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21 Author Blog Post Ideas

by Rennett Stowe

You followed the 14 Steps to Launch Your Author Blog.

Your first week went by swimmingly, but now you’re left staring at a blinking cursor and a blank page. They silently mock your attempts at coherent and relevant thought.

Blink. Blink blink.

Mock. Mock mock.

You surf through the news, see what’s happening on Twitter and check your e-mail for the eleventh time in ten minutes, but still — nothing.

Blink. Blink. Blink.

Fear not! Everyone experiences blogging block from time to time. Our goal here is to assemble a big honkin’ list of author blog post ideas. This way, we all have a reference to turn to when feeling that dreaded grip of…nothingness.

If you have a topic to add, please leave a comment and I’ll add your ideas to the list.

Personal

  1. A Day in the Writing Life – a running diary of a recent writing day.
  2. Character Creation Example – how did you get the inspiration for a character? How did you then flesh that inspiration out?
  3. Favorite Words/Phrases – are there certain words/phrases you find yourself commonly using when writing?
  4. Writing Growth – examine a piece of your work from years ago and compare it in style, tone and polish to your current writings.
  5. Habits of Highly Effective Writers – share your writing habits and how they aid your process.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Querying Success/Failure – share your querying stories along with tips so others can learn.
  2. Finding Motivation – how do you find motivation on difficult days?
  3. Fighting Writer’s Block – explain a recent battle with the block and how you overcame it.
  4. POD Reviews – if you self-published, share your positive/negative experiences with your print-on-demand printer.
  5. How I Edit – describe your editing process – how, when, where, etc.

Lists

  1. Favorite Websites & Blogs – whether for inspiration or reference, which websites do you visit daily?
  2. Favorite Twitter Follows – who gives you inspiration, entertainment and comraderie via Twitter?
  3. Best Internet Resources - the writing tools you use to get the job done.

Misc

  1. Funny/interesting Story/Anecdote from your Non-Writing Life – Switch up your writing talk with a story from your life. If you can tie it to writing, great. If not, know most audiences appreciate a diversion once in awhile.
  2. Book Review – Whether it’s your current read or a book released by a writing buddy, take a break from your writing to review someone else’s.
  3. Diversions – share your favorite games and hobbies for when you need a bit of fun away from writing.

Of course, this list is just a starting point! Have other ideas to share? Let us know in the comments!

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  • http://trevsliteraryreview.blogspot.com Trev

    Very nice post =D

    Trev @ trevsliteraryreview.blogspot.com

  • http://www.perseusmiddleman.co.uk P Stuart Elliot

    Having just set up a blog, I found this intriguing and will be returning in order to put some interesting post on it

  • http://toddrtystad.blogspot.com/ Todd R. Tystad

    Shannon and Toni: Great ideas. Wish I would have read this and your “14 Steps to Launch Your Author Blog” about a year ago. I’m doing okay, but your organized and thoughtful approach makes a lot of sense for writers just starting out. I’ll be sure to refer people to you in the future. Thanks.

  • Diana Long

    Thanks for the ideas! I’ll be using these as well as linking to you in my resources page.