Begin with the end in mind.
It is the second habit in Stephen R. Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” In his website, which presents excerpts of his book, he wrote:
Habit 2 is based on imagination–the ability to envision in your mind what you cannot at present see with your eyes. It is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation. The physical creation follows the mental, just as a building follows a blueprint.
I created a working cover for my book, which is still a work in progress (as you may have known if you happen you read any of my earlier posts).
Many authors do that. They create and put in front of them a visual image of their book before the first word is even written.
I agree. It’s so inspiring, highly motivating and extremely empowering!
When things look drab, it’s pretty easy for you to say, “Oh, what a drag!”
When the going gets rough, you buckle up but still can’t toughen up
You’ve lost your spark, you won’t budge even when facing a great white shark
Your feet are as heavy as boulder, look at that drooping shoulder
You can’t lift a finger, how can you as a writer even move further
What do you do now, you can’t go any farther
Look no harder than your draft book cover
It’s there to perk you up and give you that quick pick me up.
Pardon my attempt at creating that poem! I’m just exploding at the thought of having this book come out soon.
Anyway, please let me know what you think of my draft cover at the top. I did two more versions that closely resembles the first. These are by no means cast in stone and can change drastically anytime.
That’s how book covers transform.
And mine is no exception.
Now, what do you think?