On Writing and Finishing My Second Book
Exactly 5 years ago (May 13, 2015), I signed my first book deal. That book (I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual) was published on September 13, 2016. It hit the New York Times bestselling list instantly and changed my life. Over 100,000 copies sold so far.
It’s wild, because it took me 9 years after I had started blogging and writing and making impact with my words before I called myself a “writer” because I was afraid of what came with that title. I didn’t think I measured up to it, because folks like Toni Morrison are writers. How dare I put myself in their same category?
I was afraid because I didn’t see the example of a writer like me, but I became that example for myself. I am a writer.
And this writer, just turned in the first draft of her second book!!! 83,000 words, written in 6 months. This 2nd book (The Fear-Fighter Manual) is the one I needed 10 years ago when I was afraid to call myself a writer. It’s the one I need now when I have to remind myself that being a professional troublemaker often has consequences but I’m committed to living a life of “Oh well” instead of “What if?”
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK (comes out in 2021), and I am so geeked for draft 1 to be out of my hands.
I celebrated by taking the weekend off to be utterly useless. The work really begins when that’s done.
I was able to complete my book about FEAR in the middle of a pandemic that has me scared shitless about what is next, what is now. So I’m really proud of myself. And taking the time to pat myself on the back. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK (comes out in 2021)!
If you’re currently trying to write a book, I offer one tip: give draft 1 permission to be rough. LET IT BE ROUGH. It’s job is to exist. Don’t edit. Write.