Update and Clarification

Much of the material for “From the Heart of a Grateful Man” is being drawn on, or derived from, earlier writing or notes that I’d created thinking some day they might come in handy if I ever decided to write a non-fiction book.

Each item was anywhere from a single line or two to about 4 pages, with most probably about a page long, so it certainly isn’t a completely from-scratch project. I’ve had to do a lot of re-writing, revisions, trimming, corrections, editing, and creating of new material, but the project is going blazingly fast.

This book is exploding from me like water from a pressurized fire hose. For example, in the approximately 16 hours I worked on it yesterday, my rough draft hit about 28,000 words before I finally stumbled off to bed at about 5:30 this morning (4:30 due to the time change).

I had vaguely thought that I might have enough material for a short book and therefore would need to create a lot of it from scratch to end up with a full-length book, but have discovered that I probably already have so much raw material for a full book that a lot of what I believe to be quality material will need to be left out to keep the book to a reasonable length.

With Love,

About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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12 Responses to Update and Clarification

  1. Taking posts from a blog or personal notes, putting them together and making them ‘flow’ constructively in a book is not an easy task.
    Note that the ‘quality material left out’ can be put into your second book ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Your whole writing experience has mushroomed Russ in the short time that I have known you. I wonder if you ever dreamed that everything would come together as fast as it did… It’s very exciting to even watch how it has…. Diane

    • russtowne says:

      Hi, Diane. Your kind comments led me to think about whether I ever dreamed about such things, etc. I think writing was one of many dreams I had throughout life that I knew were highly unlikely to come true such as many people have regarding becoming a professional ball player, a superstar actor, or winning a Nobel Peace Prize.

      Once I realized that I had at least some modest ability to write song lyrics a few years ago, my pipe dreams regarding other types of writing seemed to me to feel a little less far-fetched.

      As I don’t tend to enjoy long projects–another reason that writing a full-length non-fiction book seemed very unlikely–I began to try short projects such as blog postings, poetry, and then children’s books and found that I also loved those forms of writing.

      Always, in the back of my mind, I thought some of my original stories and blog posts might be of interest to readers as part of a book, but since I don’t enjoy long projects and do like to focus on doing things I love to do, writing a non-fiction book still seemed to be more of a pipe dream–until 2 or 3 days ago.

      What changed? I don’t really know. All of a sudden I had the passion to write a non-fiction book that I’d never had before. I’ve learned that once my passion for something flares, I need to go for it with all I’ve got as I never know how long it will be until something else comes along for which my passion burns even brighter.

      Thank you for your comment, Diane. I enjoyed the mental exercise to which your comments led.


      • I’m glad Russ … and I’m going to be able to say… I knew him when…….. Diane ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • russtowne says:

          And I’m going to be able to keep saying that Diane was one of the people who always enthusiastically supported me right from the very beginning, and I’m eternally grateful that she did!

          If I was a performing artist, I’d give you front row seats and back stage passes.

          Thank you, Diane.


  3. It is so inspiring to get to watch your dream come to life…..thank you so much and “keep writing”!!! paula

  4. utesmile says:

    Wow you are busy, but I guess onece it is so flowing you cannot stop! I am sure it will be wonderful just as you are !

  5. Patty B says:

    Looking forward to it. You have really accomplished so much – way to go!

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