Blog your way to a book

An easy way to integrate your regular business-building activities with your publishing ambitions is to blog your way to a book. This way of producing a book has many advantages but it does require some planning. Blogging your way to a book does not mean you can just make it up as you go along. In fact, your plan is even more essential.

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Three ways to blog your book

May 12, 2014 |  by  |  365 Day Blogging Challenge, Blogging, Writing  |  Share

If sitting down to write a book seems daunting, you might like to blog your book instead. This method of writing has many benefits including getting two jobs done in one go: blogging regularly and publishing a book.

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Develop a writing habit

A lot of what actually gets a book done is writing consistently. Turning up at the page daily and getting words onto it is a big ‘must do’ if you want a book to your name. Writing weekly is less effective as it will take you longer to get going each time and you will stop writing sooner than if you turn up daily. If you don’t find that writing comes naturally to you, this may be an horrific idea so you may want to build your writing up gradually. It might also help you to plan what you are going to write so you don’t arrive at the page with a blank mind.

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365 Blog Post Challenge – Update

As I have just completed the first two weeks of my 365 Day Blogging Challenge I wanted to share some of my experience with you in case you were thinking of blogging as part of your own business. Before I began this challenge, I truly struggled to get down to writing blog posts. I didn't even get as far as sitting down in front of the computer, never mind actually writing something on a regular basis. I just couldn't get myself going at all. The Challenge has changed all that. While I don't want to get ahead of myself, after all I still have a long way to go - 350 days to be precise - but up to this point it has been an enlightening and very positive experience. I have been surprised to discover that blog posts flow onto the page with far greater ease than I expected and that the whole practice of blogging has allowed me to uncover my own knowledge and expertise so I can share it. That feels good. Keeping a record Now that I have been writing for a couple of weeks, I am going to set up a spread sheet so I can record all my titles, the dates I wrote them, the key topic and any links I included in the post. This will give me an overview of what I have written, which is going to be essential as I get further into the Challenge. After all, I don't repeat myself! It will also make it easier for me to start to link together any related posts and to pick out posts to refer to in my forthcoming regular newsletter. The spread sheet idea comes from Steve Scott's book How to Write Great Blog Posts that Engage Readers. It's well worth a read. Things I want to...

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