1. If you clicked on the link above, you already know the first way in which blogging can help your writing. It keeps your writing muscle exercised, which is very important whether you are a web writer or a novelist, beginner or an established writer. Good writing skills are basic, and blogging helps you keep them sharp.
2. The second, often overlooked way blogging helps writers (especially fiction writers), is when they browse the blogosphere, which is a hotbed of ideas just waiting to be harvested.
Someone has a bad day and rants about it, another is depressed and gets drunk and ends up in bed with a perfect stranger, someone wants to bake brownies but they bounce off the oven……all these personal confessions can be picked up, distilled and assimilated in a fiction writer’s mind and find its way out in his or her work. Fresh, original, and completely unrecognizable from the blogs it was inspired from.
While browsing, you can check out those blog gems out there as well which provide useful information for writers: great for inspiration and advice. Or how about reading up on the journal of a writer just like you? You are sure to learn a lot!
3. The third way a blog or an author website is a must for a writer is because it gives you someplace to showcase your work, and apparently literary agents think it is important you have a blog or an author’s website; whether you are an established, published author, or a rank beginner.
A blog could actually help your writing career, because an agent or editor you have queried might just want to look you up on the internet before taking things further. A professional- looking blog or author’s website can sometimes be your ticket to eventual publication.
On the other hand, a blog by an established writer like Neil Gaiman, for instance, can provide wonderful insight into the writer’s thought processes and win over new fans. A published author could also consider blogs and blog tours as marketing tools.
4. If you post your writings on your blog, it could be a way for you to get feedback and criticism. Your readers may leave you comments, and that can only help you improve your writing.
What is more, the posts which get the most comments, or attract the biggest number of hits can be your metric for judging what kind of writing would be more popular.
5. A blog becomes an online networking tool. If you are a writer who contributes to writer’s forums with links to your blog, read and comment regularly on the blogs of editors, agents and fellow writers, you can slowly build up a presence in the writing community.
If you are a writer, blogging definitely is the way to go.
This picture from concurringopinions.com says it all, as far as I am concerned:
But before you rush off to start your own blog, or even if you have recently started one, Arachne Jericho has some great blogging advice for writers that you might like to thumb through. ( Some of this advice could come in handy even if you are looking for freelance blogging gigs).
If you need some tips on Blog writing, check here for some sound advice.
And for those with apprehensions, here is some encouragement from the Fragmentist.
From here on out, here’s to all the writers, would-be writers, and all those with the writer in you: Happy Blogging!