How hard can it be?

handpe.jpgI’m not even trying to write a whole book, just half of one (and a very small one at that) but it’s really difficult, I can’t believe that people do this for a living! I’ve got certain parts of the process nailed i.e Having a coffee, laying out pens and books, making another coffee, sitting at the computer thoughtfully for a while before going to get another coffee. It’s just the ACTUAL writing bit that’s proving tricky. I can churn out Blog posts faster than the West Cornwall Pasty Co. turns out pasties, but Chapters of books, NO!
The book(let) is on Tweenagers, a subject which I’ve read extensively on and trained youth and Childrens workers in, SO I’ve just got to write some of that stuff down, I’ll go and do and that then. (Just going to grab a coffee first).

Just picked up the authoring equivalent of a “Get out of Jail free card” ….. The editorial meeting tomorrow that was looming over me like the Sword of Damocles has been postopned. Yes, yes yes! Hurrah 🙂

10 Replies to “How hard can it be?”

  1. Can you not persuade yourself that you’re BLOGGING about the subject and then re-work it?
    Or there’s always the old reliable way to chalk up your word count… write “the” and “and” 200 times each – you can fill in the rest later!

  2. As you know Ive done a whole book as well as (annoying!) papers, dissertations etc etc. Im currently working on books 2, 3 + 4!! My best help…music. Just two Coldplay songs today…Yellow and See You Soon…over and over and over. Coffee does help but right now, whatever mood I am in, these two songs get the creative juices flowing, getting me buzzing, passionate, thinking etc etc.
    Another ‘help’…just type whatever is on your mind. Personal, spiritual, how bad it feels to have lost a cricket match(!), how much you love family. I suppose that’s kind of like blogging….then, look a good chef, throw all the bits together and hey presto theres a chapter (or 6!).
    All the best with it…looking forward to reading it.

  3. Great to hear that you’re writing this Ian but a tiny request – how about you lead the way in dispensing with this awful phrase ‘tweenagers’ – it’s quite derogatory to classify a group of young people as being ‘in-between’, or neither one thing nor the other. Just a pet peeve of mine…

  4. Thanks for the encouragement and suggestions (even the 200 “the” and “and” one)
    GimD, you make a very good point. On the one hand I’m pleased there is a term because they need to be recognised as not being ‘children’ in the way they are related to, but I agree it’s not a great term.
    Have you an alternative suggestion?

  5. It’s tough – older children and young teenager isn’t snappy enough; 9-13s is too prescriptive. How about early adolescents?

  6. tweenagers does make ‘them’ sound as if ‘they’ have big purple faces, outsized shoes and spend a lot of time singing songs…(tweenies)!!!!

  7. Hey Ian, agree with Phil . . . agree 9-13 is to prescriptive (more like 6+!) . . . I’m doing a couple of sessions at the Children’s Ministry Conference on “working with . . . tweenagers!!!” so, anything I can nick off you?

  8. i find this whole conversation about ‘tweenagers’ slightly strange, because the concept of a ‘tweenager’ didn’t really exist until the term was invented. its not like it was a well established and understood part of life that either had previously had a name that is now defunct, or simply lacked a descriptive term of its own.
    its part of the stretching out process that is happening to ‘childhood’ (which i put in quotation marks, because it seems to extend well beyond the point at which one is a child). is there really an awkward middle stage inbetween being a child and becoming a ‘teenager’? is the goal of being 11 to intergrate fully into teenage society? surely they are all just stages of developing beyond childhood into adulthood.
    for that reason i would scrap ‘tweenagers’ entirely and try to find a term that expresses the sense in which they are embarking upon the course that invites them into adult status (or at least their early progress along it in comparison to somone in their later teens). although if you live anywhere outside the Western world you’d be leaving it a little late to have only started becoming an adult by the age of 13.

  9. I have had a go at writing books a couple of times though find it hard. I need a good plan.
    I think tweenagers is a good way of referring to a group of kids that tend to get left out of consideration especially when it comes to church events or even grouping of ages for Sunday school type stuff. “They are too young to go here but to old to go there”. looking back I think the age range needs there own group.

Comments are closed.