For all those who have been following the progress of my writing “The Vicki Book,” I have some news. I’m really close to finishing the “creative stage” of the process. Soon I’ll be entering the dreaded “editing stage,” where everything I’ve written is on the block.
I’d like to ask my blog readers for some input. Please comment on the process I’m going to outline below – one that I believe I’ll follow in order to bring the book-writing to its proper conclusion.
Before I share that process I want to thank Caroline Eitzen-Cocciardi AGAIN for her encouragement to “stay in your creative mind, Lowell,” and not give in to the temptation to constantly go back to what I had already written and edit it (which I had done, time and again until she gave me her wise counsel).
I shared last month that my goal was to have the manuscript done before I went on vacation to Maui. I didn’t make it. Plain and simple. But the goal helped push me like never before. Now, I’ve set another goal – one that I think I will make. I’m working on the last 75 pages of Vicki’s journal. I’ve been able to do about 10 a day (on a good day). Given that, I’m inside two weeks of coming to the end of the creative stage. Then, I’ll read the manuscript from start to finish, trying to find any grammar/spelling mistakes, typos, and breakdowns in the flow of the story. That’s probably another week or two. Then, the gutsy part.
My intention is to share the manuscript with several close friends who have a writer’s background. Some are published authors. Others are journalism majors and masters. One or two of my pastor-buddies will be asked to look over the theological content, and a few readers will be people who lived through much of what Vicki wrote about – family and friends. I’ll be asking all these folks if they would evaluate my style, the flow of the story/book, and its content.
Like I said at the start, anyone out there in the internet world is welcome to comment on the process I’ve outlined above.
And for those who have been praying for me and the book … please continue to do so. I’ve seen that when I’VE been in prayer and close communion with the Lord, the process of writing the book becomes mystical and supernatural, and in turn, I’m able to produce much more than normally possible.
I could use some encouragement right now. I’m tired. I feel emotionally spent at the end of every day. Thank God for Becky! She’s been such a supporter and helper. I can’t think of a day when she hasn’t been there for me. But most of the time she’s been a single (lone) voice. Is there anyone out there who could join her?
Well, back to writing the book.
By the way, the blogging has rarely (I can’t say never) interrupted my writing the book. Actually, blogging has served to break tension, relieve emotions, and strangely – rest my mind. Blogging has been like having a conversation with a friend who’s only purpose has been to listen as I vent or wade through issues that distract me.
Love to all.