Three blogs are too many blogs. Plus there is the constant pressure of coming up with content for all three of them that is specific to the niche that I’ve established for each of them. Grist for the Muse: Writing ideas and inspiration; The 15-Minute Writer – Finding time to write and time management techniques and tips for writers. And this blog: Flash Writing – Devoted to providing content that is for writing anything less than 1000 words long. These are all very narrow focuses, and I’m finding that I have a lot to say that exists in between these niches.
The best writing blogs give you a glimpse into the writer’s mind and life and lets you get to know him/her. The have good days and bad days. They have opinions. They rant. They rave. The express their doubts and fears, as well as their successes. But none of my blogs have that kind of energy right now. At times I dread looking at them because I know they are defective and diseased, but yet feel I need to nurture them even though they are clearly rabid and need to be put down. So I’m putting them down.
Good writing blogs are about two things: The writing life and making money with it. So the new focus of Flash Writing moving forward: Write Fast. Make Money. I’m not promising that I won’t change focus or change my mind on the other blogs. I will keep them online for a while and redirect them here to this site, as well as take the best content on them and republish it here
Flash fiction is interesting to me, but I’m not sure that I can become a definitive destination site for writing all things that flash. There are other sites out there that do a much better job of this. FlashFiction.Net for example does a great job providing resources, interviews, stories and other articles surrounding flash fiction… But as I’ve always said, the principles of Flash Writing can be used for any writing project, so I’m going to build upon this concept and focus on growing one site well instead of three sites poorly.
I have content that fits none of these niches that will be of interest to writers everywhere, so I want Flash Writing to be that destination from now on. So go there for your Writing Topic Tuesdays and Provocative Phrase Fridays, Muse Reviews and all of the other content you've been seeing on Grist for the Muse over the past several years.
To head over to Flash Writing click HERE.