5 lessons learned from short-story blogging

Blog Entry 3

By

Accipiter G. Goshawk

Hello!

Well, it’s been almost five months since I published my first short story on this blog, and in that time I’ve learnt a lot.

So, here is a quick summary of a few notions I’ve picked up since I started posting.

  • Blog regularly

Everyone writes this sooner or later. It’s true, it may be boring, but it makes a difference. If you post something every day, you are interacting with your blog and the people who read it. Furthermore, if you’re into writing fiction like I am, posting something every day forces you to become creative. Many of the stories I wrote for this blog would never have existed if I hadn’t forced myself (a little) to write. Also, the action of writing daily reinforces your craft: you become a better writer.

  • Read what you write out loud

This was a huge discovery for me. It came to me when I was working on the prompts from ABK Stories (where did he go?). I posted the first story without really thinking. Of course, I edited it before sending it, like I always had: in my head.

Then ABK read it. Out loud.

Typos, missing words…all of it stuck out like a hedgehog at a cocktail party.

That’s when I realized that I needed to read my stories before I posted them. And it has made a huge difference in my writing. So much so, that I’ve started going back to read stories I posted a while ago and correcting the mistakes I hadn’t noticed the first time around.

Read. Out. Loud.

  • Interact with other artists

Other than this being good advice for any blogger (and good advice in every-day life as well), interaction will not only “get you followers” (the meter with which we measure our success these days), but will also get you inspiration. Other than writing stories based on ABK’s prompts, I’ve written poems answering Bluebell for a While and shorter fiction based on the drawings of a friend of mine.

Writers can be solitary folk, and often we are afraid of sharing what we create. I was happily surprised to see what sharing did for my art.

  • Try different mediums

Sometime you don’t have time to read a 1600-word story. Sometimes you don’t have time for 500 words. Sometimes you’re too busy to even look at a screen.

Thinking about my audience (a thank you to the Art of Blogging for this tidbit), forced me to think of new ways to present my writing. So, I started writing a series of flash-fiction tales called the Espresso Tales. Then I started narrating my writing.

I am learning to play around with my art, letting it grow and wander, and I’m enjoying the journey immensely.

  • Recycle

Nothing is ever lost in the world of fiction. But sometimes, the piece you write is just not quite what you were looking for.

I had dozens of old texts I was terrified of ever looking at again. I was honestly embarrassed I’d ever written them. I told myself that one day I might pluck up the courage to edit them. Maybe.

Then, one day, I didn’t have anything to post in the blog.

So, I dug through my old writing and found something that might work, if I tweaked a little.

Two hours later, and I had a fairly decent text that I felt mostly comfortable posting for the world to read.

Never give up on something you write. It’s your creation and if you give it a chance, it can become something awesome. Don’t be afraid of letting it rest though; a few years in a forgotten folder might do it some good. But keep it handy: you never know when inspiration will strike.

What have you learned from your blogging experience? Let us know in the comments below.

Thank you for stopping by, and read you all soon!

A.G.G

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