I’ve been deluding myself with progress on the new edition of the Social Leadership Handbook. I find it helps. The original was seventy five pages of raw text, almost twenty six thousand words, commendable for it’s brevity if nothing else. Over the last week, i’ve added a further fourteen thousand words, which i’ll aim to edit down again, and taken the total of raw text up to a hundred and four pages. Plus a slew of new images. My delusion: bisecting the elephant.
Keeping focus is hard when dedicating whole days to writing, so i cheat and break it down to sections: read another five pages, edit out eight hundred words, get to fifty percent. I divide, subdivide and bisect the totals. I never, ever, consider the whole elephant. Because elephants are too large to eat in one sitting, even if you sit for a week.