Authors and Authorship
Authors and Authorship
Being an Author involves three aspects of you.
It involves your heart, your head and your hand.
The journey into authorship should begin from your heart, otherwise you will fail in delivering a captivating message through your book.
From your heart flows the issues of life. Until your is heart properly conditioned to write, you can’t do an effective job.
From your head flows your intellectual juice which you squeeze out and transfer unto the pages of a book, but your message may settle only on the intellectual plane of your reader. If you desire to make a heart-connection with your reader through your book, you need to align your heart properly.
In aligning your heart properly, there are a few things you need to know and resolve to help you achieve that.
You need to:
1. Understand why it is important to write a book.
2. Understand what authors do to the society.
3. Recognize what writing or authorship can make of you.
4. What is the greatest tool of an author and how authors treat this special tool.
Building your capacity to be an author begins from your Heart.
You already have the intellectual capacity, which is in your Head. With your hands you write on paper or knock the keypads of your laptop or desktop.
This takes me something important about authorship. There are four levels of authorship.
The theoretical authors. These are the academics that research and organize information to publish as books. They are fixated with their theories and philosophies. They do a good job, but how many academic authors are rich? The reason is that they mainly appeal to your intellect.
The tactical authors. These are the “how to”, “step-by-step”, “nuts-and-bolts” authors. They write book on how to do things. They teach tactics through books, videos and podcasts. In real life, tactics alone does not change lives. They don’t inspire people into sustainable action. There is more than tactics.
Transformational Authors. These are in-depth authors. They make a connection between their content and the change their readers want to see in their lives. If you write a book on How to Do Physical Exercising, for instance, and you connect it to looking good, feeling better, increasing confidence and energy; then the reader starts to get more interested. Reason: you are answering the all important question of ” why does this matter?”
Authors who write from this stand point captivate their readers and draw them into themselves.
Transcendental Authors. These are authors that lift up their readers and connect them to their lives meaning and purpose – to change the way they want to see in the world. For instance, you connect the Exercising to the best version of their lives. Of who they are and why they should become their best.
Before you begin to write, consider at what level of authorship you want to operate. This will help you organize your thoughts along that line and choose your words and phrases to fit.
When I say that authors create cultures and influence cultures, I am actually referring to transformational and transcendental Authors.
As an author coach, my job is to help you identify what level of Authorship you want to devote your attention to, then guide you into deepen engagement for further training and coaching.
You can be a great Author! I’m here to guide you along the way.
Joseph C. Ibekwe
The Creative Coach