The Wonder of Words
Writing a book is learning how to tell a story, and not just any story. Your book is about your experiences, expertise, and knowledge being crafted in a way that invites, inspires, entertains, educates, thrills, encourages, and possibly enrage your target audience. They are the people whom you are writing for. Even if your book is a memoir, non-fiction, or a book of quotes, it still needs to be shared in a way that people (your audience) feel that you wrote this book just for them. Once that gem is mastered, you will most certainly have arrived as a notable and possibly “Best Selling Author!”
All of these juicy tidbits were far removed from me when I wrote my first book in 2001. However, I did purchase a noteworthy book titled: Do the Write Thing and followed it to the letter. The only problem was I read it chapter by chapter and did not get to the final chapters on finances. It blew my mind and although I completed my book and got it published, the marketing of it suffered. I was clueless but proud to be a “Published Author.” My book sales went flat after about 6 months. I re-launched it as an audiobook on ACX/Audible.com, January 2018. I've shared this to encourage you and to help you understand, once you have your book in print, there is now a myriad of opportunities for you to create wealth with your beautifully, carefully, crafted work.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…you need to write it first and I am here to see that you do just that. My guidelines are simple but they do require you to be timely, consistent and creative. I planned our time together, so it would be enjoyable as well as educational. I am confident that you will complete your manuscript as outlined and I look forward to holding your book in my hands.
So, starting right now, pick up your pen because Assignment #2 will require you to think about your story and make some foundational choices so the words flow from you. Once your decision is made and your vision is clear, you will become unstoppable.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 MSG
And then God answered: “Write this.
Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming.
It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait!
And it doesn’t lie.
If it seems slow in coming, wait.
It’s on its way. It will come right on time.
Yes, you may have to wait for a specific word or idea to form, but keep on writing and come back to it when it hits you, and then, you’ll be running across home base!