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Posted September 25, 2012
I bought a blog printed as a book to teach me how to write my bo
I bought a blog printed as a book to teach me how to write my book as a blog.
I peruse the Writing section at bookstores with salt in-hand so that I have ready-access to grains with which to take the endless compendiums of writing exercises and approaches. I, till recently, had not found a method which suited me. To confess, Nina Amir’s book How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time seemed so much snake oil by its title, nestled there among the get-writing-quick schemes. But, I thought, there’s some freshness with the blog-to-book angle so I gave it a try.
Amir’s manual may just be the approach I was looking for. As a writer with ADHD, the conventional advice has never taken with me mostly because of the analog organization required: keep notebooks, write a journal, save articles, use index cards, try sticky notes. Frequently, I would misplace the very books instructing me to organize my writing.
The basic concepts of How to Blog a Book are not novel (ha, ha, writing pun); they are the same ideas from the other books. The difference, and the selling point, is that Amir takes those analog concepts and translates them into the digital era via blogging platforms. The basic premise she offers is that one should break a book outline down into blog posts; each “chapter” being comprised of several posts. The appeal of this for me is that my blog is self-organizing, self-referential and searchable. She recommends, though, writing post content first in a word processing document to save the time of compiling a manuscript copied-post by copied-post.
The first question that came to my mind was, “Will publishing my book content on my blog before print publication hurt its chances of being published at all?” How to Blog a Book itself is evidence that it can, in fact, work in one’s favor. Amir addresses this concern and several others in this helpful handbook for digitally-native writers.
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