Does blogging drain creativity?

Granada A writing chum has just returned from an Arvon Residential Writing Course. For those of you who don’t know it, Arvon is a wonderful charity that ‘works to ensure that anyone can benefit from the transformative powers of writing.’ My chum found her course inspirational. Of all the things she said about the week, however, one comment (made by one of her tutors) resonated: “blogging drains creativity”. I’d never thought about it before but you know what, I think I agree. I’ve been writing blog posts once or twice a week for over a year and a half now. While I love the contact blogging brings, it does use up creative energy – I know this hardly seems possible as my posts are so simple, but it’s true. Could this energy be better spent on doing other creative things, like the writing of my new novel?  The thing is, I’d miss blogging if I stopped.  So, what to do? Stop blogging completely? YIKES! Do nothing because maybe blogging doesn’t really drain creativity? Blog less and compromise somehow? AGH! I’m going to have a big think about this. Meanwhile, if you are a writer or a reader or someone who just happens to be passing this way, I’d love to know your thoughts – all suggestions welcome 🙂






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12 Responses to Does blogging drain creativity?

  1. Wendy says:

    A tricky one this. I feel really split on this one as I have gained an awful lot from both sides of blogging. I’ve found out so much useful information from other writers’ blogs and I have also received a lot of encouragment from people who have read and commented on my own (you being one of them), On the flip side, as blogging is a two way thing and I feel that if I want people to be actively involved in my blog, I should be actively involved myself so it can end upwith a lot of time is spent on this rather than the actual writng (stories or novels) that made us venture into the blogging world in the first place. What worries me, is that this is the reason I chose not to be on Facebook as I’ve always been concerned about the time people spend on it. I think a blog is necessary if, like you, you have books to market. For me? I suppose it probably helps me to realise I am not the only writer out there when I am sitting on my own writing with just my dog for company! When my story doesn’t get written today, I shall blame you, Marianne, for asking this question!

    • Ha ha ha! I hope your story got written today despite my asking this question ;o) I also like visiting other blogs, like your lovely blog, especially as being a writer is a rather lonely occupation, so it is both stimulating and enjoyable to be in touch with like-minded people. And, you are right, it is also an essential way for us writers to let our readers know what we are up to. It does come at a cost though. I suppose, after thinking about it, maybe the way forward for me is to become more organised and to have a bit of a plan, rather than keep making it up as I go along ;o)
      Woof woof! (that’s for your dog!)

  2. fcmalby says:

    I’ve been hearing the same thing but I find it a great way to network with readers and writers and it’s a good creative outlet when my writing either isn’t working or I need a break from it and a change of topic. Some authors have cut back rather than cut out blogging all together and have found it helps. It’s a personal decision, I guess. I’m going to keep going for now. Thanks for sharing this post, Marianne. Arvon are a wonderful support for writers.

    • Hi Fiona, yes, it is, I suppose, an indovidual thing. I think i may plan to cut back a bit – as well as get myself as bit more organised, well, that’s the plan 😉 And, yep, Arvon is great. Thanks for popping by. OI hope Take Me To The Castle is continuing to do well ( great trailer, by the way!)

  3. fcmalby says:

    Oh, I see I’m on your sidebar. Very honoured, thank you.

  4. I think that blogging, like other online social media only drains your creativity if you let it. I find the networking is very often inspiring (and brings me an audience to test my writing out on), and coming up with new ideas for blog posts inspires ideas for writing off-blog. Plus blogging is very effective and enjoyable marketing and so it fulfills part of that need too, which is important since more and more writers are expected to be marketing experts too. I think the worse thing would be to blog purely because you feel you need to and find yourself forcing out ideas, but if the inspiration is truly there then it’s a good thing. Of course the other element is time…..

    • Hi Juliet, yes, I think you are right, absolutely, while it is important that we writers market ourselves, it is up to me to not let blogging drain my creativity. Maybe this has become an issue more recently as i seem to be busier than ever with other writerly stuff. And, yes, I also agree, i think the worse thing to do of all would be to force ideas that weren’t there 🙁 Lots to think about. Thanks so much for passing by. Hope you are well 🙂

  5. Milo says:

    I struggle with this too – I’ve spent so much time blogging about creativity it leaves little time to actually be creative in other ways!

    I do however think blogging is a creative activity in its own right but obviously for most people it is secondary to their main creative work – and clearly for you Marianne, writing books has to come first.

    How about making sure you have spent some time on your writing each day before getting started on your blog or even reading other blogs or tweets etc? At least that way you would know that blogging wasn’t draining your creative energy..

  6. Hello Milo!

    The more I think about this, the more I agree that blogging is creative, not sure why I didn’t think it was before ?! But yep, all said and done, my books have to come first. So, I think your suggestions make a lot of sense, as do all the other suggestions here. Planning and prioritising is the way forward! So, it’s onwards for me! Well, that’s the plan, anyway ;o) Great to hear from!

  7. Ruth Hunt says:

    I know it ‘s the done thing to keep up a social media profile through blogging, Facebook, twitter etc etc. However, I am sure there comes a time when it does drain creativity it certainly eats up time. Procrastination is my middle name and if you are anything like me, an hour on the internet could turn into three. So my remedy which works for me now(I’m not a published writer yet so I know this may change in time) is to only go onto the dreaded net after a days working. After all a net is something which traps you and keeps hold, sometimes to click off is good for the soul! Ruthx

    • Ha ha ha – yes, I am like you, Ruth, an hour on the internet does turn into three! Your idea for doing social media stuff after the main work is finished, is a good one – and I think someone else has already suggested this. No to procrastination and yes to planning and prioritising is the way forward for me – and then sticking to the plan ;o) x

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