trying to do too much at once
[Now that I have finished writing the sober book, and cover art is finished, I’ve talked with the UK printer about paper and cover stock … now i’m spending time looking over earlier journals about the writing process. i can see that it took a LOT longer than i thought it would to find out HOW to write, to find a pattern, a rhythm. I discovered that writing is like early sobriety: shit is hard, then it gets easier, then we don’t know what we’re doing, then we figure some things out, and then we make daily, small progress.
i’m going to post some of the writing that i did over the last year that ‘helped’ me figure out the sober writing thing. Because the parallels with sobriety are huge and many.]
July 5, 2015
what’s it like explaining the sober world to your book editor? turns out it’s harder than you might think. And how do you organize your proposed 150,000 word outline into a book that’s going to turn out to be 50,000 words long? Thankfully, you have an editor help to pare down the idea. to something manageable. duh, like sobriety. trying to do too much at once. no shit. that is my default setting.
so here’s a treat. here’s a 6 minute extract of my call with the editor. it’s a rare behind the scenes bit.
warning, and i’m sorry for this, but I do occasionally say “they” meaning my penpals. I don’t say “we” and i should have. I say “they are easily overwhelmed” instead of WE.
Update from March 15, 2016. It’s so weird to hear this again now 🙂 Final manuscript turned out to be 40,000 words. And in the end I hired 3 editors – this one from the UK, one to do copy editing, and the third to tell me that I was doing a good job (no kidding).