I’ve picked up a bug. Not the sore throat, chesty coughing, runny nose kind. Though I’ve got that at the moment too. I’ve been bitten by the writing bug. I never would have thought it, but most of the time I’m really enjoying writing. I look forward to it. I miss it when I don’t get the opportunity to write.
Last night I finished the first draft of my book called ‘Hope Beyond Cure’. It’s got eleven chapters and goes for about 32,ooo words. I’m blessed to have an editor to help me bang it into shape and then we will present it to the publisher for approval. To be honest, I don’t know if it’s that good or not, but I desperately want to be able to put a book into people’s hands that points them to real hope. I wouldn’t mind you praying that we’ll get this finished and into a good shape. And that it will prove a blessing to many people.
I’m enjoying the blogging. It enables me to give expression to many of my thoughts on a regular basis, and the book summaries help me to consolidate what I’m reading. I’d recommend to people who are starting out in their careers, especially in ministry, to consider summarising/reviewing the better books that they read. It helps things stick and makes it easier to remember when you come back to the book for a second time.
I’ve got more plans to keep writing. I know I tend to be a bit of a dreamer and have had many plans that have come to nothing. But now I feel a sense of urgency about writing. There’s things I want to say. Maybe even some more book ideas in the wings.
And for the teetotallers who would like an ‘I told you so moment’ I succeeded in knocking a glass of red wine over my keyboard on the weekend. So any typos will now be blamed on sticky keys and short-circuits of the motherboard. Grrr!
6 thoughts on “The writing bug”
Dave, thank you so much for your summaries. They really are terrific!
I wonder if you have reflected on how to integrate and act upon the plethora of useful material you’ve shared in your book summaries. There are so many seemingly good ideas, it’s hard to know where to start. We might get paralysed from too many choices.
How do you choose which few things to focus on now, yet not forget other good ideas you want to return to and explore when time, energy and focus allows? And once you’ve narrowed down to a few good things, what is your approach to implementation or execution?
I’m really giving you an idea for a blog post here. (I’ve got a book I reviewed which might help, but am really interested in your ideas, and my book won’t address all the kinds of things you’ve covered in your reviews.)
That’s great Macca. As a bit of a “frustrated writer” myself, I can well understand its therapeutic values on several levels, and there’s no question that you do write very well – I certainly enjoy reading it! I will definitely be praying for completion of your book with a flourish and that it will become a huge blessing and source of hope to many! See you on Friday. Cheers Kylie x Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2013 05:04:41 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
At least the keyboard only costs around $30 and is the cheapest part of a computer unless it’s a laptop then it’s going to get worse and worse I’m sorry to say.
Definitely open up the computer and clean the keyboard — if you can. Google for e.g., “remove wine mac keyboard” (without the quotes) — you’ll find tips, videos, etc. Unfortunately, Apple have made it harder and harder to do this. I still use my 2001 PowerBook, which has a keyboard that can be removed in about one second by sliding two levers, without having to open up the rest of the computer. Not so easy with a recent MacBook.
I hope you didn’t waste good wine!
I’m loving following your blog (thanks Gordon Cheng) and praise God for your much improved prognosis. May it continue!