Telling Your Story – Writing Your First Book

cpl book cover1 231x300 Telling Your Story   Writing Your First BookOne Scorpio Writer to Another

Writing a first book can be daunting. Bill sent me the following email and below is my response. Looks like the time has come for Bill to write his first book (:-). I thought you might enjoy this thread.

Hi David, I could use some of your seasoned insights on trying to move my book from 1st base to 2nd.  I have so much material but I am struggling on how to piece it together.  I feel like I am in 7th grade again, trying to write a 5-page paper.  I thought of you this weekend—I could really use some guidance.  All good. Thanks David—maybe we can speak later this week.  Best, Bill

Hi Bill, Organizing a book can be challenging. Here’s how I do it. As a fellow Scorpio, there may be a nugget or two here that are useful for you.

I look at every book as a story I want to tell. Every story has a beginning, middle and end and chapters that guide the reader through the story. The most important thing at this stage is having some idea of the story I want to tell and it should be the BEST story for my readers. It should be a story that the “kids” want to hear again and again—and one I love telling—again and again.

Creating a Place to Write

With me, I need a place to organize my thoughts and place my writing. What follows works well for me and gives me a place to start:

  1. Once I have a feeling for the story I want to tell, I write potential chapter headings/names that might go into this story. I keep adding and subtracting and changing names on the chapters until I feel that I have most of the potential chapters for my story on a wall where I can see them. With knowledge that the readers these days like shorter, fast paced stories, I look for the chapters that feel critical to my story. I organize those chapter headings into a rough order.
  2. I choose the chapter that pulls me most to write about and l do a little brainstorm of what are the key points that should be part of the chapter. The key points will be a rough guide of the content in the chapter. These are subject to change at any time and do so. When I’m satisfied with the starter points of the chapter, I begin to write. I don’t worry about anything getting started. I just write. If Spirit indicates that I’m to add something or change something or hit the delete button, that’s fine. I’ll add notes or ideas to the chapter as I write. If I’m pulled to write something in another chapter, I do.
  3. I only write when I’m feeling it. There are times when I simply can’t write and I honor those times. Conversely, there are times when the stuff comes pouring out of me and I honor those times, too.
  4. I find that everything changes as I journey deeper into the story, including the story. When I first started writing, I was sometimes attached to my initial thoughts/ideas/writing. I’ve learned to trust my intuitive feelings (the Feminine Mind) as my main guide for the whole story creation process. Sometimes my logical mind (Masculine Mind) or ruling mind (Authoritarian Mind) don’t like to hear what the intuitive is indicating, but…they’re becoming better mannered (smile).

Hope this is helpful in some way. Bon Voyage and call anytime.

With admiration and respect,

David

 

 

 

 

 

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