There are many ways to start living your dream! I want to talk about creating a book. Something some believe to be an insurmountable obstacle, but in fact is something anyone can do! It takes work, but wouldn’t it be nice to not have to settle for a cubicle? Let’s bring back the age of reading! Let’s usher in the roaring 20s in a modern way!
The first step to crafting a book of any kind is to brainstorm ideas. No idea is a bad idea, as we have heard so many times! A book could be about an alien invasion, the sun exploding, a romance! You just need ideas! Ideas can come from anywhere. I am currently working on a few books that I got the ideas for, while I was paddle boarding! Once the list of ideas is crafted, select the top three that you are most inspired or interested in.
This is the the hardest step of all, but expedites the writing process tremendously! (At least for me) Crafting an outline of the chapters helps keep the book organized and focused. Once the big picture is established, filling in the rest is as simple as a paint by numbers! Everyone has their own method of crafting an outline, and their are hundreds of templates online for outlines. I personally like to create a line chart of the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and then the resolution. Doing so assists in creating the chapter titles, deciding how many chapters you want, and how the book will flow. Readers like flow, after all it is only natural. (Be like water, Bruce Lee)
Filling in the Blanks!
Now there is an outline and a plot map. It is time to tell the tale! Describe everything like you are seeing it for the the first time. The readers want to hear all the details, after all it is a story! Which of these fills in the blanks?
The grass is green.
The blades of vibrant green grass glistened with morning dew, as the sun rose on the horizon!
The first is monotone and doesn’t set the mood at all. However, the second tells the reader everything their curious brains are asking. Writing a book doesn’t take as much time as many think. Once the story is crafted it is time for the final step.
Proofreading and Publishing
We are all human, and we make mistakes. Give your draft to a friend or colleague to read over, just make sure you trust them. There are also websites, like Fiverr, where people will proofread the book for a fee. Once all the editing is done, it is time to publish! Amazon has a program that allows any authors with a prime account to publish ebooks through them for free! Their kindle program designs the book cover for you, so that is one less thing you have to worry about. You can set the price as well! I recommend selling it for free the first week, and increasing it to $1 the next week. It is up to you though, however ebooks over $10 do not sell as much as the one dollar ones. Once it is out there, start promoting your book, and watch the money flow in! Creating books is a great way to earn passive income and Amazon’s minimum page count is only twenty. Twenty quality pages can go a long a way.
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed, and if you have any questions or suggestions feel free to comment below!