Grand adventures and humble experiences make tremendous stories in the book that is you — that’s why many people ask, “Can I write a book?”
It’s only natural to share your narrative with others. Telling our stories is an integral part of humanity. Through storytelling, we learn how to understand.
Author Brian Boyd explains in On the Origins of Stories that the art of storytelling comes from play. By telling our stories, we learn how to think, collaborate with others and advance our creativity. When we take time for storytelling, we become part of an evolutionary chain that improves our understanding of humanity.
We are ALL storytellers. You tell your stories during the day, with co-workers and clients. You recount the events of your day with family and friends.
Therefore, it’s only natural to wonder, Do I have a book in me?
The quick answer is YES!
Everyone has a book in them, full of pages waiting to be written. The better question may be, “Who will tell your book?”
Not knowing the answer to this question can prevent your book from ever reaching print. Consider these three ways to take your story from an idea to a book.
Author your own book
You have a story, and you consider yourself a good writer, so of course, you want to write your book.
There’s something insanely enriching about completing a written work. You carve out time to write a little each day, develop characters and encourage them to take immense risks, and you write their actions in the words of your life.
By devoting yourself to book writing, you create the space you need for developing art. You establish your existence and the difference you have made in the lives of others.
Hire a ghostwriter
Ghostwriters are your behind-the-scenes-writers. They take your ideas and bring them alive with words on the page — your ideas written in their voice.
No two ghostwriters are the same. They take on varying levels of commitment to writing your book, according to your needs. Do you want the writer to come up with the ideas and the words? Or do you already have the story and need it written? Your ghostwriter can help your structure your writing plan, write some (or all) of your content, and serve as your editor.
So should you hire a ghostwriter? That depends on your goals, but one of the best reasons for bringing on a hired writer is to get the job done. Your ghostwriter will dedicate the time you might not have and get your book completed. If you find yourself short on time, or writing isn’t your thing, this may be the way to go.
Keep in mind that even the best ghostwriters aren’t without their drawbacks. Your pen for hire might not have the voice and tone for which you were hoping. The ghostwriter could be less likely to discourage your ideas. Not all ghostwriters will tell you if your book ideas won’t work.
Collaborate with a co-author
The third option is to co-author a book with a writer.
Two heads are better than one, and with a hired writer, you have someone with whom you can collaborate – as much or as little as you want. By working with a hired writer, you are more likely to discover the book within you and get it published.
Once find the book in you, should you prepare to self-publish or go the traditional route?
We’ll take a look in our next blog.