Some of you may be wondering, “Where the hell is this book (Wing Chun Mind) that Steve has been promising for months?”
I thought I would address that briefly for those who are interested.
I’ve been thinking about doing a book for longer than I’ve been writing this blog and I really started working on an actual book in earnest last year.
Then in November, I put up my email list promise to deliver some free chapters. And I designed a cover and put that up. Then months passed.
Putting up the email list and the announcement were meant to goad me into working harder to meet these self-imposed deadlines. They worked well in getting me writing pages.
Something weird happened on the way to the printing press.
I discovered that books feel different as you are writing them. They feel more like forever than a post. This brings out my perfectionism, which has been a bonus in my life but more often a curse. This may the only book I ever write – who knows? So it better be good! Basically, I really want it to be awesome and something that will help people who want to learn Wing Chun and get good at it.
So it has to be not only informative but a quick and fun read.
Writing books are a problem for a perfectionist, because no matter how much work you do, it can always be better. Better organized, more true, more accurate, better written, etc, etc.
I’ve written the introductory chapter dozens of times, each time with a different take, and a lot of this information will end up in the final book, but my big problem has been how acutely aware I am how important “first impressions” are. These free chapters are like a presentation at an interview. Is it good enough to get you the job? You know you can wow them once you get the job, but what to present in that little bit if time you have to show who you are in the interview?
So that’s what I’ve been doing!
Plus (of course) working my full-time job, continuing my training, and writing blog posts (which are great when you want to procrastinate writing the book!). So – sorry its late and please bear with me. I hope to make it a book worth adding to any martial arts collection!