One of the best ways to write a book is to blog it. This gives you a chance to write your ideas down, gain exposure from potential readers, and get feedback from others. Of course if you set up your own blog and post parts of your book online, chances are extremely high that few people will see it because your blog most likely isn’t that popular.
While you should still blog your book to force yourself to write, you should also consider posting parts of your book on several free author social networks. Harper Collins even set up one such social network for authors called Authonomy. By hosting their own social network, Harper Collins can spot potential talent and snap up the author on a book contract long before any other publisher even knows the author exists. Because Authonomy already attracts so many readers, agents, and publishers, blogging parts of your book on this site can give you far greater exposure than if you just blogged your book on your own website.
Blogging your book gives you a chance to test your ideas out, get feedback from potential customers, and expose yourself to the publishing community. Even if a publisher like Harper Collins doesn’t pick up your novel or non-fiction book, you can still get valuable feedback from the large audience that visits the Authonomy site, and such feedback is far more valuable especially when you’re starting out as a writer.