November 23, 2017

Blogging your book

"Writing", 22 November 2008

“Writing”, 22 November 2008 (Photo credit: dr_ed_needs_a_bicycle)

When I started this blog, one of the concepts I wanted to explore, was to use this blog to create a book, one that I could sell someday. I got this idea from Nina Amir, who had just released her book titled “How to Blog a Book”,  you can find it on Amazon. If you go to her website http://howtoblogabook.com you will find that she actually used this blog to write the book. I attended a teleconference with Nina on Monday. These are some key points she made about the reasons to considering blogging your book.

10 Reasons why you should blog your book.

1. A blog allows you to publish as you write. When you push the ‘publish’ button on your blog post, it goes out to the whole internet world to see.

2. It gives you exposure, so you can establish your platform. Its a great way to create interest and get a following of people who will later buy your book.

3. It established you as an expert. If you blog regularly with great content, it shows your readers you really know what you are writing about.

4. It will get your writing read. Most writers write because they want someone to read their books. A blog will attract those readers.

5. A blogged book allows you to test market your book. The number of blog readers and comments you get back will let you know what is working and what is not.

6. It provided a daily writing commitment, so you can make steady progress to finishing your book.

7. It allows you to get feedback on your writing from actual readers, through comments to your blog posts.

8. It assumes you will complete your work. Readers will become accustomed to regularly reading your blog, so will cheer you on.

9. A blogged book lets you share what you got, but not everything you got. The written book will have additional chapters and information that is not in the blog so will still be attractive for readers to purchase.

10. It lets you get discovered by both readers and publishers. So, as you are blogging your book, you are already to doing the marketing to promote your book as well.

Finally she shared some steps to do first when considering blogging your book.

1. First you need to choose a topic that you can blog about for a really long time, a topic that you are passionate about.

2. Then hone your strategy, look at other books and blogs on the same topic. What are you offering that they aren’t?

3. Map out your book content. Do a mind map and organize chapters and then break chapters down into blog post (250-500 words) sized bits.

4. Create a business plan for your book. Once book is out, how are you going to promote it, etc.

5. Set up your  blog

6. Start posting regularly, at least 2 times a week, 3 to 5 times is better.

So, if you are thinking about making your journal into a book, consider creating a blog and blogging a book.

Glenn

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At Graduation, the main event is “the story”

Graduation Happiness

The Graduation Story

We attended the high school graduations of both my niece and nephew this week. The ceremony was at a small high school in Kansas, my old alma mater so it brought back many memories of my graduation some 40+ years ago. Since this is a small rural high school, the graduation ceremony was quite informal. So, it could also be personal as well. As we entered the gym where the ceremony was to be held we were given a program booklet, which has a separate page for each graduate. Each page had a story summary of their life, from birth to plans for their future. The only speaker at the graduation was one of the seniors who spoke of his story and a brief story of what each of his classmates had planned for their life. After the graduation diplomas were handed out, the seniors presented a video clip of the story of their lives, particularly their high school years.

At each of the graduation parties of my niece and nephew, were video presentations of their life story, from infants to the current time.

So, in reflecting on the day, I saw just what part “story” played in the day, in the lives of the graduate. The day was not about long boring speeches of important people, not about how good each student was, who had the best grades, etc. Perhaps the world had changed since my graduation long long ago. The day is all about telling and reliving their story, where they came from, their family, their achievements, their plans for the future. The main event of the day was all about “their story”, told and retold in various ways.

So, as you attend graduation events of your friends and family, look for the story, look for the meaning behind the activities. What will be remembered about their youth? What character attributes have the displayed and will move them into the future? What will be their story?

Two Legs to Stand On.

Marcia continues to progress well in her quest to walk again normally. She now can wear “normal shoes”, having “graduated” from the special boot and from use of the walker. She still relies on a cane, and can’t walk long distances, but her endurance is increasing, her swelling around the ankle is diminishing and soon their will be two legs to stand on.

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Journaling the Wounded Spirit

Journaling your way thru traumatic experiences can be a very healing experience to your mind, body and spirit. Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker described the benefits of writing to comfort and “save” herself. She compares her habit of storytelling to the tradition of Native American Sand painting. In Native American cultures she says “When you feel sick at heart, sick in soul, you do sand paintings. Or you make a basket. The thing is that you are focused on creating something. And while you’re doing that, there’s a kind of spiritual alchemy that happens and you turn that bad feeling into something that becomes a golden light. It’s all because you are intensely creating something that is beautiful. And in Native American cultures, by the time you’ve finished the sand painting, you’re well. The point is to heal yourself.”.

As Marcia recovers from the surgery on her leg, I watch her being creative as part of dealing with condition of not being able to walk and having to navigate by means of her walker. So, she sells her cosmetic product on the phone, writes in her journal, and stays as busy as her leg allows her to be doing the house work. I guess this is her way of doing sand paintings.

So create something in your journal today.

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Journaling the Journey

Road junction near Pittsburgh airport

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“There is a Spanish proverb which says: there is no road, we make the road as we walk. I would say the same thing about journal writing: we make the path as we write.”  –Christina Baldwin

I like the proverb and its adaptation to journal writing. Journaling can indeed make the path for our future journeys and life. As we sort through our thoughts and feelings we put them into perspective with the other aspects of our life. We can look at the future with a new perspective, with a new purpose and thus, pick out and create a new path.

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An Audio Welcome-Using Audio to share your story

I am taking a class on effective ways to create a blog. An assignment in this course is to create an audio clip and put it into the blog. It is enclosed in this post. As you are developing your contemplative journal, if you are having trouble writing, and would prefer to “talk” your thoughts and feelings, please feel free to do so. There is a free recording program called “audicity” that you can install on your PC and you just hit the record button and speak into the mics on your computer. So, listen to the file attached as we continue on the “sharing my journeys” journey.

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The Importance of Knowing My Story

 

I thought this might make a good new years (and every year’s) resolution.—– What I wish for my life, is that the last minute before my death, I will be able to look back over my life and know, without any doubt, the entire story that I have been living. At this final revelation, all the details and events that I have been trying to order during my entire life will arrange themselves in a simple and startling beautiful structure, until meaning—surprising and dazzling—flashes out of the twisting, meandering and entwined journeys of daily life. Then I will know, despite pain, disappointment, and limitation, that this life of mine has been a good and meaningful work.

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The Journey of Story-Inciting Incident-Part 5

The next step in creating your story is to create an Inciting Incident. For the complete post see http://sharingmyjourneys.com/blog Characters (like me or you) don’t want to change. That’s why so many new year’s resolutions fail. We write down the resolution and it never happens. This repeats every year. What we are overlooking is a principle that every good movie maker knows: “Characters don’t change without being forced to change.” An inciting incident is the event in the movie that causes upheaval in the protagonist’ (that’s you in your story) life. The protagonist, then naturally seeks to return to stability. And in order to do that he “has” to solve his new problem. Characters must be pressured to change, or they won’t. Inciting incidents can be just about anything that forces you to move. So, think about what inciting incident you want in the new year. Do you want to build that vacation home in the woods. If so, what has to change in your life to get that to happen. More savings, look for a lot, find a plan? So, think in terms of inciting incidents, not “resolutions’.

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The Story of My Journeys-The Climax- Part 4

Screen writers often begin their story with the end in mind. Complete post on http://sharingmyjourneys.com/blog They know the entire movie is heading toward that scene, like in “The Lord of the Rings”, where Frodo throws his ring in the fire. And then they write the movie to get him there. So, think about the “scenes” in your life that will lead up to a life climax. If your goals (scenes) are relational (at least half of your goals should be relational, because relational stories are the most fulfilling and will leave the best legacy), you might envision who you want to improve your relationship with, and what that new relationship might look like, that is: “What will be the end state (the climax) of that relationship, the climatic scene. Once you have that scene in mind, you will know the other scenes that it will take to get you there. Write this all down. Consider keeping a journal if you don’t already have one. Even if you throw the writing away later, write down what the great climatic scene looks like, smells like, and feels like. It will get into your brain and like a good protagonist (the hero) in a great movie, you will wake up every day knowing what you are supposed to do with your time. Isn’t this better than just another new year’s resolution?

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The Journey of Your Story Part 2

What are the elements of a “good Story”? See complete post on http://sharingmyjourneys.com/blog A story involves a person who wants something and is willing to overcome conflict to get it. (Definition by Donald Miller in his book). So, if you plan a “story” of the remainder of your life (or perhaps a year’s time frame to get started), instead of simply setting goals or new year’s resolutions, your life will be more exciting, more meaningful, and more memorable if you think of it in terms of “story”. And it is will be much more likely to come to fruition. Stories are what give goals context. So, this new year, create a story for your new year, not just another “resolution”. Next we will looks at tips on how to get started.

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The Story Only You can Share

The Story Only You can Share

A story is a meaningful pattern of events. In our life we have many journeys, take many paths. Imagine that within your life’s paths, which are unique to you, you could recognize a story or stories-to recognize the shape of your stories. Through finding a story’s shape within your life’s shape, you could know what your life means. It is an individual meaning, which is unique to you. In life there is only the meaning that each of us give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, an individual novel, a story for each person. At http://sharingmyjourneys.com we will assist you in the discovery of the unique story (or stories) your life makes. We will allow you to apply story structure to your life experiences to give them meaning. Our purpose is to give you the tools to see story in your life, and then if you choose to, to give it shape in writing or other means so that it can be shared. By sharing your journeys and your story, you can find meaning and purpose in your life. The previous are some excerpts from “Your Life as Story” by Tristine Rainer.

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