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