I find myself at a place where I have to figure out a new method to my madness. I could win an award for Worst Time Manager of the decade. I'm sure I'm dawdling away time that I can't afford to waste. Especially now. One thing I've been thinking about is how long it takes me to write a book. I'm not really sure how long that is since I only have two that are completely finished, and each one was a unique situation. But I read something yesterday that encouraged me.
Several days ago I was on Margie Lawson's Pubbed Grad Blog, so I've been checking in with some of her other grad blogs. Yesterday, she had Julie Rowe. Margie showed some examples of Julie's writing, which were great, but what really excited me was Julie's response to my question about her editing process. Like most of the industry suggests, Julie does her editing after the rough draft is finished, something I find difficult. I always edit as I go. It's not the final edit, but if I see something wrong with the manuscript or know I'm going to make a change, I can't leave it until later. Julie said she used to do this, and found that it took her about 18 months to get the first book down. Now she gets the rough draft down without edits, then makes several editing passes. Combined with using the BIAW (Book In A Week) method she can now write a book and have it ready for publication in three months.
Okay, I might not be that fast, but I'm encouraged. Maybe there's hope for me. I'm going to give it a try, and I'm going to investigate BIAW. Thanks to Margie Lawson's Pubbed Grad Blog and Julie, I hope to put some sanity back into one part of my life. Now, if anyone has suggestions about the other billion things, I'm open to those too.
And in the meantime, I recommend Margie's Pubbed Grad Blog http://www.margielawson.com/margies-writing-blog I've found a lot of inspiration there over the past several days. Great writing examples that make light bulbs go off in my head. It's like a glimpse into a Margie class.