I just finished the manuscript for my next book. I wrote the entire manuscript in less than 3 weeks, by far the fastest I’ve finished one.
I wasn’t planning to write that quickly. I mean, 25,000 words over 3 weeks might not sound like that much, but it’s actually about 25,000 words in 6 writing sessions.
I had zero plans to write it so fast!
I am busier than ever this month and while it has been lucrative for me, it’s also been the most stressed-out I’ve been in a long time. I did NOT mean to be this busy. I had several new book edits staggered out over several weeks, but then all of a sudden, I had 5 all ready to be edited at the same time.
Plus 4 non-book-related clients.
For the first time in months, I find myself working late at night and over the weekends. I’m having trouble sleeping because I can’t stop thinking about what all I need to do in the morning.
I actually started getting this weird stress-induced chest pain.
And I had negative two billion intentions to write this book right now.
But the outline was already written and I’d spent weeks and weeks last year researching and putting together content for my online book writing mastermind course, which I haven’t even been marketing because I’ve been so busy.
And it just hit me. A wave of inspiration.
When inspiration crashes over you and gets into all the nooks and crannies, it is impossible to ignore.
And what are the late nights and overworking for, if not to also be able to write what I love when I want to?
And so, in between the many things I needed to do, I found time to cram in writing. The day I started the manuscript, it was a Saturday afternoon and the light was streaming in my office window. I had thoughts about watching Downton Abbey or American Ninja Warrior, but wanted to get “just a couple thoughts” down on paper.
5 hours later I looked up and it was dark, my husband and cat were hungry, and I’d written 8000 words and the first four chapters of a planned 10-chapter manuscript.
These sudden writing cram sessions happened several times.
I also got a couple of days off when I gave it over to a beta reader for their thoughts.
Now it is back in my hands, the conclusion has been written, and I am officially done with my manuscript. I’ve revised it, added things here and there, done a bit of structural surgery — all the things you do after the first time you think you’re finished.
It’s off for editing soon. The cover is being made.
And I wrote a book about writing a book faster than I’d thought possible.
The words swirl in my head; they create mayhem and havoc and delight.
I love writing and I adore helping others write. This manuscript is a culmination and an amalgam of those loves.
*writer-slash-hermit is pleased* :)
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