If you’re a blogger, writing a book may be easier than you think. I’m not necessarily talking about turning your blog into a book, although this post from lifehacker explains how that can work.
What I’m talking about is the discipline of writing regularly. One of the biggest hurdles for would-be authors is actually getting the book done. How many writers have unfinished manuscripts? (Come on, ‘fess up if you want to.)
Indeed, if you look at a book as a whole, then the prospect of writing a 150 to 300 page document can seem daunting. However, if you’ve been blogging regularly for at least a year, then you may have already written the equivalent of 150 to 300 pages.
An average page in a book has about 400 words. (Of course page sizes and typefaces vary, so there’s no way to get a figure that will represent every single book.)Â For me, my average blog post is about 250 words.
So, using my own posts as an example, if I blogged five days a week every week I would wind up with about 65,000 words (250 x 5 = 1,250 | 1,250 x 52 = 65,000).
Now, if you divide 65,000 words by a page (400 words), then you will see that you wind up with 162 pages. That’s easily enough for a short book!
Am I going to do this myself? Probably not this year …Â However, as I was thinking about these statistics the other day I found them to be very encouraging. I hope that this post encourages some of you.
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