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What Does It Take To Write A Book? - (Do you have what it takes?)


As a retired firefighter/paramedic, those of us in the field used to say that if you showed a cardiogram to 10 different doctors, you would get ten different interpretations. Although that may not be totally true, it does have some merit. I have taken a cardiogram on a patient that challenged me to interpret to different doctors for their opinion. More than once many had a different interpretation of what they saw.

The bottom line is everyone interprets things differently, especially when there is room for interpretation. Not everything is black and white. Many things have a grey area. When this occurs, it requires more research or additional opinions. The topic of tonight's blog post falls into that category. It's a grey area and subject to the opinion of the individual you are asking. Therefore, much of this post is my opinion on the topic. However, an opinion based on making many mistakes, and years of learning. Many will agree, and some may not, when we compare various conditions, we have to take a step back and look at them logically to reach a reasonable conclusion. There is a method to the madness of figuring out a problem and finding the right solution. May I add, not after a great deal of confusion and screwing up. The problem in the book industry is, when you screw up, it costs you money. Sometimes, a great deal of money.

When I think of what I used to pay to have book video trailers made, I choose not to think about it. People are visual. They like to see things, especially short videos. Therefore, I learned how to do it myself, spent the money on the programs and equipment, and eventually got good at it. Enough so, that I started Altech Videos and started to make them for other writers at a much cheaper cost. If you want to see some samples of my video trailers, click on the tab on the menu Altech Videos. From the dropdown menu, select Altech Video Studios. Moving on.

Carol from Utah emailed me this week with an intriguing question which is why I chose her topic suggestion for tonight's post. As an aspiring writer, she asked, "What Does It Take To Write A Book? That is an EXCELLENT question. It took a good amount of thought to break it down and develop what I felt was the proper answer. I receive this question many times. SO much so, I developed many tutorials on writing.

After reading this post, if you want to learn more about the writing process, I offer many inexpensive courses on writing a book and other business tutorials on UDEMY.COM. All courses are audio-visual presentations with free downloads. You can preview each course for free before you take it. Each course lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours.


I often take a reverse approach when answering questions, especially during public speaking The purpose is to weed out the non-important variables and focus directly on the question. So, let's try that here.

  • You do not need to be an English major. We have editors that correct our mistakes.

  • You don't need a great deal of time unless your book topic involves time-related materials.

  • Your spelling does not have to be perfect because we now have very reliable spelling checkers, and don't forget that editor.

  • You don't need a lot of money. Many self-publish, so the most significant expense is marketing your book.

  • You don't need to rent office space. Instead, pick somewhere comfortable and private.

These are just a few Now,


  • Privacy

  • Imagination

  • Desire

  • Patience

  • Commitment

  • A degree of creativity

Once again, these are just a few. However, to correctly answer this question, I think we need to focus on what may be considered by most, the most important We can work around all of those things except for one. By looking at that list, I believe it is patience.

Let's see a show of hands for those who agree that patience is an essential item. Great. I agree. Now we need to understand why. LEt's face it. We all live in an 'I want it now world.'

Everything aspect of writing a good book is a waiting game. Each step requires PATIENCE before anything else. If you don't have patience, it will leads to frustration, which leads to a lack of productivity, and a waste of precious time. A total anti-productive experience. If you want to write a book, you must know going in that you won't have the best ideas every time you sit down to write. In addition, incredible ideas come to you at random moments. Most times, when you are not able to sit down and write. That is why I always tell people to carry a notebook or keep one by the bed. In one of my murder mysteries, I was struggling with how I wanted to end it and sequel into the next book. It was driving me crazy. One night I awoke in the middle of the night and it came to me. I grabbed my pad and pencil and wrote my ideas down. Yes, you can use the voice memo feature on your smartphone as well.

You may write and rewrite a scene or segment in your book many times before deciding on the final wording. To this day, I look back on my first books and read parts that I know I could have written better. Thus, the learning process. However, you can get stuck in what I call 'the scene loop.' Whereas, you read it so many times and change things here and there that you never settle on the final wording. You are stuck in the loop. We are all human. It is natural to look back on something and see where you could have done it better. The reason is, the more we do something the better we get at it. Therefore, don't be hard on yourself. The best of the best do the same thing.