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Illusions of Progress

Illusions of Progress

Illusions of Progress One more gift from Peter H. Reynold’s workshop last summer:

I.O.P, or “Illusions of Progress.”  Now, for some this may have a negative connotation.  An illusion of progress, as opposed to the real thing… could sound like busywork.  But it’s Peter’s view (and I agree) that I.O.P. can be a great motivator.

Look! I already have a…

– Chapter done
– Page written
– Outline drafted
– Book jacket idea

… I’m halfway there!

Well, maybe not halfway – but far enough along to make it worthwhile continuing.

Here are a few of my I.O.P’s…

– A rough draft
– A title
– Notes compiled on a subject
– Research on other books on the subject
– A few lines that establish “voice”
– A related list of any kind

What I.O.P.’s keep you going?

Emma Walton Hamilton
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