So I'm writing the book for the Purple Learning Project at the moment.... in typical me style I want it done now as quickly as possible -I hate having any task hanging over me... I always find one of the biggest struggles for me is that my brain works at a much faster pace than my writing or typing speed - though I am more wizz like on a keyboard! I also have that awful dyslexic fear of the blank page - how do you begin to fill them up! Where do the words come from? How do you find different words to use?
My way to get around all this is to start with the images for each chapter - I've already got a drawing of how the book is going to fit together - the plan..this includes all structure within each chapter too - I always think the best thing to do is to try and find just one line that sums the whole thing up and then expand! There is at least one picture that sums up each section.. just describe these and your sorted. It's all very mathematical really - I think in patterns, visuals and how these all fit together.
Having someone to describe them all to who types it up also speeds it all up. I dictated all my college exams so I'm a dab hand at thinking off the top of my head onto paper. This also means that it will sound exactly like me talking...
I'll never understand why anyone would want to spend a year writing a book - that's my idea of hell!