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Jan 07, 2019 13:31:44

I Found a Book Title

by @basilesamel PATRON | 341 words | 155🔥 | 172💌

Basile Samel

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Whenever I'm creating something, I tend to find a title for it first.

If I don't have a title, I don't have a vision, and I tend to get chaotic.

It's fascinating to see how names and titles are self-limiting. This is what makes them powerful: they ground you.

It's been almost a month now since I announced my plan to write my first book in public on 200WaD. I have been writing non-stop since then. I outlined the topics I wanted to cover, but I have been struggling to find a book title that encompasses them. Until a few days ago.

I want this book to describe how it is to live as a nomad entrepreneur, a tech founder not tied to any location. I want to make it relatable, so I believe it's important to make it an autobiography, a story of how I came to be who I am. My thought process. What I stand for. What problems I am facing and trying to solve in my daily life. For short, what I'm made of.

I describe myself as a nomad maker. I'm passionate about making stuff that passionates me while traveling. Whether it's developing a tech product or writing a post here, I'm all about active forms of creation, as in, creating for the benefit of myself, and hopefully others (but you can never totally predict this).

So this book would be about documenting my process to become a maker, from childhood to two-time startup founder, while providing some actionable insights and teachings I received throughout the years.

I decided to go with "Making a Maker" to relate to this birth process.

It's a cyclic title because making is a cyclic process. A maker makes, and you are not born a maker, you become one. I like The Waterer Watered. It is one of the first movie ever made, and it describes the cyclic aspect of life perfectly.

Making a Maker. How I became a nomad entrepreneur.

I found my title. I feel more at peace already.

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    @basilesamel - an idea for you: have an AMA for each section of the book ( allow people's questions to refresh your memory of the details )

    #slack?

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jan 08, 2019 01:32:38
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      @brianball I think comments on 200WaD are meant for that ? but I definitely want to dig deeper the interactive experience part with the readers

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 08, 2019 01:37:39
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    @basilesamel - love it! Now you just need a cover. I saw somebody in another group recommend http://www.goonwrite.com/ ( I remember it as goon write -- but it's Go On Write )

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jan 08, 2019 01:31:38
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      @brianball good write :P Thanks for sharing!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 08, 2019 01:35:57
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    @basilesamel Great title and now I'm fired up to read it!

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 07, 2019 16:43:12
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    @basilesamel It really makes for a good title =P

    Lex Tan avatar Lex Tan | Jan 07, 2019 15:10:57
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    @basilesamel I am inspired to use 200wordsaday to write a book as well. I've always been dreaming of writing one but I think with this tool. I might finally do it.
    How has the experience been with public writing? In your case I think it is a good thing but what about writing a novel? Do you think it is wise to write it all out in public?

    Imanuel Gittens avatar Imanuel Gittens | Jan 07, 2019 14:19:29
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      @imanuelgittens

      Maybe some posts from my 200WaD collection might give you some insights about the journey? Let me know if you want me to cover some specific details.

      I think it's harder for a novel yes :P But maybe it can help with improving the text quality.
      For non-fiction it's great because it helps with marketing + reviewing. I guess it's a matter of use case, I didn't really think about fiction.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 07, 2019 15:00:24
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    @basilesamel for me it's slightly different. The name is usually not that important for me as long as I have a clear vision and goal. But I'm very happy for you that you found the name! Great choice!

    Wow, I think I just found a clever name for my book: “200 words”! It's clever because each of my 20wad titles consists of one word. And when I write 200 posts — that will be 200 words!

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      @zyumbik this title sounds like a manifesto for 200WaD ? love it

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 07, 2019 15:01:32
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