5 Ways Blogging is Helpful for Writers

To blog, or not to blog? It’s not just a question, it’s a constant debate within the writing community. Is blogging a useful way to build a platform, or a waste of valuable writing time? A relevant resource, or just another soap box? A genuine way to connect with readers, or a lost glimmer in the galaxy of content?

There’s no easy answer. While it’s true, blogging isn’t the trendiest or most-accessible platform, it’s one that makes a lot of sense for writers. And while it does take time and creative energy away from your newest manuscript, the modern writing career is more than first drafts and bookstore appearances.

What we miss in all this debate is the chance to discuss is how blogging can benefit writers outside of stats and marketing potential. While blogging may not be your fast track to viral fame and bestseller status, there are other things that make the experience worthwhile.

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5 Things to Remember When You Have the Creative Blues

Creative people have a reputation for being free-spirited, individualistic, and openminded creatures who somehow spin intangible things like ideas and inspiration into epic novels, fine art, and musical masterpieces. It’s a lovely talent to have, but these right-brained leanings come with downsides that get us labeled as sensitive, inconsistent, or downright weird.

Opening up about our struggles can be hard. They can be challenging for non-creative people to grasp or sympathize with. They often tie directly to our vulnerability about our artistic abilities or worth. And sometimes we simply don’t have a way to unravel the complex tangle of emotions into a comprehendible sentence. The good news is, you’re not alone!

Today, I’m here to share five things to remember if you’re coming down with a case of creative blues, feeling a little blocked, struggling to feel excited about your creative projects, or in the midst of some serious burnout.

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Nobody Buys an Idea

I always need a little time to process after a writing conference. After three days of enjoying WriteOnCon workshops, podcasts, Q&A panels, and blog posts, my brain has finally come up with some takeaways!

WriteOnCon 2020 Afterglow: Nobody Buys an Idea

Today, I’m sharing one of the little eureka! moments that I had as the information sank in this week. Perhaps it’s something you’ve needed to hear, too.

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The Ins and Outs of Author Branding

It’s 2020 and I’ve already done something wild and new!

Episode 25 of the Phoenix Fiction Writers Podcast: The Ins and Outs of Author BrandingListen to the Phoenix Fiction Writers Podcast Episode 25: The Ins and Outs of Author Branding

 

Being a guest on the Phoenix Fiction Writers podcast was a whole new experience, but branding is a topic I’m always happy to talk at length about. I hope you’ll give it a listen!