Years ago, I wanted to write a book that inspired and encouraged women. I didn’t know what I wanted to say or how to say it. So other than having the idea, I did nothing.
When I started this blog in 2010, I had in the back of my mind that I could use the blog to record stuff now that I would put into a book later. I could also use the blog to dip my toe in the water to see if what I wrote about really helped others. Well, I got solid feedback telling me people were being helped. So I wrote and wrote, and kept getting great feedback but I still didn’t see a book. I didn’t see any commonality in my posts to make a book.
Now life is funny. Last year, I helped two friends, now authors, produce their first books. I edited their books. It was exciting being part of the creative and book publishing processes. And my desire to write a book rose again. It really kicked off in November. I toyed with a concept for a book, but finally settled on another in December. And began writing! So far, I have:
1) an outline of 13 chapters
2) an Introduction 95% complete
3) three chapters 95% complete
4) an editor (thanks to my BFFL, Shirley!)
5) a serious accountability partner (thanks Lanette!)
6) time blocked during the day to write
Although the experts say you shouldn’t bother with a title until a book is finished, a title jumped into my head as soon as I started my outline. No, I am not going to tell you the title. I will tell you this: the subject of my book is personal development and I am using my blog posts in the book!
I set the deadline for my first draft as January 31. I missed it, but I am still writing. My next deadline is March 30. I will keep you posted on the progress of my book. Any all encouragement is welcome!