It’s another beautiful fall day here in Wake Forest
One of my most important tasks this week is that of editing the final draft of my new book. Unlike many authors, who don’t enjoy the writing process (especially the editing phase), this turns out to be one of my favorite aspects of production.
I enjoy the fine-tuning because it’s like presenting a great meal. We already know it’s tenderloin steak and a baked potato – but now it’s cooked to perfection, served with just the right sauce, and then presented with tender asparagus, the potatoes twice-baked and garnished, the rolls fresh from the oven, a glass of Cabernet on the side.
So I’m taking a book I’m already very happy with – the meat and potatoes – and doing what’s necessary to bring out the best flavors, so that my readers won’t only be nourished, but will enjoy the entire experience.
It turns out that my life is a continual editing process too. I’m deeply grateful for the gift of each new day – but then I have the opportunity (or the responsibility) to fine tune, to polish, to prepare the sauce, and to bring out the flavor that will enhance the experience, not only for me, but for my family and everyone whose journey intersects with mine.
My new book – which I can’t wait to share with you in just a few more weeks – is just one aspect of my constant commitment to “get it right.” Not an obligation, not a chore, not a pressure – but an opportunity, another day in my commitment to “live like I mean it” (because God certainly meant something profound when we were created).
Peace, blessings, and good editing – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there's always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.