Update on My First Draft of My First ever book

At the end of June, I announced that I am writing my first ever draft of a book idea, for the first time in my life. See blog post below.


These are my learnings..

  • It seems when ever I make a big plan to do something, I fall unwell, nothing serious. Anyway, the short of it is, the plan is not going to plan.
  • I was referring to my first draft negatively, I removed that.
  • I realised in the brainstorming and researching, I can’t call this a first draft. It more of a rough draft, research.
  • I have a couple of books to read, as they say read your competitors work. I am not a natural reader, so this is taking ages.
  • I want to write non fiction. Reading a great book on how to write non fiction. It is really helpful. Again slow reader and still unwell.
  • Can I achieve a rough outline for a draft by end of July, or even a first draft. I really want too…but..
  • I have a few off days not related to health, just.
  • I am quite naive about the process of writing a book, and time involved.
  • I am going to self publish, there no way I can do traditional.
  • I seem to have two different book ideas going on.🙃ðŸĪŠ

Below a photo of my progress. I am happy with my brainstorming and researching. But, it is not fast enough. I reached page 54 of my notebook. Which for me is progress and motivation.

Below my notes books and research. Even have a note book for book 2 idea.

Writing, planning or researchingwhatever this step of the writing process is, it makes me feel great when just get stuck in.

But, I doubt myself a lot

I know I must try, give it my best shot. Otherwise I short change my dream.

Anyway that us my update.


All tips welcomed by my blogger friends as most of you are published. I am quite clueless.

thank you in advance


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19 thoughts on “Update on My First Draft of My First ever book

  1. As they say, write what you know. Think of what you feel comfortable of writing without entirely depending on the research.

    Do you know what you want to write? What are you researching? 🙂

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    1. Thank you Miriam for your great advise.

      I think I know what the topic is and what I want to write. I have written many elements of the book in blog posts in my four years of blogging.

      In terms of research, I read that if you read upto 5 books of competitors, then you can ensure your book is well rounded. For me 5 going to be too much. Also, reading others books gives you idea of structure.

      I will write what I know. I dont want to research too much either. But the research is helping a bit, but it also makes me doubt. 🙃😎🙄😒.

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      1. Hi Bella, I do ongoing research even when I write a blog post, so I’m not saying not to do research. I want my info to be accurate, so I always do a quick check online. The more I know, the more I know what I don’t know. I don’t want to do write about something like an average conversation. I want people to think their time and effort well spent when reading my book. I just don’t want you to research something totally new. One author said her publisher wanted her to write something in a subject totally new to her. But it also meant that they would publish her book. That was a different story.

        It seems like you’re on the right track. I read more than 5 books of the genres I write. I also read many books on writing (how to write). Yeah, I would say do what you feel comfortable of doing!! Good luck. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. I love how honest and self aware you are about how you’re feeling during this process. I think that since you’ve pinpointed areas where you see some weaknesses or obstacles, you can now plan a way forward to help you achieve your goal. Breaking your goal into tiny little pieces will help you. For example, you could make the goal “Today I will read a chapter on brainstorming a plot. Then I will spend a half hour doing it.” I make a general plan for when I want to finish something, make attainable bite-sized goals, and adjust the longer term plan as I go along.

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    1. Thank you Hetty. Really appreciate your honest tips. You and I are similar in taking baby steps.
      I am doing the pomodoro technique and it is great. And forced my self to speed read one book and take faster notes. And baby steps are working. The thing is I am not writing every day, which breaks the flow, but it might be a good thing whilst in research.

      I appreciate your time, advise and support from my heart thank you. Really helpful.😊ðŸĨ°

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  3. well my suggestion would be not to put time limits on it, especially with your slow reading and health issues. But does sound like you need a time frame to stay motivated 🙂

    What would I know I’ve never tried writing one Bella 🙂

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