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Shells and Globe
4 years 9 months agoComments

I’m not normally a dramatic person, but when I do make a dramatic gesture, it tends to be over the top. I mean, go big or go home right?  Or maybe that’s just in sports or something.  Either way, over the last week I had to make a pretty hard decision, and in the end I decided to go with my gut and what seems best for myself both mentally and physically.  I decided to put in my two weeks’ notice at work. 

I do not recommend doing this if you are not financialy prepared to support yourself.  Blogging doesn’t pay anything and the book could very well flop.  I intend to find a job much sooner than I finish the book, but after a few days of work this week, I realized I couldn’t write when all I could think about was my situation there.  I was so distressed it was creeping into my writing and severally effecting my health. 

I’ve been stretching and doing the bits of yoga that I remember.  My room smells of lavender, thanks to my cousin Kristin, and I have two of my favorite things on the desk with me.  My globe is to remind me of my travels, and my shells remind me of all the time I spent on the beach.  This is how I get myself into the headspace to write.  Although, I know many other writers don’t need so much assistance – writing a thoughtful, yet not too depressing account of my past is proving to be quite difficult.

So, now on to coffee cup number two, and working on the book!
Caitlin
 

Caitlin Bennett
4 years 9 months agoComments

Before I decided officially that I wanted to write a book I gobbled up all the information I could online.  I suppose you could say I was a little obsessed.  I didn’t have a topic or a plan, but I just knew I wanted to write a book.  In the middle of the night I would pop awake a google “how to write a book” or “how to publish a book”.  The problem was every “expert” has different advice.  Within a week I was so baffled.  I need an agent.  I do not need an agent.  I should self-publish.  I should not self-publish.  I need a blog.  Unpublished authors should never have a blog.  I need a domain of my own name.  Unpublished authors should never have that.  I need an outline of the book.  No I guess I don’t, I can let it flow. 

By the end of a very stressful week, I decided I had enough.  While some advice out there I feel is sound, I am picking and choosing the advice I want to follow. 

I bought the domain name www.caitlinbennett.com in case I become super famous.  Hey, you never know, right?  I have nothing to put on it yet so it currently redirects to this site.  I decided to write a blog for many reasons, but as one of the sites explained (and I don’t remember which one), it helps you practice your writing while also getting your name out there. 

I also decided to make a solid outline of my book before I start.  Otherwise, my book may head off in any sort of direction. And finally, I decided to hold myself to a certain number of words per week.  That was advice that every “expert” agreed on.  I’m in the really early stages, so I’m not exactly sure what’s a reasonable word count, but I think after 2 weeks I’ll have a good idea what I should do.

I guess the take away from when you research writing a book is there is a lot out there.  It’s ok to read what the “experts” say but you could never follow all of their advice.  If I could do this last week over again, I would have spent less time googling and more time relaxing and writing.

Caitlin  

Write A Book Nook Space
4 years 9 months agoComments

Write a Book Nook is the method I chose to document the literary journey of writing and publishing my first book.  I hope you will follow along and if you are a first time author you I hope you are able to learn from my experiences.  I will be writing this blog until I publish, and when I get to that point, whether I sell a single book or not, I’ll consider it a success.  What’s the saying? “It’s about the journey, not the destination.” I guess writing the book is my journey and publishing will be my destination. 

There is another, more selfish reason that I’m writing this blog.  It’s to hold me accountable to finishing the project through to the end.  As anyone close to me can attest, if I’m not at the office, I tend to procrastinate.  With a full time job I know that it will be easy for me to put the book on the back burner and to say “I just didn’t have the time to finish.”  For this endeavor I made a promise to myself to make the time. 

I hope you enjoy the Write a Book Nook Project.  Feel free to leave comments about your own experiences and to follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.   

Thank You!
Caitlin Bennett

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