June 28, 2010


Posted in writing at 1:37 am by jimazing

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.

publishThere 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>

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