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Even More Conversation about Beginning to Write a Book . . .


Beginning to write a book This conversation began on August 22nd, continued on August 24th, and persisted on August 26th

For those new to this blog, the conversation continues from post to post, when there’s at least one comment…

There was a comment on the August 26th post…

However, also for those new to this blog, that last post was published on the wrong day…

Blog conversation posts are supposed to happen on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays…

If you check the dates for this year, 2018, the post on the 22nd was on a Wednesday and the one on the 24th was on a Friday; but, the post on the 26th was on a Sunday…

So, final reveal for you new folks — I committed a Huge Goof and published that last post a day ahead of time; yet, I’ve recovered my sanity and am publishing this one on a Wednesday :-)

Whew

…you may want to take those date links up there and check all the readers’ comments on the other posts of this conversation…

Let’s continue the discussion with the comment from the 26th by using a bit of that reader’s comment from the 24th, since the reader, an author and publisher from Germany, spelled this out:

“The beginning of the pre-beginning is usually a strong emotion like anger or a ‘discovery’. Discoveries might be potentially insignificant like the relative sizes of trees; or, in one case the name of a street. I make a mental note and keep my eyes open in case other ideas start sticking to the first idea. This may happen soon or take a year or two. Then one day the accumulated ideas have gained weight and signal to me that they want to be written down. I try to ignore the urge. Instead, I allow the idea cluster to develop strands. At the right time, I sit down and write it all down.”

Here’s that reader’s comment from the last post in this discussion:

“I want to address your question whether I have begun more than one book. In the very first stage of book conception, when ideas take root and slowly gather other ideas, there are sometimes more than one growing idea cluster. Sometimes they merge – losing some of their strands – sometimes one simply vanishes. Some vanished ideas return later, either in their old form; or, in another form…

“I have never yet worked on more than one fully developed book idea and I’m not sure – given my way of working – if I would be able to handle two books at the same time.”

I find this author’s method’s intriguing; but, not something I could ever accomplish…

There was an author from Australia, who commented after the post on the 24th…

Again, a method of beginning to write a book that fascinates me; but, is something I couldn’t do…

I did touch on my way of beginning my novel back at the beginning of this discussion, on the 22nd…

However, if you go to the post on the 24th, the author from the United Kingdom described a way of beginning that I could probably do; but, would rather not… :-)

I began this whole discussion with these words:

“This new conversation could be wide-ranging since all authors are unique, even if they work hard to copy one another; though, the effort to copy the style of a good author could eventually lead to one’s own trustworthy voice…

“Also, each person is capable of devising some extremely unique ways of beginning—there really are no magic step-by-step methods to book writing (though, some excellent authors have given some fertile hints at possible preludes to certain beginnings…).”

So…

Would you like to share your way of beginning to write a book and help this conversation continue…?

And, if you’ve never begun a book, would you care to share what you imagine should have to happen to get you going…?

See you Friday; though, tomorrow we’ll have a very cool re-blog…
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One response to “Even More Conversation about Beginning to Write a Book . . .

  1. Pingback: Blog Conversation about Which Is Better for a Writer — Social Media or Search Engines ? | Notes from An Alien

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