To say writing is an adventure is understating things by a fair margin. I love it, though, and that is why so many of my blahg posts are about that very subject. Naturally, writing’s sexy cousin is reading, for if nobody read, there would be little point and I would be wording to myself.
Oh yes, I used “word” as a verb…that is the power of the wordsmith, we get to play fast and loose with the rules, sometimes…if nobody is looking. I digress.
One of my new blogging buddies, Jason Konopinski, wrote a great piece about reading, and by extension readers. He sites some research from the Pew Research Center that looks into how people read, via book or ereader, and shows how it is changing. It is clear, the times are a changing. This is good news for book builders.
A bunch of the folks who will stop in to read that last question are bloggers. Many of you write all the time and have been doing so for a while. Let’s do some math. If we assume that your average post length is 537 words, and why wouldn’t we, and you post three times per week, then you will write 83,772 words in a year. A novel is defined as 50,000.
Of course, people have bundled blog posts before and that is certainly an option, but why not take it further. Most blogs revolve around a theme, which is a good place to start. Some posts won’t really fit, because everyone likes to take a post off and talk about something near and dear to their hearts. There are other posts that should be eliminated, because they suck. You know which ones they are and wouldn’t want them in your book.
The rest are chapters. A little sorting and I’m sure there are sub-themes that will appear. I bet you’ve already thought of a few. There will need to be some transitions written and any photos that you may have used that were not purchased with an extended license from the copyright holder, won’t be available for inclusion. That means all of them, including I would imagine all creative commons images, because I don’t believe they grant the user the right to use in something that is for sale. You can figure that out.
The answer to my question is actually a trick, because you ARE writing a book, you just didn’t know it. I’ve only been writing for 1,047 days. I don’t have any formal training. I don’t do outlines. I also don’t think in terms of writing an entire book and that is the key. I always worry about writing the next 1,000 words. I’ve written four novels and one non-fiction book in under three years. If I hustle, I may finish a sixth novel by year’s end.
I have no idea if writing without a plan would work for everyone, but I love it. Sometimes I write myself into a corner, but then I just think my way out and get back on track. (Only a sissy would rewrite to solve the problem) I suspect that each of your books will need to be done a little bit differently, but don’t stress, you’ll get there. There are no deadlines. Every moment you spend working on your book will get you slightly closer to that moment where you get to check to see if anyone has bought a copy.
When that day comes and you see there has been a sale, it won’t be the $2.00 you made that will be thrilling, it will be the idea that someone is reading your book. Say it aloud, “Someone is reading my book.” Of course, the first time it will be your mom, but by about the fifth time, you’ll have run out of family readers and the rush will be fantastic.
There are lots of things you’ll need to do, hire an professional editor, cover designer, and learn how to make a Kindle version (the Nuclear step is key), but we can talk about that later. Right now, stop goofing around reading blogs and start going through your posts. You’ll thank me later.
[Editor’s note: For the last three days I’ve been including graphic images that really don’t have anything to do with the post. It’s my blog and I like making them. So, that is their point.]