I am on a book deadline.

I’m also nearing a “boot” deadline, but that’s another seriously overused story. (peruse the last few blogs and you’ll see how).
But just in case you are wondering how the boot gig is going,
of my husband doing every errand, every pick up, every drop off, and every detail that happens outside of this house.
This look about sums it up: jere and foot (that’s the 4 1/2 week unveiling at the doc’s office)

But my OTHER deadline has me thinking about the fact that I only have three weeks left to turn my book in. So you may be sensing that there is a theme currently emerging for me about what it takes to get to the end.
Here’s the thing…
Signing the contract is the fun part about writing a book.
You write your name,
pose for pictures,
and get all excited about how it’s going to look in print. pic 2 contract

And then the reality hits you that in order for your publisher to go to print, you need to actually GIVE THEM SOME WORDS.
And not just any words. You have to try to make them good.
Added to that pressure (and maybe as a sidebar to any potential authors out there), there are 3 rules you need to follow while you are writing if you want anyone to read your book in today’s day and age:

  1. Grab ‘em in the first 3 minutes
    In today’s blog-reading, book-skimming culture, your first words need to hook your reader… which (as you can imagine) causes you to rethink your first page eighty jillion times. And because you don’t want your readers to jump ship before finishing your book, you pretty much have to hold them with every page. Piece of cake.
  1. Anchor every truth you share
    Whether you tell an interesting story, use a dash of humor, or find a poignant quote, every point you make when you are writing nonfiction needs to have something to help your reader take that point in. In speaking, I call this “Keep yourself from becoming boring”. I think in writing it can be called the same.
  1. End with a pow
    There is nothing worse than a reader who has stayed with you till the end, and gets rewarded with nothing but a re-emphasis of what you’ve already said. My goal is to give my reader a parting gift for staying with me.
    Which creates a bit of pressure on how you are going to land the plane.

So with the landing gear is in place, I see my runway three weeks in the distance. My tray table will need to be put away soon, and electronics powered down.
And with my book AND my boot, there is only one thing that will get me through.

The title of this blog.

Is there a place in your life where you need the title of this blog too?