We have finally finished the rough draft of our book. The deadline was sneaking up on us and it was a real scramble to make it. These last couple weeks were spent pretty much exclusively writing. It was difficult and not very fun. I knew the work I was doing was beneficial, as it was contributing to the book and would come in handy in the future to show investors or put on our website. However, it was frustrating that we weren’t focusing on the development of our company.
Now that we are done with the book, we can start making moves and growing this company. Right when I showed up and starting working for Michael, things started moving very quickly. The daily tasks were dynamic and we had to react to new information spontaneously. It was really fun. But then, for the better half of the month of June, we have been doing nothing but writing. Writing all through the work-days and even on some weekends. It was just boring. Great work and great content came out of those boring couple weeks, that actually put us in a better place to develop the company than we were before. But, now we can move forward and get back to being a tech start-up again and away from being a bunch of writers in a coffee shop.
I like doing science, working with technology, and figuring out problems. In my time in school, I wrote my fair share of lab reports and essays. Studying science at a liberal arts university, allowed me to develop my technical and scientific writing skills with the benefit of also getting exposed to other types of writing. I’ve written philosophy papers, history essays, and a psychology thesis. Additionally, for my science education, I have written technical style papers in the fields of biology, chemistry and neuroscience (I have an analytical chemistry manuscript in review for publication currently). Not to simply boast my experience and accomplishment, this has all made me a relatively proficient writer. The point being is that I can write textbook sections if asked to, I wasn’t lost these last couple weeks. But, I did feel more like I was back in school, which I just finished and I am currently not missing. I am extremely excited for what is in store now that we do not have to commit so much time to this book.
UPDATE: The book deadline has been extended until the end of this month. The book is not done. More writing to come in the near future.
-Jeremy Wain Hirschberg