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Apr 03, 2019 23:37:30

#12weeks: Editing my first book

by @haideralmosawi PATRON | 244 words | 2🔥 | 183💌

Haider Al-Mosawi

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One of my goals for my 12-week program is editing and publishing a book I wrote a couple of years ago. It took me 2 weeks to write over 23,000 words, but after completing the book I left it unedited. I succumbed to my perfectionist tendencies, and because I didn't want to confront the prospect of it not being perfect as I imagined and hoped it would be, I looked away to avoid such an outcome.

Those who have read the first draft have told me to publish it as-is, and they consider it to be enormously useful as it stands. But there are defects I know about and can't overlook. 

The solution isn't to look away because that defeats the very purpose of the book itself (it's a book on productivity, so leaving it unfinished is ironically unproductive). Not only that, but it would mean that my work is not going to have the impact I want it to have in the world and I won't be able to pursue my dream of transitioning to full-time content creation.

I dusted off my printed first draft and brought it with me on my trip. Today I spent some time between my mentorship sessions jotting down the changes I want to make to it. What I've been putting off doing for so long has brought joy to me once I mustered the courage to face my fears.

I can't wait to share it with the world. :D

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    @haideralmosawi I'm looking forward to the release!

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 03, 2019 18:14:51
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      @brandonwilson Thanks! I'll send you a review copy once I make the final edits. :D

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Apr 04, 2019 23:01:49
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