Do you want to start writing a book, or actually write one?
The first thing that you’ll what to do is ask yourself “is your priority for you to enjoy yourself or to be highly effective?”
“Why am I writing a book?” That’s where you want to start. Writing is one of the many, many goals we find ourselves holding just because we feel like we should. What do we want as we’re in process? What do we want when we’re done?
Do you want to start writing a book, or do you want to actually write one?
I’ve had pride about “learning Spanish.” We often have pride that we’re in the middle of doing something difficult, and often, we’re in in the progress of that thing for years. It becomes clear that maybe we never want to finish — we just like the pleasure of telling people what we’re trying to do. And that’s fine! But if we don’t want to finish the book, we will of course never finish it.
Revision: if you break the word down, re-vision, it explains what this word means nicely. When reading through your rough draft after completion you’ll have a much more clear vision for your book.
A beautiful breakdown of the work “revision,” a task usually considered tedious and boring. If we can reframe it the way Nelson does, seeing revision as a way to get realigned with our vision, then we give ourselves another chance to learn.
How to Write Your First Book and Have Fun Doing It: a Practical, Stress-Free Guide by Shamseddiin Nelson