Have you ever thought about publishing your programming insights into a book?
Maybe you have some ideas and theories that you want to impart to others. Perhaps, you’re worried because you haven’t tried writing before. If you have, then that’s amazing and can be helpful in writing a programming book.
Knowledge is flowing within you and you want others to benefit from it too. The best way to do it is document it through a book. Who knows, your genius can be passed on from one generation to another. The fast evolution of technology doesn’t stop programmers from writing programming books.
Now you’re determined to write your own book but you’re afraid to be judged or you’re afraid to get started. Maybe these tips can help.
Enhance Your Writing Skills
You may already be programming for a few years now which means you already have a lot of knowledge about it. What you need to improve now is your writing skills. Make a list of the best programming books or any classic literature that are beautifully written. Don’t think about copying, just keep reading to get your mind thinking like how books are written. For starters, practice writing articles or participate in forums for a few months. Even if you may already be good in writing, you still need to enhance your writing skills since programming books are technical books. That said, they may be boring for others. You can’t always translate it to layman’s terms but if you’re writing a beginner’s guide, it’s the best way to write.
Improve Your Coding Skills
Now that you have eliminated writing, you may start being an expert in your field. One way to do this is to not expect that you will be an expert but you will be by default. Remain curious and hungry for knowledge, in the long run you’ll be an expert without even realizing it. Know the ins and outs of coding. Perhaps creating your own alternative solutions to problems would be great to publish too.
Fill in the Gap in Books
There are times where the tutorial books we read seems to be lacking in information. If you have experienced this, take a note of these and put yourself in the learner’s shoes. Relay information to readers the way you want experts to relay information to you. Additionally, you can also take out your top 3 favorite programming books and make your own revisions on what could have been included or omitted from them.
Hire an Editor
If you haven’t tried publishing a book in the past yet, then hiring an editor would be a wise investment. Editors will guide you from start to finish. Of course, you may always do self-publishing but if you’re just starting out, editors can be extremely useful.
Now that you’re ready, time to grab your laptop and start writing!
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