Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Oh, nevermind.

I was just going to reserve this blog for Significant Thinkings but then I'd have to start a third blog for Inane Ramblings and it's easier to just be inane here.

I've long thought about writing a book. Mostly I think of it in terms of what I would do with my free time if I were rich and didn't have to actually work 40 hours per week. I have very briefly started a couple times. I have ideas but I'm not sure if I can turn them into a full book.

If it comes down to it though, I think I'm too terrified to try. I can live my life thinking I might be good enough of a storyteller to write a book. I can continue thinking that so long as I don't try to actually write one and fail. :-p

I had a particularly vivid and interesting dream the other night, which I'm not going to tell you about, but I woke up and thought, "wow, that's a great basis for a book". It's got an unwitting, uncertain hero and devious, hidden villainy and a couple good subplots. It also apparently has Sigorney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez but that's probably just because the last movie I saw was Avatar... I wrote down the synopsis and have whiled away my vacation time pointedly not sitting down to try and expand on it.

Wouldn't it be great to be an author, though? Paid to imagine stories and write them?

I wish I could ask an accomplished writer what their method is. Come to think of it, I can probably search for exactly that on Google. I don't want to know about their first book, I want to know about their 31st book. After you've written 30 books, how did you start that 31st book? I just want a glimpse into a method, not an actual lesson. Somehow, whenever I read detailed lessons on the proper way to write a novel, I can't help but noticing how many of the rules are broken by my favorite authors. So to hell with the rules. But I would like to see an example of something that works. Do they create an outline? Do they write up profiles of their characters before starting the book? Do they just sit down with an idea in their head and slap down 200 pages and go back to try and make sense of it later?

I have no idea.

I'm leaning towards that last one.