There have been so many wonderful comments from you on the subject of blogging (on this blog, on my Facebook page, and on the Writer’s Digest Facebook page), that I wanted to share a few pieces of the helpful advice.
My appreciation to everyone who has shared their experiences!
From published (or soon-to-be-published) authors
From aspiring writers
Marie Devers: I am an unpublished-writer blogger, and here is what I love about blogging:
It gives me a homebase on the Web. I’m not ready for a Web site yet.
When I send out queries, however, important people can Google me and
quickly see that I write daily and coherently. They can also find my
email and twitter addresses.
2. It’s how I found my beta
readers. There are four of us. We each have a blog where we pimp each
other out. We also have great email sessions, where we perform group
emergency surgery on queries that aren’t working and where we celebrate
when one of our own gets an offer of representation (She’s signing
3. As solitary as writing can be, it’s nice to have
someone to report to, and I feel like my blog readers are my boss. It’s
much, much harder to give up when you’ve publicly announced that you
are trying to publish a novel and people all over the world support
Jeff Posey: I started a blog this spring and began using Twitter a short time
later. I post short scenes and character interviews outside my core
in-progress novel but that illuminate it.
My lesson? This has
been a great way to explore my main storyline and has inspired me to
increase my average weekly writing output toward my novel, even while
spending perhaps two-to-four hours per week on the blog and Twitter
Besides, it’s a load of fun.
Reesha: I’m being patient. Not a lot of peope are reading my blog right
now, but every now and then I hear about someone who’s been reading all
along and I didn’t know about it.
When I get discouraged about
writing or building my platform, or even lonely, I imagine lots of
lurkers who secretly read my blog, are interested in what I have to
say, and love my work.
I was once told to approach things like
this with the attitude that the person who you’re interacting with
loves you and is generally interested in what you have to say. The
worst case scenario is that they hate you and aren’t interested in what
you have to say, and then you or they move on. There are lots of people
out there. Lots of possibilities someone who likes what you have to say
will find you.