Us writers here at PoP – Trixie, Rebecca and Felicity –  are avid blog readers. Here’s our top picks from the month of July, in no particular order. We hope these titles inspire you, as well!

1. Are There Rules for Writing Seat-of-the-Pants? on Novel Rocket

As writers, some of us are plotters, some of us just aren’t. If outlining your story cramps your style, read one writer’s take on how to make spontaneity work.

2. Day 23 – Writer Struggles on After Writer Dreams

We all have writing ruts. Here’s helpful list of things to do when you’re in one.

3.  Should I use a pen name or my real name? on Go Teen Writers

By breaking down the possible pros, cons, and alternatives, author Stephanie Morrill strategically tackles this question.

4. Day 25 – Creating Your Own Manifesto on After Writer Dreams

The title says it all here. This post is a discussion on why you should create your own manifesto.

5. What’s on Your “Why” List? on Writer Unboxed

This post discusses how you should know the answers to these questions: What are the reasons that keep you writing? What do you remind yourself when you want to quit?

6. Avoiding Boring Character Biographies on Writer Unboxed

Want to make your characters infinitely better? This is the post for you. It includes questions to enhance your characters physical, psychological and sociological characteristics.

7. Beyond the Basics with E. Lockhart on The Narrative Breakdown

Rather than being a true blog, it is an original podcast. E. Lockhart, author of The Boyfriend List and The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks is the author that is answering the questions.

8. Why We Should Bake Cookies… Erm, Build Community on Altogether Separate

A guest blog post by Rachelle Rea of Inspiring Daring. I like that this post makes me think and proves that things are not always as they appear; we need to look deeper sometimes.

9. Where Do You Go When You Need to De-stress? by Debbie Macomber

Want a quick read, how about this blog post by bestselling author Debbie Macomber about de-stressing.

10. Smashwords Launch Ebook Bestseller List on Smashwords

A blog post about the e-book bestseller list at, a site where writers can publish their work in e-book form and the site distributes the books to other sellers like Barnes and Noble.

Keep the inspiration going: Do you have a list you’d like to share? We’d love to know about your favorite posts from July!