Thursday, May 28, 2009

By the Seat of My Pants, Calmly

I can't seem to stop working on the nonfiction book, and I've never tried to write a nonfiction book before. I won't even claim that I know what I'm doing, but that actually makes it fun. I'm not sure what the proper length of a typical spiritual nonfiction book is, and I've never tried to write a proposal for one before, but it seems like no matter what I do or do not know about it, this book just keeps growing regardless. So it's fly by the seat of my pants time, I guess. I'm oddly okay with that. For whatever reason, underneath it all is this deep sense of calm. Which book gets published first no longer matters. One of these days, one of them will, and then the others will follow. Fiction or nonfiction, whichever, it'll happen at exactly the right time. I'm so chilled out about life in general lately that I have no inclination to get uptight about any part of this process. It's just...all good. Ahhh.

Have you let go of any stress lately? Did you know that stress and anxiety are completely unnecessary and you don't have to play that game if you don't want to? I recently found out that being stressed out is actually a choice, and I choose to no longer stress out. It's just so much easier to let that all go and

Incidentally, that metaphorical "cake" I asked for at the beginning of this month...I got it. It wasn't the cake I was looking for, but it was exactly the cake I needed.


Adrian Swift said...


How wonderful! Both that your non-fiction project is moving along nicely, and the terrific advice about not needing to stress.

I'll keep that in mind and see whether I can stop playing the stress game, too.

Great idea!

I can see how keeping stress down can only help in the writing process, allowing writers to focus on doing what needs doing.

Good luck with your project.


Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy
Its been awhile since I checked in on your progress. You are a definate stayer and i believe it is only a matter of time. you should try some of the Aussie markets... they could be easier to crack.
Ciao for now...happy writing

KHurley said...

Thanks, everyone! Best of luck to you also.