I’m back to book writing today. To be more specific, I am actually working on a book proposal these days – or as Phoenie thought I said a couple of weeks ago, a book “supposed to”. I like that. This IS supposed to become a book someday. I hope and pray that it will.
A book proposal is a package of material that I need to prepare for a publishing company(s) that includes a book overview, discussion of the target audience, review of comparable/competing books, an author biography, an introduction to the book, a table of contents with chapter headings and a description of each chapter, marketing and promotion plans, discussion of product portfolio and one or two sample chapters from my book. It has been a lot of work in recent weeks but I have cleared my schedule and I now have three glorious, uninterrupted days ahead of me and a self-imposed deadline to meet, so I am back to my “writing routine.”
I get up around 7:00 a.m, put on my warm housecoat and head down to my pondering chair facing the lake. I have a fruit/vegetable/fish oil smoothie in one hand and my Bible in the other and my day starts with God. Since I became a Christian 40 years ago, (wow!…40 years ago!!) I have struggled with MAKING regular time to read the word of God. I have gone in “fits and starts” – some seasons better than others – but during this book writing season in my life, I have experienced pure joy in reading the Bible…not because I have to but because I want to. If nothing ever happens with this book I am writing, this quieter season of my life has been more than worthwhile, just because of this experience of meeting with God every morning.
I eat breakfast and work on the book for a couple of hours and then I take a break and exercise for about 75 minutes – now that’s it’s too cold to cycle, I jump on the elliptical machine and pedal my way through an hour of whatever is on TV. I finish off with the dreaded weight lifting. I shower and head back to writing until lunch. In the afternoon, I write for about four hours and then I’m finished for the day. I usually take a walk to the mailbox at some point in the afternoon, just to get some fresh air and to pray.
I absolutely love these “chunks of time” to really focus on writing. I love playing with words and organizing chapters, I love working on the laptop, spreading all my papers on the table, sticking Post-it notes everywhere, pacing the floor when I ‘unpack’ an idea, brainstorming and experiencing those “aha!” moments, I enjoy the discipline it takes to stick with a thought and expand on it…I love it all; every minute of it.
I am so thankful for this opportunity to write. I know this is what I am supposed to be doing. This is the second part of my life. As Dale Hanson Bourke describes in her book, “Second Calling”, this season is “a whisper of something new. You are softer, gentler, wiser and calmer than you have ever been. You are emerging from the whirlwind of your youth and seeing the present more clearly. You are becoming more fully and completely who you were created to be.” (page 2)
There are moments that I am just giddy with joy.