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.