How Blogging Regularly Helps Me Write Fiction
“I try to write a blog post at least once a week. Some weeks are better than others, but over the last five years of blogging, I have amassed several hundred blog posts. I know some writers do much better than this, but I know a once-a-week blog post is something I can manage, without burning out entirely, and still managing to find plenty of time to write fiction.
When I first started blogging I found myself becoming annoyed at how frequently I felt I had to produce content, and blogging really began to feel like a chore. But as I became more practiced at it, I’ve found a secondary benefit. Here are three ways in which blogging has helped me write fiction:
Producing a piece of writing once a week may not seem like any great challenge, but when you’re going to school full time, and working 30 hours a week, as I was when I first started this, it becomes quite the chore. Still, knowing that I had a weekly deadline to meet was incredibly helpful to my writing. It forced me to realize that writing is a habit – something to be cultivated daily, and not just when inspiration strikes me.