Last week, we discussed the importance of giving your book a reality. To reiterate, the best way to do give your book a reality is to create a visual representation of what you expect your book to look like. Create a poster, make a booklet, do whatever you need to do to get this idea out of your mind onto something that has physical form. This practice gives your book it’s own life and it gives you vision for working on your project. By using a notebook, you now have a place where you can write your book and jot down ideas. Your table of contents will be placed on the first few pages of your notebook (which will be discussed later). With a blueprint of your cover on the front of your notebook and a copy of your blurb on the back, you also have more focus on what you want your book to be about. I also explained the importance of using lamenated paper sleeves to give your pages a professional feel and to prevent them from being flimsy loose leafed paper stapled together and binded in your notebook.
Remember that these simple concepts are designed to be very straightforward to eliminate misconceptions of the book writing process. Sharing your story does not have to be a complicated journey. By taking each of these steps, you can produce a long term masterpiece.
The conversation about this topic continues this week as we expand on giving your book a reality. We are now going to manifest your vision of becoming who you want to be, an author. There is an expression that says that “people become their thoughts.” I believe this phrase to be very true because our actions are influenced by how we think, how we view ourselves, or what we think of others. The expression, “You wear your heart on your sleeve” stems from the idea of what being very vulnerable to outside influences because they are highly open to their personal emotions.
However, what if you thought that same exact way about your writing. What if you wanted the entire world to know of your passion for reaching others through this art form. When people think of you, they need to think “author” “author of ____(This particular content). In order for people to share this belief about you without even opening your mouth, you have to be an expert of not only your topic but how your subject matter alludes an image about yourself. When people see your intense passion for an idea, your thoughts will manifest your actions and you’ll start to get surrounded by the people that can assist you in making your dream a reality. You will find yourself talking different and networking with other authors or those that are passionate about something similar. You’ll have a new found confidence because you know that you’re not just living to waste time, but you’re living on purpose.
I personally like to believe that I am in the business of changing lives through my writing. I want for my readers to walk away fearless of the obstacles that stand in their way, I want young minds to not be afraid of expressing themselves. So because of this goal in mind, I have to carry myself to a certain standard. I, myself can not be fearful or bashful about requesting anything, asking someone a question or making a statement. If I want people to believe my words, I must manifest my writing into authentic action. I am an author, a professional writer, not everyone can say that so every step you take from now on should be with your goal in mind. “How do I want people to view me?” What ever your answer is, start carrying yourself in that way. Wear your heart, your passion on a sleeve.