Keeping the big picture in mind

I am currently doing a rewrite of one of my older books for children. I wrote this book several years ago but recently I needed to do a review and a rewrite.

This is part of the writing process I do not particularly enjoy. I like to write once and never go back to it again, ever! But it is something I must do. It is necessary, for now.

By the time I’m done, the book would be smaller, there would be fewer words, and I would have added a glossary, changed some pictures, and generally made enough changes to make it suitable for the readership I am targeting.

I know it would be exciting when I finally see the ” new old book” in the bookstores, I will be very happy to see the smile on a child’s face as they discover something new from this book I have written. 

But right now, I am not enjoying the process. I have sleepless nights and agonizing moments of wondering what to remove and what to keep as I hunch over my computer.

And as always, I am learning a lesson about real life.

Great outcomes are not always the result of enjoyable processes and procedures. No woman ever enjoys labour, or the whole process of being pregnant. The peasant farmer does not enjoy the grueling process of cutting and weeding and pruning. That something is not pleasant does not mean it is not good.

Buildings look ugly when under construction. When the process seems tiring and ugly think about the finish line and how the outcome would make you feel, change a life, alter a situation. Keeping the big picture in my mind makes it easier to go through the process.

What ugly or unpleasant process are you currently going through? 
Comment and let me know. May you find the strength to go through, and come out stronger and better!

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Have a baby? Write a book?

The writing process is somewhat like having a baby. Get pregnant. Nurture the pregnancy. Suffer morning sickness. Hate everyone who doesn’t understand what you’re going through. Love everyone who shows you sympathy. Feel bloated, ugly etc.
Finally labour day! And how dare you say my baby is ugly?
And that’s why no one says, “oh, this baby is so ugly!” It’d be a cruel thing to say after all the lady has been through. Be kind, be loving, be generous. Buy that baby a gift. Go on, do something.

Book writing process: all of the above+ and then they say it’s a poorly written book? You just broke a heart! There are no ugly babies after all.

So go on, order the book. You know you wanna…

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