This week was fortuitous. While studying the Quran, I found what I was looking for. Something fell into place for me. The next day I began writing the latest opening to my book. For over a year, I have been honing the opening, over and over, circling around a correct thesis, without seeing it.
I could not write a book without a one-sentence summary. What would I say without a thesis? Each of the previous openings was built around a sentence that never could get me quite to the end of the book. These statements couldn’t take my narrative to where I wanted it to go. This week this changed. Such a simple thesis, and I could not see it until now.
The day after this realization, I began building out the latest model of my book. For the past two years, I have been using an application called FreeMind. It is open-source mind-mapping software. It works well. But it is not ideal. During the past couple of years, I have sketched out quite a few models. During the past few days, I had been thinking hard on my book. The morning after, I built the best model yet of the vision that has guided me in this project.
The day after that, I began writing. My mind maps tend to resemble trees with branches. This is fortunately or not due to the design of the software. Since I began using FreeMind to help me write, I envisioned the full draft as a process of filling out the leaves on each branch. That is where I am at right now. The sled is moving again, and picking up steam.