After you have opened your heart to writing, it is time to give your book a reality. No matter how long it takes for you to finish your book, as a published author in the making, you have to create somewhat of a vision board of your book. How should the book look from cover to cover? More importantly, where will you be keeping the pages of your book as you are writing it. From scratch, you need to give your book a professional feel, in order for you to truly take your craft seriously. You wouldn’t want your best-selling novel to be originally written on flimsy wrinkled sheets of paper. Even if there are scratches of ink and revisions, always keep your initial draft in one place.
So, in order to give your book a reality, you will need for items to furnish a home for your brilliant work. The items are as follows:
- A 3 ring binder
- Paper Protectors
- A revised and printed copy of your blurb
- A blueprinted front cover illustration of your book
In detail, I will explain the significance of all four of these items and how they play a vital part of the writing process.
A 3 Ring Binder w/ Paper Protectors
This holds your masterpiece in one place. It is also where the proceeding three items will go as well. The organization of a 3 ring binder supersedes that of a composition book or a notebook. You have the option to add dividers and slide the pieces of scrapped paper in the inside cover. Now, I won’t take away from the simplicity of a 3 ring binder by over complicating its description. I am simply illustrating the concept of starting great ideas with the help of making small nominal investments. Paper protectors ensures that the pages written or notes jotted from months ago stay crisp without ink fading from the pages.
Ideas don’t require millions of dollars or investors to create, all you need is a secured vision and a place to organize all of your research. To manifest to creation of your book via a 3 ring binder you must design the front and the back quite like you would when you send it to a professional designer.
Designing the Front Cover
The front of your 3 ring binder is where your imagination will come into play. This is where you will design an idea of what you want your book to look like literally. You can make a collage of pictures of various clip-art, stock images found online, draw a picture, or even have someone to construct a graphic illustration of what you want your book to look like. Personally, while writing Identity From A Different Breed, I utilized the resources I already had by using Photo Grid (an application available free on the Apple Store or Google Play) to create a collage of my most memorable moments. It was not only select favorites that I chose as the vision behind my book but it was the significance of these pictures that directly related to what I would be discussing in my book. Then I used Meme Generator (another free app) to write out a possible title of the book that eventually ended up being the permanent name. If you see my book now, you’ll find that the professionally designed cover is slightly different than it’s blueprint. That is because when you are initially writing you book, you want to do just enough to give your book it’s vision. Breathe life into your project and eventually, it will co-exist with you.
The Back Cover
Last week’s session was all about writing the blurb for your book. What your book will be about. If you were an active learner and participant in that session you would now (or soon) have your blurb finished. With minimal revisions to be made, you are ready to type up the polished version of your blurb. Not to stop there though, because what you will proceed with after typing and printing your blurb is inserting it on the back cover of the 3 ring binder. This will be a daily reminder of what your book about and as you are holding your binder, it will be as if you are holding your book itself. You will have a front cover, just as it will be after publishing, and you will have a back cover.
Your book is now a reality. It is now something tangible that you can feel and take with you. Congratulations on converting what was once an initial idea into actual form. Remember, this is your vision, and although there are many writers, no one can write a compelling story quite like you. Do not allow anyone to disrespect your vision, dilute it, or tell you that you don’t have the heart to finish it. You are once step ahead of anyone that has ever claimed to have wanted to do something but let the idea dissolve from their minds shortly after. Once you add double accountability to your writing process, it is only up to you to pour the love in it that you feel it needs. Remember, writing is a process, so take your time, and create something beautiful.
“Share Your Story, Leave Your Legacy”