The Writing Process


I mentioned earlier that I started writing my CV book about five years ago. This seems like a very long time to write a book which is around 65,000 words. And indeed it is. Also, I’m not one of those writers to ever suffer from writer’s block, so under normal circumstances I would have finished the book well before now. However, one ‘problem’ with being a much sought after writer, is that if you are very much in demand, you always have other work to do. And in my case I usually have a big waiting list for my CV writing services.

Consequently, one of the biggest hindrances to writing a CV book, somewhat paradoxically, was my own success as a CV writer!

I like, everyone else, have commitments to take care of and bills to pay. So there was no real getting around the problem, other than writing the odd section whenever I could steal a spare moment. Even that wasn’t easy. My average working day usually starts at 8 AM and finishes around 10 PM, and in between times, just like many other working parents, I have kids to occupy, meals to prepare, chores to do. Consequently, much of my book was actually written after 10 PM on those evenings I had some energy left over from my busy day and sleep deprived nights.

Paul (182 Posts)

Paul , top UK CV specialist, head of leading firm CV Succeed, and author of the most pioneering CV book in decades, The One Page CV (published by top career sector publishers Pearson Education).

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