Occasionally someone asks me for an update on my book, and I finally have an answer. And it’s good news – I am feeling so excited about what I have decided. For months I went back and forth about what to do, feeling uncomfortable about each option that came to mind. But I have finally come up with an option that I believe will make the best use of the material I have written, while also taking care of the flaws and weaknesses of my manuscript.
I have asked a few people to read my manuscript, and each of them has given me similar feedback. Mainly, they have said that there are parts of the book that seem really helpful, but the introduction is hard to get through and there is too much fluff and redundancy that needs to be taken care of. Seeing as this is my first book and the only intensive writing project that I have ever done, it’s not hard for me to believe that the the cohesiveness and overall structure of my book is lacking. I can definitely see the parts of the book that are slow and the places were some serious editing out of content needs to be done.
So, what to do, what to do?
The other night it hit me. Throughout the book are various topics on chronic pain and faith that I have put a lot of thought into. These thoughts are much more than a blog post, but in retrospect may not be best suited for a full length book. The more I thought about, the more I realized that rather than one large mediocre book, my manuscript could yield multiple short booklets on different topics related to life with chronic pain. Focusing on these topics will allow me to pull the best sections out of the manuscript, while leaving behind the parts that are redundant and weak.
I can’t tell you how good I feel about this decision. It doesn’t feel like the loss of the book, because I can honestly say that I wrote the book for me. It wasn’t for anyone else. It was all the things that I had to get out in the moment. All of the thoughts and ideas that came to mind as I considered how to live with chronic pain. It served that purpose as I wrote it, and it will serve a different purpose now.
That’s all the information for now. I can’t give a timeline or more details, but since so many of you have followed along in this writing process, I felt like I really wanted to share.
I am getting ready for some changes here at Life in Slow Motion. They are good changes, and hopefully the last big changes I will make in my little online home for a very long time. I feel the purpose of my site shifting, and with that comes the need to go in some new directions. I’m not leaving, but I am planning to move to a new home with a slightly changed mission. I hope you will stay tuned and follow along.
Much love to all of you! Wishing you a low pain evening and extra spoons for tomorrow. <3
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