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Cyndi Whatif’s WIP’s Check in for Last Half of 2024

Introduction

Caught in the middle of in-between. Is the writing community unique and different than other areas of our lives? Should we share our goals or WIP’s (Works in Progress) with others?  Or not? They are near and dear to our tender hearts. We want to protect our WIP’s and ourselves. What should we do? What are you doing?

The Contradictions

When it comes to sharing your work, it is difficult to know what to do.

  • On one side of the fence, we are told not to tell anybody we are writing a book until it is done. (Does this mean done-done or first draft done?)
  • On the other side we are told if you don’t write down our goals or share them with others, they are just dreams. (Accountability is needed.)

It is a balancing act teetering on the in-between area.

  • We could tell nobody, but sometimes this is difficult because we are so excited at seeing the word count grow and our manuscript morphing into something tangible.
  • We could be selective about what we share. For example, maybe avoid the details and vaguely mention the process. Do you share your word count goals with others?
  • We could go all out and be so confident that nobody shakes our tree. But I would think this would be only a handful of people, especially if it is their first book. Why? Because the odds are not in your favor. The people you tell probably don’t think you are going to actually write a book. 81% of the American population say they want to write a book. Only 3% ever finish the task. IT’s A LOT OF HARD WORK!

What I Did in the Past

I personally did not tell anyone I was writing my first book (56,000 + words) until I was a month from finishing the first draft. I couldn’t contain my excitement anymore. BUT after the first draft and some feedback, I ended up doing a MAJOR restructuring and almost doubling the size of the book (84,000 + words). This pushed my new deadline so far back I could barely see it. Frustrating.

On top of that, when working with an editor(s) or needing to do your own formatting, it took me even longer than planned.

I just reset my deadlines, again and again and AGAIN, and stopped sharing them with others. Regardless, it did FINALLY get published. My debut book, Health Backwards: An Original Look from a Different Perspective went live July 9, 2023—a year after the original deadline I gave myself!   

What I Plan to Do Now

When working on writing a book for the first time, it is so hard to gauge how long each step of the process will take. So, when we tell someone, we are writing a book (and they are not a writer), I believe they have no clue how long it really takes either. The commitment of so many hours it takes!

Do non-writers realized how much longer it takes to write a book than to read one?

Cyndi Whatif

I have decided to just share twice a year (End of June/ Beginning of July & End of December) with my fellow authors who visit my website.  I’ll share what I hope to accomplish and/or work on six months at a time but that is about it.

My current plan is to go monk mode, as they call it, until I get the books I ‘have to write’ completed. Monk Mode is when a person isolates themselves from distractions and dedicates intense focus and routine to achieve a specific goal. I don’t believe this is a way to live, but it is a way to get over a hurdle. Once I complete what I believe I must do, then I’ll come up for air and be more rational.

Works in Progress

The writing projects I’m working on for the rest of the year: 7 areas

  • 2 Website Blogs
  • Newsletter (DISHers Digest) – the first and fifteenth of each month
  • LinkedIn Articles – striving to write six more for the year
  • Guest Posts – hope to have four posted among three different sites (not sure which ones yet though)
  • Writing Contests – would like to try to enter one more (but not likely)
  • Write a Fiction Book – want to give NaNoWriMo a shot
  • AFTER Books/Course – want to finish the first draft for all the content

I know these are ambition goals, but I really want to share this new information I have learned because I can feel the weight of all those people trapped in chronic fatigue. (From Patient to Advocate: Why I’m Determined to Share What I Discovered blog post) I don’t want to be one of those good people who do nothing.

I don’t know what tomorrow will bring and I don’t want my own struggle to be a waste because nobody else benefited from it when they could have. Thus, I focus after I do my quick glance at the quote at the bottom of my computer screen, “Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could be a page in someone else’s survival guide. ” (Author unknown)

Conclusion

How many works in progress do you have? I would love to know where other fellow writers are at in their journey and what they share. Has anyone else gone monk mode before? Did it work?

Cyndi Whatif
Cyndi Whatif

I am a patient turned author and guide. I share my hypothesis of an overlooked complementary body system which I believe determines whether or not a person has the opportunity to be well.

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