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I think we're in the same hormonal and chronological mode, fpherj - and I agree with you, we need to do it - or not! Let's make a pact and go for it! November is the month, remember?
I think you are wrong in looking for a gimmick or a mystery. Are there any gimmicks or mysteries in Gone with the Wind? If the characters are solid and people can relate to them that is a good start. No guarantees some far-out adventure will sell.
Miz sounds interesting. Just write the story first, would you like to be my buddy for NaNo? we could work our respective books.
What a great inspiration, though, and it would be a wonderful story. How about if you start adding things that come to mind after you ask yourself, "What if . . . ??" and throw a few obstacles in the life of the main character, to develop the plot?
I appreciate the encouragement, Rod & Marcy.
Parwatisingari, I am honored that you would invite me to be your NaNo partner, but we are going into our busy legislative season and I am going to have to put all personal writing aside til next summer
Yes! You are so fortunate to have supporters in your life!
Hiram, I am in awe if you are able to write two different things at once, serve our country, and do Hubbing here. Thanks for serving us - and you are a huge example to everyone!
Yes, I have a closet book in my brain - a few, actually.
I can so relate - that's one of the reasons I joined HP, too, Good Lady! Now I am ready to try e-publishing. (Takes a deep breath . . . )
Me too. I figure if I do try the publisher route, I'll have articles already written on Hubpages I can direct them to as samples.
Well said - I think we all relate to that . . .
I wrote a hub some time ago called A Glass of Water. It follows along the lines of what you are saying here though I imagine since you have made this your thing you go into more detail.
A book after my own heart, Watergeek - as you know! Good stuff!
lol. I recently wrote one on how to make sure you drink enough water during the day - and why it's important. And you're right - the more I get into writing about water, the more there is to write - I've got 4 pages of ideas!
Let's do it!! We can start a forum support thread!
Let us know how that works - I'm sort of leaning toward the ebook thing, after dealing with agents and publishers in a different context. But it would be so awesome if you could get published!
That's awesome, Rod. They sound like interesting stories, especially (for me) the office one. How did you get your books published?
I started off writing short stories for an American magazine. The magazine expanded into publishing the occasional novel.
Rob, these sound great! Okay - the rest of us need to get serious now!
You guys are inspiring me to get out the dusty notes and start seriously writing. I'm impressed!
Go for it! I think we're starting a writers' support group here!
dianetrotter, that should not deter you from achieving your dreams. Just write, as long as you are not writing to tarnish other peoples names, there is no way you will be invading their privacy.
Tell us what you wrote!!!!! And CONGRATS for living your dream, and our dream!
That is so great! Congratulations! Tell us more???
I like the way you are pacing yourself for your goal! Good example for us!
Wow - good for you! Keep us posted on that!
What a wonderful goal! I would like to do that, too - takes time and money, but wouldn't it feel good?
Forget about being good enough. No writer starts at the top of his game. Try writing a short story and see if you can get some interest in that. Join a local writer's club.
I agree with Rod - start the books, and the polishing will follow!
You know, I started out on HP thinking I was good enough, only to discover that I had a bunch of clogging inside to get rid of - ideas that weren't so good. Now they're out and the stuff that really is good is coming out, so go for it and write!
Let us know what you're next writing project will be - and keep after it!
i AM IN THE MIDST OF WRITING A BOOK, BUT IT'S HARD WORK! IT DEFINITELY TAKES CONSTANT DISCIPLINE,SWEAT, AND DEDICATION. IT IS A WORLD UNTO ITSELF! I STILL HAVE TO REVISE AND IT MIGHT TAKE ANOTHER YEAR. BUT THAT'S OKAY.
LOL! I love your lead! I think we're writing the same book!
I think any type of writing is a good foundation for a book - it gives you practice, both in composition, accuracy and speed. Then, I think the challenge is keeping those creative channels separate in your mind, so you can switch gears. Go for it!