My take on writing

Ben Reed —  November 18, 2013 — 4 Comments

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I love writing. I do.

I love crafting words to give structure to thought.

I love painting a beautiful picture out of a seemingly mundane moment.

I love capturing the essence of a season with a phrase.

But writing a book is more than “the love of writing.”

It’s hard work. And finishing the book is only the beginning of the process.

For over a month, every day I’d get up  at 5:00 a.m. and write. And write. And write. My goal was 1000 words, every day. Most days, I came up with 1000 words of pure garbage. Throw it in the trash. Control-A, Control-X. And move on.

Because tomorrow was coming. And so were 1000 more words. And I didn’t have time for terrible words.

Most days, some of those words would stick.

Every once in a while, all 1000 would.

Then comes the marketing. The “how in the world do I get this message to the world” thoughts flood your head. And just when you think the heavy lifting is done, you realize that nobody will have a clue that you’ve written a book unless you tell them.

Simultaneously you realize that when you tell them, there’s the real chance you’ll come across as a jerky self-promoting sleaze bag who is only in it for himself. Which has never, ever, ever been my heart.

My friend John Morgan has been a great source of encouragement to me in this process. He’s helped me navigate the sleazy waters of self-marketing in a way that, I believe remains true to me. And maintains some sense of dignity.

So here goes nothing. Book #1 is in the books.

You can check out the full “press” release HERE. Or buy it below.

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Ben Reed

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Christ follower, husband, father, writer, pastor of small groups at Long Hollow Baptist Church. Communications director for the Small Group Network.
  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    Congrats again on the incredible book and the great job getting the word out about it! I love the “I didn’t have time for terrible words” part of this post. Excellent.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Thanks, John. You didn’t like the part about you helping me not be a sleazy self-promoting idiot?!? I did!!

  • http://hereiblog.com/ Mark Lamprecht

    Congrats on finishing the book. I’m trying to find places to squeeze book writing into.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Thanks Mark!

      It’s tough to find the space. Early mornings worked well for me. But I’m a morning person.