Following months of writer's block, during which I endlessly faffed around with various page layouts in a vain effort to persuade myself that I was actually making progress, I am now well and truly unblocked and writing up a storm. Not only that, I am currently up to page 77!
OK so it's not War & Peace but take it from me, writing an really clear, easy to follow instructional how-to book is really, REALLY challenging.
For instance, I know exactly how to make a micro-miniature silk ribbon rose just the right size for a tiny 1 1/2" toy bride's bouquet. I've been making them for years and could probably just about do it in the dark with one hand tied behind my back. However writing the step-by-step instructions to enable a complete novice to do it is a whole other kettle of mackerel.
Is it best to refer to loops or folds? How do I describe the little quarter turn? Not to mention making and attaching the tiny calyx. (Yes it does get that detailed!)
It's a minefield, even allowing for the fact that there will be step-by-step photographs to accompany the step-by-step instructions.
No matter. I'm getting it all down and it's going really rather quite well. I'm not going to hit my deadline, which is next Thursday, but I won't be far adrift.
In other news, PP is giving Small Dog a bath and trim. They're upstairs in the shower room right now and it's gone ominously quiet.
I await developments with interest............
Edit - Small Dog has been released and is racing through the whole house like the cartoon Tasmanian Devil. Chaos reigns.......