There is an incredible amount of themes out there, and the majority of them look good enough, honestly. But what sets some apart from others, is how well a theme fits with criteria that certain users would like. We shared a handful of themes and plugins for writers last month, and since you like it so much we decided to give you more.
As a writer, instead of a flashy theme that highlights visuals, you probably want a theme with strong typography that highlights your written content (and fits the vibe of your topic matter). Or if you’re a writer that also incorporates pictures into your content, you’d probably want something that could highlight both your visual and written content. There are more than enough great options for both highlighted in this post and if you truly want to pursue a career in writing, then you are going to need a website. Period. The small cost of a premium theme is a small investment in your future that will surely be worth it. Premium themes offer features and support you just won’t get with a free one, and below are some of our top picks (or…skip to the free themes).
Forte is a great theme for showing off your pictures along with your writing. The default homepage highlights your most recent works, and not much else. This means the focus remains solely on your content, not on links in the sidebar, not on anything else.
Forte comes with a lot of customization options if you’re someone who likes to get their hands a little dirty when making a new site. This is a great choice for writers who incorporate picture into their stories, or photographers who happen to like telling stories or poems along with each picture.
This is a fresh, grid-style theme that perfectly showcases your story titles and images on the homepage. StoryBlog offers 7 different homepage layout options, comes with a beautifully designed author page, and unlimited color options so you can easily change the color scheme of your site at will. If you’re looking to show off your photography/drawing skills in addition to your writing abilities, this could be the right choice for you.
This is another grid-style theme, but there it is very content-driven and doesn’t even have a header. Ink comes with a wide range of customization options, including colors and typography, giving you pretty much full creative control from within the WordPress live customizer. Again if you want to showcase images or other visual artwork along with your texts, Ink is a great choice.
4. The Novelist
This is a theme that is designed to look and feel like an actual book. If you mainly focus on writing long pieces of serialized writing, for example a fiction series, with the aim of turning it into a book some day, this could be just the theme for you.
Grateful is a slick theme that sports a slim sidebar, along with a small slider at the top of the homepage. The featured images are placed beautifully above the posts, making this another good choice for people who also want to include pictures. It also comes with extensive customization options so you can tailor it to suit your needs.
Fable is a beautiful minimalist theme with the option to put full-screen image backgrounds for the content that you write. If you use images to tell your stories, this could be a great option for you. Fable comes with extensive theme options that allow you full control over colors, features, and other design aspects of your site.
Solar is a theme that showcases your latest writings along with an image of your choice in a grid on the home page. There is a minimal header that doesn’t take away from the content. It comes with extensive ad management functionality, different page templates and extensive customization options.
A great theme for a combination of visual + normal storytelling. The default homepage serves up a stylish grid of your latest content, with the featured image of your latest post serving as the background for it’s title and excerpt, as well as the minimal headline at the top. The theme automatically optimizes images, and you can also easily customize the look and feel of the site from within the WordPress customizer.
Merapi is another theme that showcases your latest writing along with their accompanying picture on the homepage of your website. It has a clean, minimal header and navigation at the top, and offers many customization options to give you creative control of how your site ends up looking.
Hemlock is a beautiful minimalist theme for creatives, bloggers and writers. The default homepage features a logo (could be replaced with a face and a name) and a slider of your most recent posts. Hemlock offers multiple homepage layouts, sleek custom sharing buttons, custom post formats, custom widgets and many customization options.
Heap is a clean theme with a grid-style homepage. It offers different layout options, high customizability from a live customizer(you can even change layout sizes), and multiple custom post formats.
Blank is a simple, blog style theme with a very appealing layout that puts all focus on content. In addition to the design quality, it also offers extensive customization options, 2 different layouts, video support and sleek social buttons.
A theme with minimalist design, the homepage features a beautiful slider of your latest post. It offers various skins and templates (including personal blog, travel magazine and food magazine), mobile-first design(great if you have a larg mobile audience), an ad manager and many customization options.
Block Magazine is a theme that has really nailed the digital magazine look. It offers different custom menus and post formats, a built-in rating system and extensive customization options.
15. Shiroi Hana
Shiroi Hana is a clean blogging theme that would be great for visual storytellers. It offers clean transition animations, different custom post formats, a page builder and extensive customization options.
Readme is a minimalist theme with a portfolio option that is perfect for writers. Offering a clean layout very focused on written content, it differs from a lot of the grid-style photography/artwork portfolio themes. Other than that it offers distraction free reading, 5 different blog layouts, shortcodes custom widgets and extensive customization options.
Airashi is a clean theme that showcases a grid of your most recent posts on the top of the homepage. It offers a clean design and strong typography, different layouts and templates, and extensive customization options.
Interpol is a clean, content-focused theme for writers and bloggers. It offers 3 different layouts, custom galleries, and video tutorials for quick and easy set-up.
Buzzblog is a minimalist theme for bloggers and writers. It offers 7 different layouts and 11 styles, extensive customization options, and a custom 404 page.
Literatum is a flexible theme for writers. It offers interview support, read time estimates, an animated sidebar (that is hidden by default) and more.
Brixton is a clean theme focused on content. It has different blog templates, custom post templates, and unlimited color variations.
Chic is an elegant and stylish blogging theme with great features to enhance your content. Use built-in options for custom colors, fonts, multiple headers, various post formats and custom colored category tags. Plus the theme is integrated with WooCommerce, so you can sell your own ebooks and more.
Journal is a clean theme perfect for blogging. It comes with custom widgets, post formats, unlimited color schemes, and a reading mode for blog posts.
Vivid is a clean theme with a lot of flexibility. How the finished product ends up looking is almost entirely up to you. It also comes with 15 custom widgets,
25. Zen (Free)
The Zen Habits 2 is a theme developed by the blogger behind the extremely popular zen habits blog. This theme is as minimal it gets, sporting no comments, no sidebar, no widgets. There’s nothing to take attention away from your content.
26. Twenty Fifteen (Free)
The default Twenty Fifteen theme by WordPress is actually a very suitable theme for writers. The clean layout and typography make your content take center stage. It offers custom menus and post formats, a mobile-first design, and many customization options.
27. Me (Free)
Me is a minimalist personal blog theme that is perfect for writers that want to build their own brand. You can change some elements in the WordPress customizer.
28. Adirondack (Free)
Adirondack is a beautiful grid style theme that showcases your latest pieces with their featured images and titles. It comes with different post formats, a flexible header and more.
29. Just Write (Free)
Just Write is a minimal theme for writers. It features a sidebar that can be exited, customizeable colors and other options.
30. Atomic (Free)
Atomic is a beautiful minimal portfolio and blog theme. It’s biggest feature is the great design, but you can customize colors and other things under the theme options.
31. Kouki (Free)
32. Crawford (Free)
Crawford is a minimal theme designed specifically for writers. There are no distracting design elements to grab the attention away from the content. It comes with two templates, and you can customize colors.
33. Composer (Free)
Composer is another great minimal theme. It comes with two different templates, and you can customize the layout, colors and other things in the WordPress customizer.
In the end, there are tons of great themes for writers out there. But what really matters, is whether or not a theme is right for you. To find that out, you have look around find one you like, then test the waters a little bit with live demos, and you’ll quickly be able to find the one that suits you best. Any themes or resources you’d recommend? Let us know! And if you need any help getting started, checkout our tips for creating your first blog post.