I haven't been on this forum in a while. To be honest, not much has happened in the meantime.
I am still on my journey to publication for my book. I kept reading and rereading and all I could think to myself was "Who would want to read this? It's boring!" The writing just wasn't good. Things didn't flow very well and I realized that I wasn't really explaining my arguments and positions very well either. I went back and forth on how to solve the problems for months. I even though of scrapping the project completely, but that would have been so disappointing to me since I had already put so much effort into it. I just knew that something had do change, and more than just a few minor revisions, before I contacted another publisher. And then it just hit me. I came up with a new outline and a new chapter list. The topics I wanted to address were more organized and I realized that it would be easier to write within this new outline. I am very excited about the new direction and more excited than ever about completing and publishing this book project.
I guess the main point of this is to encourage anyone who has put a lot of work into a long term project and feels like it's time to give up and move on to something else. Sometimes you will find that a project is going nowhere and that you just need to scrap it and move on, but be aware that that's not always the case. Sometimes you just need a fresh perspective or something new to give your work some life again. I felt like giving up so many times and if I had I wouldn't have been inspired to make my project better. Now I know exactly what I want to do with this book and I feel confident in myself. That wouldn't have happened if I gave up. If you're thinking about giving up on a book project, just take the time to think about it first. You could still salvage some of your work and inspiration could be right around the corner.
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