Prelude I: An Autobiography, Memoir, and Appreciation… I think?
It’s true. The book is almost here. For those who have no idea what I am talking about. I wrote a book.
In this Medium post, I’m going to inform you as to why the idea to write a book even came about. So here it is:
The day after I got surgery on my knee, I found myself sitting on the couch looking at a television screen. Football was put on hold obviously and I wouldn’t say I was feeling sorry for myself (Because I wasn’t), but I was definitely in a unfamiliar place mentally. I say unfamiliar because I wasn’t in a bad place, I had just never been injured before so I really didn’t know what to do with myself. And I wasn’t going to just sit there for the first two weeks while I was immobile.
So I started writing.
The morning after surgery, I woke up, grabbed my notebook & laptop and got to it. At first, I had no idea what I was doing. I mean, I literally didn’t know what this was going to be. I just started to jot down ideas. Then those ideas turned into chapters, and before I knew it, those chapters turned into an outline.
All I knew was that I was going to be stranded on this couch for a while and I wanted to do something productive while I was stuck here.
On the first day of sitting on that couch, I had not only written down ideas and an outline; I had written my first two chapters of the book. The next morning I remember opening up my laptop and reviewing what I had wrote. My first reaction was, “Daaaammmmnnnn, you wrote a lot G!” I had surprised myself to say the least. To be exact, I had written 50 pages that first night (Double spaced of course).
By this point, I had subconsciously bought into the idea of finishing this thing. So everyday, for about two weeks straight, I’d get up at six in the morning and knock off a couple pages. I think writing was so therapeutic for me at the time and that’s why the words just came so easy. Before I knew it, I was already a couple chapters in.
But then, unexpected variables came and killed my momentum.
First came writers block. Trust me, its a real thing.
Next, was the fact that I started to become a little more mobile. That meant I wasn’t sitting on the couch all day. Instead, I was hanging out with friends or working out.
Finally, the icing on the cake was traveling. Since I had all this free time, I traveled the country/world and went to places I’d never been before. At some points while away on these trips, writing was an afterthought.
I don’t know when it hit me but I remember being about halfway done writing the book and having a talk with myself. I simply told myself that I needed to get this thing done. I started it, so I had to finish it. I didn’t want to quit on it because that was the easy way out.
So what I began to do is tell a couple people close to me that I was writing this book. From that point on, I knew they would always ask me for status updates. So what I did was basically create a team of people that I knew would help keep me accountable in regards to the completion of the book. Believe it or not, it worked flawlessly.
At this point, I wasn’t writing this thing because it was therapeutic. Finishing this book became more of a personal challenge. I wanted to see if I was going to let myself down, really. Yeah, there were days when I wanted to give up and throw in the towel. Trust me, I had plenty of those days, but where’s the fun in that?
After completing the book, I’m happy with the finished product because I feel it’s a great reflection of where I was at in life (at the moment). I realized that I learned so much throughout this process. First off, I learned about how much self-discipline I actually have, and two, I learned a lot about the ins and outs of the writing world.
As I now plan to publicly share the book, I look forward to hearing your feedback. If you have any further questions about the process please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me via social media or email.(Hypothasis@gmail.com)
Now before I end this, I want you to know a couple things. I do not consider myself a writer, or author, or whatever. I’m just a kid who had some thoughts and wrote them down because he had some free time. Also, this book is extremely informal and it’s really just the culmination of conversations with myself. So when you read this book, keep that in mind.
Peace & Blessings,