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Vaguely Writing a Book

I want to address the small elephant in the room. Now I say that being the only one who knows there even is an elephant in the room, while being the room’s sole occupant.

Bear with me while I attempt to meander along to an unclear outcome, as I need to be absolutely, categorically vague about this. Talking about a topic, with nothing really being said, is something I know I can do.

I may have mentioned, elsewhere on this website, that I am attempting to write a book. I can sense your confusion now because you haven’t read that much of the blog, or maybe even any of it! Well that’s awkward I have to admit, but let’s power through it with a summary. Me. Interested in writing. Only learning. Very raw. Blog and book as outlets for writing passion. Good, now we are all caught up. What was I saying…. Oh yes, I was talking about attempting to write a book fueled, mainly, by my own delusions of grandeur.

Thing is, I really am a complete novice – did I mention that, I can’t remember – when it comes to writing hence why I refer to myself as a ‘scribbler’ as opposed to a ‘writer’. Calling myself a ‘writer’ based on what I have done so far is the equivalent of me playing a Call of Duty demo, and believing I am a real Black Ops soldier. It’s just ridiculous. So describing the book I want to write would feel more than foolish at this stage, but I do want to share anything I learn from the process of trying. That, to me, is the more important topic at this stage and something that can be beneficial for others.

What I can say about the book is that I am using ‘Orphan’ for the working title. The book has a target of 100,000 words and I am currently at just over 14,000 – as you might have seen from the tracker dotted in a few spots around the website. The book is aiming to be in the ‘sword and sorcery’ genre and I have an outline mapped out for a large part of the story. I work full-time so a target of 3,000-5000 words a week is probably realistic, although I am hoping to exceed that as much as possible. I not only gave it a title, I mocked up a book cover! I know, just a little bit silly on my part but I had some sound reasoning behind it. Firstly, it appealed to my vanity of course, but secondly I really wanted a visual reminder, a marker to keep me working towards that goal. Due to some minor embarrassment, I am not going to show you the cover. Well, not for now at least. I might still be convinced to completely make a fool of myself, if prodded enough. Virtually prodded mind you, none of that real life hokum please.

I am under no illusions about the enormity of the task. Having no previous experience at writing, coupled with the learning curve I am facing, coming up with 100,000 words is beyond daunting. Even scarier is the fact that it is just going to be the first step! Sure, reaching a 100,000 words will be an amazing personal achievement. Making those 100,000 words into something worth reading afterwards? Therein lies the real challenge. In this instance I want to regret something I have done rather than the alternative. To have given it a go so I can maybe, one day, say ‘See that book on my shelf. No, not Harry Potter, the other one, with the sticky tape holding it together…. and the embarrassing cover. I printed that’ <puts a fake pipe in mouth and nods idiotically>. Sometimes you need to have a dream, even if it involves sticky tape.

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Scribbler of words, learning the art form from the beginning. Like minded scribblers can find my experiences shared in this blog. I am also a fan of storytelling in it's many forms, which will be expressed through the posts for the reader to peruse at their leisure. Here's hoping some scribbles catch your eye. Please forgive me any errors while I learn.