The Vat of Words


It takes a really long time to write a book.

When you start, you think you’ll just write down a few things about the subject, put them in an outline and write a chapter a week until you get it all down. But then, about a third of the way through the project you start to realize it’s going to be a lot harder to write this thing than you thought. At first your ideas were so simple and orderly, but suddenly there are conflicting ideas and many more possibilities than you first thought.

It’s like jumping into a big vat of words. You swim around in the words for awhile, but you don’t know how to get out. There’s only one thing to do: realize it’s going to take a really long time to write your book, and settle in for the long haul. You have to learn to swim in the big vat of words. You’re a writer.

For years your friends have been asking you if you finished your book, and the answer has always been no, because it takes a really long time to write a book.

Finally you begin to get to the end of your planned book. Just a few more chapters to go. However, when you start to tie up the loose ends, there are so many that it’s hard to sort them out. My question is this: how can a few more chapters take so long to write? Is it possible that the end of the book is harder to write than the beginning? Is it even possible to know when it’s done?

Well, I finally finished my first draft of my memoir. I feel like I have done something very special because I finished my book. I am finally coming up for air, climbing out of the big vat of words. Wow there’s life out there! There are people walking around doing things. Yes! I feel like I have accomplished a good thing. I’ve written a book. Whether or not anyone reads it is another story entirely. Or would that be another book?

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Greta
    May 23, 2013 @ 14:50:19

    CONGRATULATIONS FOR FINISHING YOUR BOOK! I CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT.

    Reply

  2. Judy Maxson
    May 23, 2013 @ 16:12:09

    Nancy

    Congratulations!!!!!!!

    Judy

    Judith A. Maxson Ph.D. 13750 Keirns Rd. Millfield, Ohio 45761 740-592-1961 Home 740-541-3966 Cell

    Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 16:25:18 +0000 To: jamone222@hotmail.com

    Reply

  3. Chris Hirshberg
    May 25, 2013 @ 15:00:47

    Congratulations !! When can we get a copy to read?

    Reply

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