Last week I announced to the world that I am writing a book about writing a book, and promised to share my progress with anyone who cares to follow along. This post is my very first progress report! (Cue the tiny marching band! I believe in celebrating early and often.)
I’m doing this for two reasons. First, I want to share my experience as a first time author in the hope that it will encourage others to dive into their own book project. Having coached other authors through the ups and downs of the book-writing process, I’m embarking on this journey with a tried and tested writing roadmap (which is in fact the very subject of my book itself). But how well I manage to follow my own program remains to be seen. I can already see that it’s a very different experience to be on the other side of the editing desk. I’m interested to see what I will learn along the way (and am prepared to be quite humbled by it.)
My second reason is simple, and a little selfish: I need support – and naked visibility – to hold me accountable so that I actually finish the thing. Like all the authors I work with, I am a busy person (who isn’t, these days?) with no shortage of distractions and excuses pulling at my attention. I am hoping that blabbing about my big ideas will apply the pressure I need to see them through.
I’ll update this post as I go along, so please check back from time to time. Writing is a lonely pursuit even when you do it in plain view of the whole wide internet, so please let me know what you think in the comments below. Have you written a book? Did you share your process with anyone? I’d love to hear your stories and suggestions.
And now, may I present my very first milestone reached:
My book outline!
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