Creating A Book
It always seems impossible until it’s done. — Nelson Mandela
Creating A Book
2022, Henery X ©
Here I will share the three things that must occur if we expect to have a book, as well as explain why they must occur. As with everything I share, this is my humble opinion, which I stand behind, before, and on either side of. My views are based solely on my observation of the experiences that led up to me being a five time self-published author.
Without content, no other aspect of creating a book is relevant. The beautiful thing about this part of creating a book is that the average writer already has what’s needed. If you have been writing for six months or better, you have a starting point or maybe even enough for a first draft, depending on what genre you’re aiming for. Most of the writers I’m connected with are poets, so creating a book of their work is what I always suggest. In my humble opinion, this is the easiest book to create, especially if the content already exists. The work on the poet’s end will consist of gathering everything desired to be shared, categorizing it, and then placing it all in a word document for a rough draft. And don’t concern yourself with nothing outside of gathering the content desired to be shared, categorizing it, and placing it all in a word document.
Now that we have our rough draft, it’ll need to be smoothed out. This is where editing comes into play. The purpose of editing is to make the experience as memorable as possible for the readers. Sure, we want our content to remain as close as possible to its original form, but sometimes what we want isn’t always what’s needed for the best outcome. As an editor, my goal isn’t to change what the writer is attempting to convey, but to make it as easy to comprehend as possible. One thing we as writers should never want to occur is to lose the attention of the readers once we have found it. In my humble opinion, editing is only second to creating the content. Editing will determine the fate of the book from the reader’s perspective, which is all that matters once we share our offerings. Remember, the goal isn’t to change what we are…