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How to Write A Book By Starting A Blog
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August 2018
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August 2018

Transitioning from blogger to full-time writer and author can seem like a scary transition but it has major value when it comes to developing your writing skills. Blogging about your day-to-day life, food, fashion or another hobby is usually a low-pressure, low-cost and subjective task whereas writing a book takes a lot of time, it usually costs money to produce and it has to please a specific audience. If you’re trying to write a book but don’t know where to start, we suggest you follow the following tips and start blogging first.

Blog Daily

Authors often struggle with finding time to write and becoming consistent in their writing efforts. By blogging on a daily basis, you will train yourself to sit down and write your book at a faster pace. Whether it’s writing in the morning before work, at the end of the day after dinner or even in the middle afternoon when the kids are out of the house, find a time to write that you can commit yourself to every day. Forming this habit now will set you up for success when you’re ready to write your book.

Use Your Existing Audience

One benefit to writing a book as a blogger is using the audience you already have to promote your work. Posting regularly and using social media to your advantage will quickly build you a following on your blog. Once you have a loyal group of readers, you’ll be able to use them to help promote your other works as well. We suggest you keep your readers up to date on the progress of your book because it makes them feel like they’re in the loop and along for the ride with you which will, in turn, make them more willing to support your book once it’s released.

Get Feedback

Whether you’ve written one chapter or 10, it’s never a bad idea to run your work by someone new. Whereas most writers hire professional editors to read and assess their work, running a blog makes it easier to get an opinion as your readers can help you answer any questions you may have or help you out of your writing rut by providing new ideas. Feel free to ask for opinions and if your readers need any clarification when reading— your writing will always make sense to you but can sometimes be confusing to an outside reader.

Write Something New

Starting a blog gives you the perfect opportunity to write something unfamiliar to you and will take you out of your comfort zone. By doing this, you’ll feel more apt to write something new and exciting when it comes time to start your book. Whether it’s writing a blog post or creating a cast of new and unique characters, writing should be fun and playing around with word choice, form, point-of-view, etc., will encourage you to take bigger risks when composing your novel or nonfiction book.

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