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You Should Blog, Even if You’re Not Published

“Never take writing advice from someone who hasn’t published,” I saw on a blog and immediately thought “Why not??”

Even if you aren’t published, you still have something to say.  You still have something useful to bring to the table– whether that is a new idea, a funny thought, or an update on your WIP.

Here is why I think you should have a writing blog, even with 0 published works:

1. You Have Good Advice to Give

Okay, so you may not have the secret to becoming a New York Times Bestselling author, but you may have found a way to write a better mouse trap ðŸ˜‰

You may have advice on how to schedule writing time.  Or you may want to share a great writing book or a cool new Twitter hashtag for writers.

Regardless of how far you are on your writing/publishing journey, you may very well still have great advice to give on writing-related topics.

2. You’re Building a Community

Being non-published is not boring.  In fact, if you are on your way to getting there, that may be the most interesting time in your career!

The journey to becoming an author is interesting and relateable, and sharing it builds a community.

On your writing blog, you can share the story of you becoming an author.  You can share your ups and downs and what you are learning along the way, which is different for every budding author (and that makes it interesting!).

3. You Can Discover and Develop Your Voice

At first, I wasn’t sure what I wanted this blog to be.  Now I have fallen into a nice and simple top-5 or list-like blog.  And as I write more, I discover my voice.

The way you write your blog can help you tease out that unique writing voice that is deep inside of you because you discover how you best communicate.

By realizing what you enjoy most (quirky, serious, raunchy, concise…), you realize the style of writing that flows from you the best.  This translates into writing style for fiction and especially non-fiction.

4. Hey World, It’s Me!

By having a blog where you share your journey to becoming an author, you are sharing with the world who you are.  It’s better than a bunch of little Tweets that can be misinterpreted.

By having a blog, you have a platform that shows readers who you were, who you are, and who you are becoming as an author.

This also works if you have a pen-name or a persona.  A blog is an opportunity to have all that you are in one place.  A blog is the place to go way beyond 280 characters and be you.

5. Because F*&% Them, That’s Why

Who are they to tell you what to do??  Please don’t let anyone ever keep you from writing.  Please don’t ever let anyone keep you from working your way up.

Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do as a writer and aspiring author.

Okay, so you may not have the secret to writing a blockbuster best-selling novel, but you are still a person with ideas, thoughts, opinions, and all kinds of stuff that the world needs.  You may not be great yet– but don’t let that silence you.

I enjoy being a beginner author, just sharing what little I know and having fun.  I can admit I’m not amazing, but dude, I have something to share, and so do you!

Thoughts?  Please, leave them below! ðŸ‘ Your voice matters.

Snobby noses up in the air need not apply.  Let’s support each other as writers.  Let’s encourage each other.  Let’s lift each other up and learn from each other.

You have my support,

YariGarciaWrites

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10 thoughts on “You Should Blog, Even if You’re Not Published

  1. Hello, I’m John! I found this post to be pretty helpful! I’ve been contemplating on whether or not to try to publish my quotes and poetry for a while now. I put a lot on here and Pinterest, but not sure if this helps or hurts me. It gets the name out there, but from there I’m clueless.

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    1. Hi, John! It’s nice to meet a fellow writer 🙂 Sharing some of your poetry and writing is always helpful, in my opinion, as readers get to know you, your style, and your work.

      Over the years, I have published several short stories (free) which have gathered positive reviews. This has helped me get out there and reach readers, as I absolutely dislike social media 😝

      The only way I see sharing some free content hurting is only because you’re not getting paid. And artists should be paid for their work.

      It’s up to you whether you share free content or not. I don’t mind posting a poem or short story, but tend to have a set price for longer works. This is all trial and error, as I am quite new to publishing!

      Those are my 2cents. Whatever you decide, I do wish you the best!

      Yari

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  2. I’m not published but I will be one day. Until that time, or even afterwards, I’ll share my writing on my blog. I’ve already improved since I started and am slowly finding my own voice. The validation from readers is great motivation to keep going. I’ll get there but I’m enjoying the journey.

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    1. I love your optimism and focused attitude! You’d be surprised how many writers hide or refuse to call themselves writers because they aren’t published, so your comment is refreshing to see 🙂

      It sounds like you are on the right path, my friend, and I wish you the best moving forward!

      Yari

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  3. Preach, sister! 😀 Amen to #5; it’s your blog with your voice, so shout that to the rooftops! Blogging’s helped me discover a whole new creative side of myself that I hadn’t known about & it’s been such a support to expressing myself.
    Lovely post – thanks for sharing! ❤

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