So I have been comtemplating the idea of writing a book and getting it published. I mean, really, truly focusing on getting it done. For years I have wished and dreamed of becoming a published writer. I always put it off because life got in the way (ie, job, school, family needs, time, household chores, etc). This time I’m telling myself, “No more excuses!”
I just need to decide what I want to publish. I’ve been thinking about focusing on a fictional story I’ve been creating for over 15 years. I got the characters, the plot, several rough drafts but nothing really solid (ie, a submittable manuscript). I’ve also been thinking about writing a book of poetry. I’ve got atleast two dozen or so of poems laying around that I’ve written over the years. Then I was comtemplating on writing about change, which is the very premise of this blog so it makes sense. That led me to think what about change can I write about? I can make it personal because there are lots of changes going on in my life. I can make it educational and discuss the pros and cons of change. I can also write anectdotes of others’ experience with change. There’s really alot of choices I can write about but I just need to focus on one right now.
I guess, like everything else we do when we are at a cross roads, the best thing is to write down a pros and cons of each, dig deep and explore why I want to publish my words for all to buy and keep.
Starting with the pros list on fictional writing:
1. I can create a world and control whatever happens in it (the control freak in me loves this idea).
2. The world needs more stories so I would be supplying what the world needs more of. Taking a break from reality does a body good, so I’ve heard.
3. I love writing fiction and making things up as I go along. The act of creation is man’s recipe for a well fed soul.
I guess my reason to write a fictional story is to create something and call it mine, such as an artist does for her paintings she creates. I enjoy doing it and if other’s like what I create then that makes me happy too.
The pros on poetry:
1. I have a lot of poetry in my arsenal so getting a manuscript together on poems would be easy (minus editing).
2. I enjoy stringing words together in rhythms that create pictures in one’s mind.
3. I wouldn’t expect to be put in the ranks with Angelou or Frost but it would be nice knowing I have a book of poems out there.
For me, poetry is the soul speaking and when I write poetry I believe I am sharing a part of my soul.
The pros on writing about Change:
1. Change occurs everyday so why not write about it.
2. Change is the premise of this blog so it just makes sense.
3. We all need to change something, so writing a book on it may be helpful.
In summary, I like writing about change because it helps me deal with the changes in my life and if it helps someone else than that’s even better.
Continuing my pondering here; the list of cons for fiction:
1. It’s going to take some time to get an organized manuscript together for submission on my story.
2. There’s so many stories out there on the shelves, how will I stand out from the rest? I will have to make my story very unique and inviting (every author’s problem).
3. Fear of others not liking it. I know, I know, criticism happens (sometimes helpful, sometimes not) but this story has been under my butt for 15 plus years. I’d have a hard time if someone ripped it apart.
Are these cons or just excuses? Hmmmmm….
The cons of poetry:
1. Not everyone reads poetry. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see anyone lining up in the poetry corner at B & N’s diving for the latest prose and rhymes.
2. I will have to edit some of my older stuff (teen poetry), although looking at my writing from back then to now allows me to see how my writing has changed and progressed.
3. My poetry is not set in any particular format (ie, iambic pentameter, haiku, etc) so an editor would have a field day with my writing style.
Poetry is not a popular read but I do like to write it.
Cons for writing about Change:
1. I am not and I don’t claim to be an expert on Change. I don’t want to be known as the guru of Change but I do like writing about it.
2. Pin pointing what particular aspect of Change I’d focus on would be a challenge.
3. Research would definately be needed if I went this route.
Writing about Change would be a challenge and it would take time to research the topic thoroughly enough to make it a worthwhile read.
So there’s my crossroad list of pros and cons on what to write about. I’m still contemplating what I’d like to focus my writing energy on. I created a poll here so maybe all of you can help me decide. In the end, I know whatever I decide it will come from the heart. I love to write and it helps me express myself in a way that no other medium can.
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