A book.

I wasn’t sure what to post about tonight, but I was thinking about this book, the series, all of it. I ought to be thinking about it, since I’m supposed to be outlining it. I’m on the final day of the book, at least, in terms of the outline. But a lot happens on this final day.

As I’ve been outlining, I’ve been noting down what’s important to me, what I want to change, and what I’m willing to change. And there is still a lot to change. But there’s a lot less to change this round than on the last one.

On nights like tonight, when I start doubting myself, start letting those nagging little thoughts creep in, and when I get overwhelmed with how much work still needs to be done to make this book what I want it to be, I just keep at it and remind myself that I have a book.

And I will publish this book. It may not be book 1 of the series, and it may be. It may not be perfect; it won’t be, but it’s my imperfection. It may take another six months, or a year, or two, but it will happen. So I’ll keep at it. Little by little, word by word, idea by idea, I’ll keep at it.

Because I have a book. A few of them, I reckon.

3 Responses

  1. Yes. Exactly. You’ve written A BOOK. That’s amazing and awesome and spectacular. And the fact that you’ve even done that puts you so far ahead of everyone else who has an unfinished manuscript hiding in their desk drawer.

    One step at a time. Look at the task in front of you, not the overall OMG! How will I ever do all this? Journeys are accomplished one step at a time.

    You can do this. You totally can. I believe in you!

  2. Mary L Newton says:

    I second Deanna!!!

  3. Deanna says:

    Oh, you definitely have a book.

    Books are heavy, books are hard, books take time. But you definitely have one. One page at a time. You have a book and people who believe in it, and one of those people is yourself.

    You. Got. This.

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