It occured to me recently that writing this Vietnam book is a bit like a dot to dot game – you just need to find your dots. The links and sense-making can come later. It takes a little bit of time to relax into this method of doing things, but creating a flexible frame is hugely helpful.
Unfortunately, the ever-nagging desire to edit, rewrite, re-edit, write again and edit again is sometimes just too strong. I found this advice from Chuck Greaves is spot on, if hard to follow,
When it comes to your first draft, okay is good enough. Use your subsequent drafts to achieve perfection. The editing will hurt less, and the writing will go a heck of a lot faster – link
I imagine the plan above will make little sense to anyone but me. It's about the tenth iteration, it's a bloody mess and it's due for a rework (again).
Photo: dot to dot