So, I'm Thinking About Writing a Book…
The last few days the idea of writing a book has been in my head and I realize that is not something you do on a whim, or at least I don’t see myself writing a book on a whim. For starters, I’m no English major and I’m sure anyone looking into my grammar could tell fairly quickly. A good story is a must, I kind of have a vague idea of where I want to take things as far as a story but not really ready to let the cat out of the bag just yet. I think I need to spend more time defining what the story would be about…some brainstorming. Yes, I realize I can’t use an ellipsis like I do on the forums. I also realize that writing a novel is a shit ton of writing, I can relate. I’ve kept a diary of sorts for the last 13 years and while my writing in it has slowed down, it is just now approaching the length of an averaged novel…about 66,000 words. So, it’s going to take a while and it is something frankly I’ve never done before, sure I’ve written short stories in school and I have written quite a bit about myself here and there but fabricating a good story and develop the intricate details that fall within it, no that’s not something I have done. Perhaps the idea will go nowhere…there is a good chance of that too. I do think it could be kind of therapeutic for me, possibly, although it may induce carpal tunnel at times. I still don’t know about those ergonomic keyboards but I do enjoy the clicky noise from the mechanical keys. I don’t know why, perhaps it reminds me when I was a kid hearing my grandpa clack away on his old Underwood typewriter.
No folks, I have no dreams of becoming the next J.K. Rowling or even making money off of any of this, it will probably cost a bundle and I’m going to not even bother to look at what it costs to publish a book. Not entirely sure why all of a sudden I have the urge to do this, I do feel like it has to do with something (that I’m not going to share here, sorry). I get the feeling that if I can write something that kind of relates to me, perhaps I can find it useful to myself and figuring out how to deal with my own set of problems.
I know I said I wouldn’t spill the beans, but I think it is ok to talk about where I kind of want to go with it. I like things that are heartwarming and I like an underdog of sorts. I like seeing people succeed and happy endings. So my idea for a story would be about someone’s inner struggle, about what exactly, not sure, more brainstorming is required, kind of think about Jack Nicholson in the movie “As Good as it Gets.” Something in that direction but by no means do I intend on writing a novel that becomes essentially a rip off of a Jack Nicholson movie. I want this to be more personal to the character, more like what is going through the character’s mind and not so much of a 3rd person point of view. Like I said, a lot of brainstorming and outlining to do and I’m sure as I start to go through the creative process of making all this into an outline and actually writing the book it will change.
I’m not yet holding myself to any goal or promises, let’s just see where this idea goes because there is nothing really stopping me from writing all this.