After many months and multiple rounds of re-thinking and re-writing, my first book is out. It feels scary – not knowing how it will be received; not knowing if it is good enough.
Here are some of the things I learnt during this book project.
- It will take much longer than you think it would.
- At some point, you have to switch your perspective from ‘writing what (or all that) you know’, to ‘writing for the reader so he/she understands your point’.
- It will always be better; but at some point you need to let it go.
- Less is more; depth rather than breadth.
- Be yourself. Own it. Develop your authentic voice.
- Believe in your original idea – it is instinctively right, and it will carry you through from start to end.
- It will evolve; you will evolve.
- It only reflects what you understand about human life and the world at a certain point in time. See above.
- You will be a better writer after this.
- Enjoy the journey.
- Write it to share; write it to start conversations.
- Make space for the practice of writing-thinking-editing. Sometimes the moment comes, sometimes it doesn’t. But work consistently at it and you will capture the moments when they come unannounced.
- Talk it through, read it aloud. If it doesn’t sound right, it doesn’t read right.
- It’s only the first. There will be more. It will be better.