I am writing a book
2 Comments »17th July, 2010; Category: Books, Goal setting, The Writer's Life, Writers
A recently over heard conversation went as follows:
“I am writing a book. I’ve made a great start: I’ve numbered all the pages.”
Consider the following:
- Countless people say they are going to write a book.
- Only a few ever begin the actual writing.
- If you have started writing a book you are in rare company.
- If you have actually finished writing your book you are in elite company.
- If you have rewritten and edited your book you are almost unique.
- If you have submitted to a publisher a well written, well edited and professionally presented manuscript, you are very special.
Don’t just say you are going to write that book.
Just get on with it.
Excellent post Trevor. It is difficult to start a novel, difficult to finish the first draft and I still haven’t managed to do a second draft. So I haven’t tried to get one published yet. Maybe next year, or next holidays. Or maybe I’ll just stick to shorter works. Writing poetry is great – first draft to tenth in under a fortnight!
There’s a particular point you didn’t mention. Getting your own Dewey number. I got my email of CIP data from the National Library yesterday. I couldn’t resist going onto our library catalogue to see what other writers share A820.8. It’s good company.