So here we are, at last. The Big Day. The one you’ve been waiting for ever since you spent your Saturday afternoons curled up on your teenage bed reading Stephen King novels. There is a book out in the world with my name on the cover. A book that I wrote all by myself. This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart is officially born today.
I’ve got quite a few posts brewing in my head about the writing process, as I feel compelled to demystify it for anyone out there who’s feeling their own sacred call to write a book. I’ve noticed I’m getting two types of response from readers who’ve reached out to me — the first group find themselves in the pages and know on a heart level what I’m writing about. I love this so much, I can’t even tell you. The other group feel a connection too, but they also write telling me that they now feel able to write their own book. I don’t know if it’s the sort of book we made, or the fact that I’m a regular gal who just happened to write a book, but there’s something happening that let’s people see that if there’s a book burning bright in their heart, it really IS POSSIBLE to get it down on paper. It IS POSSIBLE to send it out into the world.
I really do understand. Before I wrote a book i had no idea how to write a book. Turns out there’s no magic to it — it’s just a lot of grafting, and worrying, and more grafting. And an unseemly amount of staring into space, frowning. I’m going to dig further into the process in future posts, for sure. (Plus writing about writing is fun!)
Anyways, it’s been quite the ride. Here’s the evolution of my first book, as witnessed in this blog space:
The book I would write | May 2006
Searching for answers | May 2009
A very special announcement | May 2010
Feeling the fear | June 2010
Signing my book deal in NYC | September 2010
How (not) to write your first book | April 2011
Revealing the name | May 2011
Notes on editing a book | July 2011
Copy-editing in an Indian summer | September 2011
Every book needs a cover | October 2011
The joys of proofreading | December 2011
Two years later, it’s here! | March 2012
Thoughts on the book | March 2012
Out in the wild | May 2012
My top 10 book secrets | May 2012
Back in 2006 I was writing another book, one that was very raw and, actuallly, really hard to write. I was too close to the blast, and eventually realised that it wasn’t a book I could (or should) finish. I hadn’t lived enough of the story — I was still at the beginning. All in it took me six years to be ready to get it down on paper, and I’m so glad I waited. It was absolutely the right thing to do.
I don’t want to do a big Oscars acceptance speech
because they are so annoying but I do just want to say thank you to Nikki Hardin, Mary Norris, Kristen Mellitt and Laura Nolan for being my book midwives, and to my mum, sister and nephew for letting me write about them in the book :)
And thank you to all of YOU who take the time to come to this blog and read my ramblings. Seriously, if it wasn’t for you there’d be no book to birth today. YOU GUYS ROCK MY WORLD! xxx
The blog book tour continues!
Monday 4th — Poppytalk
Friday 8th — Kind Over Matter