Sunday, January 19, 2014

The end of the book

Do you ever read the questions that some writers put in the back of their book for you to use in a book group or Bible study?

That's what I'm working on now. Or trying to. I was surprised to see that writing these questions was  part of creating my book. I had to ask my editor what that task meant. When she told me, I understood immediately because I've looked at a few of them from time to time and tried to answer them.

I'm grateful today for a writing partner who has written Bible studies from books. You see, this part of writing is not my thing. I guess though when you write a book, soon you are writing things that you never have before. They call that stretching yourself.

I'm doing that. I tore out several back pages from favorite books and stacked them in front of me. Then I read and reread them trying to figure out how to take what I've written and put it into sensible probing questions.

Here's where my writing partner came in. I told her what I had to do and she immediately got it, created a few and a light bulb went off in my head. Yes, I should be able to do this.

So I'm sitting here on a Sunday afternoon mulling over where to begin.

Kind of like I did when I wrote my first story.

Have you ever felt as though you were starting over? When you did, what did you do to get moving again?

10 comments:

Kenda Turner said...

Good luck on writing those discussion questions! Sounds rather daunting, but the good news is that you have such a great writing partner to help you along. Good luck as you continue to get your book ready for printing and release :-) As for starting over, I've been stymied more than ever as to what writing goals I'm aiming for in this new year. Still haven't finalized them yet, but my group meets Tuesday this week and I've got to nail them down here pretty soon!

Lynda R Young said...

Oh fun!!
I used to run bible studies and while I usually made up my own questions, if the book had a set then I always read through them to inspire me.

Lin Floyd said...

interesting process, my last book Discover Your Voice After Divorce: Writing Workbook for Healing and Recovery is full of questions to guide the reader through the grieving process. My question is how to market it! A very frustrating experience...

Cheryl Wright said...

This is what I do - I take a break, I take a breath, I say a prayer and I begin to write. I try not to edit as I go; it helps to see/read the initial thoughts, words and outcome.

May God bless you with unimagined discoveries and delight during this process.

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Karen Lange said...

When debating about how to start sometimes I plunge right in. Other times I need outside inspiration. My writing friends have been a big help with that. Cheering you on! :)

Lin Floyd said...

just sold my first e-book for Discover Your Voice after Divorce and made $3!!!!!!!

Stephanie Faris said...

I've noticed many children's book authors doing that to allow children to learn...I have a feeling someday I'll be asked to do the same task you're doing, so I'll brace myself!

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