Writing a book while also managing your blog can seem like a daunting task. Especially if you feel like every spare moment is taken up with your blog, you might wonder how you’ll ever find time to finish that book you’ve been wanting to write.
So far, I have published eight books, all while working on my blog, and sometimes multiple blogs, full time.
It can definitely be done, but it will take a good bit of planning. Today, we’re going to give you some tips about how to manage your blog and write your book.
The first thing to do is look over your calendar and try to create extra time. Book-writing isn’t something that can be done efficiently in 5 minutes here or there. Instead, you have to carve out time from your regular schedule to make it happen.
When I was working on my first book (this one took me the longest, because there was a learning curve), I talked to my spouse and we created time together. I started going out to a local coffee shop one night a week and working until they closed. Many weeks, this was the only time I had to work on my book, but it was a solid 6 hours of writing and editing time that turned into my very first published book! Try to work with your family and see if there are a couple of hours they can give you each week while you are working towards publishing.
If time spent out of the house won’t work, or you need some extra time, create a republishing schedule for yourself.
Last January I had a large project I was working on, so I knew that I would need as much extra time as I could get. I didn’t want my blog to suffer for it, so before I started working on the shiny, new project I created a schedule for myself.
To do this, make a list of 15-30 old posts that need some sprucing up. Then, spend a full week, creating new images, and editing the posts until they look great again. When you are done, go down the list and make a schedule for when you will re-publish the posts during the upcoming month.
If you spend a week doing this for the next month in front of you, that will give you four weeks when you do not have to create new content, (except sponsored posts) which will save you a lot of time! You can then use your normal content-creation time throughout the week to work on writing your book. You can even grab the 30 days to make and sell a fabulous ebook, book from our affiliate Angela England, or enroll in her course, to help you get started.
To help you create your republishing schedule, we’ve created a quick printable that you can grab by clicking the image below!
Happy book writing! Stop by our Facebook group and let us know what you’re writing and if you have any more questions about how to write a book!