You might be thinking that as a photographer, you will not need to do all that much writing for a book. The truth is that you will have some words that are needed. What are some tips for writing? Author Richard Harrington shares advice for writing a book that you will want to publish digitally with an application like Apple iBooks Author.
- You might be thinking that as a photographer, you won't need to do much writing for a book. But the truth is, you're going to have some words. Whether it's just the title of chapters or descriptive captions, you're going to likely need to do some writing to complete your book. I've written more than 40 physical books and a dozen electronic books. Let me share with you a few pieces of practical advice. First up, you're going to want to set some good habits. This includes deciding how much time per day you're going to put into a book.
Chances are, a book will be a multi day or even a multi week project in order to successfully accomplish. You're going to want to schedule the time. It is work, so you're going to want to block out time during the day where you can work uninterrupted. You should also identify a place to work. Chances are, you're going to have several panels and different documents, as well folders open. Working on large screen or even a two screen system can come in handy.
I also recommend that you keep your work area clean, or at least consistent. You're going to want to be able to find things and jump in where you left off. Writing is very much a creative process and being able to have a comfortable and familiar environment is very important. You should also put some rewards in, allowing yourself to have some milestones that you celebrate along the way. It's good to take breaks and to make sure that you notice that you're accomplishing something. You might be thinking I'm trying to talk you out of writing a book, but the truth of the matter is, it's a lot of work.
If writing a book were easy, there'd be a lot more people with books in a book store. But the truth is, it's somewhere in the middle. It takes some perseverance and some dedication, but it's gotten a lot easier than it used to be. And it might seem silly, but make sure you keep yourself hydrated. Staring at a computer for long periods of time can lead to dehydration, and this really stifles creativity and organization. You're also going to want to remove distractions. Distractions can include many different things that get in the way of your writing and design process.
For example, consider closing your web browser so you're not getting pop up notices and Facebook posts. In fact, consider shutting down social media while you're online. You might put your phone on Do Not Disturb, or disable those apps or push notifications. Notifications simply interrupt you, and it's very easy to divert your attention to something that seems urgent or more interesting at the time. You also should consider disabling email notifications.
This can include quitting your email application or turning off notifications. I'll usually put my cell phone on silent and let my family know that I'm going to be incognito for a bit. By limiting your distractions, you can help really remove anything that's going to get in the way of writing. You're going to want to stay focused and these are the things that I find get in my way. You may have some of your own distractions that you need to avoid. It's also a good idea to pace yourself.
Chances are, you won't finish a book in one sitting. Try to avoid the stress of deadlines. Additionally, create milestones so you can measure your own progress. Remember, this is like eating an elephant. While it's an old joke, how do you eat an elephant, the answer is simple, one bite at a time. A book can seem daunting with potentially hundreds of pages and images, but staying organized and making steady progress, you can get through it.
It just takes an organized approach. You're going to want to mix in some other activities from time to time to break up the monotony. This can include things like family meals or going out with friends, or stopping for exercise to reset the brain. I'll also take a break and run an errand. Finishing a book is very much like finishing a big race or taking a long hike. It's all about pacing yourself and knowing where you are in the process. I suggest creating a schedule of some sort.
Schedule it like any other job and make sure it exists on your calender when you're going to be writing. I recommend assigning blocks of time. Depending upon your ability to focus, I find that usually three to five hours is a reasonable stretch. You're going to want to potentially block out multiple days so that you can finish the project and include a little bit of pad. Also, be sure to determine if there are any real deadlines, or if they're just self-imposed.
Are you working with a publisher? Have you promised your blog audience or friends and family that it's coming out at a certain time? Or, do you just need to get it done? I hope that that practical advice helps you get through your book. Now, let's switch to some of the mechanics, starting with the EPUB template.
- Preparing a book's assets
- Tips on writing
- Using an EPUB template
- Setting up a book's structure
- Working with photos for a book
- Adding video and audio to a page
- Adding hyperlinks to a book
- Finalizing a book
- Distributing a book