I’ve been deep in the book-writing process, and loving it
I’ve really enjoyed being able to create space for this project, and allow it to flow where it needs to flow (even on those days where the flows feels like it’s not flowing – those are the days the good stuff is about to come, once we step back to allow it in).
When I first sat down to write, I was like Oh em gizzle, how do I write a BOOK?
But I went day by day, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, and I’m now nearing the end of my second draft. Yes I have moments of doubting what in the land of bliss balls I’m writing and if it’ll be helpful, but mostly I get sooo excited to sit down … and write.
And I’m sooo excited to hand in my manuscript soon! I’ve got a list of all lovely things that I’ve been indulging in as I progress through this process, e.g. after finishing a chapter, get a massage. After completing the first draft, buy myself a bunch of flowers.
After finishing the second draft … go to Byron Bay to finish the third draft. (Yes!)
Yep, I just booked myself in for two nights at my fave getaway in Byron in a couple of weeks to polish up my manuscript before handing it in. It feels luxe and indulgent and I’ve had a secret fantasy of doing something like this since before I even got my book deal.
I’m not expecting it to actually be a fairytale (book editing isn’t always dreamy, let’s be real) but I’m excited for the hard work, excited to leap over any resistance, excited to create even more space for exactly what I need, and I’m looking forward to polishing my manuscript until it’s the best possible book I could have ever written for you, knowing full well that every masterpiece could be tweaked until eternity, knowing I’ll have to submit my manuscript one day, and knowing I’ll be so happy (and proud!) when I do.
When I sat down to write my book in early July, I had a loose guideline; write at least 1,000 words a day
This was advice I absorbed from one of my favourite authors, Todd Henry, and I can honestly say it’s the best book writing advice I’ve been given, to date.
Writing at least 1,000 words a day means they can be the best thousand words or the worst thousand words, but at the end of the week, you have over 7,000 words of a book. Add that up, and after about five weeks I had my first draft written.
But something shifted once that first draft was written; you see, in the editing process, the goal isn’t to write 1,000+ words a day. It’s to edit, refine, process, integrate, reform, reshuffle and cut out a lot of random sentences.
(As a funny aside, I currently have a Word doc called ‘cut-offs’ which is filled with random paragraphs or sentences that I’ve cut from my book. I like them enough to not delete them completely, however I don’t know where they fit yet, so they’re just sitting in this Word doc until I can work it out.)
My point being, to change my mindset and energy from the writing process to the editing process meant I had to give myself space. I couldn’t jump from one to the next, but … I certainly tried to.
And it didn’t work.
But recently, I gave myelf real space.
No to do list.
A clear, cleansed, open calendar and energy.
And guess what? I felt more energised that I had in days, yet I hadn’t thought I was a little tired.
I didn’t feel guilty for resting, for taking a break, for giving myself space to breathe.
And guess what else?
Like magic, the ideas I knew I had in me floated to the surface.
With the extra space, I could do more in an hour than I’d previously done in three.
Resistance failed to be a thing; I did what I knew I could do, but only from a space of rest, from a space of feeling healed and whole.
The space I didn’t even know I was craving provided what I needed, and I didn’t even have to ask for it.
I just had to make space for it.
To creating the space you need,