When I tell people that I am writing a book, they ask what kind of a book or what it is about. I don’t have a good answer to that question. This may sound silly, but right now, I want to write a book so that I can experience what it is like to write a book. I don’t need it to be wildly successful in the marketplace. After all, I have a good job. I don’t need people to love it or to even read it. I just need to write it. I do not fully understand why. I just feel compelled to do it. One of the reasons I started blogging was to practice writing. This blog gives me a reason and a place to write.
There is a button on the screen where I write my blog that reads “Publish”. All I have to do to publish my blog entry is to click that button! What a great time to live. In order to publish 1000 years ago, I would have had to manually copy or hire someone to print every individual copy of my manuscript by hand. Every single printing would have been a manual process! Just 500 years ago, I could have had it printed by machine, but I’m guessing there weren’t many machines around. Truth be told, if I were around 500 or 1000 years ago, I probably would have been illiterate and this wouldn’t be an issue. If I were trying to publish even as recently as 15 years ago, I would have had no choice but to find a publisher who would accept my work and print the books. With the advent of better and easier blogging software, now I merely click a button and it is published. <clicks safe draft button before losing his work> Never before in history could I type a few paragraphs and click the Publish button to find my words immediately available to almost anyone anywhere on the planet.
So why do I want to write a book? What’s it going to be about? Fiction or Non-fiction? I don’t know yet. Blogging is giving me the discipline to do the work of writing. The hard thing is making the time and doing the work… especially when I am tired. <clicks the Publish button>