I’m punch drunk after days of writing, as hard as I can, to get this book done by the end of the month. It’s entirely possible that the cold light of reason will make this analogy seem ridiculous down the road, but here goes. Writing a book or article is not unlike making fine cheese. You start with your raw material, be it milk, or, in this case, interviews and research. You go through your make procedure, which creates an unfinished but mostly whole product — fresh cheese, or a raw, unedited, profile of a master cheesemaker, as the case may be. Then, you do your affinage, refining, shaping, correcting and improving your cheese or your profile, through aging, brining, bandaging, or — in the literary world — re-reading, polishing, fact-checking and editing.
Clearly, I need more sleep or more coffee. Probably the latter.