Well the 1st semester of teaching is winding down. That means a ton of free time on my hands until mid-September. Well free in the sense that I do not have to teach, but there are things I need, no strike that, want to get done.
These days I’ve been going to any length to complete a book I have been working on for nearly two years. The actual writing is done, but that’s the easy part for those that haven’t written one. The real work is in the revisions and where most people give up. This is according to my editor who up until last spring had been feeding me revisions twice weekly for two months. Since then it’s been all on me to revise based on his comments and suggestions.
As you can see from my blog posts, I write almost everyday. What you don’t know is that I also revise everyday. Some days more than others. I liken what I do to a sculptor chipping away at words and sentences. I also liken it to cycling up a 10km mountain pass. It’s a slow going slog. One pedal stroke at a time, one word at a time, finding the rhythm.
It’s taken a while, but I have revamped my life, tweaking things to fit in time to write everyday. I have found any time of the day is a good time to write, early morning, late morning afternoon and an occasional evening. During my teaching days I am only able to put in an hour or so at a time. Weekends it is two hours plus both days.
While I would prefer longer chunks of time to dedicate to writing everyday this is my reality and I accept that knowing come the end of a semester I get to really chip away and write a lot more getting closer to the summit, the end of the book.
I love writing and well I have a lot to say, whether it is blogging like this or the 90,000 + word book. I will continue and go to any length to keep it that way
Stay tuned for the next post – “Bragging Rights,” a shameless self promotion.