If you're following me on Instagram, you'll know I'm in the process of writing a book. I've known for awhile that it's something I've wanted to do, though until this project, I haven't been able to get over other hurdles to the point where I knew with certainty, that the damn thing would get finished.
I don't want to say too much about the project, but what I can share is that it is a book about tarot - though does not focus on how to read the cards. A natural byproduct of the book will be a greater understanding of the cards, yes, but that's not its primary intent. The book is really about working with the cards beyond divination, and moving into more magickal spaces. In other words, it is an exploration of tarot but through a magickal or intentional lens. Through symbolism, powerful imagery and applied meaning (either personal or traditional) it explores the ways in which we can tap into our subconscious to bring about meaningful change, while getting closer to who we are. And instead of allowing tarot to provide all the answers, the seeker will be encouraged to go within and instead, guide themselves to the outcome they desire. Of course, we'll be using the cards as a reference point and tool to facilitate the process every step of the way.
So where am I now? I began this project thinking it would be 60-65K words in length, but at this stage, I'm just over 60k and still have, by my estimation, a good 20k to go. That means either this will be much longer than I expected, or the editing process is due to be arduous. My goal is have the first draft completed by end of Spring, to then spend the Summer in editing, and to have it complete and ready to publish by Fall.
What have I so far learned?
- I've learned that I can accomplish a lot more than I thought I could, but also it's important to note that my interest in this subject matter compels me forward.
- I've learned that it's okay to write in a non-linear way. If I find myself up against a brick wall, I simply write a different part of the book until I can figure out how to get over the hurdle. I guess that's one advantage of writing non-fiction.
- I've learned that accountability keeps me on track. This is why I share my word count accomplishments on a weekly basis.
- I've learned that it is unproductive to pour over portions of the book that have already been written. The only thing I need to focus on at this stage is getting the damn thing done.
So that's where I'm at. It's my biggest project to date and taking a lot of my spare time, which is why I'm talking about it on my blog today - I wanted to post, but this book is just about the only thing on my mind (creatively speaking) these days. Hopefully I explained its purpose in a way that makes sense - I'm still working on my elevator pitch!
If you are curious to learn more about this project, you can keep up with my progress online. I am so far sharing behind-the-scenes and direct excerpts from the book on my Patreon, as well as general progress reports on Instagram.