So I've Been Thinking . . .
I've wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. I made little books with construction paper and paste as a kid. I said I wanted to be a writer when I grew up if asked. I thought about the types of books I could write.
But I've never had what it takes to really do it. I've started a chapter or two here or there, but never persevered.
Part of it is being lazy. Part of it is being afraid. Part of it, at least for the last 14 years, is the cyclically appearing black dog, who sits and stares for a while before he clambers noisily to his feet and ambles away.
But other people do it. Other people have challenged themselves and set a goal and met it, and even have written about the process.
I've been telling myself that it would take too long, that I'm too busy, that I couldn't commit to meeting output goals.
But this morning it occurred to me that when you exclude quotes and hmtl stuff, I've written around 8,000-9,000 words on this site this week. The quality varied, and heaven above knows that I'd benefit from a patient editor. But I kind of liked the Bigfoot thing.
The average novel, I'm told, is around 70,000 – 100,000 words.
So how, exactly, is output volume an excuse I can fall back upon?
I'm under no illusions that writing something remotely publishable is as easy as writing one-off blog posts. I don't think that sustaining a coherent narrative is as easy as writing isolated snark that relies heavily on words like "twatwaffle."
But I've been dreaming about this my whole life. I tell my kids that they can do anything they want. Shouldn't I give it a real try?
So — I'm going to give it some thought. If I move forward, maybe I will write about the process occasionally. I've always thought that I'd like to write a legal caper novel — something in a style inspired by some odd combination of Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, and Dave Barry.
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