What if you could create a table of contents for everything you’ve posted online?
How many chapters would you be proud of?
I’ve done it. It’s not difficult. It’s not even as time consuming as you might think. The secret is constraints.
Don’t worry about tools or methods. Use whatever tools you have available right now. Some of today’s most successful writers still use paper for this kind of exercise, so tools are not a valid excuse to procrastinate.
- Gather everything you’ve posted online for yourself from the last five years in one place.
- Organize the posts by their primary topic. Limit yourself to 10 overall topics.
- Combine and clarify your posts into a list of thoughts under each topic.
Steps 1 and 2 will inform you of your primary interests (or “passions” if you insist). The results are not always positive. Adjust accordingly.
Step 3 makes you an author. Congrats!