While publishing has changed over the years, and people now read on Kindle, Nooks, phones, and iPads, one thing has remained constant: books are written as the result of hard work, joy, frustration, tears, experience, and imagination.
Books are not produced by an assembly line process involving sales reps, book gurus, managers, manuscript consultants, quality control departments, and account executives. Ghostwriting companies use models for writing books that resemble someone walking through a cafeteria line picking out salads, entrees, sides, desserts, and drinks.
Surely Charles Dickens sat at his desk each morning, dipped his pen in the inkwell, and just started writing.
Books over the years have been written by authors who exercised their creativity in many unique ways, and their methods can't be categorized or put into a model or mold.
In Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury said that a writer should sit at his keyboard every day and let his fingers hit the keys until the brain and hand begin working together to form ideas and stories.
Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road by taping 120 pages together and feeding them into his typewriter. He used no paragraphs and wrote the book in three weeks.
Robert Louis Stevenson penned Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde after being inspired by nightly dreams. He became agitated if anyone awakened him when he was dreaming of the next major part of the story.
Stephen Hawking wrote A Brief History of Time one letter at a time using eye and head movements.
Robert Fulghum wrote casual observations about life that later became All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten after a friend suggested that his essays might be collected in a book.
James Joyce wrote Finnegans Wake over a seventeen-year period. Because of failing eyesight, he dictated the last part of the book to his daughter.
To produce a great book, you don't insert an idea into a flow chart and watch it move through an organizational hierarchy.
Books are written by individuals with with great talent—not by companies.
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