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Writing A Book? – How To, Or Maybe How Not To
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Writing A Book? – How To, Or Maybe How Not to

It is not always wise to take on too much at one time. Being semi retired and having my designed computer program encoded for me, has had me at a loose end. So I started to write on Street Articles, got involved on Face Book and began a Blog displaying my photographs. I've always wanted to write a book and decided I now had time to do this. How to write and see what happens, should maybe read how not to, and be more correct.

The Street Articles gave me the practice and aid I needed to convince myself I could write, and Face Book got me the needed encouragement. Old friends and colleagues thought the book a good idea and that it would be successful, as well as encouraged to promote my photography. So first I began my book, and then put it to one side to start the Blog, the blogging became enjoyable with a fast developing following. But to have followers you must follow, and before long this became more than a hand full.

Back to the book I went, “A Greener Green, What is the Keep up to” the title, it is a book based on years of experience of having golfers approach me whilst working and asking the proverbial question “What the hell are you doing?” As an employee and responsible to any Golfer playing the course, one must stop and enlighten them. On many an occasion, the reply of “How interesting” has taught me two things, they lack a certain knowledge of the basics of agronomy and plant science, as well as there's a genuine interest shown when you explain to them the basics.

But also I have been able to give stupid answers to stupid questions that has turned into laughter. So the basics of the book is humour with a certain amount of education of the basics of the science behind plant growth and Green Keeping.

In the mean time the blog is doing well and I'm now being encouraged to write a book of my experiences with photos attached. Why not, it seems so easy. I have written articles for Street Articles about experiences in the game parks, just add photos and a few more stories and the book, finished. How wrong could I be. When looking at photos taken all over the country, I could not leave out certain pictures with their related stories. So the book titled “Visits to the Park, the Kruger National Park” was no longer entirely correct.

Forget the title and write the book my head said, the title can follow later. A blog I follow called “Live to Write, Write to Live”, written by published book authors, places little importance on a title, or for that matter on where you start the book. They expound the fact that you can start in the middle, return to add a beginning and an end. I found this too confusing, I needed a title to work around and a beginning, most important. The book became a shambles, I was penning about golf courses and their upkeep, writing articles for Street Articles, blogging my photos, and writing on trips to game parks.

But not only that, I was reading others articles, looking at other blog photos and communicating on Face Book. Something had to give and I realised this quickly, when I wrote two thousand odd words of a trip to the Park, on the book about Green Keeping. Cut and paste came into play and all corrected, however, I realised something had to give, the pressure that I'd placed upon myself was just too much. So if you want to write a book don't try to do it as well as a thousand (exaggeration) other things at the same time.

I started the parks book over again giving it a title, “A photographic trip aboard my ship, lets see where it takes us” a new introduction and away it sailed (pardon the pun). The book took shape far easier and with reduced pressure, I find a couple of thousand words a breeze, still allowing me pleasure time to blog, read articles and occasionally pen one.

Now I feel no pressure when I rise in the mornings, what direction my day is to take, decided over a cup of tea and some times Milk Tart at four in the morning. If the brain starts to think about the one book, that's the direction for the day. All other activities just have to wait until the writing and thoughts need a break. Articles and blogs then get attention and if after a while, the thoughts start in another direction, I will leave the one book and continue on the other.

Writers block, a very real thing, has no easy answer, and this is when I find a change of direction aids in combating the infliction. I can write a lot faster now, all the practice with articles, and the pressure that was felt to complete a project, gone. No book was ever written in a day, I now have others reading and commenting as I go along, almost like a bunch of editors, and as the one must have humour, it helps to have another’s response.

For those that are wanting to write a book, I hope this article helps them, the how to, and how not to, written here between the lines, just seek and you shall find them.


Street Talk

Nice article! Backwards of my days. I'm avoiding reading in the mornings and getting into creating. Including articles, lenses and blog posts in this part. Though last week I also pulled together an ebook last week that includes links to 12 recordings. As my new updated subscriber gift:-) So here I am reading your article quite a bit after you published it! Good job. Your brain is incredible... I like your humor too.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Cynthia, as things go on one in older age gets wise to when we best perform and don't panic if we can't.. life's lessons sometimes take a light to go on, like in cartoons of old, just shows how brilliant they were back then...

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  about 7 years ago
AJ  

Unfortunately, commenting was what gave for me. I spend one or two days a week attempting to catch up on reading and commenting. The rest is spend in my garden, on the farms now that picking has begun, preserving food (which will only increase as the season does), and documenting all of this on my website and articles. I love the articles of many in my tribe and I hope they will forgive the occasional miss of their articles. Sometimes life gets in the way :)

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  about 7 years ago

I agree AJ, I sort of half wish some one would take over no 1 spot, whilst up here one feels a certain obligation to comment on the articles, I must admit it some times takes a day or two for me to get round to it but I try to keep it up.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Rob and keep sharing. I have an e book in the works to go with a new website, your idea of course, I am putting together all the car articles, etc... Keep inspiring me .

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  about 7 years ago

Hey Shawn that is going to sell, watch it go.

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  about 7 years ago

Rob it seems you have sold a few copies already count me in. Good luck, again nice article.

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  about 7 years ago

Will remember that James

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  about 7 years ago

I can identify with the quote "somethings got to give" Writing articles, reading others articles and maintaining my websites has become more than I can do . On top of that out boat broke down with a bad oil cooler problem. Three days and many cuss words later it is up and running again. Oh yeah and about $1000.00. So if you don't see me commenting on articles as much as I did you will know that something had to give. I hope to comment on as many articles as I can because I enjoy reading them and learning from them.

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  about 7 years ago

Yes John, I have reached the stage where I make a decision in the morning as to my program for the day and I don't let it worry me if I get through or not.

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  about 7 years ago

It was a great article Rob really inspiring but I have asked you before how do you manage? You said you had so much time! But still how much time? Writing articles, writing a book, commenting, blogging...I will certainly follow the advise because I need to get things in a row too. Thanks for the "calming" article

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  about 7 years ago

All my life Maria I have been a hard worker, every day, physical work as well, now I find I do not have enough to keep me busy, so I tackle it all at once and I love pressure, but now I take it as it comes, maybe the semi retirement isn't so good for me....

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  about 7 years ago

Sounds like you're on a roll, Rob! I think a lot of us make the mistake of putting off writing a book until the time is right. But if we don't make time for it, the book will never get written.

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  about 7 years ago

So right Georgia, I have wanted to write for so long and always felt self conscious about my ability, but with street articles I've gained the confidence and now its flowing beautifully.

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  about 7 years ago

Dear Rob, I am waiting to read your book, another great article.

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  about 7 years ago

thanks Alfred.. will keep you in mind when finished.

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  about 7 years ago
joe witt  

Great article, Definitely think that article writing is an excellent way to gain experience with writing and to get ideas and tips.

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  about 7 years ago

Undoubtedly, the article writing has taught me not to be so verbose and to keep on the point. Before I was all over the place, now much better.

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  about 7 years ago

Good advice, Rob, and thanks. I have studied the question of writing an entire book--taken some courses, read some 'how to write' books and articles. I probably know more about how to write a book than anyone who has never written a book (I don't count my poetry book--such 'collections' are not really books, as I conceive them to be. One thing that always comes up is planning. We tend to see 'writing' as 'storytelling'--we are inclined to start at the begnning and go through to the end--this is the intuitive technique. But successful writers do a lot of organizing--they organize their day to include regular writing periods, the plan their book's plot, list the book's character--all kinds of things. I'd guess that a non-fiction book such as you are presently writing would benefit from some planning--if you want to be informative, you should conceive your books chapters as successive 'lessons' on your subject, from simple to complex, from basics to bottom lines. Such planning can be extra useful when working on more than one project at a time, as you seem to be doing. The plans and outlines can quickly re-appraise you of what you're doing and just where you left off. It's counter-intuitive, I know, to try to organize a quote, creative, unquote, process. But creativity without structure is like experimenting without recording data--the result is incoherent and untargeted.

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  about 7 years ago

I have laid down plans for both books and find it most useful the "live to write write to live" blog is most great advice wise. With chapters and direction down on paper, it aids that some mornings I'm all fired on a certain subject so I will tackle that on the day. I might skip a whole lot of chapters and can easily come back to them. It is far better this way than trying to stay on the laid out plan and writing the next chapter in following order. For an example we had this case on Rhino poaching that I blogged about but it encouraged me to pen that portion of the book, I simply wrote the whole chapter with photos in a few hours and saved it for placement when that chapter is reached. I think to write a novel would be beyond me, my mind wanders too much and I would be force filling pages to get to where I want, and that would make for a shitty book. But must admit there are now days I don't write anything as my progress is now far better not feeling forced to write in following order, rather writing when inspired.

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  about 7 years ago
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