Oh, book bloggers. We are a delightful bunch. We devour books, flipping pages late into the night. We stalk publisher catalogs, looking for the latest releases. We gaze at our shelves longingly and pick off old favorites, rereading them and reveling in their words. We scroll through our Goodreads feeds constantly. We write fangirly reviews and eloquent reviews, and sometimes, the occasional rant. In short, we constantly consume books. But how many of us write books, too?
I know that there are some book bloggers that love to write their own books. We writers love to write because we are inspired by the books we read. We want to write books that make readers’ hearts ache, just like authors have made our heart’s ache. We want to write books that makes readers fangirl, just like authors have made us fangirl. We want to write books that make smiles spread across our readers’ faces, just like authors have put smiles on our faces. We enjoy writing, and for a lot of us, publication is a serious dream. However, not all book bloggers write, and I think for a lot of those non-writers, fear stops them from writing. I’m here to tell you that even though as a book blogger you might not think you have the ability to write, you really do.
1) As a book blogger, you’ve probably written enough words in your total amount of blog posts to fill a novel. I have around 100 posts on my blog, and my posts usually range from 300-800 words, as I’m sure many other book blog posts do. That means that if you’ve written 100 posts on your blog and each is in the middle range, around 500 words, you’ve written 50k words. That’s a good length for an MG novel or the bare bones draft of what could be come a polished YA or adult novel. You have the words in you, so don’t be afraid to use them.
2) You review books, which will help you to infuse your knowledge of what makes a good book into your own writing. As a book blogger, you often post reviews of books. You share what you enjoyed about a book, and what you really didn’t enjoy. By reading and reviewing books, you learn how to craft believable and multidimensional characters, compelling plots, and stunning words. You learn what writing style you like best. When you write, the experience you’ve had in critiquing the writing of others will help you to make your own writing better.
3) You have a whole community of other encouraging writers around to help you. Like I said before, there are some book bloggers that also happen to be writers, and they are the friendliest group of people you’ll ever meet. Bloggers who are also writers form this wonderful community that rallies around other writers. We writers cheer each other along, give each other advice, critique each other’s work, celebrate the achievements of others, and occasionally (well, maybe more like EVERY DAY) bemoan the peskiness of our WIPs. The writing community is not a scary place, so don’t be afraid to jump right in.
I understand that no matter what, some book bloggers just want to read, and might not want to write. I am in no way trying to force you to start writing. However, if you’re one of those bloggers who have thought about writing, but are a little bit doubtful, I hope this post was encouraging. You can write for others or you can write for just you. Either way, know that you have the ability to write. Now, bloggers, pick up those pens, and leap into creative writing.
Are you a book blogger who is also a writer? Have you ever faced any doubts about your writing before? How has book blogging helped you to be brave with your writing?