It’s Hard to be Pregnant – The Writing Process

You’ve just learned that your life is about to change. You are expecting your first book. Congratulations! ? Do you have any idea what you’ve gotten yourself into?

I’ll clue you in. Worry. Early mornings. Late, late nights. Frustration. Moments of panic. Self doubt. Some moments of amazing clarity. Unimaginable joy. Times of complete dysfunction. Free advice – whether you want it or not. Trying to learn everything you could possibly need to know while still functioning with this symbiotic relationship with something inside you that increasingly takes over the person you used to know. From inside and outside everything changes.

Perhaps you have taken courses to learn how to write. From another writer, a teacher/professor- in person, by reading a book or attending an online seminar. Maybe you are winging it. You liked doing something similar in school and received some positive feedback and now you finally have a chance to prove them all right. Maybe it is your “calling” (yes, those are air quotes). You could be fresh out of university with that degree and the desire to be the next insert your favorite author here. Maybe you just sent your last child off into the world and your chauffeuring days are over. You’ve retired? Wonderful! You’ve been secretly hoarding notes, chapters or essays in drawers around the house, writing when the house is finally quiet at some witching hour at night. You woke up, never having had the notion to write a book, with an entire book laid out in front of you in your head.

Whatever path you took to get here or the situation you are in at the moment, we are now are all connected. We are or want to become authors.

So what do you do now?

Will you set up a specific place where you go when you are going to write? You know, with a desk. Pen and paper. A laptop. A full sized computer? A digital recorder perhaps? A thesaurus, dictionary. Will you be organized?

Maybe you will jot things down on the go. Scribble ideas on napkins or type a quick note on you smart phone. Perhaps even call yourself and leave a message?

Will you have a schedule? I mean you are responsible now for the creation and development of something other than yourself. What responsibility do you accept for its success? Every day from noon till two? Every morning until you’ve written a thousand words? When the wordsmith god or goddess strikes you? Do you nurture it and caress it? Do you keep it on a controlled diet or go with the flow letting your cravings and own needs dictate when and where you feed on this passion of yours to be the best you can be?
Will you tell everyone you are expecting from the moment you know? Will you wait until you have the story decided upon or even completely finished?

Prepare yourself. The one thing I know is that your life will never be the same once you pick up a pen or strike a keyboard to begin your story. It will always be on your mind. It will invade your dreams, waking or sleeping. It will speak to you in the middle of an important meeting or a conversation, causing you to miss the important point or not hear that question. It will call you from a warm bed in the middle of the night. It will tuck you in as it climbs into bed with you. You will laugh, you will cry.

And after all this time with your book, your baby, one day it will be time for it to leave your protection and travel into the world. There will be a certain sense of relief that you made it. But it will be brief and short lived. Your book will now be part of you…FOREVER.

Why? Because writing a book, just like having a baby, is just one step in a much more complicated process of authoring…or parenting. It’s never quite over. It has a beginning but no end. Once you are an author there is no going back to never having been one. And now that it’s out, there are decisions to be made, information to gather, research to be done.

What the heckola do I do now?

First…Do.Not.Act.In.Haste.

Next: Preparing to Publish – “Dr. Spock! I need answers!”

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New Release – “Cart Full of Husk” by NK Sondhi

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6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
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524 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1503108127
ISBN-10: 1503108120
BISAC: Fiction / Historical
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NK Sondhi interviewed both Muslims and Hindus whose families experienced the Partition of India in 1947. The toll on the people of India when forced to flee to the newly formed countries created chaos which lead to the unthinkable behaviour of many people. Families were changed forever.In this novel Sondhi weaves the tales together to create the experience of the family of Doctor Dayal Chand over four generations.

It is not a tale you will soon forget.

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NK Sondhi was born one year after the Partition of India. His rich parents lost everything in the holocaust created by Partition and lived a life of hardship and struggle. NK’s father died when he was eight years old and he grew up doing petty jobs to earn money to complete his schooling.He was able to complete Night College by working as a salesman at a shop in Qutab Minar. It was here that he developed his interest in historical monuments and began working as a tourist guide.

For ten years he worked as a Translator with Government of India. Here he wrote his first article about historical monuments which was published by the Cultural Department of the Government of India in 1972. He also completed his Post Graduation through Distance Education.

Later he joined a Bank where he worked as a manager for thirty years. After retirement NK started teaching banking courses and wrote “Management of Banking and Insurance” for graduate/post graduate students.

With a passion for literature from a young age, NK found his desire to write ignited and he started writing poems inspired by the behavior of students.

Seeing the irrational attitude and insurrectional habits of some children he wrote a book “Save Your Children” to help guide parents with nipping bad habits in the bud and elevating the character of their wards.

When later he joined a Senior Citizen’s Club he began to hear the sordid stories of atrocities faced by many club members. Many of them were victims of circumstances created by the Partition of India. NK decided to collect more information and bring to light the holocaust of partition and this novel was conceptualized.

While most people interviewed were co-operative, some elderly people controlled the expression of their emotions while in the presence of their family members. Many young people born well after partition spoke to NK of the stories they heard from their parents.

Writing this book brought NK both sadness and joy. Interviewing people who had lost palatial houses in the country when forced to move and facing their anger and continued disillusionment was difficult. Some others who were ordinary or common people before partition and then earned name, fame and wealth lifted his hopes and spirit.

NK is presently engaged in writing books on different subjects. He remains very fond of literature and Art.

Be sure to read NK’s author interview under the Author Interview tab.
NK would love to hear from you. You can contact him here:
NKSondhi@woolyswagon.com

New Release – “The Happiness Contagion” by Harry Bridgeman

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ISBN-13: 978-1511425919
ISBN-10: 1511425911
BISAC: Fiction / Biographical
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More than just a novel. Harry Bridgeman has written a self help book, a manual for world
peace, certainly a piece of writing that can change people’s lives.

Kristin is merely a teenager, but she is dying from lung cancer. She has always had a vision of a happy world. When someone suggests she write a bucket list, she does. But it isn’t your typical bucket list.

This is the story of Kristin’s bucket list told by the people whose lives were changed when they became involved in the Happiness Contagion.

Be sure to read Harry’s author interview by clicking the Author Interview tab.