I'm writing a book for people who want to change careers and get into web development!
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October 2020Section titled October 2020
I opened Google Docs. Inside, I wrote down everything I could think of about switching careers to web development. I added a table of contents.
April 2022Section titled April 2022
I bought and read "How to Write a Nonfiction eBook in 21 Days - That Readers LOVE!" by Steve Scott. I opened my Google Doc and wrote down some useful pointers from the book.
May 2022Section titled May 2022
I thought I better get on with my book, so I opened my Google Doc. I wrote an introduction and something about personal projects.
June 2022Section titled June 2022
I used flashcards to organise a table of contents (which later changed almost completely).
September 2022Section titled September 2022
I bought and read "Write Useful Books: A modern approach to designing and refining recommendable nonfiction" by Rob Fitzpatrick. I opened my Google Doc and wrote down some useful pointers from the book. The book helped me realise the table of contents I had created needed improvement.
I bought and read two other career-switch-to-web books. These books helped me figure out what I did and didn't want in my book: "How to Get a Job in Web Development: The Ultimate Guide" and "How to Become a Web Developer: The Career Changer's Guide".
March 2023Section titled March 2023
Now that my child is in daycare, I can dedicate a little more time to writing. I can also keep telling myself that a little bit of writing a day is better than none. Logic over fear, let's go!
My writing mantra is to cut the fluff and tell people exactly what they need, in plain language. Currently feeling thankful for the longer, fluffier paragraphs I wrote years ago. I can take those and cut them down!
Update email 1 (31.03.23)
I have begun to include a mix of personal stories and more factual information.
Even though I know I don't need to yet, I'm worrying about things like how to fit the personal stories around the facts, among other things like tone of voice.
I'm spending lots of time moving chunks of text around and deleting stuff.
I'm finding that I'm not very comfortable writing huge blocks of text without immediately editing them. Going back to the blocks the next day brings me fresh clarity that enables me to edit better!
None yet. Maybe next time ;)
I found a good post from Leo Babauta. He says to make writing easier, write for one person only. I'm writing for people who are in the position I was years ago. I'm writing for people who wish for a career change and are interested in becoming a web developer.
April 2023Section titled April 2023
Chipping away at the book, paragraph by paragraph, night by night. The work feels slow. Like I am adding dominoes, one at a time, very, very gradually to a long and dusty, years-old line of old dominoes that stretches further than the eye can see. But, I feel good about it! I can't see or even feel the progress. Not really. But I know it is there. Once I wrote 100 words a day for 100 days and at the end had 10,000 words of material. Those few words I wrote every day felt so easy to write and grew into something huge. This is what's happening with my book as well.
I asked a good friend of mine if she'd share her experiences of becoming a developer with me. She said she'd be happy to support me ❤️
I asked on Mastodon whether anyone knows a new web developer who used to do something else. I am excited to chat with people!