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Thread: Anyone tried to write a book?

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    Anyone tried to write a book?

    I'm currently writing my first book, just started a couple of weeks ago. It a fantasy book.

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    Any way if you are writing a book, how are you getting on? is it taking longer that you expected? Is it turning out how you expected?
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    yes. I lost interest and I kept wanting to change the story. I would get wrapped up in one scene and then want to take it in a different direction as new ideas came to me. got nowhere.

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    I must have started a dozen scenes over the years that I would lay awake and think about, fantasize that one of them would turn into the Great American Novel or something like that. I tell myself that one day, when I have more time (which is BS, cause I have plenty of time now), I'll turn one of them into something. However, the likelihood of that happening is slim, because I am somewhat lazy at heart and not very disciplined when it comes to stuff like that.

    How is your book coming?

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    I did NaNoWrimo once. That was a fun and amazing experience. I have tried to do it again, but tend to focus on the story and not the word count. That makes it difficult. I really want to write an ACTUAL book, because many people say I have the talent to do it.

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    Fame1977 you just need to sit down and do it. Not everyday (Idon't) or get into routine thats the easier way.

    I have now just finished chaper 6 and cracked over 40,000 words and not halfway through yet. I still write 3/5 days per week but I also have life, and I'm still enthusiastic about the book I'm writing.

    Hopefully some day you'll be able to read it.

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    I write pages at a time. I have no idea how to put it together. I think it will be a coming of age novel.

    I'm an artist...and I never know how a painting will work. Sometimes I think, "I'll paint x" and in 3 hours when the painting is done it's "g and a"...and "x" wasn't even thought about again. Creativity is weird. I have no idea how a book would work.

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    I tried to write a novel several years ago, I had most of the plot and characters fleshed out. It was historical fiction and the theme was mostly political/spiritual. I got to maybe 35,000 words. I got my heart broken (completely unrelated to the novel) and I scrapped the project and began to focus on classical studies in my spare time. For some reason, I just felt unable to return to that. I am not sure if I'll write something again in the future like that.

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    I would to write a book. I used to have an idea but it doesn't seem as good anymore.
    I'm not sure how I'd go about finding another one.

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    I wrote a manuscript with a friend years ago that we pretty much have left on our respective hard drives. Then I started on one of my own and was literally finishing it up when.... wait for it, wait for it, my hard drive crashed. Yes, only one copy. So now I have been rewriting it on and of for 15 years. Yes, 15 years. I was probably 90% done when the HD crashed and now I suspect I'm no more than 50% done. It's branched out somewhat and I've been outlining a series of books with the same small town as really the main character. I'm either being very organized and methodical or I'm subconsciously sabotaging my own writing. Not real sure yet.

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    I have written an eBook that is currently on Amazon. I can tell you that I was hopeful of finishing it before I did. This was because, when I felt it should be released, there were always editing problems or I just wasn't satisfied it was good enough. I still am not satisfied with the style of writing I used but as the advice I gave is solid, I released it.
    Also, when actually publishing a book, even an eBook, there is always something that comes up. Something needs to be changed or something. So any hopeful release dates usually are not met.
    I feel this is natural especially when it is your first book or you are self-publishing because you are learning as you go.
    The stories plot or the message of a non-fiction book can easily change as new ideas pop-up. I think it is a good idea to keep notes of those for future work.
    When I was writing my own eBook I had many temptations to change the main focus of it but I forced myself to stay on track and keep those ideas in mind.
    I am not a publishing expert, I have just released the one eBook, but I can give some advice if you need it. I can try anyway.

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