It has been some time since I’ve written a “real blog”. That is because I’ve been busy getting out Spiritual Storms, Her Time, and now the Dhammapada Handbook. Each book had its own challenges. I will speak about these in this and future blogs.
A little while back, I undertook a Lean Six Sigma Project which took away my writing weekends for five straight months. But as went through this effort, I saw it as a kind of a religious pilgrimage somewhat like The Canterbury Tales or walking El Camino de Santiago.
I also wanted to include content influenced by St. John of the Cross. Indeed, the original title of the book was The Dark Night of the Soul: A Spiritual Project Manager’s Journal. So the topics that I wanted to cover were clear.
But how to do so was not as you can tell from reading the first two chapters. The introduction was a fictional encounter that I had while on the Jamestown Ferry.
The next chapter seemed far too close to my liking to the mysterious ride in Corporate Intent. So I decided to add friendly but mysterious off-world aliens where things such as driverless flying cars and recreating heaven were possible. Then things took off.
As I was writing the book, i could feel the tension from almost being there with Mike, the bootcamp instructor and him grabbing me through his words to get my attention! Hopefully readers will feel the same.
I provided various principles to use while living each day or working on a project of any size. These are wrapped in an unpredictable adventure story. Those that are reading The Dhammapada Handbook will find some of the same themes therein, however presented differently.
So what lessons that I learned to pass on to other part-time writers?
Lesson One: Allow yourself time to try out various approaches before settling into one. If I had chose an approach too early, it would have caused trouble later.
Lesson Two: Watch when you are getting into old writing patterns. Think instead, how can I make this fun for the reader.
Lesson Three: Why stick in one genre when you can have four? This may open up greater possibilities to explore.
We are still learning on how some of the ancient wonders and structure were built. Perhaps there was a “super project manager” involved or not. Maybe they are still in our midst! Or in time we can overcome the high percentage of project failures by trying something completely different such as Spiritual Project Management (or another approach). I look forward to that day.