Your book is a system

Nov 14, 2012 | Writing A Book

Your book is a system. Simple sentence, big implications.

This week I’ve been revising a book I’m working on with a client. Sometimes that’s a simple matter of changing some wording or putting in new material. But every time you make a change, you have to consider how it might affect the rest of the book.

That’s where the system part kicks in. When you make a change in one part of the book, you have to make changes in other parts, too. It’s one of the things that make writing a book a challenge.

If you’re the author you have to have one eye on the material you’re writing or changing and another eye on how those changes might affect other parts of the book. And it’s good idea to give the book a final read-through before passing it on to your editor.