I’ve been muttering about writing a book for quite a number of years now. However, I’ve also been fighting quite a big writer’s block. Some of you will know that I started to write a diary blog so that I could find a way to overcome the barriers to my writing. Well, it certainly seems to have worked!
A big chunk of the last couple of weeks, especially over the last four or five days, have been taken up with getting my manuscript ready to go off to my editor. I’m delighted and relieved to find that the book is almost ready to be born. I guess you could say I’m currently in labour, lol. I’m determined not to drag it out endlessly so I’ve been revising my written pieces a lot. Though there is a real danger the forrest of paper will swamp me if I’m not careful. That’s one of the best reasons why I decided to have an editor help me at an early stage. I don’t want my authentic voice, the one that comes through in my writing, to be silenced. After all, it’s taken me a long time to find it, trust it and use it.
I hope you will understand why this is going to be quite a short blog today. I need to keep the momentum going. The urge to write is very strong now. I can finally sense the flow and shape of the finished book. That rather random pile of blogs, notes, scribbles, post it notes and scraps of paper has turned into something that makes sense. At least to me. And I’ve taken a big step outside my comfort zone once again. I’ve posted an excerpt from the beginning of the book onto my Facebook wall to find out if people will find what I write interesting. Whatever people say it won’t stop me writing the book. But I do value people’s opinions as I would like to write something that they find meaningful, entertaining or useful. That’s what I would hope to find in any books I read.
So it’s goodbye from the blog and hello from the book. Goodnight!
Day 266 of my blogging challenge.