I have 23 days to go in my self-imposed challenge of writing a book proposal in 60-days. I can’t help but picture Steve Martin in Three Amigos when he’s shackled to the wall trying to escape the jail cell telling himself as he takes step by step under the weight of chains…..”gonna make it, gonna make…it” Then the chains pull him back right where he was when he started and he wearily says “not gonna make it” as he slumps to the floor. Writing this book proposal has felt a bit like this; thinking I’ve made progress and then going back to edit and feeling yanked back to where I started. First drafts as Ann Lamott says, are always crappy.
Thankfully like Steve Martin in the Three Amigos, I know I’m not alone in this endeavor. I’m thankful for my best friend Grace who helped me to think through some ideas for book chapters. I’m grateful for the editing help my friend Chrissy took- who is a real, live published author with an awesome book called “This Ordinary Adventure” coming out this fall. It’s good to have amigos, and as hefe would say- a plethora of friends who are willing to help and encourage me in this adventure.