Last night I sat down late and started writing the introduction to the Better Man Project book. An hour and a half later, I had something down…which in clouded 15 pages of memories, soul searching, and answers to questions I had not yet considered. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of figuring out how I would frame this entire project.

What came as a major surprise was the value of the editing process. I am currently going through all of my old posts (which lands me at 420 pages with the formatting I want) and highlighting things that I really like. I didn’t think I would recognize the writing and the voice as much as I have over the past few days. What is incredibly interesting is that my voice hasn’t changed throughout the past year, but has become more focused and has a context in which it can now build off of. My writing last year was powerful, but there really wasn’t a solid foundation in which it was based upon.

One of my favorite parts of this process is finding old quotes and sections of my blog where I really felt a connection with what was being said. I also have a very visual memory, so when I read something, I can almost put myself in the exact same place and time where that event happened.

I am in action. The best part of writing a book is that you are in action. It is not a concept anymore…it is actually happening. The pages are being created, the words are being looked over again, and with every ink filled piece of paper I read over, the book becomes more real. I am confident that I can make it into something that is worthwhile for people to read. Even in reading 80 pages, I have been reminded of a lot of the things that truly matter to me and will continue to exemplify. I have also been reminded about how far I have come from day 1.

I am going to end this post with a quote that I found roughly 60 pages into my writing that I believe what life is all about. Whenever I am scared to start doing something, I read this quote and realize you can’t Battle Plan everything and you just have to get into action. I hope that you will keep this quote close to you when you are scared to live your dreams too.

Sometimes you’ve got to jump off cliffs and grow wings on the way down. – Ray Bradbury

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  • stephenedwards425
    March 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Awesome quote. Bradbury was a genius at getting more emotion and tone out of less words than anybody…unfortunately I’m afraid that is a talent that has eluded me.

    Keep us posted on the writing…I’m interested because I ‘m writing book about my experiences in running across the US…I need all the support I can muster.

    Thanks again for having such a wonderful voice…chalk up one sale when the book gets published.

    Be encouraged!

  • Frances antoinette
    March 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Your post reminds me of a quote: “Impoverished is he who can predict economic trends but who does not well understand his own self.”

  • M. J
    March 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I love the quote. Indeed we cannot always plan for or foresee everything. You just jump in and go. All the best in writing your book.

  • mimijk
    March 30, 2012 at 1:23 am

    As terrific as your posts are – this is one of the best yet! You are combining a laudable (and achievable) goal with increasing self confidence and awareness. The book will be terrific – and the person that ‘grew’ from this experience, no less amazing!

  • elevatorintomyself
    March 30, 2012 at 2:57 am

    I like your post sport

  • amira
    March 30, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    that’s a wonderful quote. and very true. you just have to trust in your instinct and jump off the cliff and pray and grow wings on the way down.
    I call it leap of faith 🙂

    all the best for your writing project.
    I’m sure your book will be a worth reading, inspirational gift for everyone.