An adventure in progress…
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I had a crazy idea to write a book. But did not want to write a self-help book. I want to tell the story of change. And about how whilst we don’t believe it, inside each of us is the ability to be our own hero and then help the others.
It’s jolly good there is the Akimbo Creatives Workshop to keep me on track and I have met some wonderful people who are all on similar missions – to ignite and master their creativity.
Covid-19 is coming, it’s all going crazy all over the world and I must:
Stay at home, Protect the NHS and Save lives.
I will admit, the absence of other distractions is making for some dedicated time to work on the book. I desperately want to get out there and help and I can’t because I have vulnerable people at home. They remain my priority. And now I am their human shield to the outside world.
This is churning up lots of emotions that will have a place in the story.
Things are settling now and many of us are getting into a rhythm and more accustomed to our new way of life in lockdown.
We are feeling a rather odd state of flux and having less distractions it is easier (or more difficult to ignore) these emotions and ups and downs. It feels very unsettling and yet comforting at the same time.
Currently there are limited choices – that’s the easy part. The hard part is coming to terms with the loss that is happening all around. Loss of lives, business, plans and future dreams. The world is collectively grieving, each of us in our own individual way.
I tried to fill the voids with too many zoom calls and this became the distraction from writing. Seeing this, I pulled back and made more intentional plans and online engagements.
It is time to give the book the attention it deserves…
This month was a complete uphill struggle… ALL… THE… WAY!!!
And thankfully I got schooled by a friend in the art of finishing things and his mantra is, the successful people get passed the 75% milestone. If you can make through the last 25% – You are golden.
I kept repeating this to myself and little by little, slowly and surely, one word at a time…
On Sunday 31st May 2020 (2 days after my 39th birthday) the first draft was complete.
Now to rest…
And not before doing my first podcast interview… Tap the image to play and enjoy. And discover more interviews from change-makers, navigating this time of crisis and creativity.
Stephen King advised to give the first draft several weeks before looking at it again. It gives your brain time to reset and you can look at the manuscript with fresh eyes, perspectives and ideas.
So I did just that… and got to four weeks. He recommended six.
I am ready to start editing. Excited and scared come to mind.
Now I want to start tackling an act a week. Going through, editing line by line and then churning the story through the Story Grid and adapting some of the scenes and arcs to the 5Cs structure. I want to try both approaches and see which one works best for me for this particular story.
I decided to take a Voliday (virtual holiday), cancelled all online engagements and took myself away to a Covid-Secure bubble. And it was glorious. I spent most days writing about writing, editing the book at an astonishing rate and reading some great fiction titles:
The Wakeful Wanderers Guide to New New England & Beyond – Jim Infantino, who I found in the Akimbo Writing in Community Workshop and his experience has been an incredible source of support.
Borderless (book 2 of the Analogue Series – Eliot Peper, I found him while completing the Akimbo Creatives Workshop and have book three primed and ready.
As for the editing, I have churned the story and sub story / scenes through the 5C’s and the next experiment is to churn it through the Story Grid and make the necessary updates to the MS.
I am still deciding whether to actually send it to Story Grid Publishing…. I am leaning towards doing it. If only for the experience, even though I fully intend to self-publish on KDP.
Wow!!! What a month!! And for August, it was soggy to say the least, worst on record for the UK so I hear. Which means lots of work indoors and chipping away at the editing. Where I was brave enough to send the manuscript to a friend to read and her feedback has been super helpful and allowed me to see the holes, where I have skipped over tricky scenes and missed a point entirely.
And I am not going to send it to Story Grid Publishing as its just one more thing to do… which also means one more thing to hide behind. I just need to get this thing out there now.
The book cover designer is all booked and I have now migrated to using Scrivener for the writing process. I had heard about it but decided MSWord was good enough. Until I started using it and oh my… do I wish I had been using this months ago to keep track of all the scenes and have a place to make notes. I also got the licence for Vellum which is just glorious and makes the publishing part less of a headache for an amateur who just needs to format words on a page. Even the KPD cover designer was pretty nifty.
The month was off to a sad start. A classic tale of the waggy variety that involves a beloved family hound, a journey to the veterinarian and ends with an empty bed in the corner of the living room. Bless her, Lily had 15 brilliant years with us and she made our lives so much more rich and meaningful. It’s tough to lose such a precious part of the family and we took some time to remember how much joy she brought to our lives and we miss her so much. And she will have a special place soon enough…
In need of a distraction, I was able to get to The Work and the publishing of the Pre-book Book as a little experiment and practice with KPD. Available in Paperback and Ebook. The editing of the fiction novel continues…
201 Days of Writing: Unedited. imperfect. Uncomfortable.
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