Friday, February 1, 2019
Discussion: Do You Wanna Be An Author?
I'm going to make two large assumptions about you right this very minute:
a) You love to read.
b) You like to write.
Am I right?
But here's the thing I can't assume:
c) You want to write, or have already written, a book.
I know some bloggers are already published authors or professional writers. Others are anywhere along the drafting-getting an agent-shopping a manuscript stage. Still others have no interest in writing a full length book, but are quite happy tossing off polished (or not) blog posts on topics that are dear to their hearts.
Personally, I have always dreamed of being an author, but that's mostly because of a) and b) above. I love books. I like writing. But I have no story ideas. I am constantly amazed at the variety of stories and characters authors come up with. How do they do it? I long ago came to the conclusion that I'd never be a published author or professional writer.
When we Skyped with author Sarah Cannon in January, I was so struck by her story of writing a book that was terrible, locking it away, writing a second book that was better, but didn't seem to go anywhere, locking it away, writing a book she liked and trying to get an agent with it, writing its sequel, still no agent, and then with her FIFTH BOOK finding an agent and publisher.
The idea that I could maybe write a REALLY BAD book to start with is weirdly exciting.
She also talked about participating in NaNoWriMo, and how having a deadline, and support, and the sense of adventure made writing that first book less daunting than it would have been.
And I said, "Hmm."
My word for this year is "bold" as in "Be bold, try something new, don't let fear stop you from doing things you want to do." There was no way I could have considered writing a book in the past few years, but right now it looks like next November might be a time when I could actually try that.
But I don't know. I STILL don't have any ideas, and it feels like plot and characters are pretty important when writing a book.
What about you? I'm really curious to know where others stand on this, so I put together this quick form. Next week I can share our results. Please play along!