Things I Know About Writing A Book, Part 1

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Legacy | One Comment

With my book releasing (very) soon, I thought I’d share with you some thoughts and reflections about the book writing and releasing process.

My  new book, Igniting the Invisible Tribe: Designing An Organization That Doesn’t Suck, (go here to sign up for a release notification) initially grew out of a project I did for grad school back in the early parts of 2009.

In my cohort, we didn’t have to do a “thesis” but we did have to do a “project.” Most of my classmates created some kind of organizationally driven program, but I was in the process of leaving a nonprofit and joining a consulting practice, so it seemed to make more sense to focus on something a bit more concrete than the shifting sands of my job.

I originally started my research by delving into the impact of multiple generations in the workplace and the troublesome effect this seemed to be having on teamwork, collaboration, communication, etc.

I quickly discovered, however, that whatever “the problem” with work was, it was much bigger than a generational one.

SO… my book did its first “pivot” and the scope of my research exploded with the reach of a nuclear bomb.

If generations weren’t the problem, what was?

I dug in, and held on for dear life.

My book would go on to do several more of these “rotations” throughout the last three and a half years as I continually narrowed down the “big point” of what I was trying to say.

LESSON #1: Your book will likely change (dramatically) in scope, purpose, and target audience — potentially multiple times — through the process of writing. This is normal. Go with it. And keep writing.

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P.S. Here are the other things I know about writing a book: Part 2 & Part 3.

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If you liked that post, then try these…

Self-ish Leadership In Overdrive by Josh Allan Dykstra on June 4th, 2012

Experiments In Telling The Future by Josh Allan Dykstra on January 9th, 2012

We Are What We Choose (2010 Princeton Baccalaureate Remarks by Jeff Bezos) by Josh Allan Dykstra on June 20th, 2010

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