Is all writing equal?

I have often heard the advice that writers should write every day. Believe me, I would like to, but life (aka small children, running a house, moving house, etc.) gets in the way.

I have a question, though: does it matter what you write?
I’m not going to be ridiculous and suggest writing a shopping list is enough. But, those of you who blog and write fiction, does your blog help you with your fiction?

For me, I think I would have to say it doesn’t.

Poetry helps my fiction, but blogging, writing answers to interviews – even if it is about my writing – doesn’t help my fiction at all.

Does that mean I am doing it wrong? I would love your opinions on this. Please comment!

6 thoughts on “Is all writing equal?

  1. I have to agree with you. Does writing a blog help me with my fiction? My first thought on this was–sure! But then, the more I thought about it, the less “sure” I became. I finally realized, as you did–blog writing has little or no effect on my writing.

    I suppose one could argue that since one is “writing” then it has an effect on the “craft” of writing. We want the blog to be grammatically and mechanically correct, and we want it to communicate our ideas and feelings, so it could be said that it, simply put, pushes us in the right direction toward being disciplined writers…more so than say, eating a hamburger. Ha! 🙂 Or not.

    To tell the truth, blogging for me is a double-edged sword. I enjoy it, absolutely, BUT it does in fact take away from my writing time. Sigh.

    Very interesting question. Thanks for sharing, Sarah.

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  2. I’d have to agree with Paul, Sarah. I love blogging. I’ve made some good friends through blogging, but I have to say it doesn’t really help with any “real” writing. As far as building a “platform” with it, I haven’t quite figured it out yet. It’s fairly negligible. But it’s fun. And when I’m feeling like I haven’t accomplished anything on a particular day, I say, Oh well, at least I wrote a blog!

    Having said that, I haven’t been blogging very much lately, in an attempt to get back to some “real” writing. Like anything else, blogging takes up some time I could be using for other writing. I’m trying to find a happy medium.

    To blog or not to blog? I think the answer lies in whether or not you truly enjoy it. If it’s just another chore, it may not be the best medium to get the word out on your work–there’s lots of other ways. I love it, but feel like I’ve been hiding in it for awhile, distracted from other work.

    Don’t know if this helps, but good luck on all your writing endeavors!

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  3. *cringe* I can’t stand the “advice” (read as “rule”) that we must write every day. I don’t. I can’t. Does that make me less of a writer? I don’t think so.

    As far as blogs… Eh. I mean, it is writing and, depending on how you write and what you write, it could help. I’m not sure mine does. Maybe my fiction blog does a little. I’d say whatever works for you. If that’s poetry, love notes, twitter micro, whatever…do that. Then work on your WIP when you can.

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  4. This is a very interesting discussion Sarah. For me blogging serves as a diversion away from long-term writing projects (with the goal of publication). I use it as a little break from more rigorous writing. I discover something interesting in the world I want to share and the blog provides the right platform for a short post. I also feel satisfied that even though it’s just a blog, I have created something — written some text — and sent it out to the universe.

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