March 5, 2012 – My new book, Making Contact – How To Connect With People was delivered to the printer yesterday. The intensity of that moment in time, when the project I have been working on for six months comes to fruition, amazes me. I understand the feeling of accomplishment. I expect to feel satisfied that a major project has now been completed. But where does the anxiety and apprehension come from?
Writing is very rewarding for me. Taking my thoughts and transposing them into the written word brings such clarity. I relive important moments in my life as I write my stories. While it is frustrating at times, I do enjoy piecing all of my thoughts together into a format that has good flow and direction when you read them.
When I wrote Jackrabbits in the Outfield, My Experiences in Professional Baseball, I was merely writing personal stories on my computer. I did not have to figure out how to turn those stories into a book until later. When I wrote A Good Life, I was on a mission to have my Dad’s stories in print so that everyone could see what an amazing man he was. Making Contact was written as a book from the beginning. I knew I had to write this book to bring my philosophies on connecting with other people into clear focus.
If this is the culmination of a lot of work and I am happy with the final outcome, why do I feel any apprehension? I realize now the reason is quite simple. Once the book goes into print, I can no longer change anything. I am finished with the writing process. Now the book will be judged by the reader. That makes me as a writer feel vulnerable.
What if someone does not agree with me? What if they think it is poorly written? I expect these feelings of apprehension are normal. Regardless, I place these feelings in the background so they do not become a focus. Mostly I am elated that the project is completed. I have so much more I want to do and now I am free to tackle those challenges. That includes writing about the wonderful people I have met and the experiences I have lived.
Not to mention my work with this book is not completed. Only the writing is over. I need to develop a marketing strategy to promote the book, organize a book launch, and incorporate Making Contact into my web site. Despite the apprehension, I did write the book so others might read it so it is important that I let the world know the book is available.
And as a good friend wrote me yesterday, “Today is a day of celebration. Congratulations on completing another book! Do something special to mark the achievement” So I did – I wrote a blog about the experience!Share