I’m writing a book.
It’s a project I’ve been working on since late November last year. Like all projects, it started with an idea. I noted the idea down and went back to it later, fleshing it out into more of a story. After a (short and inadequate) planning session, I sat down and wrote the beginning of chapter one.
Since then I’ve been writing here and there at odd hours of the day: at my desk, in cafes, on trains and even in the rather glamorous Magdalena Hotel in Tobago, facing the Atlantic Ocean with a glass of Coke. (If you’re feeling jealous, I edited most of that chapter so I doubt much – or even any – of what I wrote then will appear in the final draft).
What’s it about?
It’s about a young man named Dan Wallace, who is working on Dust, an app that enables secure communication. He and his colleagues are under pressure: money is tight and competition is fierce. As the political situation within the group and outside deteriorates, can Dan carve out a future for their creation?
You’ve been keeping this quiet…
With hindsight, I probably should have written this post a bit sooner. After all, I am hoping at least one person besides me will read my book, and you can’t read something that you don’t know exists.
So why didn’t I write this post until now? Three reasons:
1. I thought I might not finish it
2. I thought it might be rubbish
3. I’m not very good at self-promotion
Consider this the beginning of my therapy for #3. #2 is still a possibility, but I’m about three-quarters of the way through now, so I’m pretty confident I will finish it. It’s time, past time, to let you know what’s going on. I still have a lot to do. I have roughly 10,000 words left to write, possibly more. After hitting return for the final time, there will be editing, designing a cover and the publishing process to get through. You won’t be seeing it just yet.
I’m going to be writing a few more thoughts about what I’ve learned through this process. I hope they will provide a bit of an insight into what it’s like to write a book and perhaps some useful advice for anyone thinking of doing it themselves.