I’ve spent the better part of two years writing the first draft of a 37 chapter book, completing it in October 2015. Then, as suggested, I paused for 90 days and am now deep into second draft revision.
I time blocked the first draft, dedicated and set up systems to make it all happen, totally re-arranged my daily life, hired accountability partners and coaches and put in very very very real time and commitment. So many people helped me.
The first draft was 139,000 words and it needs to be around 70,000 so I have my work cut out for me. For the revision process, I work in 4 hour chunks so that I can stay deep in the work. I wrote the book in order mostly, chapter 1, then chapter 2, etc…. Tonight as I wrap up todays time block I am amazed by how much the first chapter sucked and how really good the last chapter is, which I wrote probably 2 years after the first. In between those first words in chapter 1 and the last sentences of chapter 37 was more time, dedication and practice than I can even explain ( but all writers will understand ).
I keep going back and looking at chapter one, then chapter 37 totally amazed at the difference.
I realize, the only thing I really did to get so much better was to keep going.
I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world, but I succeed because I keep going and going and going. ~Sylvester Stallone
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