The first draft of the entire book proposal is in the editor’s hands. It is approximately 45 pages in length with eight sections. According to our schedule, she will take about 2 weeks to thoroughly go through each section and then return it to me for re-write.
The most challenging part was writing a full chapter from the middle of the book as a sample chapter. Although I have the entire book outlined in detail, I do not have it written. To write a chapter out of order was difficult and I had to imagine what I would have already written in the prior chapter and subsequent chapter for arc of consistency. To successfully do this, I first centered myself with a brief mediation and deep breathing exercise. Then I mentally placed myself in having just written the previous chapter and actually re-lived the moment in my life that I was about to disclose. The words began to flow and I found myself with about eight pages before I came up for air.
Once written, I set it aside for a bit and then came back to it. To edit myself, I read my writing out loud to myself and listened intently for flow, sense, and grammar. As I did this a few times, my frustration grew. My brain kept getting confused because I could not remember what I had written in previous sections versus what I had only thought about. After much exasperation, I took a deep breath and sent the entire proposal to my editor so she could work her magic. I’m too close and needed a break to re-gain perspective. Once she adds in her comments and suggestions, I’m positive another spark of creativity will be lit in me and I’ll dive into the second draft with fervor.
In the meantime, you may be wondering what I am doing with my break. I am writing my monthly newsletter, another article for ModernDayMS, this post, as well as starting to plan next steps for my business once my book proposal is picked up by Hay House. Yes, I’m intentionally putting only positive thoughts into the universe; intending on winning the top prize of a Hay House publishing contract with the entry of my book proposal. After all, someone will win it so why not me? It’s the Law of Attraction; by focusing on the positive, I will attract positive energy.
Stay tuned for my next update: full draft, first-round editing – my turn.