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5 Ways to Balance Blogging & Writing Fiction

I am really, really loving writing this blog!Β πŸ’•Β I love sharing topics on writing and reading and connecting with other writers and book-lovers as well.

But, of course, blog-writing takes time and effort.Β  And I want to finish my writing projects as well.Β  I can’t really call myself an author without authoring any books, can I?

Well, here are my tips for keeping your blog alive and well~ while at the same time giving your fiction and book-writing your FULL attention.

1. Brainstorm Topics in One Sitting

I’m not always in a super-creative mood.Β  Sometimes I am very poetic, while other times I am very technical.Β  That’s why I love to come up with all my blog topics when I’m having those super-creative days!

Make a list of topics you’d like to blog about based on your blog’s theme.

Dump everything on a list, even if you don’t think the topic is great.Β  The more you allow yourself to empty your mind, the more topics will come out, and some of those are bound to be quality topics.Β  Then simply come back and choose a topic when you’re feeling creative.

2. Write Lots of Posts on Your Creative Days

You know the days I’m talking about: you’re full of prose and ideas and creative writing, and you are just bursting with art!Β πŸ’•Β You could sit at your desk for hours and just write, write, write!

Take advantage of those mentally-alert and imaginative days to write as many posts as you can.

Keep the flow of writing coming, because you never know if you’ll have a writing block or a flu coming up.Β  Life happens, and you may not always feel like working on your blog.Β  This will also help you to…

3. Schedule Your Posts

Once you have a few blog posts written, simply use the WordPress scheduling feature.Β  Choose your ideal day and time, and spread your blogs out throughout the month.Β  It’s super easy!

Try not to put them too close together~ give yourself book-writing days in between.

The goal here is to give yourself enough time between blogs so that you can forget about the blog and focus 100% on your book.Β  Fix it and forget it!

4. Schedule Your Posts Consistently

I prefer to post every Sunday morning.Β  This gives me an entire week to focus on my fiction-writing.Β  Also, as a blog-reader…

I like to see one or two posts weekly, on the same days, rather than three posts one week, none for two weeks, then four in a row, then… ack!

I love, love, love to read blogs, but I have a schedule.Β  I like to know when my favorite bloggers post.Β  I also like to feel that I am consistently reminded of them, instead of seeing them erratically all over the place.

5. Have Fun, and Don’t Prioritize the Blog!

If, like me, you want to have an author’s blog, then you must be an author.Β  That means we gotta write books!Β πŸ˜‚Β And writing books takes lots of time and effort.

If you prioritize the blog, you take time away from writing your book.

So, have fun!Β  Enjoy the blog, but keep in mind that your goal is to be an author 😊 I mean, if you want to be a blogger, that’s okay too~ but if you want to write a book, you must dedicate a lot of your time to the book.

What are your tips for balancing blogging and book writing?

LMK in the comments!

Here’s a little secret: I wrote this post on October 4th, 2018 😁 Of course, I always drop by to read your comments and reply, but I do schedule these ahead of time.Β  Doing this helped me focus on school and on publishing my non-fiction book.

Write on,

YariGarciaWrites

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7 thoughts on “5 Ways to Balance Blogging & Writing Fiction

  1. This was an interesting read, Yari. In my case, it’s hard to balance blogging, writing fiction, schooling and efficiently doing my part-time JOBS. I feel like there’s not enough time to do anything.

    When I try to multitask (when I want to write a blog post and my fiction book at the same time), I get lost at some point, then I feel frustrated and abandon the two till whenever I feel motivated again.

    It’s really frustrating.
    But recently, I’ve been trying out the idea of scheduling posts and it’s been effective. I have two posts already scheduled for this week and I have enough time to work on my book.

    If things continue like this, I’ll complete my book in no time… And I’ll have an active blog while I’m at it.

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    1. Obinna, thanks for dropping by and commenting 😊

      You’re right that multi-tasking often ends up giving us more frustration than fruitfulness. Back when I was still taking classes, I had to prioritize. Often writing took the backseat to studying and writing papers.

      It sounds like you’re starting to find your rhythm, and that’s great 😊 I hope you keep on writing, my friend!

      Take care,
      Yari

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  2. Hi Yari,
    I find that it can be hard to make time for everything, too, and you have to be mindful of making sure to pay enough attention to everything you want to do. I guess it’s a balance!
    I have 2 blogs and I try to update the main one twice a week, and the other one about once a fortnight. I’ll write the posts on the weekend, post one straight away and schedule the other one for Wednesday. That way I don’t have to worry about blogging again for a whole week and I can concentrate on other things.
    Happy writing!

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    1. Hey, Katie! It’s good to see you here 😊

      As someone who looooves hobbies, I can definitely feel this comment! Balance is definitely necessary, especially when it’s so easy to lose a few hours just by looking at your phone 😁 It’s like a time warp, LoL

      Take care and write on,
      Yari

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  3. These are good ideas. Thank you for posting! I especially like the idea of writing posts ahead of time and scheduling them. I’m new to my blogging journey, and so I appreciate the advice. I’m looking forward to networking and becoming part of some online writing communities. Happy Monday to you!

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  4. Brilliant advice, as always! πŸ˜€ Great tips to plan out when you’ve still got fresh ideas & schedule ahead of time. I’ve found it such a help in taking the pressure off for the next month, but still keeping posts regular so readers can anticipate and look forward to new content.
    Lovely tips – good luck with your novels! ❀

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