Everybody has an experience in some form or the other. Some make it big because they have valuable Degrees like MA, MBA, PhD, MD, Engineering and Architecture from top colleges. Others still make it big because they have valuable tenets in life, though not Degrees. Knowledge and experience enrich you with the thought-process that is required to write a book. Create yours by reading a lot of books!
When I wrote my first book, I had a bit of both. My educational knowledge and experiential learning were both put to test in my book. I used knowledge and experience in writing the book. Let me admit that the time gap between the inception and completion of book was two years! Writing a book is not a cake’s walk. First you have to gather ideas after getting the initial thought of writing a book. The idea of writing a book sparks but leaves a lot of space to be filled in.
Key areas to be covered while writing a book
- What will you write?
A subject that is rare or a general topic known to all or a topic relevant to a particular time…this is important. You cannot change the subject and topic every time you sit to write the book. Play with an idea for at least a month without writing anything to be sure that you want to write about it. Choose your favorite topic in your field of expertise that retains your interest till you finish the book. It may be about cars, pets, management (I chose owing to my MBA), cooking, sports or life (don’t choose a serious topic like religion or fanaticism for the first time but a good and light one). Start on the book when you have much matter in your mind. I chose Business crisis as the topic because it was the most relevant one for me in 2008.
- How will you write?
A pen, paper, notebook, lose sheets, computer, post-its for broad ideas etc… Ideas flood at times, ideas are sparse at others. Jot them down or type them and save them. Elaborate on them. I used a computer, made a list of topics I would write on and detailed them out. I conducted online survey with CEOs of top MNCs and used their inputs. I got about 180 pages in 6 months. I gave another 6 months for survey inputs and other reviewer comments. This was overlapping with the publishing time (explained in another article). My book was ready with its rough draft after 6 months, first draft after one year and final draft after 22 months just before publishing. I thought that the crisis would itself end by the time the book would hit the market!!