I try to write a blog post at least once a week. Some weeks are better than others, but over the last five years of blogging, I have amassed several hundred blog posts. I know some writers do much better than this, but I know a once-a-week blog post is something I can manage, without burning out entirely, and still managing to find plenty of time to write fiction.
When I first started blogging I found myself becoming annoyed at how frequently I felt I had to produce content, and blogging really began to feel like a chore. But as I became more practiced at it, I’ve found a secondary benefit. Here are three ways in which blogging has helped me write fiction:
Producing a piece of writing once a week may not seem like any great challenge, but when you’re going to school full time, and working 30 hours a week, as I was when I first started this, it becomes quite the chore. Still, knowing that I had a weekly deadline to meet was incredibly helpful to my writing. It forced me to realize that writing is a habit – something to be cultivated daily, and not just when inspiration strikes me.
#2. Content Challenge:
Since I have written many hundreds of blog posts, coming up with original content every week takes some creativity. While not everything can be completely original, I have started to find nuances, and niche areas that I’ve not yet explored with my blogging. Living in the ‘in-between’ is very helpful in writing fiction. Nuance is essential in world-building; in crafting realistic and believably elements in fiction, and having to discover nuance in the world of blogging content weekly has been a great aid.
#3. Changing trends:
A lot has changed in the world of blogging since I first started (and I was hardly one of the first to be blogging about writing). Keeping up with current trends in blogging is important so that I can keep abreast of the constantly changing nature of the publishing industry. This has been incredibly helpful for me, since the last few years in particular have proven to be an exciting time in the industry. Both writing, reading, and researching for blog posts, has helped to keep me current, and to take advantage of many of the opportunities in advertising, marketing, and publishing that have opened up in the writing world.
Does blogging help your fiction writing? Tell me in the comments below!
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