Book update: Blogumentary

(Okay, so I may have just made up a word in the title of this post.  If you wanted to write a commentary or documentary on a blog, then what would you call it??)

First, a little background.  In case you’ve missed it, I’ve declared several times that I am starting to write my first book – like here, here, here, and here.  (If you were already aware of that, then thanks for checking back with me!)  I have no clue what to do, how to do it, or where to even start, so I had some meetings with a couple published authors.

I’ve been a little intimidated by the enormity of such a daunting task.  So much so, that I still haven’t completely committed myself to it.  I insist on saying things like, “I’m THINKING about MAYBE TRYING to write a novel.”  I’m basically just running in place, even right now, by simply recapping posts that I’ve already written.

Anyway, once I stated my intentions, I heard from a lot of family and friends that they have had a very similar idea and to let them know how it goes.  With that in mind, when I started to come to the realization that I would finally commit myself to writing a book, I also decided that it might be cool to write about the process itself and track my progress. 

What I have learned through searches on the intrawebz and those earlier conversations with authors, is that there is no “right way” to write a book.  That was my biggest first impression once I wrapped my head around the project and got motivated.  Basically, if you think you want to write a book, then do it.

With all of that said (again), my process technically is well under way.  I suppose the first step of any kind of creative writing would be brainstorming.  Without a story to tell, there’s nothing to write about.  This is where I developed the idea that turned into the plot.  I sampled directly from a personal experience, added a conflict, gave it a setting, and made plans for a group of characters.

That’s when I took the next step and actively sought out guidance from people with experience.  (This step would mainly apply only due to the fact that I have no experience.  I would assume that after completion of my first project, this step may not be completely necessary in the future.)  I learned that my rough beginnings actually had a name for it – prewriting.  I was encouraged to fill out as much background information on characters, places, conflicts, etc, as much as I possibly could.  I’ll have more on this in a later post that is focused more on this step.

Research was another step that was discussed at length in my conversations.  I have started that step as well, and will also have more on that soon.

So for anyone interested, feel free to subscribe and follow along with me as I learn, document, and share my experiences over the course of this endeavor.  And if you’ve ever thought you might want to write a book, then go for it.  Nobody is going to do it for you.  You don’t have to be a master of the English language, or even all that educated in creative writing…I sure ain’t!  (Irony fully intended.)

 Thank you, that is all.

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