So when I was reading her blog a couple years later, I took note when she told a story about her struggle to write books. She shared that she couldn't come up with an idea and she wasn't sure how it was going to happen. So she opened up a book she thought was like the book she wanted to write, and re-wrote the whole book. If I could find the link to her story, I would share it here.
Fast forward to a few months ago when I realized I needed to write a book, but couldn't sit down and do it. "I want to write a book," I kept telling myself again and again. But I couldn't. Until one sleepless night when Kirby's words came to me in my sleep. I woke up and started re-writing an entire book. Tonight I finished that re-write. I never realized how much I would learn from that activity. First of all, I felt what it would be like to type out an entire chapter book. Second, I saw what a book looked like on the pages of a google doc. Third, I opened up a sticky note on my laptop and figured out all the word counts I could think of:
This is the closest I've ever come to being one with a mentor text and I am ever so grateful.
The next item on my book writing checklist:
- open up a new google doc and name it
But that's for another day. I'm too tired to figure out something that big.
Huge thank you to Anna Branford for inspiring me and mentoring me into my world of book writing.
Do yourself a favor. Get this book.