How often do those ideas become actual books? Not as often. It’s easy to have an idea. A thought flits through my head, I start to expand it, and it becomes attractive, interesting, even engaging. I begin to think this could make a good story. If I’m really excited I’ll write something down, and lo, a story is born.
I have the beginnings of 20 novels on my computer and a dozen short stories. All were wonderful ideas, so I thought. But it takes more than just the idea, or the beginning, to make a book.
Books are made up of chapters. Novels have characters, a plot or two or three, twists and turns, a main goal, several huge obstacles, a glorious climax, and an ending. Nonfiction books have a main subject, subtopics (or points) of discussion, personal stories to illustrate these points, comparisons with other methods, lots of motivation to keep the reader engaged, and a stirring ending to urge the reader to take action. How does all this happen?
It takes perseverance. I started writing each one of those 20 novels and dozen short stories. I applied myself religiously for some time. But somewhere along the way I gave up. I lost my initial excitement. Taking the next step on the journey seemed less important than going after a new idea. I failed with those stories and that’s where many writers fail. If you don’t stick with your story, you won’t complete it.
When I started working on F.A.I.T.H. last November, I loved the idea of a collaborative book and thought it would be easy to put together. I wanted 19 other authors. Simple. But it wasn’t simple. People said “no” time and time again. Months passed and I had little to show for my efforts. There were moments when I thought of giving up, but I didn’t. Why? Because I was determined to complete the project. It wasn’t just a book anymore. It was a mission. I couldn’t “not” do it.
Millions of books are published each year. New authors are created every day. You can be one of them if you don’t let your ideas die through neglect. Decide that you’re going to follow through. Be determined. Then follow through. Persevere. A little bit at a time will eventually result in an entire book. Your book.
F.A.I.T.H. will be published the end of June 2014. I am a proud author! When will your book be published?
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