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Writing a book through blogging

Last week, I decided to start a new blog as a tool to write my next book. I had actually already started writing my book three months ago on my computer but I was looking for a new way to write a book. I had never done it before and I always get excited when I try something new. But it’s not only that. I always walk the talk, so unless I experiment and try new things, how can I write about it? And how can I teach about it either?

Only four days into this new experience, I can already see the huge potential in writing a book this way. Of course, in order to be able to do that, you need to overcome the fear that someone is going to steal your idea. It takes some work. I know. And for scaredy cat that I am, probably more than for anyone else. But here is the secret weapon: no one can be you. No one has your unique way to see life and talk about it. No one has had your life experience. No one has as much passion about your subject than you do. That is, of course, if you have followed my advice to only write about what you are passionate about.

Here is how I envision the process and its advantages:

– it is easy to write a book one blog at a time. It’s not so daunting. You can cut the work in small chunks that are easy to write.
– you get to play with your story or subject matter and get some invaluable feedback from your readers.
– you can ask help to shape your book from others who will be delighted to help you along the way
– you can get the necessary encouragement along the way from other bloggers
– by the time you are finished, if you have done your job correctly, you will have a substantial following for your blog of people who will be interested in buying your book (yes it is surprising but it can be an incredible motivator to buy a book when you have been associated with the process or offer it to friends or family)
– the following that you create along the way serves as a pre-launch marketing campaign and makes the selling of the book a lot easier when you finish it
– you will have a much clearer idea of your readership and market
– you might even land a book deal by publishers who will read your blog without having to look out for them (that is super bonus as far as I can see)
– and last, did you know that if you do it on wordpress, you can automatically import it into the book blurb software for easy publishing?

If you have experienced writing a book through a blog, had this been your experience? Can you share advantages that I might have missed?

To your creativity

Ange de Lumiere

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The story triangle

Every writer should learn from ancient techniques such a story telling, even if they don’t write novels or stories. Why? Because you always write for an audience even if that audience is one single person. And this is the reason why I am writing today about the story triangle.

The story triangle is a relationship between you, your story and your audience.

You have a special relationship with your story. It is dear to you. This might be one of the reasons why you want to share it with the world, be it in the form of a poem, a novel, a film or a non fiction book. You want to be heard. You want your story to be heard. That is wonderful. And in today’s modern age it has become easier than ever before as anyone can publish an e-book or kindle book nearly for free. But this also means that to stand out, you need to be the best version of yourself that you can.

A mistake a lot of writers make, however, is to neglect their audience. They have a relationship with their story but forget about who is likely to read it. And one of the first question I ask any aspiring writer is “Who is your reader?” You might think it does not matter but I invite you to revise your opinion. Any artist has to have a relationship with its audience, even if they think they have none. And if you neglect a relationship, it can become dysfunctional. Once your story is released into the world (or your work of art, if you are a visual artist) you no longer control how people are going to react to it. But if you think a little about how important it is to know your audience you will understand how important it is for you to identify that person.

Let me give you an example: You don’t tell a story the same way to someone who is in a hurry than to someone who takes life on a slow pace. This is probably the biggest difference between a best seller thriller and a lazy summer read. One has to constantly grab the attention of the reader, the other has more space (don’t let that be an excuse to digress too much though because you can lose your reader very fast) to explore and digress. As your story is so important to you, take a little time to think who you want to write for. What kind of impact you want your story to have. And once you gain some clarity, start crafting it by respecting the genre of the story that your audience likes to read.

Some of you might get indignant and tell me they write for the sake of literature and why should they care? Perhaps we shouldn’t, but it also depends on why you write. If you want to share your story with the world, you will have to have a connection with others, as per the golden story triangle mentioned above. That relationship is just as important as your relationship to your story or the relationship of your audience to your story. The triangle must be balanced.

I encourage you to talk to your “typical reader” and tell them your story in a few sentences to test whether they might be interested in it. You might find a friend of a friend of a friend who will kindly do that for you. Or maybe you want to tell your story to everyone you come across to test how wide an audience you can reach. The more you practice clarifying your story (even before you write it) the easier it is going to be to write it and sell it to a publisher. So practice telling your story to a variety of audience and pay attention to their reaction to your story. This might help to shape it and could be precious feedback along the way.

To your creativity