“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 😉
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! 👏 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,
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