As writers we are often assigned projects or come up with a project of our own to do. What might seem simple can quickly escalate into a full on monumental task. For instance take a recent project I decided to embark on; an eBook about a specific sub-sector of Technology. Believe it or not it was an eBook on the Future of Skateboards, or rather hoverboards of the future.
Looking at the project, I said well piece of cake, I use to ride a skateboard as a kid, all day in fact. I can write an eBook in 2-days right off the top of my head and since it is such an easy project, I can edit it and write it, get the pictures and even format the darn thing in that time.
Well this little project that I thought could be done in 2 days is now into its first day and I am not even 15% done. This means even if I kick butt, which I have been known to do this is going to be over 6-days in the making. The original idea was proposed by a fellow writer who was doing a single chapter of a book on the subject. I proposed really making it into a big project and said;
“If you are NOT going to write that “Skateboard” book let me know. I think the subject is interesting and can do it off the top of my head into Dragon Voice Software. So, I have already begun.”
Of course my thinking was that if they were not interested, I would make it an eBook for my website, as content [Online Think Tank website] and that I would probably have it done in a few days.
My thinking was why make it a kids book, then it would be more or less lots of illustrations and pictures rather than a reality based plan to actually build a flying skateboard. An Adult book on the other hand would be a subject that could be relevant for UAVs, NASA SATS Future Flight, military, skateboarding or a lead in to technologies described in a Sci Fi book chapter of the future.
Needless to say the project looks like it will be nearly 100 pages, including technical data and lots of research and could easily take 8-10 days full tilt. So, remember to not underestimate your commitment to a writing project, especially a book. I suppose this is really a writing tip of the day for me to recite to my mirror? Think about it.