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Writing my first book in public

I decided to write a non-fiction book on the topic problem-solving. The fact is that I have read too much and produced too little.

Deciding to write a book is also related to my recent idea of Topicical Reading: Instead of Reading Lists. I will be publishing this post next week. Stay tuned.

Back to writing a book.

Here is the truth. I haven’t written any books before. This will be my first. I have no idea what I’m getting into. Will I succeed or fail?

I’m documenting my journey and progress from start to finish. If you are interested in following the journey, check out the mailing list at the bottom of the post.

I haven’t written any non-fiction books before.

I’m starting out with an empty page. All I have right now is a working title of the book and a general idea of what I want to write about. Also, I have some notes written on index cards, waiting patiently for their time.

Writing a book is also a good opportunity to put my Analog Zettelkasten to good use.

Let’s recap, shall we?

I’m writing a book in public. I have no idea how to do it. I will be documenting my progress on a weekly basis.

Writing in public means showing my work. That means writing about the research process, sharing bibliography, how I use my Zettelkasten, how I’m learning to write properly, and how I go about building a useful book.

I estimate that the book project will take around a year to complete.

I’m starting my journey before the end of January 2023.

In my first posts, published next week, I hope to lay out a schedule of the project, and share general ideas on how I’m planning to go about it. Currently I’m in the middle of writing Topicical Reading: Instead of Reading Lists post, a prequel to this whole enterprise.

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