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Old 12-23-08, 06:37 PM   #1
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Ever written a book?

Just curious - I get ideas for stories all the time, I just never actually tried to write them down. Well, I did write a couple of short stories for some creative writing classes I took in college, but nothing beyond that. Now I've got a bit of time on my hands as I got laid off a couple weeks ago. I've had one particular idea rattling around in my head the past couple of months, so this time I've started to try to write it out. Anyone else ever do anything along these lines?

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Old 12-23-08, 07:04 PM   #2
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Honestly, do it. I can't tell you how many ideas i've wished I put onto paper...
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Old 12-23-08, 07:55 PM   #3
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I've written two. Sold out the first printing of both, and the 2nd printing of the 2nd. Didn't do a 2nd printing of the first. All in all, around 3000 sold. Not much, but slightly profitable.
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I've written two. Sold out the first printing of both, and the 2nd printing of the 2nd. Didn't do a 2nd printing of the first. All in all, around 3000 sold. Not much, but slightly profitable.
Actually, along those lines (publishing) I had an idea. What about setting up a web site where you release your book a chapter at a time, and then have a 'donate' button on it that goes to a paypal account. Perhaps even don't release chapters until certain donations are met? That way you don't have the overhead of printing anything.
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Written one novel that didn't sell, two screenplays (one of which is getting good buzz) and a bunch of short stories. THere's nothing to it but to do it. If you have an idea just put it down on paper, on the internet, or on clay tablets.
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I write mostly horror fiction. I've written dozens of short stories. Just finished a novella. I have a few novels in progress. Short stories are easy. The longer the story, the harder it is to write. At least that's what I think.


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book? written? not exactly.

book? published? yes.

articles/texts, written, published? yes.
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I have enough short stories and poems to make a rather thick book. Never finished a novel, even if I tried starting a couple of times and reluctantly add to it every time nanowrimo comes around. Creative writing is a hobby for me anyway; don't think I'll make any money off my non-scientific writing.

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Actually, along those lines (publishing) I had an idea. What about setting up a web site where you release your book a chapter at a time, and then have a 'donate' button on it that goes to a paypal account. Perhaps even don't release chapters until certain donations are met? That way you don't have the overhead of printing anything.
Stephen King did that sort of. (honour system - download and pay $1 per chapter)

The Plant - seven chapters $500 000

My father uses Lulu.com Print on demand publisher.
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Just curious - I get ideas for stories all the time, I just never actually tried to write them down. Well, I did write a couple of short stories for some creative writing classes I took in college, but nothing beyond that. Now I've got a bit of time on my hands as I got laid off a couple weeks ago. I've had one particular idea rattling around in my head the past couple of months, so this time I've started to try to write it out. Anyone else ever do anything along these lines?
I have to tell you I've seen professional writers practically pull their hair out at comments like this. They write every day, often for hours at a time, and have honed their craft over years, and can't believe how many people assume you can just start writing when you feel like it, or when you retire, or are laid off, or whatever, and be successful.

On the other hand, we all use language to communicate in our day to day lives and our jobs, and so we can all claim to be experts in creating prose, and there is nothing stopping you from giving it a shot, as long as you recognize you'll be competing against people with a huge head start on you.
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I've written and still write short stories from time to time, but I don't usually try to "make it big" with them. Professional writers spend their entire lives polishing their craft, but I do it just for the sake of cleansing my head. Most of my writing nowadays has been reduced to notes and blog-like material. I did write a newspaper article once, and I think it came out alright...(though it was a shotgun kind of thing; I shot photos for that event, and they needed a writeup, so why not ask the photographer that writes well to create one on-the-fly?)

On the other hand, my first girlfriend was very good with poetry and had some of her poems published and the woman that I'm seeing now also had several poems published and is writing a book.
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I have to tell you I've seen professional writers practically pull their hair out at comments like this. They write every day, often for hours at a time, and have honed their craft over years, and can't believe how many people assume you can just start writing when you feel like it, or when you retire, or are laid off, or whatever, and be successful.

On the other hand, we all use language to communicate in our day to day lives and our jobs, and so we can all claim to be experts in creating prose, and there is nothing stopping you from giving it a shot, as long as you recognize you'll be competing against people with a huge head start on you.
Professional writers can kiss my backside. I never claimed any pretense on the subject, I've just got ideas in my head that I've thought about writing down for the heck of it. I'm not planning on writing the next great American novel and I'm not competing against anyone. That's not the point. The point is I now have time to express my own ideas.

Btw, I met Michener. He came in and spoke at one of my creative writing classes. He wasn't published until he was 40, btw.
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I've written a little. Fortunately for everyone, I've never attempted to have anything published.
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I've had a dozen or so short stories published and used to write a newspaper column. Like millions of others, I will write the great American novel someday....or not.
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Is there anything you haven't done?
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I used to write little "books" when I was a kid. I even illustrated them too. They were either about princesses or talking animals. I've toyed with the idea of writing a book as an adult. I don't know what I'd write about though.
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I'm in the beginning phases of writing a dissertation, which will eventually become a book. I've been toying with the idea of buying a super lightweight netbook and going on tour once I have my draft done and I'm ready for revisions. I really like the idea of getting up in the morning and writing for an hour or two, riding for a few hours, and then writing again. We'll see if I can swing it, but it seems like the perfect idea.

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I used to write little "books" when I was a kid. I even illustrated them too. They were either about princesses or talking animals. I've toyed with the idea of writing a book as an adult. I don't know what I'd write about though.
I think there are a lot of people who are good at writing but bad at coming up with ideas. I think I have good ideas, but probably mediocre writing skills (at best).
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