I’m always on a writing journey. I have a lot of half written books (fiction and non fiction) and even more story ideas in their own blank document.
A few days ago I unexpectedly came up with a hook or theme to tie together a lot of stories I’ve been saving for years. I had sat down at my computer with the intention to write, and then it all kind of just fell into place as a concept.
I started writing a little. Writing Then I looked into my Evernote folder where I’ve kept little notes and anecdotes. I copied them in. I checked the word count. Over 8000 words!
I had a series of posts on my personal Facebook profile about something a few years ago, so I downloaded my Facebook archive and copied those posts into the book.
After writing for some more time, playing with chapters, trying to make sense of it all…I checked the word count.
And woah. I was over 14,000 words.
From zero words that same morning. This is without context, without stories, without entire chapters, without some emails that I could copy and paste for more stories… I kind of shocked myself! I have the potential for an ‘actual’ book here. With the right amount of work, I could reach a commercial word count and approach publishers. Woah! How did this happen?
Of course, now I actually have to keep writing it. And work out if it is actually any good. And work out what type of publishers take this kind of book.
And write it.
It’s so true that things happen when you least expect it. Or when it’s unplanned. Like learning to drive. One day I just kind of started learning. I wasn’t planning to write this book when I sat down a few days ago. But that’s what came out. Stages in life (and writing) just happen sometimes.
Now if I could only learn to be patient as things unfold, and not get ahead of myself.
Are you a patient person? Have you ever had something just click and flow?