writing a book

writing a book

The subtitle for this post is “The plan and what I’m learning.”

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The plan:

Writing five days a week. A first draft by the end of March. A break for April and most of May. A summer of editing and rewriting.

Personal essays about life and Jesus and the beauty to be found in the everyday.

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What I’m learning:

My process is not what I expected.

It’s coming together, but not in the way I imagined. When I envision someone “being a writer,” I think of them starting at the beginning and working their way through. It turns out this is very much not my process.

And I really shouldn’t be surprised. My days are filled with starting one project, working on one I started yesterday and finishing something else that has been in process for a few weeks or months. I work best in short bursts, with lots of time to think and process between bouts of visible progress. It turns out that this is the way that I write books, too.

Still, I am putting in the time and the words are accumulating, things are finding their places and I can see progress.

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What I’m learning:

Sometime soon, I need a solid three or four hours to work on the bigger plan.

I’ve been working at the micro level because that’s what easily fits in the half hour windows of time that are easy to fit in my schedule.

I have a very loose framework for these bursts of words to fit inside, but I need to pause and refine my outline sometime soon - to see again how these ideas fit together and how I can best share them.

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What I’m learning:

Writing doesn’t happen solely at the keyboard.

An amazing amount of my progress is happening outside of my time at the computer. I go back to the words and the themes again and again in my thoughts. The story is still in process and still being revealed. My life is nourishing the story and the story is feeding my life. I feel richer for the writing - for the noticing.

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What I’m learning:

Jesus is walking through this with me.

My breath is increasingly becoming prayer. I pray for the words. I pray for a more full understanding. I pray for direction and wisdom. I pray for a willingness to be vulnerable.

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And friends! This plan and this progress is pretty awesome when I pause to reflect on it. It’s a dream I’ve literally held since childhood turning into a reality.x

synergy

synergy

one little word 2019: everyday

one little word 2019: everyday