When I was asked to write guest posts for my upcoming blog tour it took days, weeks, for-freaking-ever! I cried, I screamed, I told my hubby I couldn’t do it. There was even a little bit of this:
It wasn’t until the third night in a row and my voice hoarse from whining “I can’t do this.” That we pinned down the problem.
I’m a writer, an introvert, a listener. I don’t like talking about me. I like listening when other people talk about them, so to write a guest post about me or my book felt really uncomfortable. Just like sitting in a room of people and talking about myself would make me splutter, um, and ah. Once I realized this, things got a whole lot easier. I understood why every single post I started to write turned into a piece of writing advice; my subconscious was steering the topic away from me.
The interviews were easy, they were guided and they weren’t too personal. In most instances. I finally got my way around the guest posts though. After I realized what the problem was, I started approaching them differently. Picking something about my book and sticking to that for the entire post, making sure I didn’t veer off into ‘how to’. I wrote posts about my bad boy main character, about angst in romance, about my boy next door, and I even wrote about what inspired my story. I think the key to a good guest post is finding something that makes you feel and then running with that topic.
What about you guys… do you find guest posts hard or I am the only wuss?
Wish me luck next week!