7 Creative Blog Post Ideas for Writers3 min read

Even though the same basic principles apply to all blogs, different topics require slightly different perspectives.

What about writers? Especially fiction writers?

Even though it’s crucial to have an online presence, to use all the tools at your disposal to find and interact with potential readers for your books, what do you blog about?

Specifically, what do you blog about in such a way as to cater to the target audience of your writing?

Because this is the main issues: a lot of writers blog about writing, self-publishing, and book promotion, which in term attracts other aspiring writers, who are not in their target demographic for their books.

Simply put, most writers blog about stuff that readers don’t care about.

But do not worry, here are seven post ideas to get you started.

1. Samples from your novels/stories.

The obvious choice. Posting samples from your fiction allows your potential readers to know what you’re all about.

Oh, and do link to your book, so folks can buy it.

2. Insights into the process of writing your novel.

Tell us why you wrote your novel.

How did you settle on this story?

How did you come up with the main characters? What about their motivations?

What research did you have to do before you could start writing your novel?

You can read such a post about my own books here.

3. A glimpse behind-the-scenes.

Give us a sense of what it is like to be a fiction writer.

What does a typical writing day look like for you? What did it feel like to have your name printed on a book’s cover? What about holding a copy in your hand for the first time?

This type of posts obviously “humanize” a writer in front of their potential audience.

The number one rule of selling anything over the Internet these days is that people prefer to purchase stuff from folks they’ve interacted with and whom they trust.

Writing about your journey as a writer is a great way to do just that, to make people emotionally invest in your life.

4. Analyze particular scenes.

Tell us why you chose that scene, why you opened your story with that particular line.

Write about the scenes you had to delete or that you had to add to make the story better, or about a certain character’s heartbreaking backstory that only ever got reference a couple of times during the action of your novel.

Readers are quite a curious bunch, you know.

5. Interview your own self.

Who better to talk about your novel than you? No one.

So interview yourself. Have fun with it.

What questions do you wish you would be asked?

6. Ask your readers to tell you what stories to write about.

This would be a fun one to do.

Ask your readers to provide you with “writing prompts.” What stories would they like to read?

They could provide a type of character with certain motivations, or maybe an opening sequence, and then you must write a story off of that.

Flash fiction would be fun to write based on a set of three pictures that each reader can submit to you.

The added benefit of doing this is that it also strengthens your creative muscle.

7. Exclusive and free content.

Though not a blog post, it’s still considered content. And the truth is that people get hooked on free. They also like the world exclusive.

Offer your readers a short story or novella or maybe even the first novel in a series if they subscribe to your blog and/or newsletter.

They will:

  • appreciate the freebie
  • offer you their e-mail address, which comes in handy when you wish to send them promotional e-mails, let them know a new title has been released, etc.

I’m sure I am just scratching the surface. The key is to be as inventive as possible, and to have fun.

Question: What blog post ideas do you have for fiction writers?
Cristian Mihai

Became Internet famous by the age of 23. Never recovered. I write short author bios all over the web. I’m an acquired taste. Don’t like me? Acquire some taste.

33 thoughts on “7 Creative Blog Post Ideas for Writers3 min read

  1. At first glance, this all looks excellent! I’ll read the whole thing when I have more time. I just published my first book and I’m trying to get a good blog for it going, so this post has great timing!

  2. Okay, I read the whole thing now, and this is all great advice. Especially numbers 1-3. What do you think about providing small samples or “sneak peeks” into works that you haven’t finished yet, especially if it’s not in the final draft version yet? Think it could tease up some excitement? And you have you written before about how to promote on a shoestring budget?

    1. I’ve done that, but not with something that isn’t final yet. But maybe you’re unto something. You could try to write and edit as you go along, with your readers, if that makes sense. Don’t know. Could work.

      But samples of stuff yet to be released, but edited, yes, I’ve shared that with readers. Also, I’ve asked for their help to choose the cover for one of my books. They had to choose between a few book cover designs.

      And, no, I haven’t. I suppose, you mean to promote a book, right?

  3. Yes, promoting a book. I’ve been attempting the “50 Shades of Grey” approach, whereby word-of-mouth online was the greatest catalyst of its success, mostly because I don’t write for a living and there’s not a lot of room in the family budget. When I start getting royalties from Amazon next month, I plan on paying the 50 bucks to try to get a review on Reedsy, but many other sites charge hundreds of dollars.

    I guess I was just wondering if you had already written any tips for that kind of self-promotion.

    1. Uhm… I charge $29.99 for a review on irevuo: https://irevuo.art/2019/04/28/advertise-with-us-2/

      Sorry. Had to be done.

      Well, if you build a strong online presence.

      If I were you, I’d do the following: e-mails all the book bloggers who might be interested in reviewing my book. Read their blog a bit, read their guidelines, and e-mail me. There are about half a million book bloggers on WordPress.com alone. Some might answer back, some might not, but you still get a lot of exposure. Offer them e-books, paperbacks, whatever they accent. Even sending a paperback is cheaper than paying hundreds of bucks for a review.

      Also, be creative. No money doesn’t mean failure, it just means you need to use more time and energy to get the same results.

  4. Does this have to be for writers who currently have a book? Or can you write about a book you’re currently writing or would like to write some day?

    1. I think it can work for those who have yet to release a book.

      When I started my main blog, I only had one short story for sale. I released my first novel in July, started my blog at the end of April.

      Until then I promoted. Built an audience. Blogged about my progress, about the novel, let my audience pick the cover, fun stuff like that.

  5. hey there.
    thanks for this post, i was just searching for motivation to keep posting, i’ ve really have been lazy 🙁 but i did like idea #7. i think that’s a great idea because if they end up liking my short stories they might buy my books. thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Liza,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Well, yes. People get addicted to free content. Never underestimate just how much you can gain by offering folks free stuff.

      Also, the idea is to cater to the target audience of your fiction. This is what I see a lot of writers get wrong with their blogs.

      But simply sharing fiction gets boring. Try to keep it as fun as possible. Change things. Write about your own process (readers love to find out how their favorite writers work, come up with ideas, etc.)

      These are some of the things I have done to great effect as well.

  6. Cristian, some of your ideas look interesting. I’ve written a few down to consider. Being a writer of poems and short stories has been an enjoyable adventure. None of my writing has been published beyond the audience of WP . . . perhaps some day it may happen. Here is an idea for fiction writers of short stories: Take a real event from your life or someone else’s which would work well in a fictional story. I have tried this a few times with pretty good results.

    1. We all kind of do that. Most times it’s an unconscious process.

      One of my favorite opening lines ever is from a novel by Max Blecher, “Everything I write was once real life.”

  7. Some great tips, I am in the process of building my website for writing side of my life, and ahead of my first novel. Will save this and implement into my site development. Thanks

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