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How blogging about writing craft helps my writing (and makes me happy)

Some writers say that blogging is a waste of time. They think it’s better to spend writing time on their current work, whether it’s a novel, poem, short story, or essay.

Blogging about writing may not be for everyone, but I’ve found that blogging can be like an injection for my writing. If I’m stuck with some aspect of my writing, I often dig out of my blocked place by recalling some bit of advice or craft tip that I’ve written about here on One Wild Word.

Here are several other ways writing about writing helps me in my craft:

  • Blogging forces me to write regularly, and under many different conditions, including when I’m tired and while traveling. This helps prime me for my other writing projects.
  • I have frequent contact with other writers through my blog, which creates an encouraging community.
  • Regular blogging has helped me increase my writing speed and quality. Practice is key to improving at any craft, whether it’s writing, learning to play an instrument, drawing and more.
  • Research for blog posts often reveals a craft trick I can use in my own writing.
  • Writing about writing is a prime opportunity to share photos of cute dogs, which makes me happy.

Are you a writer who blogs about writing? Share what you’ve learned in the comments below.

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  1. Reblogged this on Mandyevebarnett's Blog and commented:
    For my first re-blog Wednesday, I am sharing this post by Carly Sandifer. Her blog is always full of informative posts.

    January 8, 2014
  2. Re-blogged this on my Wednesday slot. As always a great informative post.

    January 8, 2014
  3. Great post. I’m not very good at writing about writing, but I have found blogging makes me more disciplined and serious. The first time I prepared a post and realised it could be read by other people, I started to look critically at my grammar, flow and use of words. Seeing it on the wordpress screen was somehow different from a document. This was going out into the world so I had to make sure it was as good as it could be! I therefore agree with you entirely. And there can’t be enough pics of cute dogs!

    January 8, 2014
    • I’m glad to hear you’ve seen the benefits of blogging! Another good thing about blogging is that it can be a way to build a body of work. If you need “clips” of your writing, you can point to your blog.

      January 8, 2014
      • Very good point! My body of work is certainly building up 🙂

        January 8, 2014
  4. I agree with this! As a matter of fact, I just relaunched my writing blog because I’ve been in a bit of a funk with my creative writing. While it’s true that blogging pulls you away from your regular writing projects, it’s still practice and far better than writing nothing at all.

    January 13, 2014
    • I like what you said about blogging still being “practice.” Good momentum. Kudos to you for relaunching your blog!

      January 13, 2014

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