How to Write a Book on a Blog: A Beginner’s Guide
How to write a book at all? Maybe that should be the question. Not everyone wants to write a book, but everyone should. If you have come here wanting to know how to write a book, period, or how to write a book on a blog, you should walk away from this read with some practical tips that will help you to move forward with confidence.
First, let me encourage you!
There are a lot of reasons a person won’t even start writing a book. And most of them are not reasons at all. Our “reasons” parade around as such, but actually when exposed to the light, they are simply excuses.
I don’t know how to write a book.
Grammar and me, we don’t fit.
Time, who has that?
What would I even write about?
People won’t take me seriously.
I just can’t do it.
Now, you aren’t lazy. You do a whole lot of stuff everyday that shows that. Not knowing how means that you have to learn how. So, it comes down to desire. Do you desire to know how to write a book? If you do, then there is nothing that can stop you. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “Love and desire are the spirit’s wings to great deeds.” (BrainyQuote)
Desire is the foundation and the fuel to those great deeds. And love can set the sails for your journey. What do you love to do or talk about? That love that belongs to you, it’s yours, can start your creative juices flowing. Then the desire to express yourself can defeat your temporary angst from not knowing how to write a book.
Grammar’s greatest attribute rests in the fact that rules govern. Language has a bunch of rules. And guess what, people know those rules and can either teach you or would love to partner with you. Some people love to edit stuff. It’s plain fact. They love to read your work and help you. Your first book won’t necessarily be your greatest, but either a friend or a paid freelancer can hook you up. Here are some links to some of those types of resources:
Many more sites exists to do this kind of work. Personally, I would choose a friend and get some free work out of them. Thy probably live close by, and they might enjoy being a part of your journey. Also, choosing a friend or even a friend of a friend increases your local network. This can give you and advantage for book release time since you will likely want to start with a local blowout of your masterpiece.
People right next door to you will be saying, Wow, they sure know how to write a book over there.
The amazing thing about time is that everyone has the same amount each day, and we all have choices to make on where to spend it. No one is completely without the time to do what they desire. Since desire can drive us to excellence, part of finding out how to write a book will be discovering that your desire to put words on a page actually drive you to take the time to do it.
George Herbert said, “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. (BrainyQuote)
Thomas Jefferson found time to produce his desire, and he said, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” (BrainyQuote) If you haven’t guessed, I like BrainyQuote.
This is a great question. There’s a great chance that you already know the answer. What are you good at? What interests you the most. In the pursuit of knowing how to write a book, you will have to decide what kind of book to write. “How-to’s” are a great place to start. Short stories rock and get your feet wet with fiction. There’s always poetry or any kind of creative work you like. The secret ingredient will always be you. You can pour yourself into researching everything you need to know to write a three book series on some historically fictitious character. That might take a while, but if your desire matches the task, your journey down that path could hold your interest.
Now we are getting to those cruel parts of our psyche that torment us and keep us from accomplishing our best. You will never know how to write a book if you care what other people might think.
For real, people’s opinions vary as much as temperature and humidity. They are as different as black and white or every shade of color in between. If you want to know how to write a book and then actually write that book, you are going to have to not care about the opinions of others. People who support you will support you. Those who don’t, don’t matter. When you have finished the work and are standing in a crowd of congratulations, you will have won the right to say “Thank You!” You definitely won’t care then who thought you weren’t good enough.
If that’s how it will look then, make it look that way now as well. Just don’t care about the haters, real or imagined in your mind.
Here’s another psychological problem we all have to deal with at times.
I don’t know who ever told you that you couldn’t do something. Who put you down? Or, who discouraged your confidence? Regardless of who, it’s best to recognize that you have an issue with this and nip that thing in the bud.
You aren’t by yourself, and you can’t allow negative influences to be your final opinion of what you can accomplish.
Michael Jordan once said, “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” (BrainyQuote)
Now, Michael helped popularize Nike’s slogan “Just do it!”
And I’m absolutely certain that if you take your desire to know how to write a book and try, you will be successful. Others have done it. Why not you?
Believe in yourself, and believe that God is with you!
Enough with encouragement. On to “How to write a book on a blog!”
Once you peg down your desire to write and have an idea, organization becomes very important.
You can spend a lot of time with research as well, but ultimately, organizing is the most important thing to do (besides writing).
The cool thing about learning how to write a book on a blog is that you can see the little pieces. Each blog post can be a scene or even a chapter depending on what you write. Every time you sit down to blog, you can deliver another piece of the puzzle. It’s a great way to collect followers as you write and build a buzz around what you are writing.
Issues to Handle
We already sort of talked about some of the issues you have to get over. Time management stands out as the most difficult piece. Along with time management issues that make it difficult to write, knowing how to write a book on a blog requires a means of capturing your ideas throughout the day. Ideas sometimes just come out of nowhere. You think, “Wow, that’s flippin’ great! I need to remember that.”
You repeat it to yourself a couple times thinking that’s good enough, and then you go on your way. And you forget it.
So the four things I see that need the most attention are:
Quite honestly, organizing your book can happen on a piece of paper or in a notebook. If that is too “analog” for you, you could easily just use Word or some kind of word processing program.
Resource for you: “How to organize files in Google Drive.” You certainly can use Google Drive to organize everything for your book. If you happen to write your blog book here, this resource will prove invaluable.
Another resource for you: “How to share files in Google Drive.” If you have me help you, we will share files over Google Drive.
Organizing your book should take place in a block of time that you set aside, get rid of distractions, and just bang it out. Start with the main idea, separate the main ideas into its component parts, and expand each section until you are comfortable with the basic structure. Don’t think that you won’t change stuff after you organize. Your writing will reveal changes in the organization as well. But start with a good foundation,
and then build the house on top of it.
If you are dead set on mobile functionality, there is a little nifty app for free on android devices. It’s called “Write Owl” and it has great features. I did a search for the same name + iPhone and the search turned up nothing. I don’t use Apple devices personally even though I am sure they function wonderfully.
Anyway, “Write Owl” has space for project management and has the following headings to organize your information:
- General Information
- Locations, and
An Alternative Application
These are great headings to use as well if you choose to go for a word processing program. Alternatively, you could create a “New Folder” on your Desktop and give it the name of your project. You simply right click on the desktop, scroll down to “New” and then slide over to “Folder.” I’m sorry, I don’t know anything about Apple iOS. It shouldn’t be too difficult.
When you have created your New Folder and given it your project’s name, then you can open that new folder and create new folders inside for each of the topics above; general info, brainstorming, etc. Just create six new folders and name them as you create each one. Now you have a place to store all your ideas on your desktop.
Depending on what kind of book you are writing, your folder headings may be different. These listed headings seem to be geared toward writing a novel. You may have to be creative and set yours up a different way. Regardless, this can organize your information. I tend to write a lot on paper and then transfer that writing into documents that I store in folders. Organizing your ideas is the most important step in how to write a book because otherwise you will get distracted or lose ideas that are important to the development of characters or concepts.
“Write Owl” and other mobile apps like it are helpful, for sure, but writing a book on a phone doesn’t sound very convenient. So, for me I keep my ideas in a place where I can type with ease.
I would also suggest using an external hard drive as well, setting up the same folders just like on your computer and having a second copy. You will have to remember to do it, but the security beats the downside of possible loss. If you only wanted to save your info one time, I would recommend just using an external hard drive.
I’d recommend one to you, but I don’t have my Amazon account set up yet. I will get there. I use a Touro 500GB external hard drive that was recommended to me for use in a Adobe Premeire Pro class I took in college. It works great.
Overall, remember that you want to organize for the eventuality of publishing. Writing blog posts doesn’t constitute the final edit. That’s one of the beauties of learning how to write a book on a blog. You write what you feel at the moment, get some exposure, possibly gain a following, and then publish a book that represents a more polished work. The book you publish will be compiled and edited from the work you have already done incrementally over time. Speaking of time, let’s move onto time management.
Desire will drive you to write. You will make time for what you want to do in life. Sacrificing activities like entertainment and sleep, you will become a force to be reckoned with, on fire with desire to accomplish your purpose and passion in life.
I got this idea from using Simpleology, but it’s worth mentioning.
Simpleology describes in their introduction of the Everyman’s Superpower
“The Four Common Faults of Desire”
Dysfunctinal Dilettantes become Distracted and ultimately Disheartened
Let me quickly explain each “D”
Dysfunction of desire is when you don’t desire it enough.
If you don’t want it bad enough, you won’t do what it takes to get it. That’s the plain and simple truth of everything in life. What you want bad enough, you will scour the earth to get. That’s when the real fun begins. Desire drives change. Go ahead and walk in your passion for a month and see what happens to your life. I dare you! You will realize that time management doesn’t mean much because you will make time for your dream. I say, “Down to Dysfunction.”
A Dilletante is someone who has all kinds of ideas and thinks he can accomplish them all in one shot.
He wants too many things at once. I fall into this category, and when I read Simpleology’s “The Everyman’s Superpower,” I was cut to the heart. I finally had the terminology to describe the way I had been living for decades. OUT OF FOCUS.
Yes, I just yelled. Sorry.
Seriously though, desire without a focus will dissipate all your efforts as you try to do too many things. There just isn’t enough time or energy.
On the other hand, focused attention can catapult you to success.
Distraction can derail your dream from ever happening.
You not only have the everyday distractions of cell phones, Facebook, MySpace (not), and every other little thing, but you also have to deal with life’s choices. People can be distractions. Go ahead and become romantically involved and see if you don’t get distracted from your purpose. Or, get an intruder, someone who won’t leave you alone and doesn’t seem to understand the concept of boundaries. That can change things. In the process of learning how to write a book or how to write a book on a blog, distraction can be the single most detrimental force against your success.
Becoming Disheartened means that you are on the verge of giving up altogether.
No body wants that for you. I certainly don’t want to see anyone lose the chance to create their dreams. So, it’s time to reassess and refocus. Don’t give up. First, decide what you really want and don’t be a dilettante. Don’t want too many things. Focus Daniel-son! (Karate Kid reference) Then refuse to be distracted and enjoy! Live the life of passion you have always wanted to discover.
I have written a review of Simpleology on my CreateYourDream.comeonwithit.com website if you would like more of this type of excellent guidance. You can see the review here if you like. There are links within the review to access Simpleology and an explanation of how to get the most out of it (meaning there’s a free version).
Oh, I almost forgot, Simpleology 101 is called the “Simple Science of Productivity” for a reason. It helps you take all the problems you have ever had with begin productive, especially time management issues, and stuff them in a waste container.
I’m sure you don’t want me to turn this post into a Simpleology plug, but there is one particular function Simpleology uses that has benefited me more than anything else.
Collecting your stray ideas about your project will become very important to you as the flames of your desire escalate. Blowing your life up with desire, walking in your passion, living your dreams of knowing how to write a book and being successful at it, you will begin to have thoughts drop out of the sky. These ideas will pass through your mind, and they need a place to go so that you can check them out later.
You could write them on a piece of paper, fold it up and put it in your pocket. When you get home, you can then empty your pockets and throw your folded piece of paper onto the pile of other similar papers filled with great ideas that are difficult to make actionable.
I don’t recommend this. I recommend the Dreamcatcher. Let me explain how it works for me.
I will be going through my day at work, and all of the sudden, I have an idea for a blog post. I stop what I am doing, pull out my phone and open my gmail. I tap on the little red button in the bottom right corner with a white pencil in it and type “a” in the “To:” field.
Here’s what pops up:
It’s as quick as that, I select that address, type my idea into the subject line and then send it.
Gmail tells me there is no text in the body of the message, but it doesn’t matter. Simpleology stores my subject lines as tasks for me to complete the next time I focus on my daily targets.
When you sign up for Simpleology, you get the same function. If you ever sign up and can’t find where to set up your email for dreamcatchers, contact me here. I’ll help you figure it out.
The best part of the dreamcatcher is the fact that you can send it to yourself and forget about it. The next time you login, Simpleology adds your dreamcatchers to your daily targets where you decide what to do about them in the time you desire.
Okay, that being said, out of desire to not cloud your focus or mine, I have no other recommendations for this topic. Dreamcatchers solve the problem completely so there’s nothing else to be said. If it’s not broken, why try to fix it, right?
Blogging Platform Choices
I talk about this part of the process quite extensively on my Blog-a-Book page. I will repeat some of it here, but I can link you to the part of the Blog-a-Book page where the information starts. Just click here!
The simple gist – a lot of blogging platforms have decent functionality, and they offer their platforms at little to no cost.
Here are a few:
- WordPress.com has free options.
- Blogger.com is still around I think. (Yep, I checked!)
- Wix.com is a decent choice as well.
You get a bit of a problem with these options. They don’t teach you anything. You don’t get any exposure, not even an introduction, to internet marketing. For this reason, I chose to use a community called Wealthy Affiliate. I had some past experience with WordPress and wanted to learn how to make money online. I’m still learning, but I wrote a Wealthy Affiliate review you can check out here. The Blog-a-Book page explains it rather well too.
In the interest of saving you time and me energy, I would direct you to that page. Check out my offer to be your partner in writing a book on a blog. The world waits for your book!