Do you want to write a book and make money? In the past it took years to see your book on bookstore shelves. With the arrival of blogs however, not only can you now cut down on the time publication takes, you can even make money while you're writing.
Writing your book on a blog has one huge benefit: you're no longer writing alone. You get readers while you're writing, and some of those readers may be agents and publishers.
Many authors have been "discovered" via their blogs. One example is the book "Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously": new author Julie Powell received a book contract to turn her popular blog into a book.
How to Get Started Writing a Book on Your Blog
So how do you get started? Here's my suggestion: treat your blog as your book's journal. You don't even need to have an idea for your book before you get started: blog as you explore possible ideas, and do research.
Most authors journal as they write a book, simply because writing a book takes a long time, and selling the book to a publication house takes even longer. A book journal not only keeps you inspired to write, it also helps you to overcome your doubts and fears. You can use a blog as your book's journal.
In your book journal blog, you can write about your process, your word count, and you can include excerpts from your drafts too.
If you wish, you can write the entire book on your blog, as Robert Scoble and Shel Israel did when they wrote their book about blogging, "Naked Conversations."
Publishers are actively looking for "blooks", that is, blogs they can turn into books. Therefore, if your book has a chance at publication, you may get a contract before you complete it. If you don't, why worry? You can make money from your blog, and can self-publish the book as a print or an ebook when it's complete.
Should you write your book on your blog? If you're committed to your book, blogging gives you the chance to take years off the publication process, and to make money from your book too, long before it's completed.
This is just the first tip, stay with me and you will see more.