A Book Writing Experiment
I am putting it out there in the universe. I am going to write a book.
Writing a book has been my intention for about a year now. Originally I was going to write nonfiction because that is where my interests lie but then I was concerned that writing nonfiction would be an issue since I don't have the academic credentials I've heard are needed.
So then I thought I would write fiction, contemporary women's fiction. I had recently discovered Jane Green and read her book, Tempting Fate and thought, "This is the kind of book I want to write!"—Love that book. I generated a lot of story ideas, even invested in a consult with an editor to get some feedback, but came to the conclusion that while I enjoy reading fiction, I don't care enough about the stories to write the stories.
Now I'm back to nonfiction. Will the lack of a college degree be an impediment? I don't know. I guess we'll find out. I'm not writing academic journals. I'm not writing for high-brow intellectuals. I'm just a regular woman, probably a lot like you. A wife, a mom, a reader, a writer. You, and myself, are who I'm writing for.
At first I was trying to figure out how I was going to learn to write nonfiction. Could I maybe apprentice myself to an author? Watch their process and see how it goes? Take notes, ask questions. And I'm still playing around with that idea.
But then I heard a podcast, can't remember which one right now, but she talked about hearing a guy speak (don't remember his name either) and he was encouraging business owners to write a book, I think to prove their authority on a particular subject. This guy said you just need to read 10 books on a subject, take the best ideas from each book (giving credit where due), add your own thoughts and experiences, put your own spin on everything, and that is your book. I heard that and thought, "Can it really be that easy?" Easy being relative, of course.
So that is what I am going to do. I'm going to try to write a book as this guy described and we'll see how it works out. Maybe my mother will be the only person who buys a copy but it will be an experience and I am sure I will learn a lot from it. And as I go through the process, I will share everything I learn with you. Maybe it will be helpful to you. And you can watch for my mistakes and hopefully avoid them as you write your own book.
You know, I'm kind of enjoying this spontaneous, hop-on-the-computer-and-write-what-is-on-my-mind kind of blogging. I don't imagine it works for search engine ranking and all that stuff but I like it. No planning, no drafts, no editing, no rewrites. I will proofread but be kind if I miss something :)
Until next time,