There are going to be days – maybe more than a few – when you struggle to work on your book. You will have doubts, feel overwhelmed and lose your way. When this happens, you need to remind yourself that if you are going to finish your book that you need to stay with the book-revision process.
This is because when everything else seems to be falling apart, the process itself will keep you moving forward. That process is a simple one, it consists of:
- Printing out a chapter of your book.
- Reading it quickly so you can see what is and is not working.
- Marking corrections on the print-out.
- Inputting those corrections on screen.
- Printing the chapter out at and reading it again.
It is a very simple process but one that will ensure you will continue to polish and improve your book. Of course, there needs to be an end point; a time when you have gone through your book enough and it is time to let it go, either by publishing it, or by asking someone else to proof-read or edit it.
It is easy to give up during this critical book-revision process, but it is important that you keep going. If you feel you have lost your perspective, you can set the book aside for a few days, although by working on one chapter a day, you can stay fresh each time you look at it.
Despite its simplicity and the benefits it offers, staying with the process is not as easy as it sounds. Inevitably, there will be days when you resist working on your book, when you get distracted or when you stop believing it will ever be finished. These can be difficult times to deal with but that makes the process even more important.
Often, when we are doing something challenging, we are tempted to avoid the work. But it is the work that creates the result. If you want to write and publish a book, you have to do the work, no matter how hard it is or how difficult you find it to see a result. The result is often obscured when we are in midst of the work, so you have to trust the process. It’s a bit like climbing a mountain, you might not always be able to see the top, but you know it’s there. And you know that if you keep going you’ll get to the top.
When it comes to finishing your book, you have to keep going, keep going through the process, keep moving forward because it is only by doing so that you will finish and publish. As long as you remember this, you will achieve your goal and get the result you want.
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