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REIQ Journal : October 2008
JOURNAL Q & A 29 several monographs for family histories and am currently working on a feature film script and a history of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam war. Q: A lot of people say that one day they are going to sit down and write a book. What are some of the most common misconceptions about writing a book and what advice do you have for would-be authors? A: A lot of people think they can sit down and write their story – whatever style or content – without having a plan. You must know where you are going before you put pen to paper or finger to keyboard, or it would be like trying to build a house without a set of plans. This will include writing up a research plan and exhausting all avenues of information so the book or story has balance. For would-be authors I would say do it, but complete all of your research – regardless of the type of book – before you start; otherwise you will start spinning your wheels. Q: What have been some of the more challenging moments during the development of Deeds, Dreams & Dedication, since you began work on it five years ago? A: Not having the historical documents from the genesis of the Institute to the early 1940s provided us with some challenges. Luckily we had previous Journals and other miscellaneous data from which to draw material. We are doing it better now but archiving material is really important if we want to capture our history and record our past. Readers will find information in this book that has been forgotten through the passing of time and hopefully these little gems will provide some “aha” moments as they read the history. Another challenge was to try and convey the character and personalities of the Institute without omitting anyone. There are many facets to the industry and my biggest challenge was to give them proportional representation. Do you want more? REST Professional Looking for a property management solution to manage your business? A solution that allows your business to grow and deliver the best service to your clients? Look no further. REST Professional - the heart of your business. REIQ Journal October 2008