How to Write a Book
So you want to write a book? We have some tips!
Christopher Hitchens once said, “Everyone has a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.”
Here at The Church Online, we take a different view. We think everyone has a book in them, but some people just need a little help getting it out.
But how does it work? How do we take the book in your head and turn it into a book held in everyone’s hand? To find out, take a look at these five parts of the book making process at The Church Online.
1. Find the voice
As writers, the way we think and speak comes out on every page. Some people are blunt and direct. Some are elliptical and poetic. Most people are somewhere in the middle. First, we find out what kind of writer you are so that our words come out as your words and our edits reflect your voice and tone. We want to make sure that we are giving life to your thoughts in your book.
2. Pitch an original story
You want a book about how Jonah relates to the modern world, but here at The Church Online, we know there’s a bit more to the story than that. We help you find a new angle on Jonah that’s never been done before, a book that feels necessary and exciting in a world that may have heard the story before.
3. Plot the path
You have the idea. Now how do you get from alpha to omega? This is often the step that makes people put down the pen and give up. Once we have your story down, we break it apart into pieces, outlining every element. Each chapter needs to have an idea, each idea has to fit together, and each idea has to lead to the ultimate message of the book.
4. Keep a tight leash on the message
Speaking of the message, this little guy has a way of running away from you once you get into the thick of the content, usually midway through your book writing process. It’s important to always keep an eye on where your message is and to bring it around enough to remind your reader without sounding repetitive. It’s a careful art, and one we pride ourselves on mastering here at The Church Online.
5. Get feedback and edit, edit, edit
Finally, we get to the part that bores most people but remains one of the most important steps: the editing. This is when you take a roughly cut piece of marble and sand it down to Michelangelo’s David. We work closely with you to find out how you feel about each word in your book and tweak every detail until it is perfect. We’ll take as much time as necessary to make sure the book matches the vision.
So, feel free to prove Christopher Hitchens wrong. Don’t keep your book inside. Bring it to us, and we’ll make sure the masterpiece you envision becomes a reality.