Tuesday, October 28, 2014

On Writing the History of the American Bible Society--Update #93

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I have always been a more traditional writer when it comes to location.  I wrote or edited my last four books from the desk in my home office or from the kitchen table in my aunt's lake house in the north woods of New Hampshire. (I don't like to write in my Messiah College office--too many distractions).

As I write my current book on the American Bible Society I am finding that I need more variety in my writing spaces. For example, I wrote most of the book proposal on a New Jersey Transit commuter train and in a booth at a New Jersey McDonalds. I wrote a good deal of the first two chapters in at least three different Panera Bread restaurants scattered across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Lately I have been writing in a local diner.  

Having said that, in a few days I will probably be back in my home office, working on my new desktop computer.  (I still need to take it out of the box and set it up).

Today I spent a few hours in the diner and a few hours in the Messiah College library. My work on Chapter Five continues.  I am trying something new with this chapter.  This morning I dumped all of my primary research, in the order it will appear in the chapter, into a Word document that I called "Chapter Five."  I am then going to craft my prose around the primary material, eliminating whatever quotes and notes are not needed.  We will see how it goes.  

I wrote 600 words this morning and think I set myself up for about double or triple that number tomorrow.  Stay tuned.