Hi friends~ you know I’m writing a book, yes? Oh, you didn’t? Well~
The practical and helpful volume-to-come is titled “Living the Season Well-Engaging Your Family in All of Christmas.” The heart of Living the Season Well is helping parents and grandparents find ways to slow down and simplify Christmas, embracing not just one single day of presents, but making room for God’s presence. In LTSW I share from my own Evangelical perspective what I’ve learned about church year traditions and observances, providing ways for families to adopt or adapt the ideas. My own experience of becoming acquainted with liturgy of the church year has helped re-focus my approach to the season of Christmas–that is the message I have to share.
I began my book-writing process a few days after Christmas last year and am looking to launch in October of this year.
Besides having a book that is ‘under construction’, we have a window project that began last year right after Thanksgiving, which is also in process. In fact, we have ladders placed as a permanent fixture in front of our house, waiting for the day when my husband can get back up and finish the installation of new siding. In the meantime I’m grateful for the cover of our birch trees that are filling in with their leaves, hiding a view of our construction zone from the street.
We have had another project under construction for five years–the roof on our back deck. But life keeps getting in the way, in challenging in cheerful ways. All of this got me to thinking about the process of writing a book and how it might compare to building a house. I’m not a contractor, but I think the comparison fits.
A few months back I wrote about Seven Things I’ve Learned About Writing a Book. Here are seven more discoveries–how writing a book is (sort of)like building a house:
Step 1–PLANS–the blueprint
First there is an idea, a revelation, if you will.
You draw (or write it) down–penscratching on a napkin back or use pencil scribbles in a web of words
The message is refined. You’re ready to begin.
Step 2–FOUNDATION–the bedrock
Are you sure there’s a need for this book?
Research, gather facts, be willing to learn
Lay the groundwork in your mind of what you’re going to ‘build’
Step 3–FRAMING (2×4’s providing structure)
This is the skeleton, a place to hang your words
Write an outline, use bullet points,
Number headings and a. b.c…..; use the whole alphabet if needed
Step 4–BUILDING (the walls, sheetrock, plumbing, electrical)
Write, write, write.
Write some more. Pound that keyboard, use that eraser.
Flesh out the picture you have in your head
Step 5–APPLIANCES/FIXTURES (the finishing touches)
Revise, revise, revise.
That’s all. Things are looking much prettier.
See all that shiny-ness? (think stainless steel)
Step 6-FINISH (painting, decorating)
Choose a book cover
Write the Acknowledgments
Send your words to a designer
Hold your breath and pray
Step 7-HERE’S THE KEYS! (your house is ready)
Introduce your book to the world and invite people to come and see what you saw.
Take lots of pictures of your book warming party
Thank the crew who helped you with the project
(and buy new pencils; you never know when another idea may strike!)
Will you join me on my writing journey? I’m gathering a book launch tribe of 75 folks and would love to have your help, especially if you’re on social media often. The book campaign begins August 15th. Email me at jodyo70(at)gmail dot com if you’d like to take part and I’ll send you the schedule and more info. I’d be ever so grateful. (Or leave a note here in the Comments).