As I mentioned last time, I am now writing a book 🙂 It is about piano playing and shall incorporate my teaching and playing experience. I’m sure it will also draw from core concepts about happiness I write about in this blog.
My plan for writing the book has three primary stages. Note: this is a working plan. I reserve the write to change my mind or make adjustments as I go! But that’s nothing new. Anywhere, here are the three stages:
- Write the draft
- Edit and finish the book
- Go from there
More about each stage:
Stage One: Write the draft
Stage one is in my wheelhouse of slow-and-steady creative production. With the working target of, say, 90,000 words, I shall aim for 1000 words a day, which means I will finish this stage in three months, ie 7/22/23. Sounds very doable. Woo-hoo!
Stage two: Edit and finish the book
This phase will definitely be formidable but doable. I have a lot of experience editing my writing, from college papers to all these blog posts (!). Also, I worked on an account of my solo marathon in 2021 that involved a significant amount of editing. This seems to be good practice for how to work on this project. It also helps that my mom is a writer and a professional editor. I have no current timeline for this. Maybe 3 to 6 months? Will revisit this when I’m nearer to completing the draft.
Stage three: Go from there
I realize this is ridiculously-vague. This is represents the post-writing phase. You might call it “marketing,” or “sharing with the world.” I’m not too concerned about it right now, mostly because I don’t have to be. While I write the book, I shall do journal, meditate, visualize, or perform whatever techniques help me clear my mind and attract a satisfying post-writing experience. Also, it is probably a misnomer to say “go from there,” as if I am going to wait. Stage three has already begun! By writing about the book here, I am already sharing about it.
This project seems like a win-win no matter what the outcome. A book about piano-playing is a no brainer for me as a life-long professional musician and teacher. It feels like the logical subject for me to write a book about. It can only help my teaching and music career. Also, since I have thought of writing a book for many years, I am very pleased to have settled on the topic.
Let’s do this!