Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I'm not a real writer, but what the hell, I've got a book to write and I'm going to write it!!

I have been asked to write a book. I guess you could loosely say that "I have a book deal!". But it's more that I'm an expert in a weird niche area and thus am suited for the subject of the book.
I am pretty verbose too, so you'd think it would be easy just to spew all the words onto the page.

I actually thought I was doing well, but a meeting this morning has (again) extended the scope of the project. A few weeks ago, my client wanted to know how long the book was so far. I said "82,000 words. I did some research and the standard novel is between 80 and 100,000 words". He said that we were on track. I felt I needed to expand some areas still but that meant a bit of a slash and burn in others, and I had been feeling a little directionless about it.

This week, he has read the whole thing and wants to keep most of it and expand it to 200,000 words. So it's back to bashing the keyboard and putting in the extras I want and increasing the list of things he should write. The publisher wants some of his life stories, so it has evolved into a collaboration.

In the rest of my life, I wrote a long piece about the spirit of the game when relating to the boys soccer teams. Here is the layout that it ended up on.