Should Bloggers Stop Posting Writing Tips?

A writing blog is nothing if it isn’t helping at least a few people improve their craft. It doesn’t have to be a wake-up call for the masses that changes writing forever…but it should be relevant, entertaining, and at some level educational.

Hello, writerly friends. This post is partly in response to Hannah Heath’s recent post, Why You Shouldn’t Listen to Writing Tips Blogs, but in reality it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while.

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Google “writing advice” and you’ll get about 371,000,000 results. Seriously. I Googled it just now. Use the tag “writing advice” on a YouTube video, and unless you’ve already got 1,000,000 subscribers, that tag’ll do…basically nothing to boost your viewership.

You get what I’m saying. Writing advice has been done to death. It’s all over the Internet, sprawled over all social media, and published in hundreds if not thousands of books. As they say, there’s nothing new under the sun, and it’s hard to think of a piece of writing advice that hasn’t been blogged about a million times already.

And if you’ve read Hannah’s post (which you should have by now — come on, I’ve enabled tabbed browsing for you. Clicking on a link’s not that hard), you’ll know that we probably shouldn’t even listen to most of that advice. Sure, it’s great to learn from the professionals, but it’s even better to learn from published works of fiction. And even better to just sit your butt down and write, and carve out your own rules and style.

Plus, then you got the bloggers like me who aren’t even professionals. We’re just spitting out writing advice we’ve heard over and over again. Every once in awhile, if you’re lucky, we might do a post on a problem we actually have experience with, but that’s once in a blue moon.

So what do you think? Should writers stop posting writing advice? And if we do…what should we do instead? Book reviews? Updates on our personal writing journeys? Posts filled with memes? Or should we just accept our irrelevance in the abyss that is the Internet?

I don’t have an answer for this, guys. Do you think writing blogs are a waste of time? (If so, what are you doing here?) Are there any topics that you wish more writing bloggers would cover, but they never do? Do you wish writing blogs focused more on book reviews and less on writing tips?

As I said, I’m nothing without you guys, so please leave your answers in the comments so I can improve this blog…and, in a small way…the Internet.

(Who am I kidding, we’re all irrelevant in the long run.)

Thanks so much for your help!

2 thoughts on “Should Bloggers Stop Posting Writing Tips?

  1. This post is awesome, Faith! I’m glad my article prompted you to share your thoughts on the matter.

    Here are my thoughts on the matter: No, I don’t think writing tips blogs are always a waste of time (though sometimes they can be depending on how they are used by readers or how they are written). I think they can be genuinely helpful at times. Unfortunately, sometimes they aren’t helpful or are just plain repetitive, which is why I think readers need to use critical thinking when reading these blogs (or literally anything else on the internet…or in the world).

    I think as long as writing tips blogs are being honest and leaving writers room to be creative and not follow set rules, they’re okay. And as long as readers are thinking carefully and not using writing tips blogs as a means to procrastinate, they’re okay.

    I would LOVE to see more writing blogs by authors talking about the publication/marketing process or querying process or tips that move outside of the literal “writing tips” realm and into the “author life” realm. =D

    Anyway. That’s my two cents. Thanks for the awesome post (and for linking over to mine). Critical thinkers unite! *high five*

  2. To be honest I don’t think you can ever have too many writing IDEAS, and I think writing tips can help, I know I’ve googled prompts and found really helpful articles when I’m writing about something I’m unfamiliar with. Also, when I write blog posts that have some kind of advice in it, I try to keep it broad and stick to ideas, leaving lots of room for translation, instead of a strict “do this do that” mentality, which can absolutely be harmful.

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