Have you been wanting to write a nonfiction book for a while now?
Perhaps you’ve already written a book or more and have been wanting to get around to doing another one.
You face plenty of obstacles if you’re like me. Life is full. Work is busy. Obligations are hectic. The calendar is chaos.
It’s not a question of whether you work hard or not. We can go go go day after day and still not get around to some of those goals we thought we’d have handled a long time ago.
The life of a nonfiction writer
I spent last year working hard, particularly towards reestablishing an online presence in line with the work I do these days. I no longer work in education, teach at colleges, and write the kind of content that earned me an agent and book deal a few years ago.
Yet, when the holidays rolled around and last year came to a close, I stepped back. Why hadn’t I produced more content online? Where were all those posts I was going to publish on my site, and why wasn’t I closer to completing the next book?
Maybe you can relate.
In stepping back and getting refocused, I quickly realized a couple of key things.
- I actually did create a lot of content last year.
- I did not complete and publish enough of that content.
- I need to work smarter, not just harder, this year. That means finding more efficient ways to manage my time and output.
As I gathered all the working drafts, ideas, outlines, and detailed notes scattered around my laptop like dandelion puffs, I was stunned to see how much output I created. And when I organized all those sporadic bits I began to see potential. Perhaps I had been planting a field after all.
How about you? Do you have bits and pieces of ideas and content created off and on in fits and starts?
Blog Your Book
With organization in place, planning underway, and focus renewed, I’m ready to begin publishing online more.
I’m going to blog a book. The topic will be a nuts and bolts guide to public speaking, from mindset and message creation all the way through to presentation skills and interacting with an audience.
Blogging a book is not a new strategy. Many books began as blog posts, and there are many resources on ways to go about this process. I recommend How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition by Nina Amir and published by Writer’s Digest Books.
This solution works best for me for multiple reasons.
- I write nonfiction. Some fiction authors take this approach, but I would only do it with nonfiction.
- I need to blog more. Rather than trying to write blog content while also writing a book and creating online courses, this solution allows me to produce consistently. Then the blog posts become book and course content and more.
- Since I need to work smarter, I need to try something new. Focusing on a set number of blog posts each week and staying focused on that single goal is realistic and doable, even when the calendar chaos crushes in.
- A blog is a laboratory where each piece is measured for appeal and accuracy. By getting content out regularly in this format, I gain key data on how to improve my approach.
Want to watch? I invite you to stick around and am grateful for your feedback along the way.
Would you like to join me?
If you feel the same frustration of not getting that book written, maybe this solution will work for you too. If you’re are serious about writing that first or next book, then go for it. Get serious.
How To Blog A Book
You can find plenty of guides to blogging a book. The Nina Amir book referenced above is a great place to start.
At a minimum, take some time to plan.
- What will your book be about?
- What will the title be?
- Outline your chapters and sections.
Here’s a snippet from Nina Amir:
“Break down each chapter’s subject into as many subheads, or subtopics, as you can think of at this time. These become the different blog posts you write, each one averaging about 300 to 500 words in length. If you were writing a full-length chapter for a printed nonfiction book, you would break it up with subheads anyway… Depending on the length of your chapter, you may need ten or twenty subheads (post titles). Write them as catchy titles someone will want to read.”
My posts will likely be longer than 300 words most of the time, although I’m not planning to post every single day. My goal is to publish at least 3 posts a week, each scheduled by the previous Sunday night (if not sooner). Figure out a pace that works for you.
Every post does not have to be a section in your book. We own our website space and can talk about our topic however we choose. If people want to read something about a hot issue or current event as it relates to your subject, then great. (i.e. my post on Giving A Speech: An Award Winning Example, which I whipped up after watching Bruno Mars win Album of the Year at the Grammys). You will also use your site to promote your other relevant work and events.
Whether you are a new writer, long-time author, or interested reader, I am so happy you’re here.
What do you write about? How will you stay consistent this year?
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