Jun 16, 2014

Fun In Retirement: Writing a pretend book!

Laughed at the biography!
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Not anytime soon...I have too many things I like to do and sitting at my computer FOREVER is not something that is calling my name! Besides that, I have not written my biography, don't have a title and the beginning, middle and end are as yet unplanned. Yes it will be a while.    b+

A blogging friend wrote this comments for the last post, When you write your first book, what will your bio say? Linda Myers is a blogger (Bag Lady in Waiting) that lives in the Pacific Northwest and has actually co-authored a book with her husband about his Vietnam experience. She knows what goes into writing a book. I, on the other hand, can only guess.

Back when I started writing this blog, I did it as a piece of pretend publishing. The idea of being able to write something and see it in a place that others could look at it too was so appealing to me. I couldn't write my way out of a paper bag back then (and maybe still can't). I knew that if I were to get better, I would need to practice practice practice.

Could it be that writing a book is much the same? Don't real authors with failed books leading up to a blockbuster know that the failure was what made them a success? The failed books turned out to be practice for the one that was really good. 

See, I really never plan on writing a book. I don't have enough years in me to write twenty books and maybe arrive at a story that someone might want to read. 

On the other hand, I know that if I don't "write a book" and I live for twenty years more, I will just only be very old and there will be no book. I have come up with the idea for a pretend book. I could write a title, create a table of contents...or not....write as many or few stories as I wanted. Say "THE END" and move on to my bio. I might start with the bio because at least I would know what to write.

Doesn't that just sound like fun? In fact, I already have a three ring binder full of stories I could use. 

So, it is a thought. We will see. What do you think? Should I create another pretend book blog and just start? HMMMMMM.

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6 comments:

  1. I found myself nodding at what you said about practice, practice, practice.
    The more you do it, the better you get!
    I love that you already have a notebook full of stories!
    There's your starting place, right there!

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  2. Sounds like you are ready to write, Barbara. Do it, for the fun of it! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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    1. I like that idea a lot Patti. Next time I will write a fashion blog.

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  3. Not a whole lot different from blogging ... if you don't do it for the fun of it, why would you do it?

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    1. I agree...I find my motivations changing all the time. What is happening with me is interesting. All the distractions are going away and I am finding that I have returned to what I originally set out to do. I like that a lot.

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