Knocking It Off The List

I haven’t posted my January Goals yet (check back tomorrow) but I was so excited that I already accomplished one I had to share with you guys! One of my big goals for January–and 2012–was to finish the first draft of my book. The book is about how I gained and lost the weight, the journey I was on during the process and what I accomplished after the weight came off. I was working steadily on it for months in 2011 and then got busy with summer activities and took a break…until recently.

Well, I jumped the gun on my January goals and finished the first draft over the vacation weekend!

I’d been so stumped about just how to articulate Hood to Coast, that I’d stopped writing for awhile. Sometimes taking a break is a good thing. I attacked the last part of my book will renewed energy and inspiration. And now the first draft is DONE.

212 single-spaced typed pages.
128,000 words.


I gave the first draft to my friend Star to proofread. Apparently she’s already done with it!


It feels so good to have the book completed. Now I can start the fun part of editing, rewriting, editing some more and hopefully I can find a publisher that wants to buy it!

Woohoo! 2012 is starting off with a bang!

23 Responses

  1. Lisa,

    Congratulations! That is such a huge accomplishment. I wish you much luck on publishing. I hear the hard part is having others tell you how to edit your baby.

    1. That’s definitely an option. We’ve been chatting with some friends who’ve successfully raised money on Kickstarter for another project. They’d be awesome help if I go that route.

  2. I can’t wait to read it!! I am sure it is amazing. I’ve loved following your story over the past couple of years, and have always been so impressed with your dedication. Congrats on finishing the draft!
    Becky recently posted..December in Review

    1. I’ve written a few fictional books in the past. Honestly, trying to write a book about ME was hard in the beginning. Once I got over that hard part, the writing was easy.

  3. Way to go, Lisa! We talked about this months ago when I went public with my book being published in 2012. I am so happy you took the next step and soared thru to finish the first draft. It is so exciting!

    It is great that your first editor is a friend. It gets you use to what it will be like when editor #2, who you do not know at all, starts editing your baby.

    Again, way to GO!

    Jane~
    jane at Keepingthepoundsoff.com recently posted..1-12-385-168-20-366

    1. We did talk about this! And I appreciated your help and advice a great deal. I’m sifting through the MOUNDS of information I’ve collected about “how to”. We’ll see how I do…

  4. Hi Lisa!

    This is SO EXCITING. Congratulations!! 🙂 I must say that I’m surprised you had a hard time with the hood to coast part because I remember being so moved and feeling such a connection with you when I read your recap.

    I can’t wait to read it. You should be very proud of yourself!

    Kassi

    1. Oh thank you, Kassi! I love that you were so moved by my recap of Hood to Coast. I think the hard part about writing about it was reliving the emotions I felt at the time. But in a way it was great to relive it, too.

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