10 reasons why blogging is better than novel writing

Joe’s Post #149

So this week, wrote a short story and sent it off. A good market if it gets picked up, but I’m new at this short story stuff. Blogging, though….

10 reasons why blogging is better than novel writing

  • Instant feedback. Or at least near instant. Instead of having to wait a week for a friend to give you feedback, or a few months for an agent, or a few years for the public, blogging will have people telling you suck within hours. How cool is that?
  • There aren’t any character arcs to worry about. No plots to plot. Nothing fancy about a blog. It’s a blog. Sort of like the difference between having 200 cats or one dog.
  • They are usually done in a few hours. You complete something. In. A. Few. Hours. It takes weeks or months or years to finish a damn novel. And it still may suck.
  • readersThey are easily read. Like reader’s-digest-bathroom-reading easy. A good book can be devoured in a day, but a good blog is done by the time you finish peeing.
  • They can start some conversations. Not too many people will talk about how amazingly I wrote a fight scene in The Darkest Desert, but they sure will when I make fun of Surrey.
  • I need no brainstorming help with blogging. I do need A LOT of brainstorming help from my friends to make my novel work. I tried calling Stephen King to help with my last book, but apparently he’s busy.
  • No critique group savages your baby. Oh, the trolls may savage your ideas on a blog, but they’re, well, trolls and don’t count for much. Luckily I have a good group, but the stories I’ve heard about bad ones would make your doubt your soul.
  • More people read the blogs than my books, which, granted isn’t a saying a lot. With the exception of my dog, my family and my few friends, not many have read my novel.
  • This is me pandering to my audience. Magic Mike eye-candy.

    This is me pandering to my audience. Magic Mike eye-candy.

    I get to put pictures in a blog. I wish I could put pictures in my books, too. Oh, and music, that would be super cool. But no, at the moment, no music or pix in my books.

  • It’s fun. Not that novel writing can’t be fun, but this is more fun.

And, is it just me, or is it harder to write in the summer?

Anyone else have any thoughts on blogging?

 

4 thoughts on “10 reasons why blogging is better than novel writing

  1. I love blogging. Blogging is my life, except for travelling, and hanging out with friends and family when I can. But hours? I wish. Well I suppose it is hours, days, spread over a couple of weeks or so, and definitely nothing like writing a novel which I couldn’t even begin to imagine. I’ll get back to you after we’ve written our (non-fiction) book 🙂
    Alison

  2. I’m used to writing for deadline as a magazine writer/editor for 21 years, so doing a blog every week about the adventures with my books was not hard.

    I used to belong to a writers group and then a critique group, but now I blog. It’s what keeps me writing on a consistent basis and keeps me in practice. So when I’m asked to do an article for the newspaper or a magazine, I’ll say yes confidently!

    And I don’t do it instead of books, I started blogging to market my books and then my second book was a result of four blog posts. I do non-fiction.

    When I had a major health challenge this past year, I changed to every other week, and the blog changed to adventures with my health. And strangely enough, my hits doubled. Fortunately, I’m back to writing about my books, and I’m keeping the more relaxed writing schedule of every other week.

    When I write, it makes me feel good. It’s a high better than drugs, and I like the instant feedback. Thanks for this blog post and the chance to get in my two cents worth.–– judy Fleagle crossings author.wordpress.com.

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