Since I have all this time on my hands and absolutely no idea what to do with myself, I have started entertaining the idea of writing a book. I never believed that I had the attention span to write a book. Blogging is more my speed usually. I can pick a subject, write a little bit about it and move on. A book takes more thought and organization – not to mention a lot more than my 1000+ word novels I write here.
When I was in 3rd Grade my teacher said to me that I was going to be a world famous author someday. While I don’t think I’ll ever hit the ‘world famous’ mark, if I could manage to make a living from writing I would be one seriously happy camper. I think I have just been looking in the wrong places to find employment and since I have decided that this is my mid-life crisis – why not write a book? The worst that could happen is that no one would buy it.
I used to lie a lot when I was younger. Compulsively. I wanted attention and my real life was too boring, so I would make up these stories. People believed me. It was nothing bad ever, usually just saying I did something when I didn’t actually do it. I remember one elaborate lie I maintained pretty much all through elementary school about my Dad (who I have never met) about why he wasn’t around. Like most kids missing a parent, I fantasized a lot about who my Dad might have been and what kind of work he did and what kind of person he may have been. I created a character and made him real and all of a sudden I had a father I could not only be proud of, but I identified with him. It’s easy to identify with your own creation.
I bring up the lying thing because to lie well you have to be consistent and creative. Writing a book is like one big elaborate lie with little bits of truth in there to make it believable. You make up characters, you make up where they live and what their hobbies are. I think most books (fiction anyway) are just pieces of the author that have been enhanced by little lies to make the characters interesting. Finding a ‘situation’ to place those characters in and telling the story is the creative part – but it takes the same skills as convincing someone you have gone sky diving when you have never even been in a plane.
There are a ton of stories I have started in my head, and when I was younger I would write them down for that day when I decided to write a book. I have since lost those notebook from my youth that had all these story ideas – but I still remember them enough to revive them and make them into something bigger. I wrote a children’s book in high school called “The Incredible Shrinking Person” and I even illustrated it myself which is quite the accomplishment since I can’t even draw a decent stick figure. My 14 year old self was more talented than I ever gave her credit for.
If I was to write a book now it would live in the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre. As much as I would love to do some sort of autobiography someday, I think I have too many holes in my life to fill in yet. To spin a story though from my experiences and personal fantasies and turn it into an adventure of some kind would not only be possible – but I think it could be pretty good. I have an insane imagination and the thought of getting some of these crazy stories in my head onto paper is an exhilarating thought that I never really had the time to entertain. Now I do. Hell, J.K. Rowling was on welfare when she wrote the Harry Potter series and that was her first stab at writing – she ended up with one of the best selling series of all time.
I’ve noticed many of the bloggers here on WordPress have books in the works or do self publishing of their novels. Obviously the digital age makes it possible for anyone to write a book and put it up on Amazon for $3.99 but if I am going to do this book thing, I am aiming high. I want Random House or some other giant publisher to do all the advertising and audience generating, I just want to focus on the story even if I am the only one who ever reads it.
How many of you are aspiring book authors? Have you ever written a book? Did anyone read it? Did you get published? Here is your chance to pimp your stuff. Link to your work in the comments if you have something out there people might want to read. Maybe someday in the near future I will be posting mine on here…