Adventures in Book Binding Part 2

- by ria, on Wednesday, 8th September 2010, 4:37pm

As I write this, I have glue stuck to the tops of my fingers and cotton wool stuck to that.  I did the cotton wool thing on purpose so my fingers wouldn’t stick to the keyboard. Anyway.

I may have left off on a bad note last week, but fear not. All turned out well the next day. As with stories, home-publishing seems to need more than one draft before things work out. Book binder draft2 worked. I am in the process of binding a copy of my book right now. So, this is going to be a bit of a revelatory post. A revelation for me, that is. One that I’m going to share with you now.

I think I have been drawn into the idea that I am helpless. Marketing and advertising tells me how I should be, so I get to wanting to be that way. This suits the companies who own the marketing and advertising departments, but it’s not really best for me. I am losing my creativity to ideas that aren’t mine. I may think I am a writer, I am one of the most creative people in the world. Yes, and I am also just like everyone else. If I need something, the first thing I think is, “where can I buy this.”

Thankfully, I don’t have a lot of money, so purchases tend to be things that are necessities. Most everything else I can do without. Or I can make for myself. Like my book binder. I used things I found around the house to make it. Old bits of shelving we weren’t using, an old drawer. Even my tools were other implements pushed into service as tools. A pen knife as saw, peeler as planer, paint from an old tin that’s been lying around for ages.

Ok, this post has gone completely off topic, but what I’m trying to say is: don’t let the world stop you getting what you want. You are creative, so be creative. Let your imagination help you when it can. Last Wednesday, my binder wasn’t working out for me. Last Thursday I tried again, a different way, a way that worked. Today, I printed draft 3 of my novel and glued the spine. Tomorrow I will have a bound book.

I think you have to have the same sort of persistence when it comes to writing. If something isn’t working, just try again a different way.

And to give you an idea of how my binder turned out, here’s a photo:

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