Okay, so yes, I was hoping to clear out the first draft of the Heroic Technical Writing book by the end of March. Unfortunately, I did not make that date. The good news is, I’m still working on it, and hope to get a first draft in shape by spring of this year. Want to know more? Read on!
The good news is that I know what I want to include in the book and how I want it organized. The challenging part is rewriting the entries into a more coherent, non-blog format and tone. Given that a) editing/rewriting my own content is one of my least favorite writing exercises and b) this is so far a non-paying activity, the book has slid to the bottom of the priority list. On the plus side, paying work is coming in the door.
I still have hopes of getting a complete first draft together by mid-May.
The goal of getting a first draft in shape in May is that I would feel more comfortable talking to any publishers who might be attending the STC Summit. Can it be done? Yes, but I’ve got to put in the time, so after this blog, that’s exactly what I’ll do.
If anyone has any pointers on nonfiction book writing/editing, I’m open to suggestions.