Thursday, May 31, 2012

Booking Through Thursday - Writing a Book

Question  of the week: If you could write a book, what would it be about, and why?

I've been working on a fiction series set during the Second World War since I was a teenager. I work on it a bit, set it aside, then come back to it and work on it some more. I'm always doing research. (Basically all those books in my monthly booklists that make people ask "Why on Earth did she read that?)

I've even - this makes me feel so professional - been to our Big Library and scrolled through  microfilm newspapers.

So, my fledgling book is way better now than it was back when I was a teenager.'s no where near finished. I haven't even let Philip read any of it.

And yes, part of it is set in Britain, and yes, I try to tell my husband that we must go back for research's sake. (We've already been once for fun. This would be work.)

If you're wondering what my writing process looks like, it goes something like this:
  • inspiration strikes (often late at night)
  • furiously scribble story down in spiral bound notebook until exhausted
  • later (a day, a week, a...longer than that) type story into computer word processing program
  • become convinced story is a) dreck, b) hopeless, c) pretty good but will never be finished
  • go for a while without writing
  • repeat
Philip and I have also written a children's book which is now in the re-write, refining stage. (Stay tuned!) And one of these days I'm going to get around to that self-help I've been meaning to write. (I have the title already: It's All About You and Other Lies You've Been Told. Subtitle: Stop Doing Stupid, Irritating, Selfish Stuff.)

What about you? Ever wanted to write a book?
This post is linked to Booking Through Thursday.


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I like the sound of the WWII book...that's a period I enjoy reading about....

I also like the self-help idea: it has a comical spin that I enjoy in nonfiction.

Thanks for sharing....and here's MY BTT POST

Eva @View from the Hillside said...

Good luck with your WWII book.
The self-help one sounds like one of the few in the genre I'd actually consider reading :-)

Jae said...

Woah, that is some serious research! I research a bit off and on as well and my writing process mirrors yours. The farthest I've gone is bookmarking some websites and creating some Goodreads lists of books to do research in. I want to write something set before the Civil War or during WWII but there's sooooo much to research that I often feel overwhelmed. Maybe one day all those short bursts of inspiration will come together into something wonderful.

Tribute Books Mama said...

Sounds like an interesting idea and book.

Bev Hankins said...

That's one of my favorite time periods! Sounds like a great idea--hope we'll get to see it published!

Here's my BTT

City Girl Who Loves to Read said...

Good subject matter and lots of luck with it.

Yvonne said...

That's such a great and interesting time period to write about.

Lisa said...

I would love to write a children's book. That sounds like a lot of fun. I'm sure your WWII book is very diferent from the one I read as a teenager, but I really enjoyed reading it then, and I was always sad it wasn't finished.

Elisabeth said...

This will probably sound weird coming from me but I have always wanted to write a children's book! I even started a couple different times but have major writer's block. Plus, what do you do with it after you are done?

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