I must admit, writing a book is not at all what I expected, even though it’s been my dream for a long time.
I did refer to it as a goal at one point, but someone corrected me by informing me that “goals have deadlines.” So, I suppose it’s just been a distant dream for me—until now.
Now, I DO have a deadline. So, I guess my dream graduated to become a goal. Yay!
Hold on! Why am I so happy? Did I say deadline? Yikes!
I think Goins wrote this article just for me.
Wait … did he say “boring”? Why, yes—I think he did! So, what do you think?
Observer. I know some students who NEVER finished writing their master’s theses or doctoral dissertations! They completed the course work for their degrees, compiled volumes of research, but they never turned in their final papers, failing to complete their degree requirements.
I’ve also known a few professors and ministers who used their entire sabbaticals to do research, but they never finished their books. Such wisdom—still packed away and waiting in an obscure files somewhere.
Recently, I listened to several historical fiction writers confess their ongoing struggle, of not beinging able to moving from the research phase of their writing to actually finishing their books.
One writer friend completed a book that she’s been working on for 25 years. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS! Oh, she’s written other books. But this prize was tucked away for safe-keeping until her other projects were finished.
Is this a common problem for writers? I think so.
But who am I to judge other writers? I’ve been collecting research on my book for a decade. That’s why I’ve been so stalled in this phase of the writing process, gathering 10 years worth of research from every nook and cranny of my home and computer files.
Question. So, how do you break away from your research and graduate to writing?
So, I wish I had the answer. Perhaps it’s simply these two words—JUST WRITE!
How do you transition from research to writing?