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what it was like to write a book

 
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I gave a ten minute presentation at work about what it was like to write a book. I put a good part of my notes from that speech in a blog post (and then added some more detail.)

I think it was better as a presentation than text. (More jokes in person). But I'm happy to capture my thoughts somewhere. I was surprised at just how many steps my journey to writing a book had.
 
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I know writing a book is a very time consuming activity. Can you give a rough estimate about time you spent (alone or both) to complete the writing of this book? I don't have any aspirations in writing a book, I'm still at "there is no way I’d ever write a book", just being curious
 
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Roel De Nijs wrote:I know writing a book is a very time consuming activity. Can you give a rough estimate about time you spent (alone or both) to complete the writing of this book? I don't have any aspirations in writing a book, I'm still at "there is no way I’d ever write a book", just being curious

I can't speak for Scott so I'll just do mine. I spent about the full time equivalent of a month writing/drafting. I also probably spent about 50% more of that time reviewing and responding to edits. I didn't use Pomodoro for that part and I did more of it on the go. Plus stuff that I didn't notice spending time on. So I'll say about 2 months of full time work that I counted. Which doesn't sound like a lot until you think about it being sprinkled on top of a full time job. (and other hobbies.)
 
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Hard to say... As Jeanne pointed out the original plan was to write one combined OCA/OCP 8 book, but as the OCP 8 beta exam is still not out, we split it into two books, triggering a rewrite and a lot of jumbled schedules. The OCA chapters I wrote, including intro/appendix material took a few months, although OCP is definitely longer as there are lot more topics. My work on IO and NIO.2 was very involved.

What I find most time consuming, or perhaps slowest to put to paper, are the review/exam questions. Each chapter is 45+ questions and while some chapters are easy to write for, others are not.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:So I'll say about 2 months of full time work that I counted. Which doesn't sound like a lot until you think about it being sprinkled on top of a full time job. (and other hobbies.)

Scott Selikoff wrote:The OCA chapters I wrote, including intro/appendix material took a few months

Phew! Based on my own (very small) writing experience, it's indeed the combination with a full time job and a (limited) social life which makes the writing process a monstrous effort. Luckily you could write in your native language, otherwise it would (probably) even taken more time. I'm convinced: I'll stay at "there is no way I’d ever write a book" for a while and just keep nitpicking on someone else's books. That's also fun and less time consuming
 
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