With much headbanging…

Failed hammer stroke – concept for failure

…and not the kind to music!

I have been in the process of putting about 150 blog posts in to some sort of order, and it looks like it’s finally starting to come together. There are a few posts that don’t really fit with the book that will be deleted, some that need to be merged, and all that need serious editing and rewriting before they will be a book that people will want to read… but the outline is there.

The process I have gone through so far includes:

  • Choosing the theme of the book
  • Search my blog for the posts then copy them in to Scrivener
  • Rearrange them into sub folders based on topic (I did this after I posted them all in, it saved a lot of time this way)

My next step will be to choose a sub folder and work on that to turn it in to a chapter. I figure by breaking it down this way, I can do one step at a time and it doesn’t seem like such a huge job. I also hope that I can then send each chapter as it is completed to my critique partners for their comments and work on another chapter while I wait.

Unlike a novel, this book won’t necessarily be designed to be read from cover to cover, but one where people can read the chapters they are interested in to get the information they need.

Much of what I have done so far has been on my lunch break at work as I have been exhausted in the evenings, so it’s going a bit slower than I initially hoped.

With much headbanging, this book is finally starting to take shape.

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover