1. Begin writing with no outline whatsoever.
2. Use a half-ass system of marking quotations you might want to use. (See below.)
3. Forget to cite the quotations as you write the book.
4. Go back after the book is finished to add all the citations. (Which also means occasionally scanning over page after page of some book to find the page your quote was on.)
5. Read through dozens of old journals to find that that one entry about that one experience when you were 12.
6. Wait until the end to come up with a title.
7. Do absolutely no market research ahead of time.
8. Make 4:00 AM your writing hour.
9. Make 7:00 PM (aka the kids’ TV time) your second writing hour when you failed to get up for the first one.
10. Check Facebook 10 times during your writing hour.
Despite doing it all wrong, I have to tell ya: I FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT!!
I am SO thrilled that this part, at least, is done, and I am so thankful for all the friends and family who have encouraged me! (That means you, reader!)
Now, on to revising. Which I have a feeling will be harder than the first draft.
But for today (or maybe for a few days, who knows), I’m gonna let myself celebrate!