Writing & Editing

Write a Book

A blog is, essentially, a reverse chronological publishing tool. There are ways to use a blog to post long-form pieces in chapters, however, though it will require a bit of work.

Following these steps will produce chapters, and a front page with links to each chapter.

  1. Create a new page from Pages  Add New called Index.
  2. Create a new page from Pages  Add New called Chapters.
  3. Go to Settings  Reading. Under Front page displays, choose A static page. Set Index as the Front page. Set Chapters as the Posts page.
  4. Create a new post from Posts  Add New – this will be your Chapter 1. Publish it. Copy the URL of the new post.
  5. Edit the Index page, and create a link to Chapter 1. Note: If you do not mind the chapters appearing in descending order on your Index page, you can use the Archives Shortcode to painlessly create a chapter index.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each chapter of your book.

Recent Posts, Recent Comments, and Archives widgets could potentially break the flow of your book. You may want to remove them.

Note: You can also use Pages for your chapters instead of posts.

Show your Posts in Chronological Order

You also have the ability to order your posts chronologically.  To do this, you will need to add a string to your URLs that will arrange your posts from Oldest to Newest.  Follow these steps to change your blog page to show in chronological order:

  1. Find the URL of the posts you wish to display chronologically.  You can choose your whole blog feed, a specific category, or even a tag.
    Your URL should look something like this:
    http://dailypost.wordpress.com/
  2. Choose a start date!  You can pick which date you want to be the starting point for your posts.
    Let’s say we pick January 1, 2014.
  3. Add that date to your URL:
    http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/
    That should give us all the posts from January, starting with the newest.
  4. Reverse the order by adding ?order=asc to the end of the URL: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/?order=asc
    Now you should see all the posts from January, starting with the oldest!

You can also show all your posts for the year like this:
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/?order=asc
You can show your posts for a specific Category like this:
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/category/topic-ideas/?order=asc
Or you can even show your posts for a specific Tag like this:
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/tag/humor/?order=asc

What should your book be about? We can’t say, but killer robots and three-toed sloths are pretty cool.

A number of “blog-to-book” services like FastPencil and BlogBooker, let you import your WordPress blog and turn it into a printed book.

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