writers corner one way to write a book danielle raine
As part of my How To Write A Book series, I thought it would be helpful to share the story of how I wrote my first book, Housework Blues.

twitter aqua

So here’s The Story of a Book – just one of the many ways books can evolve.

• • •

 

The Story of Housework Blues

(Extract from From Wannabe to Writer)

Around 2008, I began searching for a book that would help me with my domestic woes.

I tend to turn to books for help with my challenges and problems, and so I was seeking literary solace for my severe housework blues.

At the time, I was working from home, as well as being a full time mum to two small children. I was drowning in laundry and mess and disorganised chaos.

I needed help.

I’d tried to find a book that addressed what I was going through, but all I could find were collections of cleaning tips or time management systems.

I wanted a book that dealt with the aspect I struggled with; the emotional and psychological challenge.

(Housework was ‘doing my head in’.)

Then one day – ironically, as I was scrubbing the kitchen floor – I had an epiphany.

I realised…

…there should be a guide for women like me.

There should be a housework manual for women who just don’t want to do this stuff!

 

So I threw the scrubbing brush back into the soapy bucket. (Yes, I was actually scrubbing ‘scrubber-style’.)

Then I went and vented my spleen onto my computer.

I still have the document. It’s essentially just a list of my struggles, peppered with considerable frustration and angst.

I gave it the working title: A Feminist Guide to Cooking and Cleaning; A mental approach to housework – for women who don’t.

I’d heard the advice – if you can’t find the book you need, write it.

So I thought this could be my chance to finally put my writing aspirations into a concrete form – that someone may actually want to read.

(I suspected I wasn’t the only female who didn’t want to spend her life, as Rudyard Kipling said, ‘threshing herself to pieces over the mean worry of housekeeping’.)


I soon dropped the feminist tag, though. I am possibly the least political person you’ll ever meet, and this was stirring up all kinds of negative responses.

My project was simply a quest for a happier domestic balance.

I was aware of the cultural issues, (ie, more being expected of female than males) but I wanted to increase the harmony in my home, not start a war.

I was more interested in the psychological and emotional stuff behind the angst/resentment.

I suspected that the real issue, for me, lay deeper than not knowing how to shine my sink.

This was the angle that I felt hadn’t really been addressed before.

So I created a list of all the reasons why I felt I was struggling, and all the thoughts I had about what I could do about it.

From that A4 Word document of frustrated ramblings, a book was born.

Once I’d had the idea, potential chapters and snippets of text began occurring to me more frequently, (ironically, usually during housework.)

In my mission to conquer my housework overload, I’d already come up with a few strategies of my own.

With a bit of thought and attention, I was able to come up with a few more. So I wrote those down too.

Over the next few months, I added more notes and ideas, more solutions and remedies.

And I felt duty bound to share them.

I’d discovered (to my relief) that not all females are born homemakers. I wanted to share my tips and tricks with any like-minded non-domestics.

And so, out of the desire to create calm out of the chaos of my home life, along with an urge to write and share, I’d embarked upon my first book.

But at that point I didn’t know it was a book. It would change shape and structure a dozen times before it came to rest in its current format.

Some ideas evolved from a snippet into a whole section (Delegation). Other ideas were swallowed up elsewhere or ditched completely. (Possibly for the best in the case of The Loo.)

The more I added to my musings and ideas, the more the material began to naturally fall into complete sections.

I wondered whether I might actually have enough material for a series of ebooks…?

Each of these could relate to the problem of housework OD, but tackling a particular bugbear, ie Lack of Motivation, Lack of Energy etc…

This series began life entitled Make Peace with Housework. And, in anticipation of my Big Launch, I also began a blog of the same name.

But I wasn’t happy with my ‘mini-ebooks’. They were quite small as standalone pieces, and I felt they weren’t substantial enough to be sold as a complete solution.

Besides, I was hearing from readers that they suffered from most, if not all, of the 8 ‘housework blues’ that I’d identified.

So, I decided to wrap them all together into one volume.

I had to rework the intro and then go through the sections to make sure they worked together as an integral whole, rather than disparate sections bundled together.

But it was enjoyable work and I knew as I was doing it that it flowed much better.

Plus, there was the added bonus of having accidentally produced a ‘real book’.

This was very satisfying – to find myself at the end of the process, without knowing what was happening until the majority of the work had been done. (I’ve written more about my ‘accidental’ method here.)

By the end, though, I knew I had a book.

I can remember vividly writing the closing paragraph. It felt both moving and surreal – a huge accomplishment, but also strangely calm and inevitable.

Of course, there was still much editing and polishing to be done but the main composition, the full first draft, was finished.

And as I sat in the brick outbuilding in my garden (the only place I could escape the noise of family life), with the early summer sunshine streaming through the cobwebbed windows, tears rolled down my cheeks as I wrote the final words.

That last chapter was about the role our homes play in our lives – a topic I was passionate about.

In fact, this had been the spur at the heart of my mission – to find more peace in the home.

So, it was a heartfelt finale, the culmination of a labour of love.

But also, I knew I had achieved something: this was the end of my book.

My first book.

I had written a book.

Wow.

Hi! I'm Danielle.

creative coach danielle raine

creative coach danielle raine l

OBSESSED WITH THE CREATIVE PROCESS SINCE 1993

TOPICS

creativity tips blog category

life by design blog category

wellness & wellbeing blog category

spirituality & purpose blog category

This is an extract from my ebook, From Wannabe To Writer,

a compilation of tips and tales from my writing and self-publsihing adventures.

• • •

It was launched on World Book Day

– to help Wannabe writers everywhere to get their books out there.

Details below!

And you can find out more about Housework Blues HERE.

Out now:

Wannabe writer ipad

My rollercoaster ride to becoming a writer.

The highs. The lows. The short-cuts.  

If you’ve ever wanted to write a book….

If you’d like to shortcut your learning curve….

If you want to truly believe that it’s possible to go from wannabe to successful writer…

This is for you. 

• • • 

>>> CLICK FOR DETAILS

 

 

” Smart people learn from their own mistakes.

The really smart people learn from the mistakes of others.”

                             ~ Brandon Mull

 

 

We use cookies to improve our service, enhance your experience and analyse our traffic. We do not your share information with third parties. Your use of this site indicates agreement to the storage of data and cookies. View more
Cookies settings
Accept
Privacy & Cookie policy
Privacy & Cookies policy
Cookie name Active

Terms of Use

Here follows information on this site's terms of use. You are advised to read the terms carefully before using this site. Your use of this site is indication of your acceptance of these terms of use and your agreement to abide by them. If you don't agree to these terms of use, please refrain from using this website.

• • •

DISCLAIMER

The suggestions, ideas or advice contained within this website, or material linked from this website, may not be suitable for everyone. The information is based on my personal opinion regarding the subject matter. It is the responsibility of the reader to carefully investigate all aspects of any decisions or changes made as a result of reading this material. I obtained the information contained herein from my own personal life experience and from sources I believe to be reliable but I neither imply nor intend any guarantee of accuracy. I am not qualified to dispense specific health, relationship or any other type of professional advice. Should the reader need such advice, her or she must seek services from a competent professional. I particularly disclaim any liability, loss, or risk taken by individuals who directly or indirectly act on the information contained herein. I believe the advice presented here is sound, but readers cannot hold me responsible for either the actions they take or the results of those actions.

• • •

LIABILITY

This website and the material herein is provided without guarantees as to its accuracy, and I accept no liability for any loss or damage, direct or indirect, incurred by the user in connection with this site or the use, inability to use, or results of the use of this site as well as any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it.

• • •

PRIVACY POLICY

I value your trust in my work and resources, and I hold your privacy in high regard - your emails and data will never be sold to a third party.  All systems are designed to be GDPR-compliant, and to avoid spam or unwanted communications - you will only ever receive the information you explicitly consent to receive.  Full disclosure: my current tech systems do generate data reports of email and website interaction, however this data will only ever be used to improve my services and the experience for my customers and website visitors.  Email opt-ins are collected via Aweber (Click here for Aweber's Permission Pledge) and Simplero (Click here for Simplero's Privacy Policy).

• • •

AFFILIATE LINKS

Some of the links on this site may contain affiliate codes. Any commission gained from these affiliate relationships is paid by the vendor, for advertising services - at no cost to the reader or visitor to this site. This helps to keep my blog free of banner ads. However, only products or services that I have personally sampled will be recommended. Other products and services may be mentioned and linked to, but are not necessarily endorsed by me. Danielle Raine is a participant in the Amazon Europe S.à r.l. Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk/Javari.co.uk/Amazon.de/Amazon.fr/Javari.fr/Amazon.it.

• • •

COOKIES POLICY

Last updated: 26.10.21 We use cookies on danielleraine.com. By using this website, you consent to the use of cookies. Our Cookies Policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies, how third-parties we may partner with may use cookies on the Service, your choices regarding cookies and further information about cookies. What are cookies Cookies are small pieces of text sent by your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the Service or a third-party to recognize you and make your next visit easier and the Service more useful to you.Cookies can be "persistent" or "session" cookies. How this website uses cookies When you use and access the Service, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser. We use cookies for the following purposes: to enable certain functions of the Service, to provide analytics, to store your preferences, to enable advertisements delivery, including behavioural advertising. We use both session and persistent cookies on the Service and we use different types of cookies to run the Service: - Essential cookies. We may use essential cookies to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts.
Save settings
Cookies settings

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares
Share This