My first book is finished and will be released this weekend on November 1st. It’s been a long two-year journey to reach this place with long hours and much support.
Along the way I’ve discovered several things that will be so beneficial the next time I write a book. Maybe they can help you too.
Here are three life-lessons I’ve learned during this book-writing process:
1. Schedule the time
This is something I’ve mentioned before but if you’re not intentional about doing things then they won’t get done. Earlier this year when my self-imposed deadline seemed light-years away, I dawdled. I didn’t need to have things finished quick so why worry?
It wasn’t until the summer reared it’s head that I knew I needed to buckle down and get writing. I set daily and weekly times to write. That was the only way I was going to get things done. This is as true in writing as it is in most aspects of our lives.
2. Have some support
You can’t do it alone. Without my wife encouraging me and supporting me through the process, the book still would not be finished. Sure I would have started the project, but halfway through I got discouraged.
Would anyone really want to read about my backstage experiences?
Jessica helped pull me out of the self-doubt and finish the book. It’s not just in writing that you need support but in everything we need people to help us and encourage us and build us up. Don’t do life alone!
3. Have an impartial third-party
In my case it was an editor. I wrote, thought, and lived with the book for two years. There was no way I was going to catch all the typos. Plus I’m not a writing genius. Having an editor was the best thing to happen to the book.
It pays to have a mediator. Someone who you can talk to and who has impartial advice to give. This can be a vital asset to anyone.
The process for writing A Mouthful of Goose has be long, but it’s been a great life educator. I can’t wait to try my hand at the next venture.
QUESTION: Is there one of these lessons you have personally experienced? Let’s talk about it in the comment’s section.