I enjoy following other writing blogs, learning writing techniques and connecting with other bloggers. (In fact, it’s an important thing to do, according to many marketing experts.) I thought that it would be good to highlight some of the ones I follow and read regularly.
I enjoy reading The Write Practice blog. It’s practical advice to the writer who is working to publish their novels. The premise of the blog is to practice your writing. According to their About page:
“You have to write millions of words no one is ever going to see before you can write the ones that will change someone’s life.”
I like the idea behind it. You’ve heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect.” I took piano lessons for eight years growing up, and I practiced at least three to four days a week for 30 to 60 minutes. (I practiced longer and more often as I advanced.) Same thing in any sport you participate in. So how about considering practicing an important part of our writing practice.
I like the common sense, practical things the writers at this blog post about. Some of their posts delve more into specific details about writing, like this one about metaphors, but some are pure exercises to get your creative writing brain churning. Their recent post about writing in the second person point of view is one of those. It’s an idea to stretch your mind, to consider an alternative perspective to your writing. And they have some funnier posts, like this one on typos that can totally change the meaning of a sentence. They also have posts to encourage you in your writing, like this one about dealing with mean-spirited critics and jerks.
At the end of each post, they have an idea for some writing practice you can do to improve your writing. While I’m done with school and don’t plan on going back, taking 15 minutes during the day and completing one of these is actually relaxing. It takes my mind of whatever else I might be working on, which is good, especially if I’m stuck on something and can’t get past it. I don’t accomplish them all, of course, but if I find one that intrigues me, I mark it as a to do for that day or the next.
Stay tuned for other blogs that I follow regularly.
Disclaimer: I was not approached to write this review of this blog or received compensation in any way. As stated above, I merely wanted to highlight a blog I enjoyed following.