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Day 134 – Becoming an author – one page at a time — Scripting Happiness

Day 134 – Becoming an author – one page at a time


After my first round of edits.

You know that saying, be careful what you wish for? Well, I have fallen victim to this. For the past few years, I’ve been secretly fantasizing about a life as a writer and having my name printed on the cover of a book. Well, turns out, I am actually going to be an author!

Yes. I’ll be the proud author of LexisNexis guide for How to Manage Your Law Office. The project literally landed on my lap and I felt hesitant about accepting it. But since this is the year where I’ve committed to breaking out of my comfort zone, I accepted. (Besides, how can you turn it down?)

Now, I am not writing the guide from scratch. I’ll be writing two chapters on computer and technology, which is approximately 140 pages. Turns out, writing 140 pages is quite daunting. When under the pressure to write, the cursor just taunts you. Encouraging you to give up. To fail. All those brilliant ideas you’ve had just gets sucked out of you.

Another difficulty with writing so many pages is that it really requires your undivided attention. I have gotten so used to multitasking and I work in spurts so it’s a long, tedious process. Also, I tend to bounce around from one task to the next.

My typical day starts with checking email -> completing a task from email -> going back to email. Round and round. It goes all day. 0.1 hour at a time. It’s been a real challenge to break out of this terrible habit and dedicate myself to writing in longer blocks of time. Not to get distracted by all the chimes and bells from email, Skype, G-Chat and all the other things that pop up and steal your attention.

Despite these initial challenges, I am very excited about this project and I’m hopeful that it will get me one step closer to having a writing career. I mean, I’ll still practice law. But I want to be able to write and practice law at the same time.

Oh, and if you have any suggestions or tips on how to break my ADD habit, please let me know!

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