What I learnt from writing my first academic monograph

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.

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