A relay is a team sport and also a solo endeavor. Portland’s famous Hood-to-Coast race is 195 miles of lonely endurance. Yes, runners are part of a 12-person team, but they do their work alone. See those runners on the highway? Lots of that mile-by-mile stuff.
Writing a book is kind of like this. There are checkpoints to be passed, and teammates to take the baton for a while–for editing and cover design and promotion. But for the most part it’s a solitary endeavor. Word-by-word-by-word.My Ben and his wife Jessica ran the H2C on Saturday. For fun, can you imagine? They are athletes and so are their friends. My friends are writers and musicians. I spent the day flogging the manuscript.
To be fair, they think I’m the crazy one. Why would anybody want to write a book? Sometimes I wonder the same thing.
I don’t wear jogging shoes but I do have a course map. And as I turn from creative work to manuscript clean-up, this grid of scenes has been a lifesaver.
Just so you know, I’m planning to hit the Finish Line (Darcy By Any Other Name book release) at the beginning of October. If not before. Details to follow…