Awhile ago I made a post about blog topics for writers. At the time I wanted to start blogging more but didn’t really know what to blog about. Apparently other writers are wondering the same thing because I keep getting hits on that post. Since I’ve put together a list for myself, and I love to be helpful, I’ve decided to expand on the topic for others.
Blog Topics for Writers:
Talk about Your writing: Seems like a no-brainer, huh? Really though, a lot of writers don’t spend much time talking about their writing (me included). Maybe we should. The writing community is incredible. Since joining the blogosphere, I've found that fellow writers are a great source of feedback and encouragement.
Post Excepts or Teasers: Feedback is extremely important to a writer’s progression. It’s really hard to learn without it, so post some excerpts and reap the benefits!
Open Discussion Questions: Have a question about the publishing biz? About writing? About anything? Post it! Get input, opinion, and/or feedback.
Book Reviews: If you’re writing, I hope you’re doing some reading, too. Book reviews are always great for a writing blog and good reviews mean a lot to authors. Review the books you love!
Interviews: Have any author friends? Any contacts in the publishing business? Been following any up-and-coming debut authors? Ask to interview them! Interviews are always fun and informative.
Discuss Current Events: Seriously. If you’re completely stumped for blogging ideas, there is a wealth of publishing news to draw from. From book releases to big sales to lay-offs and the economy, there is always news you can spew words about.
Discuss Other Blog Posts: Unless you’re bran-spanking-new to blogging, you’re probably following some great writing blogs and/or publishing professionals (if not, see my sidebar). Keep a folder on your computer where you can bookmark posts that interest you. Like publishing, there is always something discussion-worthy out there!
Friday Five: Popular among all sorts of blogs is the Friday Five. And, although no one has spelled out the “rules” of the Friday Five to me, I get the impression you simply list five things you’d like to share on a Friday.
Lists: List and discuss your favorite books, authors, characters, even your favorite book covers, etc. And don’t forget, you can discuss your least favorites as well!
Inspiration: One of the questions that published authors often get asked is: “Where do you get your ideas?” It’s a pretty good question, too. Where the heck do we get the inspiration to create fictional worlds and characters? Start thinking about it now and maybe blog about your inspirations as you become inspired.
Here are some other topics/questions you can consider addressing:
Do you write with music? Why or why not?
What are your comfort books, books you can read again and again, that foster and rekindle your desire to write?
What is your ideal or dream writing space like?
What or who inspired you to write?
Do you belong to a critique group? Writing organization? Tell us about it!
Going to any conferences? Make a shout-out and see if you can find other writers to meet up with.
What are your favorite writing blogs? Why?
Are you querying? Share your journey through rejection and (hopefully!) acceptance.
What are your favorite kinds of characters to write? To read?
What are you doing to improve your craft?
How do you stay motivated?
Are you an outliner or a seat-of-your-pants writer? Why?
Would you like to be a bestseller or have a smaller, more manageable following?
Do you have any fears about becoming published? Why not talk them out?
What are your marketing plans? Are you working on your platform?
Do you have a writing “process?” Do share!
That should give any writer a pretty good start, but I’ll be adding to this list as I have time.
Feel free to add suggestions or other topics in the comments. Are you a writer here looking for blog topics? Post your blog in the comments and I’ll check it out!