One Measly Hour Per Week . . . or the Easiest way to become an Author!

Adron J. Smitley
4 min readMar 3, 2024


So you wanna be an author.
But you don’t have the time to become an author.
Single sad Indian tear rolling down upon they cheek.
Or maybe you’re just lazy.
Or maybe you have absolutely no idea what to actually write about.
That’s okay, too.
Because I’m going to let you in on a quick little secret: anybody can write a book, no matter who you are, and no matter how busy or lazy you are.
The #1 surefire easiest way to become an author is to . . . (drumroll please) . . . write a blog!
And it doesn’t even matter if anyone reads your blog posts because that part is completely irrelevant.
What does matter is that you write it consistently.
Pick something you love or are interested in and write about it.
Conspiracy theories . . . gardening . . . lifting weights . . . doesn’t matter!
So long as you are passionate and knowledgeable about it.
The sole requirement is that you must set aside one hour per week to write.
That’s it!
The average person types 40 words per minute.
That’s 2,400 words per hour.
Obviously you won’t be writing at that speed continuously, so we’ll cut it down to less than half, resulting in 1,000 words in one hour.
If you spend one hour per week writing a blog consisting of 1,000 words, with each of your blog posts possessing a common subject that ties them together, then after one year you will have a 52,000+ word book ready for publishing!
I say 52,000 PLUS because almost certainly you will write more than 1,000 words during many of your weekly writing sessions across an entire year.
I’ve done this myself with my book ‘On Writing Well’ which is a collection of my writing advice blogs, though because I also write plenty of other books, I only have the time to post one blog per month.
But you will bump up that frequency to once per week since you do no other writing.
One measly hour per week.
1,000+ words per hour.
52 weeks a year.
Equals a 52,000+ word book.
Now just gather all of your blog posts at the end of the year, arrange them however you see fit, then go the cheapest and easiest route and publish them at no cost to you through someone like Draft2Digital.
Draft2Digital, by the way, is fantastic and far superior to Amazon KDP, in my humble opinion. Amazon KDP is more restrictive to authors, especially its KDP Select program that locks your ebooks into exclusivity with Amazon for 90 days at a time if you choose to enroll your books, meaning you cannot offer them for sale anywhere else or Amazon will block your book if not ban your account if they find out you violated their terms of service.
Draft2Digital, on the other hand, is not exclusive, as well they provide you a plethora of affiliate publishers upon publishing (Barns & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Tolino, Vivlio, Smashwords, Gardners . . . as well as Libraries such as through OverDrive, Odilo, Bibliotheca, Baker & Taylor, Hoopla, BorrowBox, Palace Marketplace . . . subscription services similar to Amazon KDP Select’s Kindle Unlimited such as Everand and Kobo Plus . . . and yes, even Amazon itself).
The great thing about publishing through Draft2Digital is that upon publishing your book you simply checkmark any of the boxes of their affiliate publishers and Draft2Digital does all of the submission work for you through its affiliates! The one drawback is that Draft2Digital has no cover creator, but this is easily remedied by using other methods such as Canva, which you need to pay for but is definitely well worth the cost.
With this tried-and-true method anyone can write and publish one book per year for the rest of their life with little effort involved because their book practically writes itself as they blog.
The easiest place to start is writing about your favorite hobby.
Do you love poetry?
Write one poem per week for a total of 52 poems to publish at the end of one year!
Do you love cooking?
Post a recipe blog once per week and after one years’ time, voilà, you now have a cookbook!
I could go on and on but you get the point.
It doesn’t matter how busy or lazy you are. So long as you have one measly hour per week to write about something you’re passionate about, you too can easily become an author without even breaking a sweat.
Good luck!


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