How to Write a Book – Omar Al Busaidy
For many, writing a book is nothing short of a journey. It helps reveal characteristics about the writer themselves, their abilities. For others, writing is a trip down memory lane, highlighting the significant moments of their lives.
For Emirati author, Omar Al Busaidy, the journey proved fruitful with the acclaimed success of his motivational book ‘Just Read It’. However, the author’s path to success was paved with obstacles.
From the book’s authenticity to Al Busaidy’s qualifications being questioned, the Emirati author, who plays mentor to students from various UAE schools and is a key motivational speaker in the region, has faced many a challenge pre-success.
“There were many who asked me whether I had a degree in psychology or human behavior as if I wasn’t the one who wrote it,” shares Al Busaidy. With a slow-paced, yet, consistently evolving culture of the local community, convincing family, friends, and others was challenging for the author. “I would tell them that I went to the ‘University of Life’ and double majored in life lessons and experience. That’s where the material for ‘Just Read It’ came from.”
Crediting his success to the below points, Omar Al Busaidy shares his insight on what aspiring writers need to know before embarking on the creative journey.
Books pose as a source of both, research and inspiration. Reading books will help aspiring authors identify their preferred tone of text and style.
Discuss the topic
Discussing the topic with others will help identify what subjects are in demand and what readers are inclined to be drawn in by. Focus groups or brainstorms on the subject will also help writers assess their content. According to Al Busaidy, discussing the subject of the book-in-progress will help writers identify the reason behind the content. “Some authors don’t focus on the right issues at hand and don’t address them in the way people want to receive that information.”
Understand your character, storyline, and message
Writers need to be in tune with their content. “Writing becomes a chore if you do not understand who and what you’re writing about. Many aspiring writers do not follow through with their story as they lose interest in the character or story. You must learn to love your story, your lead role and understand what the message of your book is whether it is a moral story or an informative story,” shares Al Busaidy.
Identify the right publisher and distributor
“Something I should have paid more attention to before writing ‘Just Read It’ was to do thorough research on editors, publishers, and distributors as it would have saved me a lot of resources including time and money,” explains Al Busaidy. Take time to find the right publisher if necessary and build a solid relationship with them. “They will be your biggest cheerleader and supporter throughout the journey of your book.”