There are many courses available to help people with grammar, and punctuation and all the mechanics of writing. But what about the process and methods to help an author to create a compelling story? What about a course that helps people to move from a basic idea to a real and interesting story that they can be proud of. It would have certainly helped me to write my first book and it has definitely helped me with subsequent books. But like most other authors I didn’t have any help. I stumbled my way through my first book, ‘The Balanced Innovator’, writing and re-writing every chapter, changing the order of chapters and even changing the basis for the book from one theme to another. I wanted to publish The Balanced Innovator so badly. I was emotionally connected to it. I believed in the premise of success being achieved when the project has the right ‘What, How, Why Balance and I had tons of encouragement. What I didn’t have was a method that would help me to turn the idea into reality. All in all, The Balanced Innovator took me two years and thousands of hours to write. And that didn’t include all the research! When I developed an idea for a second book I quickly shelved it because I knew it would be painful and time consuming.
Then I thought for a moment about the basic principles in The Balanced Innovator. I thought about getting from current state to desired future state and about using the methods in the book to turn an idea into reality. Why couldn’t that same method work for writing a book? I decided to try it. My second book was a semi autobiographical book around my life as a football supporter. I didn’t need to do much research because all the ideas were already there, in the history of my own life. It was a low risk gamble. In December 2008 I started and within 6 weeks, ‘From Salford to Tucson and Back Again, The Globetrotting Memoirs of a Manchester United Fanatic’ sold its first copy. Now I have to admit that it is available as a Print on Demand book so I haven’t been through the endless chasing of agents and publishers that most authors suffer. That is because the method I use gave me so much confidence that I felt able to publish on my own. The advantage with print on demand publishing is it takes a relatively small financial investment and the author gets to keep a much higher royalty.
I have now used the method again to write my first novel. ‘The Magic Eye’ is the first book in the adventure series, ‘The Magical Adventures of Melie’ and it took me five weeks from start to finish. That’s right – it only took five weeks. That included getting the basic idea, developing characters, mapping out the chapters, setting the scene, developing a start middle and end, writing the words and then editing and proofreading.
I now want to share these methods with as many people as are interested. If you believe that you have a novel or other book in you, I can help turn your ideas into reality.