How do you write a book?
One word at a time. Line by line, paragraph by paragraph, page by page, chapter by chapter.
“The best things come to those who wait” (I hope that’s true?)
Well last week I finally dedicated my time to get Chapter seven ‘done and dusted’ (first edit). I’ve submitted the text off to Karen and Sheryl of Librotas – www.librotas.com – and await any detailed feedback. I let my girlfriend Jo read it who is very good at helping me and giving constructive feedback and she was disappointed! Disappointed that she was not able to give any in-depth input as the chapter was fantastic. (Yay!)
She was gripped and caught up in the suspense and emotion. She commented at how much my writing had improved since the start of the book. This is great news for me but also makes me think that I need to go back to the start and edit. (Of course I will in due course)
I’ve mentioned before how the writing takes me a lot of time due to expressing my feelings into words. Jo pointed out some very good paragraphs and when I looked at them I remembered how long it had taken me to write it. Maybe a good half hour.
This feedback confirms to me that I am doing the right thing. It is taking me a long time but whatever I’m doing, I’m doing it right. I need to convert my impatience to time typing and keep pushing myself forward. Word by word, line by line, paragraph by paragraph, page by page, chapter by chapter.
In the last week time again has stopped me as it’s been a busy week in my business speaking at conferences. I have prepped for chapter eight by going through my photo album and I’m ready to commit some solid time to the book going forward. Let’s do this!
It makes me wonder if anybody else is amazed just how long it can take to produce some text, but pleased with the outcome.
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