Book Blog: Where does the idea come from to write a new book?
I’ve known I was going to write another book ever since my first, ‘Coaching Presence’, was published in 2014.
I had no idea what this new book would be about, but I knew at some point the idea would come to me and then it would happen. I am now writing that second book.
People are quite inquisitive when I tell them I’m writing a book. Often, one of the first questions is “Where did you get the idea from?” So that’s where I’ll start.
The way the idea came to me, for both books, is as different as chalk and cheese. The idea for the first book popped into my head while I was driving. Then I worked the idea, and worked it and worked it, until the manuscript for the book was handed over to the publisher several months later.
The idea for my new book came to me in a very different way.
For years, I have written in the morning. I wake up, get myself a cup of coffee, sit down and write. People know I write, so I always have a supply of nice pens and lovely journals to write in.
I write without intention. What that means is that I don’t decide beforehand what I’m going to write about. I do decide sometimes (like today), but not very often.
Practising different styles of writing
My writing takes many forms. Sometimes it’s a reflection of my work, sometimes I work through an issue, sometimes it’s a poem, sometimes it turns into an article, sometimes it’s nonsense.
I write for the sheer pleasure of writing, and I love to see what comes out on the page.
Last year, a friend introduced me to the book ‘Method Writing’, by Jack Grapes. My friend suggested I use the method writing to practice different styles of writing.
I started practising the various styles in Jack’s book, and from there I began to write with the intention of practice. That means I focused on writing in the style, still with no concern about the content or the ‘story’. Out of that practice emerged some short stories.
I didn’t know what they were at the time. But I knew they were good pieces of writing.
I got into a routine of typing up my daily writing. In doing so, I started to see how a theme had begun to emerge.
I carried on writing, still without intention, and more pieces emerged that continued along the same theme. The idea was born.
That was a few months ago, and now here I am talking to you about it.
What this second book is about
Now you want to know what the theme is, don’t you? All in good time. I will tell you about that another time.
I wrote this article after someone asked me questions about my book. He suggested I write a blog on the subject.
He thought other people would be as interested as he was in my process. Many people feel they have a book in them, but most don’t write it. When they find out I’m writing a book, I get asked a lot of questions.
So that’s what I’m doing. I’m going to write a blog every so often about what’s going on in the writing of my book. This is first of those articles.
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If there’s anything you would like to know about my writing process, please feel free to contact me with your questions and I will do my best to answer them in my blog.
If you’d like more information about my previous book Coaching Presence, you can find that here.