(Photo: My working draft for chapter on What happened)
Things are going fine for the book and personally, it has been gaining momentum towards its completion lately.I’ve already written the core contents for the book over the past few months. I stopped for a period to concentrate on my GMAT and when I read through those contents again, I had to rewrite from scratch again in a more readable format. Here is a section from this chapter:
“The word to sum up my experience of the withdrawal symptoms is – “Pain”. It is this protracted and chronic pain experienced from the breaking, oozing and flaking skin that eventually breaks you down physically and mentally. It hurts when you move. It hurts when you stop moving. It hurts when you sleep. It hurts when you are awake. The pain was omnipresent during every second of your life during withdrawal. It is a pain that no amount of money and medication can cure. It is a pain that nobody, including your closest friend or your spouse or your parents, can understand and relate to. It is like childbirth – only those who went through it understand how it feels. The irony is that in order for me to get better, I had to go through the pain and bite the bullet. And I did, just as many others have done.”
Some challenges faced:
1) I read alot online and thru books and everytime I come across an interesting concept or idea related to TSW, I would try to integrate them into my book. Nicholas Nassim Taleb, in his book Antifragile, wrote plenty of meaningful ideas on medical iatrogenics. The challenge is to incorporate them in a manner that the content flows logically and intuitively.
2) Plenty of research required. It is not my intention to make the book academically heavy, but certain concepts and description that best suits TSW description come from published academic materials. My role then is to make them readable for the laymen.
3) Motivation to physically type in prose form. It is so easy to brainstorm on a blank piece of paper for content with just my pencil. Writing them in short forms, short points, ideas and concepts, thinking them aloud. This process flows so quickly and fun and engaging. Writing them into text is another issue. Thinking about grammar, sentence stucture, modifiers, etc etc is tiring. Physically sitting down, trying to be disciplined, is not entirely fun at all. It does feel good when you see a chapter done after all the grunt work.
4) Ability to express an idea concisely. This is what I always try to do, to convey meaning in as little words as I can. It is very easy to write on and on to describe your ideas. The hard part is the editing. To see if the words match the meaning you intend to convey. Are there redundant terms? Short is beautiful, less is more.
Plenty of thoughts and potential plans:
1) potential for crowd-funding for a cause to fund for its entire publication, design and marketing.
2) in black and white format or full color (one would keep the cost low, the other would better represent TSW due to the pictures. Which will serve the purpose better? Hmm, need to think more about it)
3) Self-designed cover or paid professional design cover for the book? (I’ve got an idea in mind, could plan to commission a creative designer for the work if I plan to crowd-fund my book)
4) Professional proof reading/editing?
Would love to hear your views and relevant expertise in the book publishing industry.