They say writing a book is like having a baby. I’m not so sure.
My memoir, Life from Scratch is due into the world on March 3rd, 2015. I started writing in 2013 and can assure you that the 2-year gestation period was one of the most challenging periods of my career. I am just now starting to feel the butterflies as early press pours in from Women’s Day, O Magazine, and Food and Wine.
But in the beginning, I could only see the work that had to be done.
Weekends. Nights. Tears. Writing. Rewriting.
After I submitted my final manuscript edits to National Geographic, I told my husband “I’m ready to send my memoir out in to the world. Whatever happens now, I’ve already won – I’ve written a book – a BOOK!”
He laughed and nodded. He understood what a gift it was to get through the worry and fuss to produce a finished manuscript, ready for the world.
With a real baby weekends of worry ramp up over a lengthy 18 years, until the child is grown up and finally off, on their own. With a book the timeline is condensed. Next week, after just two years, my book baby moves out and gets a job.
I can only wish what all parents wish: that you love her and become her friend.
After all, she’s still pretty new in this world. And it was a wild, sometimes dangerous adventure to get her here (see photo below).
In return, she just might inspire a few new adventures in your life.
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