Friday, September 4, 2009

Do You Really Want to Know???



Well folks,
I have not posted in many moons and this is why. We are in the thick of book writing time. Our deadline for ScreamFree Marriage is looming - November 1 - and we are on pace to finish a chapter each week.

Not an easy task, I have come to learn.

Many of you are curious as to how we actually work together, how it all happens. And here's your answer. Lots and lots of note cards and computer time. Book writing in the movies looks so much more glamorous than it really is. Rarely is there ever any sort of Zen moment where our fingers just can't keep up with our thoughts. Mainly it's like root canal work. Tedious, painful, and best accompanied with drugs.

Each week, Hal writes his thoughts down and gives them to me. I read them and we white board more ideas together. Then I use note cards to place the different elements that he's created together with the stories and other material that I've collected. Once I have the outline down, I start sewing things together.

Want to know something funny? As I type this, Brandon, Hannah and Hal are watching Young Frankenstein (the TBS version) in the next room. How ironic that I'm talking about sewing different parts of something together....hopefully this book will be something more than Abby Normal.

4 comments:

Tara said...

Writing doesn't sound as glamorous as it looks on TV, however you both are creating a wonderful book that will have many!

Carla said...

I just want to say THANK YOU both so much for the hard work you are doing! I can't wait for the book to be out...I'm a little bummed because I thought it was already out! We need it ASAP! I love Screamfree Parenting! Thank you so much for your ministry. God bless your family!

John Glisson said...

SF Parenting has meant a lot to me, including my marriage. I look forward to hearing how you suggest applying the same principles to marriage more directly!

Dr. Roger D. Butner said...

YEAH!!! As great as it is to read your blog posts, Jenny, I'll gladly give it up for a while to get my hands on a hot-off-the-press copy of "ScreamFree Marriage." And then recommend it to a thousand or so Facebook friends and half of Baton Rouge...