From the Writing Team at The Church Online
So you want to write a book? We have some tips!
The witty iconoclast 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 tips, with a quick overview of the book-making process at The Church Online.
1. Find the voice
As writers, all our verbal preferences come out on every page. Some people are blunt and direct; some are elliptical and poetic. Most people are somewhere in the middle. Our first job here is to 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 power to your thoughts in your book.
2. Pitch an original story
You may think this is obvious; we all certainly want our books to be big hits. 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 have to 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, to bring it around enough to remind your reader but not so much as to sound 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 and every word in your book and tweak every detail until it is perfect. Perfect for you and perfect for your readers. We’ll take as much time as necessary to make sure the book matches the vision that you started with back at the beginning of the process.
So feel free to prove jaded 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.