way so you can gather the information desired.

 

Website #3

http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/writingroadblocks/tp/block.htm

Publisher: About.com

Search Term Used: “Writer’s Block”

Target Audience: Writer’s who can’t seem to figure out what to write.

Needs: Self-Actualization

Style: Text based website, focuses mainly on the article with a few graphics and ads on the sidelines.

Features: Online writing class, help with writing, info on other form’s of writing.

Is it Successful? If someone stumbled on this website I would say it would help them. The info is concise and focused so you don’t have to read a lot of unnecessary fluff.

 

Website #4.

http://www.webook.com/911writersblock

Publisher: We Book

Search Term Used: “Writer’s Block”

Target Audience: Writer’s who are stuck while writing.

Needs: Self-Actualization

Style: This one is actually an interactive website. It is set up to be like a phone and you have to hit certain phone numbers based on what kind of writer’s block you have. For example “character death dial ‘5’” then it gives you ideas to break through the block.

Features: Interactive prompts and ideas.

Is it Successful? I would definitely use this when stuck, I think a lot of other people would too.

 

Website #5

http://www.wikihow.com/Begin-Writing-a-Book

Publisher: wikihow.com

Search Term Used: “How to actually start writing a book”

Target Audience: Very much for beginners in writing

Needs: Self-Actualization and Cognitive needs

Style: The website actually has very large images mixed in with the text. The images although kind of generic are the first thing your eyes go to.

Features: How-to articles

Is It Successful? It is very basic info but if someone is just looking for a brief idea how to start I think it is helpful.

 

Website #6

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/

Publisher: Forbes

Search Term Used: “How to actually start writing a book”

Target Audience: People who might be looking at writing as a career.

Needs: Self-Actualization

Style: Very professional, slideshow format very little text. Eye catching.

Features: Business related articles and slideshows, as well as advice.

Is It Successful? I think a lot of people would use this website as a basis to decide if writing is something they should pursue as a passion or a career.

 

Website #7

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/six-ways-to-start-the-writing-process.html

Publisher: Life Hack

Search Term Used: “How to Start Writing”

Target Audience: People who are looking for inspiration to start writing.

Needs: Self-Actualization

Style: The top of the website is completely cluttered with ads, as well as along the side. The text is block text with lists as the headers. Limited colors and images.

Features: Guides for people who want easy instructions.

Is It Successful? I personally didn’t like the layout. However the info was presented in a very easy to understand format. I think a lot of people would be able to use this info though. Good substance.

 

Website #8

http://thewritelife.com/how-to-start-writing-a-book/

Publisher: The Write Life

Search Term Used: “How to Start Writing”

Target Audience: People who are looking for the basic steps to start writing.

Needs: Cognitive needs.

Style: Very easy on the eyes. Well organized, simple colors and limited ads. Very clean.

Features: Tips for writing, self-publishing, blogging, and editing

Is It Successful? I think with the information and the structure of this website it is a very resourceful website and could help a lot of people.

 

Website #9

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9620861

Publisher: NPR

Search Term Used: “How to Start Writing”

Target Audience: People who love to read and have always dreamed of writing.

Needs: Cognitive and Self-Actualization

Style: Very basic, with some videos at the top of the page and ads on the right side. Mainly all text, in a listed paragraph style.

Features: Articles, opinions, videos, resources

Is It Successful? A lot of people really like listening to NPR so I see no reason why a lot of people wouldn’t use this article for advice.

 

Website #10

http://writetodone.com/how-to-write-without-distractions/

Publisher: Write to Done

Search Term Used: “How to write without distractions.”

Target Audience: People who enjoy writing but get distracted easily.

Needs: Self-Actualization

Style: Very easy to read. The text is organized in a list format which is very easy to grasp the information. There is a lot of red in the banner and on the side.

Features: Services and Resources along with articles.

Is It Successful? The info is helpful but the website is very basic and it was low on the results list. I don’t know how many people will see it.

 

Website #11

http://jenniferblanchard.net/10-ways-to-avoid-distraction-while-you-write/

Publisher: Jennifer Blanchard’s Blog

Search Term Used: “How to write without distractions”

Target Audience: People who enjoy writing but get distracted easily.

Needs: Self-Actualization

Style: Blog format.  A lot of text all clumped together, not the easiest on the eyes. There should be some more breaks in the format.

Features: Blog posts

Is It Successful? I think so, the info is good but you would have to really want to read the whole article to get that info.

 

Website #12

https://litreactor.com/columns/the-write-time-strategies-to-make-your-writing-schedule-sacred

Publisher: Litreactor

Search Term Used: “Set time for writing”

Target Audience: Writers with busy schedules

Needs: Self-actualization

Style: Well structured a professional site. It has a lot of colors and graphics on the side and the banner. The text is nice and organized and easy to read.

Features: Articles and writer workshops

Is It Successful? I think this article would be very helpful.

 

Website #13

http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/

Publisher: Advanced Fiction Writing

Search Term Used: “Writing a Novel”

Target Audience: Perspective novel writers.

Needs: Self-Actualization

Style: Has a cartoon on the top of the banner. Very basic format, with a lot of text and no graphics.

Features: Blog, Articles, E-zine

Is It Successful? I personally didn’t like how the info was set up I don’t think the website looked professional enough.

 

Website #14

http://www.rookiemag.com/2014/09/how-to-write-a-novel/

Publisher: Rookie Mag

Search Term Used: “Writing a Novel”

Target Audience: People who have never formally written a novel before.

Needs: Self Actualization and Cognition

Style: It is a blog style however it has a really nice piece of artwork that takes up the whole right side of the website. It is very inviting.

Features: Magazine articles and blog posts.

Is It Successful? I would say it is very useful info and if seen it could be very successful.

 

Website #15

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/magazine/eat-pray-love-get-rich-write-a-novel-no-one-expects.html?_r=0

Publisher: New York Times

Search Term Used: “Writing a Novel”

Target Audience: Readers of the Times and perspective writers.

Needs: Self-Actualization

Style: Has large graphics to go with the articles. Nice large titles. A lot of ads on the right side of the page.

Features: Articles of all types.

Is It Successful? I would say this is very successful it is seen by many people, and the author is a famous author so people will believe in the info.

 

Website #16

http://thewritepractice.com/time-to-write/

Publisher: The Write Practice

Search Term Used: “Finding Time to Write”

Target Audience: People who either get distracted easily or have busy schedules but still want to write.

Needs: Self-Actualization

Style: Very nice lay out. It is very clean and is set up in lists. It is a blog so it has very little images and a lot of text.

Features: Articles

Is It Successful? I thought the list format was very helpful and the info is good, I think it is successful.

 

Website #17

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2009/01/09/time-to-write/

Publisher: The Creative Penn

Search Term Used: “Finding Time to Write”

Target Audience: People who need help finding time to write.

Needs: Self-Actualization

Style: The article has a lot of bold sections to draw your attention to the actual instructions. It is a simple website but has good info.

Features: Book reviews, articles, podcasts

Is It Successful? It seems like it has a lot of contributors which I think would add to the validitiy of the advice.

 

Website #18

http://www.buzzfeed.com/sandraeallen/how-to-write-your-first-book#.xsRnX89Lk

Publisher: Buzzfeed

Search Term Used: “Writing Your First Book”

Target Audience: Young and first time writers

Needs: Self-Actualization

Style: A lot of photos. Very colorful with a lot of recommended links and ads on the side. It is all set up in list formats.

Features: Articles, quizzes, polls, trivia, videos

Is It Successful? It reaches a lot of viewers and is easy to read info so I think so.

 

Website #19

http://www.iuniverse.com/expertadvice/20writingtipsfrom12fictionauthors.aspx

Publisher: IUniverse.com

Search Term Used: “Writing Your First Book”

Target Audience: People who are looking for advice from professionals.

Needs: Self-Actualization

Style: The website is very plain and is primarily all text. The article itself has 12 quotes from 12 famous authors and not much else.

Features: Author Success Stories

Is It Successful? I don’t think so, it is just a compilation of quotes. I think it needs more substance to be successful.

 

Website #20

http://www.liferichpublishing.com/AuthorResources/General/5-Step-Writing-Process.aspx

Publisher: Life Rich Publishing

Search Term Used: “The Writing Process”

Target Audience: People who have a basic understanding of writing but want a more formal approach.

Style: Looks like an educational or professional website. Has a set color scheme, and is all bulleted info and small paragraphs.

Features: Rules and tips for writing

Is It Successful? I think it could be since it is very easy to follow.

 

Website #21

http://www.writersdigest.com/how-to-write-a-book-setting-deadlines

Publisher: Writer’s Digest

Search Term Used: “The Writing Process”

Target Audience: Writers who want to set up a schedule for themselves.

Needs: Self-Actualization

Style: Professional website, very muted colors and no graphics or images. It is pretty much all block format texting and many paragraphs.

Features: Articles, Blogs, Resources

Is It Successful? I think a lot of people look to these articles from writer’s digest for advice.

 

Website #22

http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/6-ways-you-can-make-time-for-writing-in-your-busy-schedule/

Publisher: Pick The Brain

Search Term Used: “How to make time for writing”

Target Audience: People with busy schedules who want to write

Needs: Self-Actualization and motivation

Style: Has a lot of photos of typewriters, and other writing related items. The article is set up with lists and small paragraphs.

Features: Articles

Is It Successful? I think it is a very good article and could be very useful.

 

Website #23

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-sites-to-learn-how-to-write-a-book-and-get-it-published/

Publisher: MakeUsOf.com

Search Term Used: Learning to write a book

Target Audience: People just beginning to write.

Style: Not very professional almost has too much text everywhere.

Features: Articles and a message board

Is It Successful? I think the website is too cluttered and you have to dig for the info you are looking for. I would probably go elsewhere for the info.

 

Website #24

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2011/06/20/25-things-you-should-know-about-writing-a-novel/

Publisher: Terrible Minds Blog

Search Term Used: Learning to write a novel

Target Audience: Writers who are just starting

Style: It is a blog with some interesting graphics in the banner but no other graphics or photos beyond that. There is a ton of text and it is set up in fairly large paragraphs.

Features: Blog posts

Is It Successful? I think it is good info and it seems like the author is really passionate about writing.

 

Website #25

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/sep/11/how-to-write-a-bestseller-novel

Publisher: The Guardian

Search Term Used: Learning to write a novel

Target Audience: Writers who are just starting

Style: A very basic website. It was low on the list so I don’t think this website gets a lot of views. Only two colors on the whole website.

Features: Articles

Is It Successful? Probably not again it was low on the search list after a couple of pages, probably not very popular.

 

Website #26

http://www.crayne.com/articles/WritingYourFirstNovel.htm

Publisher: Crayne

Search Term Used: Writing Your First Novel

Target Audience: Writers who are just starting

Style: The only thing on the whole web page is the actual article itself with a title.

Features: No other features.

Is It Successful? Seems like a well written article with good advice and there are no distractions on the page.

 

Website #27

http://www.newnovelist.com/tips.php

Publisher: New Novelist

Search Term Used: Writing Your First Novel

Target Audience: Beginners in Writing

Style: Very basic only has a menu on the left side of the website then bulleted info in the article.

Features: Articles

Is It Successful? It is easy to read but the website is not very professional so I don’t know how many people would rely on the advice.

 

Website #28

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jack-woodville-london/writing-your-first-novel-_b_5669907.html

Publisher: Huffington Post

Search Term Used: Writing Your First Novel

Target Audience: Beginners in Writing

Style: Very professional with a large title and a photo at the top of the article.

Features: Articles, News, Videos

Is It Successful? I imagine this article would offer a lot of people advice, because a lot of potential writers might actually find it in the post.

 

Website #29

http://scottberkun.com/2007/how-to-write-a-book-the-short-honest-truth/

Publisher: Scott Berkun Blog

Search Term Used: Writing A Book

Target Audience: People who want to start to write a book

Style: Blog style, it has a bold banner at the top of the page, an ad on the right and the rest is text.

Features: Blog posts

Is It Successful? It has a negative tone in the article I don’t know if I would consider this very helpful.

 

Website #30

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one

Publisher: The Guardian

Search Term Used: Writing Fiction

Target Audience: People interested in starting a fiction book

Style: Very colorful with a lot of pictures at the top. Block formatting for the text.

Features: Articles

Is It Successful? The website is very orderly and the advice seems professional I think it would be successful.

 

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