Monday, February 17, 2014

30 Blog Post Ideas for Writers

I'll admit, the well has been pretty dry as far as blog posts go. I've been looking up articles with titles such as "100 Blog Post Ideas for Writers" and such, when I was hit with a brilliant idea — why not create my own list of blog post ideas? So hopefully you can use this list to be inspired for your own blog and writing; you'll probably see some of these ideas pop up in future posts on here :)

On-Going Content:

1. Favorites of the month — whether they be favorite books, writing resources, cute journals, story-inspiring pictures, ect.

2. Series — My most recent on-going content was a three-part series on how to name characters. Think about something on which you have definite views, strategies, or opinions. What are your thoughts on fan fiction, and how can it relate to others? What are some ways you can research your story era and and setting? How do you develop a short story?

3. Story Updates — If you like to personally involve your readers in your writing journey, don't forget to update them on your progress every now and then.

4. Character Interviews/Introductions – Are you currently working on a story? Introduce your characters to your blog readers to get them involved personally. Create interviews or answer a character development sheet in your post. You can introduce a new character every week or every month.


5. Book reviews — the most obvious. Give a brief description of a book you just read, whether fiction or technical, and go into some detail on why the book did or didn't work. (Remember, if you're going to give spoilers, warn the readers first!)

6. Movie reviews — Perhaps not everyone would use this on a writing blog, but I believe it's a bit of a uniquely different idea to include. I'm very interested in screenwriting, so I love to review movies based on the quality of the script and depth of character. It can be just as beneficial as reviewing a book.

7. Software reviews – Use a specific software program for writing? What do you like and not like about the site you use for your blog? Help other writers and bloggers get started!


8. How about a personal anecdote that inspired a story?

9. Have you based a character off someone in your life?

10. How did you personally get started writing/blogging?

11. What author/person has inspired you in your own craft?


12. How do you find your inspiration for story and character ideas?

13. Is there a particular song that inspires you or originated an idea?


14. Writer's Block — We ALL experience some form of this. How do you push through? Create a list of ways to overcome this foe.

15. Your favorite books or a list of books you plan to read.

16. Do you have any tips for blogging?

17. Ideas for blog posts ;)

18. Create a list of possible organization ideas for your writing schedule and even how you keep the area in which you write organized.

Involving the Readers:

19. Social Media — Branch out, create an author/blog page on Facebook, a twitter account, a blog email, ect. You may not believe in having a personal account on some of these social sites, but having one geared towards your writing is very helpful in drawing in followers and spreading the word on your writing.

20. Giveaways — Who doesn't love a contest and free stuff?! Give away a copy of your favorite book, a cute journal/pen set, writing inspired jewelry, ect. Make sure you gear whatever item you choose towards those in your readership.

21. Open it up for questions/suggestions — I have a blog email and a page on my blog where you can ask me questions and suggests books/movies to review. This can give you an idea on what your followers are wishing to see more of in your blog content.

22. Interviews/Guest Posts — My Double Living just welcome its first guest blogger at the end of January, and it was wonderfully excepted. This can increase your readership, followers, and provide great experience not only for you but also the guest blogger.

"Holiday" Specials: 

23. Valentine's Day — Who do you consider to be the greatest couple in literature/film?

24. Thanksgiving — How will you manage your writing schedule during the busyness of the upcoming holiday season?

25. Christmas — Why not share a short story or poem of your own creation revolving around this celebration?

26. New Year's — What are your goals for the new year as far as writing, stories, reading, ect.?


27. Answer trouble questions — Take a glance on your social media, favorite blog, or even somewhere like pinterest. Do you recognize certain themes popping up? What about questions about how to eliminate an excess character? Or how to write that certain fight scene? How about having problems communicating with others about your story?

28. Write a post about overcoming fears of writing and instead writing boldly about what you feel strongly about.

29. Take a twist with your readers; consider what would've happened if, for instance, Dorothy had strayed from the yellow brick road. After giving your thoughts on the wonder and even danger of taking unexpected twists in a story, open your post up for discussion with your followers.

30. Have you attended a writer's conference or taken a writing class online? Share your experience and why you think others should or shouldn't do the same.

I hope these will inspire you if you're stuck blogging ideas. Remember — always leave your post open for discussion. Not everyone will agree with your opinions or with your suggestions. Everyone has their own technique that works for them. A great way to stay open minded and involve your readers is to end your post with a question, such as:

How Do You Find Inspiration for Blog Posts?

Monday, February 3, 2014

2014 Reading List

I almost hesitated to make a reading this list this year because I feel like I rather failed in the amount of books I read in 2013, though granted it was a crazy year of unexpected happenings. So, as part of my goals for the upcoming 2014 months, I've decided to try to read at least two books per month, preferably three and all depending on the size of the books. I'd like to share with you a few of the books included on my list.

1) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

I'm currently in the middle of this book, and to be honest I'm not thrilled with it. I'll give a more detailed book review when I've finished. 

2) Unspoken by Dee Henderson

This was one of my Christmas gifts and I just started reading it last night. Dee Henderson is one of my favorite authors and I'm sure it won't disappoint!

3) The Death of King Arthur: The Immortal Legend by Sir Thomas Malory and Peter Ackroyd

I picked this up on sale in a little book shop fairly close to me. Peter Ackroyd retells the legend of King Arthur and his knights using modern language. I'm very interested and excited to have fun with this book.

4) The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Marion Zimmer Bradley takes the stories of King Arthur and puts them into the perspectives of the women in these tales. Who wouldn't want to read this book?!

6) The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

I discovered this book last summer and thought it didn't sound like your typical book. I hope to get my hands on it at some point and find out if it's really as good as it sounds!

7) Longbourn by Jo Baker

This book takes a look at the lives of the downstairs servants from Elizabeth Bennet's home of Longbourn from Pride and Prejudice. I love stories like Downton Abbey, so I have a feeling this is going to be an enjoyable read.

8) Ginger: My Story by Ginger Rogers

I've read hardly any autobiographies, and I thought to ease myself into this personally hard-to-read genre I'd start with someone that I'm familiar with and love. (I love old musicals/movies, and the Astaire/Rogers duo is one of my favorites.)

9) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Not a type of book I would normally pick up to read, but the storyline sounds like a heart-tugger. Also, I just purchased a little poster of a quote by John Green, so I figured I'd better read one of his books. :P 

10) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Path

A classic but not in it's original sense, it seems. This too seems like one of your unusual books, and also sounds a bit unsettling, but from what I've seen other say, it might be hard to put the book down.

11) Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Again, not my usual type of book, but this was recommended by an actress/writer that I greatly admire and seeing as how I consider myself a major introvert, I thought this looked really interesting. I bought it on my new kindle fire and have to say I like the writing style so far and have come across some intriguing viewpoints this author has on the world of differing personalities. 

There you have it! As you can see, I seem to be leaning towards books that somehow retell familiar stories and genres I haven't gone for in the past. I want 2014 to be a year I branch out and try new things, and where better to start than reading? 

(You can visit my pinterest board here to see some of my other books including more classics on my reading list. I'm constantly adding!)

What's on your reading list? 
Do you have a book you'd like to recommend to me? I might just review it!