Could You Write a Book?
Over the years, I’ve often asked myself, “Could you write a book?” A memoir, a novel or more probably, a knitwear design book?
Necessary Skillset – Could You Write a Book
In short, I think the answer is yes…I think so.
There are a ton of skills necessary to write a book. Some of which I wouldn’t even know until I realized I didn’t have the skill. It’s like many job, I would imagine. There are so many specific skills necessary to do each and every job and it’s only when you fail that you realize you require a skill that you don’t possess.
I just did a quick internet search on skills required to write a book and this is a short list:
- Communication skills
- Organization skills
- Research skills
- Know what you want to write
- Follow the readability principles
Some of these aren’t my strong-points. The top two on the list, I’m quite confident with. I can also be very disciplined when I’m inspired. Organization, I’ve gotten very good at. Especially now that I have a bit more capacity as a retiree.
Research skills, I suck at. I could develop those skills, but that would be the weakest link in the process.
Knowing what I want to write…I think I’d be very good at determining that. I can be very good at clarifying purpose and direction at the outset of any project. I like having a good roadmap.
Finally, following the readability principles. I’m not sure what those are, but I bet I have a good sense about them based on all the reading I’ve done in my life. And also having 20 years of blog-writing under my belt.
I would add at least one more skill. Receptivity. Unlike the stereotypical man, I always ask for directions when I’m unsure. I think it’s a necessity to have others review my work. People whose opinion I trust to tell me what works for them and what doesn’t.
My Book-Writing History
Twice in my life, I started to write a book. The first one was tentatively titled “Designing Men’s Knitwear.” I have an entire outline of the book and I’ve written major sections of it. I abandoned the project when I realized that I’d need to have pattern designs in the book to demonstrate the theoretical discussions. I think having both theory and practical application is part of the “readability principle” for most knitters.
One of these days, I may dust off the work I have and re-start this project.
The other book was a novel. It was a short-lived project. It required a bit more organization than I had at the time and way more research than I cared to do. That project will never get re-started. If I ever decide to write a novel, I will start from scratch.
How about you? Do you have a book or two in you?
It was a hard week this week. Even during some times when I was in waiting rooms, I just didn’t feel like knitting. Still yet, I did finish one of the hats I had started as of this past Wednesday.
I also got some additional work done on the second hat. I’m liking both of them and think the hats are getting better and better as I go along.
Five more hats (at least) to finish before I get back to the Silvatica Stole.