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105 Author Blog Prompts: Banish Your Blank Blog!

So, you started your author blog. It was so *exciting* at the beginning! Rainbows and sunshine poured down on you and the posts flowed freely from your fingertips. There was no shortage of ideas and you just knew this blogging thing was meant for you.

Fast-forward to a month later. You visit your blog and think, “has it really been *that* long since I’ve posted?” We understand — we’ve had our share of blogging lapses in 2+ years here at Duolit. How do we combat this? Ideas…lots and lots of ideas. We offered up 20 or so author blog ideas awhile back, but thought it was time for something more…dramatic.

Like ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE AUTHOR BLOG PROMPTS! *cue exciting, dramatic music*

Oh yes. We came up with idea after idea until we ran out of juice (read: passed out from exhaustion) — and here’s the results.

Self-Publishing Related Blog Prompts

  1. What do you love most about self-publishing?
  2. What’s the worst part of self-publishing?
  3. How has your impression of self-publishing changed?
  4. Would you recommend self-publishing to other authors?
  5. What will the self-publishing industry look like in ten years?
  6. Review your publisher and publishing experience. What did you like? What would you change?
  7. 5 Things you’ve learned about self-publishing.
  8. 4 Self-published authors you look up to.
  9. 3 Ways indie authors can improve self-publishing.
  10. 2 Self-publishing resources every indie author should use.
  11. 1 mistake you made while self-publishing your book.

Fun/Introspective Blog Prompts

  1. What show from your childhood would you love to bring back?
  2. Try a picture prompt for inspiration.
  3. What’s the best vacation you ever had?
  4. If someone gave you a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  5. What’s your favorite rainy day movie?
  6. Write a “day in the life” post.
  7. If you could be any age again for a week, which would you choose?
  8. Which of the four seasons best suits your personality?
  9. Search for a random quote. Respond to it on your blog.
  10. Describe (in words or photos) your favorite reading space.
  11. Which five characters from novels would you have dinner with?
  12. If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you want to have seen?
  13. Who is your favorite literary character of all-time?
  14. Create a photo post.
  15. Write a post with a “cliffhanger” that you’ll resolve in a later post.
  16. Who is your favorite villain?
  17. Share a photo from your life for each day in a typical week.
  18. Feature a guest post by a friend or family member.
  19. Share your 9 favorite books of all time.
  20. Your book is a movie! Who’s in your dream cast?
  21. 5 Items you would buy with a million dollars.
  22. 4 Things you love about your favorite book.
  23. 3 Books you’d bring with you to a deserted island.
  24. 2 Food items you cannot possibly live without.
  25. 1 person who makes your life better.

Reading and Writing Blog Prompts

  1. How do you develop your writing ideas?
  2. What makes you unique as a writer?
  3. A genie grants you three writing-related wishes: what are they and why?
  4. Talk about three other writers who inspire you.
  5. Describe (in words or photos) your writing space. What do you like? What would you change?
  6. Describe your ideal writing space.
  7. Where do you find inspiration for your characters?
  8. Do you agree with the adage “Write what you know”?
  9. What (or who) inspires you to write the most?
  10. How has your writing career changed in the past year?
  11. What are your writing goals for the next year?
  12. Share some resources that help you when you’re writing.
  13. Name the five biggest distractions from your writing.
  14. Write a post of flash fiction.
  15. Post a previously unreleased chapter from one of your books.
  16. What are your 5 favorite words?
  17. Share a profile of one of your readers. Who are they? How did they find your work?
  18. Give an example of a paragraph of your work before and after editing.
  19. Interview a fellow author.
  20. Choose a character of yours to represent each of the four seasons.
  21. Add on to or update an old post with new info.
  22. Which author’s career are you most jealous of? Why?
  23. From where have your recently drawn writing inspiration?
  24. What book are you reading? How did you choose it?
  25. Profile one of your characters.
  26. Describe yourself, your favorite character and your book, each in 5 words or less.
  27. Create a list of favorite posts from your blog (old posts tend to drown in the abyss).
  28. Have a weekend writing retreat and detail the experience.
  29. What character would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with?
  30. Create a dinner menu, drawing inspiration from your work.
  31. Do a “running diary” of a writing process (outlining, designing, marketing, etc).

Creative Writing Prompts

  1. “Her coffee cup slipped right out of her hand and smashed into a thousand pieces on the kitchen floor…”
  2. “A knock on the door in the middle of the night never means good news…”
  3. Rewrite a book scene from a different character’s perspective.
  4. “They sat shoulder to shoulder on the beach, willing the sunset to last just one second longer…”
  5. “She dragged the box out of the attic, put the record on and felt everything from crashing forward from her memory…”
  6. “He was sprinting at full speed, briefcase banging against his thigh as he ran, but the bus pulled away, leaving him alone in the rain…”
  7. “She never let herself believe in anything so foolish, but this time, something about it—she just couldn’t quite shake the thought that it just might be real….”
  8. Write a post from a character’s perspective.
  9. “He saw her just as she stepped from the train platform into the car and without a second thought, he abandoned his plans and followed her steps…”
  10. “They sat across the table from each other, waiting for the world to come crashing down on both of them…”
  11. Rewrite a movie scene from a novel perspective.
  12. “She wasn’t sure what might have happened that night if the sprinklers hadn’t come on at the last second—but a part of her wanted to know how it might have turned out…”
  13. “His friends told him he was crazy, as did his family and even his girlfriend, but that was only because they didn’t know the whole story…”
  14. Rewrite a scene from your book as a different genre.

Marketing/Social Media/Reviews/Blogs/Design Prompts

  1. What’s your favorite social media outlet for marketing/promotions?
  2. Share 5 ways you use Twitter to promote yourself.
  3. Check out the keywords visitors are using to find your site — you might find a post idea!
  4. If you had 5 minutes with Mark Zuckerburg what would you tell him to improve on Facebook?
  5. On a scale of 1 to Crazy, how addicted are you to Pinterest?
  6. Share 3 blogs you love to read.
  7. Post a picture of a book cover you liked and talk about what you love about it.
  8. Share 10 people on Twitter you’d recommend following and why.
  9. What do you hate the most about doing your own marketing?
  10. Link to a blog or news article you recently read and share your take on the topic.
  11. Give your blog a mission statement.
  12. Post a book sales report for the past month.
  13. Share 3 marketing ideas that worked for you and 2 that didn’t.
  14. Offer companion book club materials for free download.
  15. Give ideas for a book party centered around your book! Share activities, recipes, discussion questions, etc.
  16. Release a special eBook edition of your book or offer a special limited-time discount.
  17. Respond to another blogger’s post, offering additional info or a counterpoint.
  18. Respond to criticisms you’ve received of your genre or your work, in particular.
  19. Create a soundtrack for your book. Be sure to share links to purchase the songs!
  20. Gather links to favorite posts you’ve read this past week.
  21. Write a “What’s New” post to share upcoming projects. What are you working on?
  22. Interview a reader. What did they like about your book? Would they share it with others?
  23. Encourage reader participation by hosting a read-along of your work. Each week, post a new assignment and discussion questions.
  24. Feature your favorite reviews of your work.

Sorry folks, no more excuses for lapses in blogging after that mega-list of ideas! The great thing is, even with a list this size, there are still awesome ideas out there. Think up some more? Share them in the comments and we’ll add them (with a link) to the list!

Use one of the above prompts on your blog? Leave a link below so we can check it out!

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  • http://www.devotedtoquilt.wordpress.com/ Nita

    Love this list, especially like the 25 in marketing, etc. since I generally try (try being the operative word here) to blog about marketing on Mondays. Twenty-five ideas, plus the list I already have going will last me for months. Now to write them, and more important, post after writing. Thanks. Oh, by the way, this month I’ve been supposed to be writing about blogging, and how it helps in marketing, if anyone wants to take that on. I’m sure I could learn from anything you’d post. Nita

    • http://selfpublishingteam.com/ Toni @ Duolit

      Hi Nita! So glad you found the list helpful. Carving out time to do the actual blogging can be the hard part, for sure. I always recommend taking it in bite-sized chunks, and, once you get some posts written, not scheduling too many in too short a time period. Spread them out so they last! Great post idea for us, too — how blogging helps in marketing. We’ll keep that in mind! 

  • http://www.bloodofages.com/ Penrefe

    I am bookmarking this page. Something tells me I’ll be coming back to use these again and again and again!

    • http://selfpublishingteam.com/ Toni @ Duolit

      Woohoo! We sure hope you do — and once you start cranking out those posts, leave a link so we can check them out!

  • http://twitter.com/docmon67 Monica T. Rodriguez

    This is a keeper! Besides helping me right now…

    • http://selfpublishingteam.com/ Toni @ Duolit

      Thanks, Monica! We’re so glad it can be of help.

  • Kimberly Mitchell

    Just copied the list to a word doc. Incredibly timely post. Every time I sit down to blog, I think, what should I write about now? Then I feel like a pretty lousy writer :) Thanks for the prompts!

    • http://selfpublishingteam.com/ Toni @ Duolit

      No need to feel lousy! I find that when there’s such a wide open field of post options, thinking of one becomes quite difficult. So glad we could help out! 

  • http://www.youngaspiringwriter.blogspot.com/ Chihuahua Zero

    Since I’m going somewhere in a minute, I’ll just Tweet this and get back to this later.

  • khaalidah

    This is by far one of the best posts I’ve ever read!  I am soooooo often searching my empty brain for something to post on my site.  I think that my biggest fear is boring people to death or that I don’t have enough experience or skill to even speak on a topic.  Thank you so much!  I’m going to copy these suggestion into a document and keep it on my desktop for those days when my brain stalls.  Kudos.  You guys rock.

    • http://selfpublishingteam.com/ Toni @ Duolit

      Hooray! I’m so glad you found the list useful. Be sure to come back and let us know which prompts you end up using :-) PS – Don’t be afraid to be yourself and you won’t have to worry about boring people. Good luck!

    • khaalidah

      Alright, you asked for it.  Check out my post based on #14 Create a photo post.  Enjoy!  And thanks for the tips and ideas.

    • http://selfpublishingteam.com/ Toni @ Duolit

      Love the post, Khaalidah! Great visuals and story to go along with them. Good job!

  • http://twitter.com/theedgeofwords Heather Jensen

    I used the one about which character I’d most like to be stuck in an elevator with. I was in the middle of a book tour and running out of ideas. This one was a big hit! Thank you for such a great compilation of prompts. :)

    • http://selfpublishingteam.com/ Toni @ Duolit

      Woohoo! I’m so glad you were able to use the list (especially in such a crucial time — blog tours are tiring, huh?) Would you mind sharing a link to your post?

  • EliasBarton

    Thanks for these awesome suggestions! They get the creative juices flowing when they’ve been exhausted by all my other projects. Very helpful!

    • http://selfpublishingteam.com/ Toni @ Duolit

      Woohoo! So glad you like them, Elias.

  • http://twitter.com/LaurenClark_Bks Lauren Clark

    Love these!

    • http://selfpublishingteam.com/ Toni @ Duolit

      Thanks, Lauren! I even find myself revisiting them for ideas from time to time ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/RobinLythgoe Robin Lythgoe

    This is a fantastic post, and sooo timely! Thank you so much!

    • http://selfpublishingteam.com/ Toni @ Duolit

      Yay! I’m so glad it was helpful for you, Robin :-)

  • http://twitter.com/DeloraDennis Delora Dennis

    You don’t often come across this type of generosity. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://selfpublishingteam.com/ Toni @ Duolit

      Aww, thanks Delora. I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  • April Wheelis

    Bookmarking this for my writer’s block days! Thank you!

    • http://selfpublishingteam.com/ Toni @ Duolit

      Woohoo! You’re very welcome, April :-)

  • Chandra – NowThisLife.com

    Thank you for the ideas! Here is my link up: http://nowthislife.blogspot.com/2013/01/to-be-twenty-again.html

  • Deez

    I have just started a blog also , that is why I have been into a lot of browsing and reading to gather some suggestions. I like it here. would love to be here often. My blog can be found at http://www.lourdesburias.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/brittany.m.weddle Brittany Marie Weddle

    thank you for all the suggestions. I’m deffently going to try some of these out on my blog: http://fallingpages.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/virginia.trujilloloer Virginia Loer

    I like the soundtrack idea. I didn’t know that it can be done. Does one need permission from the music artist beforehand? Can you give examples of this? Have you done it? Where can I check out your soundtrack to your book or other writers’?

  • Valentine

    Totally bookmarking this page:) I’m excited to get more posts out this week, but for now you guys inspired a photo post.

    http://amilliondropsofink.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/mas-uda-hips-ahoy/

  • Rachael Morgan

    I just started writing my blog a few weeks ago and came across this post looking for some inspiration moving forward. It’s so helpful, thank you. It was great to find one of your ideas was very similar to an idea I had already had and written for my second blog post :) ….I can’t wait to use some of the other ideas. Here’s a link to my blog. http://rachael-s-morgan.blogspot.com.au/#!/2013/06/book-characters-on-celluloid-aka-good.html

  • Arial Burnz

    GREAT topics! Thanks so much for posting! BIG help!

  • Jamie Gross

    This list is golden! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  • Amanda Wikoff

    Oh my gosh! This is so helpful! There are seasons where the blog is just a pain in the butt! This is very helpful!

  • James Jean-pierre

    My mind feels empty most of the time, but this filled it up. Thank you