Is there anything possibly worse than not starting the project?
- Everyone is born a genius
- Here’s what I’m giving my nieces for Christmas
- The 1/4″ drill bit, Bali, cocktails on the beach, love, pride, and Spark
- Is your goal to have fun or win an award?
- I recorded an 11-second video 4 years ago that’s the foundation of my next book.
- Don’t wait 12 years. Please.
- It’s not only for you and your kids but your grandkids … and beyond.
- Is there anything possibly worse than not starting the project?
- Oops. That’s what I forgot: a story.
- The One Recipe Cookbook (and how to finish a project together with your kids)
- Best books for doing activities with your kids, creating family memories, and building relationships between parents and children
- Spark: It’s about creating something from nothing. Let’s create a subtitle, shall we?
- People like us do things like this
- Why Spark? Why me? Why you? Why now?
- What if I’d like to be one of the people like you who do things like that?
- Permission to … change my book title?
- Write a book with your kids? 43 elements for success. 42 are optional.
- It seems like backwards math, but by creating, we are actually “getting” more than we are “giving.”
- The Widow and the Orphan
- Spark Love: About that 1 mandatory element of the 43…
- Recipe for Love
- Kids need to crash their bikes to learn how to ride.
- Spark at “#1 New Release in Parent Participation in Education”
- Spark has hit #1 in Parenting in Free Books
- Spark Campfire
- When you document it, it becomes more real
- It takes as long as the time allotted
- I don’t want to navigate negativity.
- What’s the one little spark going to be that sets off the creativity in you (or your child)?
- Spark Campfire February 2019
- Find someone who believes he is alone and convince him that he is not.
- Well, wait a minute. That wasn’t so hard.
- Someone out there could use the help from the you of today
- I just got off the phone with my niece (and why that’s important).
- How to structure your non-fiction
Starting and then not finishing.
Lorena Veldhuijzen’s son created a fantastic adventure complete with colorful characters, funny names, and a moving story of how to fit in with others when you’re different.
This is an excerpt from a chapter in my upcoming book, “Spark: How to write a book with your kids–and why you should” due out Dec. 17, 2018 and on sale for pre-order now for just $0.99.
They worked on the story together, build out the characters with even more detail, and even gave the book a title: “Kungi Kanga.”
Here’s a snippet of audio from our phone call in which she starts talking about the story. Keep in mind, this project was years ago. Yet, she recalls it with detail as if it were yesterday.
OK, so you might have figured out it’s in Dutch. At least you can feel the intonation and ease with which she tells the beginning of how the story was formulated and you might be able to sense the love for her son’s story in her voice. If not, we’ll all have to wait for the translation of the book into English. 🙂
When I asked her where the story was today, the pain and regret were evident in her voice.
The story was in a file on her computer. As we talked about it more, she even went so far as to say that the characters were imprisoned within the plaster walls of her computer and have never been out to see the light of day or transformed into ink on a page of a book.
Lorena Veldhuijzen is an author who has written several books, but the one that possibly pains are the most is the one that is trapped in the prison of the past.
Although there is not yet a happy ending to this story, there could be. The file is still on her computer. She hasn’t deleted it.
In fact, the prison where this story still lives is the worst kind of prison. This kind of prison has no locks and no doors yet it’s difficult to escape.
In this snippet from our call, Lorena talks about how frustrating it is that the book isn’t out. Her son wants it in book form, she wants it in book form, and it’s still in the computer.
The key to setting the story free lies not in the past and not in the future but in the present. The key to bringing her son’s imagination to life lies in the simple but not always easy task of taking action to finish a project started long ago.
Often the longer we wait, the more difficult it is to reinvigorate something from the past but it’s still possible. Easier, as I’m sure you can imagine at this point, is to finish what we begin without delay, without unnecessary doubt, and can take a line from a child’s innocent and pure playbook and ask not why the story should come to life but why not?
In this book, I almost don’t dare tell you what it even harder than beginning the project because I don’t want to to be discouraged and never begin. For the most part, I believe that starting the project releases enthusiasm, confidence, and an accountability from your self and your team to keep going.
Perhaps it’s not necessarily that finishing a project is more difficult than starting a project but in terms of pain, guilt, and regret, not finishing a project is far worse than not starting.