Yesterday, I wrote about taking your Blog-Your-Own-Book Challenge project’s theme and breaking it down further, so that you have sections (or chapters) for your final BYOB book.
Break Your BYOB-Challenge Project into Smaller Bites
Diving a little deeper into your theme.
Today, we’re going to talk about breaking those sections down even further and choosing your actually posts.
My project theme is “developing a writing habit.” My sections are:
- Teeny Tiny Goals
- Ramping Up to a Daily Habit (so — couch to daily writing.)
- Objectives and Key Results
- Writer’s Block
- Writing as a Job
What do you have to say about each topic within your theme?
Take each of your sections and think about them separately. Come up with a series of blog posts you could write for each one.
Think of it like a table of contents. Here’s what mine looks like:
That’s 31 blog posts — my whole BYOB project. Over the rest of July, I’m going to plan those posts even more so that writing them is easier. I’ll show you how tomorrow. But for now, I can see my entire project in one glance.
Put yourself in the shoes of your reader.
When I was coming up with these posts, I asked myself this question: If I was reading this book, what would I want?
Also this one: What does my reader need to know about ‘teeny tiny goals’ for ‘ramping up’ to make sense? And what does my reader need to know about ‘ramping up’ to make ‘goal stacking’ make sense?
And so on.
Your blog posts should have a flow to them, the way a book would. One post should lead to the next. Seeing them all in a group is a great way to do that.
I’m really enjoying using Dabble to plan my BYOB project. I wrote about that here.
This is more than a collection of blog posts.
Each post you write in August, is part of a larger, cohesive whole.
When I think about my BYOB project, I know that I want readers to have tools they can use to develop a sticky, strong habit that will work for them well beyond 31 days.
What do you know you want your readers to get out of your BYOB book? Keep that answer in mind as you choose your 31 posts.
Shaunta Grimes is a writer and teacher. She is an out-of-place Nevadan living in Northwestern PA with her husband, three superstar kids, two dementia patients, a good friend, Alfred the cat, and a yellow rescue dog named Maybelline Scout. She’s on Twitter @shauntagrimes and is the author of Viral Nation, Rebel Nation, The Astonishing Maybe, and Center of Gravity. She is the original Ninja Writer.