I was surprised to discover that instead of developing this idea further, what followed was a series of short chapters--one or two pages each--of unrelated ideas. It was like reading a series of blog posts, or a book proposal. By about the thirteenth one, I wanted to scream.
Here's my writing tip for today (a reminder to myself and anyone else who needs it): A book should be more than a collection of blog posts. Blogs are where we try out ideas, rant, question the way things are, etc. But a book is where we challenge ourselves to push the best of these ideas a little (or a lot) further, to come up with solutions and see if they hold water, or even admit that we might have had it wrong and share what we've learned.
I blame at least 75% of my frustration with this book on the editor. It's an editor's job to say, "You're not done here," or "This isn't an essay yet...you have to take this further, work a lot harder...you need to pick a destination and take us there." And if this doesn't work, it's an editor's job to help us realize that if we only have a few paragraphs worth of thoughts on an idea, then it probably shouldn't go in a book yet (unless it's startlingly personal, new, or completely different than anything anyone else has said on the subject. I think each of us get perhaps three such allowances over the course of a lifetime).
patience than most of us have (that's me, waving my hand, wanting to be done before I've started), and a willingness to live without the euphoria/relief of saying "It's Finished!" for a few more months. But this is our job, and I'm grateful that this book crossed my path to remind me.
This author has other books, and I'm excited to read them. Her opening chapter did it's job: it made me want more of what she had to say, even about things I don't agree with.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. There was no obligation to post a positive review.