I’ve completed the draft of the Christmas Kids’ Book and have moved on to the editing phase. After a few sick days and plenty of family activities for the Holidays, I’m back on track. This project reminds me of several projects; I start out great and work hard but then lose interest. I often tackle activities like an over-enthusiastic skater in a “bail video”
who ends up landing a face plant before completing the task.
I’ve decided to complete the book, but post-pone the “publishing”. My normal MO is to complete 90%, take a break, then slide in to finish line with a subpar product. After all the work and months of belaboring the topic, it would be embarrassing to publish a crappy book and give it as a gift. This is not a waving white flag of resignation, but a time to regroup and complete the book with flying colors. It feels like the tipping point that will set me on a new path; I need to complete the book and start a new chapter of my life.
The bulk of the writing is complete and there are a few minor details associated with editing left to conquer. The editing/redrafting will take place over the next few months with a short break before publishing. I am not trying to excuse my failure to meet the goal I set here and posted on Writer's Digest. I am merely finding a different route to completing the book and maintaining a life beyond the printed page.
Over the next few weeks I will be devising a plan to produce more poignant and coherent writing, both on this blog and in my projects. I’ve tried a few different approaches to ensuring that I write and create some publishable material (I’m still going to shoot for 30 minutes of writing per weekday). Although I have faltered while pursuing the various exercises in continuance, I have become more diligent and conscious of deadlines and setting goals. In the next few weeks the plan will unfold with more information presented here.
Just like the aforementioned face-planted skater (ala “Pat Splat” – of the Garbage Pail Kids), I have not given up. I have not given in. I may have fallen, but dust can be brushed aside and bruises will heal. I will persevere.
Inspiration Quote of the Week:
It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get back up. ~ Vince Lombardi