Hi! My name is Sarah Faulkner. I like to write books, play the piano, and read most everything I can get my hands on. I think you'll figure out the rest as we go along. ;)
What's the purpose of Inklined? I started it to begin building a writing platform. I thought "I'm also the blogger behind the national blog sensation Inklined, with a following of 20,000" would look good on my resume and Yale application. That's why I started Inklined, but it's not why I continue it. I keep blogging because I think blogging is just a little bit addicting. And for some of the other reasons mentioned in this post. In other words, I just love blogging! :)
Onto the post!
Why Writers Should Become Bloggers
If you have a hard time with writing for assignments and the like, I would suggest starting a blog. It's a great way to practice producing comprehensible words, paragraphs, and pages. You learn so much about producing good first drafts. Most of my blog posts are first drafts that I maybe read over once if I have time. It's taught me a lot about things like web design and a little HTML as well.
So yes, if you struggle with writing quickly and comprehensible, then blogging might just be the thing for you.
But if you're an aspiring author and you love the written word, blogging might be the perfect thing to hone your craft. I think writing non-fiction blog posts can really help to develop your writes voice. You don't have to worry about how a character in your story would review a book. It's just you and the way you speak. You know you've got a good voice when someone reading something you give them knows you didn't write it because it doesn't sound like you. This happened to me recently and wow! What a great feeling, knowing you've developed your voice to that point.
Blogging also gets you used to being read. It makes you think about who's going to be reading what you write and what they're going to think about what you're producing. It makes you realize how words might sound better this way, or be clearer if you change this sentence. It gets you thinking about this stuff right off the bat, as you're typing the first draft.
As writers, we sometimes get consumed with writing for us. Writing the character or line that we understand but no one else would. Blogging to get used to thinking of other people reading your words can really be very helpful. I think my own writing has gotten a lot stronger since I started blogging in January. My first drafts have improved by leaps and bounds, and I'm not struggling with non-fiction nearly as much as I used to.
So yes, it takes time that you could be using on your WiP, but in the end I think the benefit from blogging out wieghs the time it takes away from your creative writing.
What do you think?