7 things you should know if you’re writing your first book

Jul 23, 2012 | Writing A Book

Writing a book is a journey of discovery. It’s also a big project that can become a grand accomplishment or a horrid disaster. Here are some things to know if you’re writing your first book.

Writing a book is different. No matter how much writing you’ve done in other forms, writing a book is different. You have to swing your attention back and forth between the details of what you’re writing at the moment and the book as a whole.

The book is a living thing. There are times when it will run on ahead of you, shouting, “Come on!” while you scramble to keep up. Other times, the book will act like a donkey with attitude, refusing to go where you want it to go.

The book is always right. The book is really your unconscious mind at work. Your unconscious mind can handle multiple issues and trade-offs better than your conscious mind. That’s why the book is always right. Heed its wisdom.

The book will surprise you. Sometimes your book will lead you to subjects or issues you’ve never thought about before. Sometimes you will find yourself writing things that amaze you. Don’t worry. It’s natural and it’s good.

Every book deserves re-writing. Your zero draft will teach you what you don’t know and need to develop. Your first draft will get it all down. When you write your second draft, you’ll notice patterns to develop and inconsistencies to eliminate. Re-writing will make it better. Stop re-writing when the book starts getting different without getting better.

Every book deserves professional editing. I mean “professional” editing, not you, not your cousin with an English degree. Professional editors save you from yourself and make your book even better.

Once you have released it to the world, it’s not your book anymore. Once your book is out the door, people will understand your message in ways you never intended. That is the way of the world.

Writing a book is hard work. It’s different work from anything else. And it’s also one of the most educational and rewarding things you can do.

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