I Always Wanted to Write a Book

An award winning biography ghostwritten with Paul Wayne by Mark Graham Communications

This award winning biography was a collaboration between Paul Wayne and Mark Graham Communications

“I always wanted to write a book!”

This is, in many ways, a universal thought.  Most of us have said this or thought it, because, quite frankly, writing and completing a book is a very special thing.

Not everyone is meant to write a book, but let’s consider what it takes to get there.  It’s not magic. It’s work.  Let’s start there. 

Writing a book takes time. And it takes energy. It takes commitment.  If you say, “I don’t have the time or I don’t have the energy,” then you probably don’t really have the dream. That’s okay, but you might want to consider this. You might not be approaching the use of your time or energy with a plan.  Books take work, but they also take planning.  A schedule. Discipline to stay on that schedule.  Prioritizing.  If the book is important to you, make it a priority, even if it’s an hour a day.

You may say you’re looking for inspiration.  Writing is not about inspiration.  Writers create their own inspiration. And most of the time it’s about sitting down at a typewriter (or computer) (or pen in hand) and starting.  One word. One sentence. One paragraph.

Inspiration can also be about collaboration. Think about this: Have an idea, hire the best ghostwriter or ghostwriting team, and get the ball rolling. Some of the best books written are born of this collaborative effort.

Some people will say that the best way to write something is by trial-and-error. I prefer the term practicing.  Practicing every day.  The best writers are always practicing.  If you don’t like to practice, but like to brainstorm ideas, then see the line above about ghostwriters.  You’re still the writer.  You’re just utilizing your resources. 

Writing is also about perseverance.  It’s not about illumination and bursts of creativity.  Nothing wrong with either illumination or bursts of creativity, but you can’t rely on those. You have to be nose-to-the-grindstone persistent.  All writers feel like quitting sometimes.  The writers who finish a book don’t quit. They slug their way through it.

You have to believe in your idea.  You have to work your idea.  Sure, ideas evolve, but if you got excited about your idea when it first hit, then it’s probably a good idea.  Now take the next step. Pick up a pen. Or build a team who can help. Believe that your idea can come to life in a way that only you can express it.