Friday, November 17, 2006

Write a novel? Be a blogger!

Surprise yourself (and your readers!)

I visited another blog today; a very popular blog, actually. But before I have time to read any of it I notice that the author, Abby Lee, has had a book about her blog published. And it has sold 40,000 copies already.

Okay, it's non-fiction, but who's to say that you can't write a blog about the thoughts of a fictional character in the same way (like this)!

Who's to say that that blog won't garner the thousands of avid readers that Abby's blog did!

Who's to say that you too might win a coveted bloggers award and then find yourself inundated with book deals. (Yes, they sought her out - how novel!).

Who's to say you won't also have a ready audience eager to become buyers of your book, with little or no marketing involved on your part (40,000 is not shabby, is it!)

I know I'm a know nothing when it comes to writing and publishing a novel; still, I say 'blog away'. It's by far the easiest way to publish a website and, at the very least, it encourages the habit of writing (now that's never a bad thing, is it).

Some links to help
- http://www.wordpress.com
- http://www.blogger.com
- http://www.britblog.com
- http://www.copyblogger.com/

A not quite random collection of blogs
- http://www.morleymouse.com/
- http://www.exwebjunkie.com/

The blog in question
- http://girlwithaonetrackmind.blogspot.com/

And some words you can read at Girl With A One Track Mind: "I laughed. 'Well, yes, spontaneity is always a bonus when it comes to sex, but that isn't quite what I meant. What I'm talking about is your technique: make him try to anticipate your next move, but then surprise him with something he didn't expect instead.'".

As an aside, how do you think you could use such sentiments to shape your plot, or even the behaviour of your characters, so that you leave your readers guessing, wanting more?

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