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Write the Book

“Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.” ~ Christopher Hitchens

There’s an old adage that suggests that every person has at least one book ‘in them’. I don’t know if this is true but I often think about whether or not I might be someone who does. My gut tells me no, absolutely not, that the fiction I love to read is way beyond me. I like dark and intricate plots – and I know I’d never have the attention to detail required to produce anything in this league. I struggle with timelines at the best of times (everything was the other day to me, even 1996) but I can’t imagine skilfully being able to foreshadow or call back to the exact moment a character turned from ordinary person to arch nemesis of the world.

For as long as I can remember my mother has been on at me to just “Write the book”. I believe I can write competently, it isn’t that I doubt that – I just don’t know if I have that something extra that she thinks I have. Writers are the most extraordinary people in the world to me. Take Stephen King, the man who wakes up every morning and writes a set number of words (1000) no matter what. Come rain or shine he throws his words on the page and something usually sticks. The man has produced some of the most memorable horror characters of all time. He’s built worlds that might look just like ours but are actually more horrible/magical/strange that we could ever imagine. Whether you’re a fan or not, this commitment is incredible – and it seems healthy and cathartic to me too. Perhaps I should try it, just open a Word doc every day and GO.

But if fiction is out of the question, then what? I haven’t enough true story in me for a memoir (I know that’s never stopped a lot of people) plus I’m way too young (LOL). Self help seems like a bit of cheek – who am I to believe I have wisdom to share with the world? This morning I had a Cadbury’s Crème egg for breakfast because “I’m ill”. I know about love, heartache and grief but so do most people. What on earth is my USP?

This is one of the million dollar questions that keeps me awake at night – what was I put on this earth to do, really? Perhaps that’s my pitch: ordinary 40 year old woman goes out into society to figure out her true purpose? Hey it could work. Failing that I’ll just whip up a book of my favourite filthy jokes, none of which are suitable for this blog post.

Happy Wednesday all!

UPDATE: I wrote this for my work blog and thought I’d share it here too.

3 comments on “Write the Book

  1. Your USP is YOU my love!! I would lap up a book you wrote, and look at you! Words do pour from you, otherwise you wouldn’t have kept up with the blogging! I am trying my hand at something just now, just puking out words to see if anything can be found amongst them. And remember (I say this as a fan of his) Stephen King has also written A LOT of guff! 🙂 DO IT!

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  2. A book is a big undertaking. I know I don’t have the patience for a novel. Maybe a book of essays or short stories. The trick would be a unified theme or subject to draw from.

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  3. Just throwing it out there that maybe you do have a book (or several books) in you, but just because you write it doesn’t mean you have to share it. Maybe you need to write a book for you? And then maybe, just maybe, once it’s finished, you find that you want to share it, because maybe you’ll have captured that thing, that USP, that quality that only you have, and you’ll realise that actually, everyone should read this amazing thing that you wrote.

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