Friday, April 17, 2009

Have you ever wanted to write a book?

I sure have, but I think a degree in creative writing comes with that built in desire. I find, though, that rather than just sit and write a book, I spend a lot of time coming up with a pile of incoherent parts that could, if properly sifted through and cataloged, accidentally comprise a book.

The books of my creation often come to me in bits. A title here, some great one liner, or an encounter that I imagine would fit right in with...something else. Beyond that, I get sort of stuck.


It's the big questions that throw off my creative mojo: how does it end? Does it have enough punch? Should it end thoughtfully, or with a bang? How do these characters meet? Should I spill family secrets? What's my point with this? And how, oh how, do I move my character from the kitchen to the backyard?


So, for right now, I have a box of bits to sort through. I'm like the Little Mermaid: "I've got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty. I've got who's-its and what's-its galore." If I just add a few more thing-a-mabobs, maybe that will bring it all together!


Eventually I will get some thoughts down. I'm sure of it. But for now it's story lines. There's the one that involves the major league baseball player (convenient seeing how baseball season just started, right?), one about a lady and her cat (autobiographical?), a dark mystery, a collection of short stories, and on and on.

As book lovers, do you have the same desire? What's your story line?

13 comments:

Becky Workman said...

I have always wanted to write a book. My problem is that I can't think of what I want to write about! I tried writing children's stories several years back, but life happened and it got put on the sideline. Maybe one day I'll pick it all up again!

trish said...

I'd love to be *able* to write a book, but I don't think I'm a very good writer. So I'll stick with the inane things I write on my blog. ;-)

OnlinePublicist said...

Becky: pick up the children's stories again! I bet you'd be great at it.

Trish: Everyone has their own unique storytelling voice. That voice comes across clearly on your blog, and I bet would translate well into writing! Don't doubt yourself!

Shara said...

My dream would be to write a book, and often have great ideas. But when I sit down to actually write anything, my mind goes completely blank. I wonder, sometimes, if it's something I should learn more about and work really hard at or just give up because it seems to be just a dream for me. What do you think?

Elizabeth said...

Honestly, I don't think I would ever want to try to write a book. Reading, for me, is complete and utter escape. I think trying to write one would take it out of that realm for me, and I really don't want to give that up.

I have a feeling I'll be in the minority on this one! =)

Evan said...

My books are non-fiction

OnlinePublicist said...

Hi Shara: I think that carrying a little notebook with you is helpful. Then you're not pressuring yourself to sit down and come up with stuff right then and there! Also, writing first thing in the morning is huge for me! Get up, brush teeth, site down and write. Your mind is so much more free and unencumbered with stuff early A.M.

Elizabeth: No way are you the minority in this! Even though I love the thought of having a book that I wrote, there is really a lot of work that goes into getting it published and getting it out there in the world. I enjoy writing for writing, and just like with you not wanting to give up the escapism, I'm not sure would want to lose that.

Rebecca :) said...

I, too, have always wanted to write a book. Like you, it comes to me in chunks and fragments. I recently purchased and am reading/using the book Book in a Month and it has helped me organize my thoughts and ideas into more of a book than a jumbled up journal of stuff.

Sandra said...

Yes! I have several plot lines and characters sorted out and have written several chapters. It's a romantic suspense story, but at times it's tricky balancing the two.

I know what you mean about being stuck at simply transporting characters. Keep plugging at it though. You know we would read it. :)

OnlinePublicist said...

Rebecca: It sounds like you're really on your way! Kudos to you for getting organized and pulling it all together. ;-)

Sandra: Ohhh! Romantic suspense? Sounds amazing. I look forward to hearing more about it!

JC De La Torre said...

If I may, I'd like to suggest a software that I use that helps me think about my story and flesh out the characters. Its called Dramatica Pro. I find it a great help. I believe you can find it here. http://www.dramatica.com/

JC De La Torre
http://jcdelatorre.com

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