Writing a book

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I’m in the middle of writing Chapter 6 of my book.

So hard. Sooooo hard. I’m well aware that this isn’t rocket science. But it is a big puzzle, with 100,000 pieces on an eternally shifting canvas. You have an idea of what you want to do and say, but it doesn’t always come out the way you desire. So you go back, rearrange, shift, alter, delete, insert. You forget details, ignore details, question details. You dream about the subject; hope it’ll turn out right—but know you won’t be completely happy. It’s a nightmare within a nightmare within a nightmare.

And there’s nothing I’d rather do.

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  1. Hey Jeff,

    You probably don’t remember this, but I contacted you last spring asking for agent advice. You basically kicked me in the ass, told me to change reps, and viola–book deal last August. Anyway, just wanted to let you know I recently handed in the first draft to my editor, after navigating the permeable landscape you describe above. Very very tough–but loved every second, as you say. Especially the three days in Cooperstown in mid-January. Snow piling up outside while I sat snug and warm in the bosum of endless spring.
    Anyway, thanks again for the pep talk then, and good luck with your project. I’m sure it will be great like your others.

    Rob

    PS–any tips for handling this agonizing limbo while my editor is in control? I have a few more weeks before I hear back from him. Dawn to dusk drinking doesn’t seem like the answer, though the World Cup is a handy excuse…

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