Thursday, March 15, 2007

Booking Through Thursday

Speaking of writing in books, what about writing the entire thing? Do you write? Aspire to write? Dream about writing?
I have always dreamed of writing a book. The closest I ever got was I was in negotiations to write a medical reference book with an editor when I had a sudden job change (my choice, in part because of lack of support for my doing a book), and things became too hectic. I procrastinated on details of the agreement and the editor decided to move on to someone else. I have regrets about this although I understand what was going on.
Actually, I really dreamed of writing something more literary. I wrote my first long story (illustrations and revisions, even) on ultra-wide ruled paper when I was 5 or 6. Part of my reason to start a blog was to improve my writing skills and get used to my words being read by strangers.

If you do write, do you do it for yourself, or because you hope to be published? (Or because you ARE published?)
I'm vain. I write for myself to a degree but I want to be published. I have been published scientifically and professionally--not much and not recently--but I don't count that.
I am trying to hold myself accountable to a resolution to submit something to a periodical this year. It doesn't matter what or if it is accepted to meet the terms of the resolution. I'm just trying to get over a mental block.

9 comments:

Kathe said...

I think you'd do well. :^)

I've had two poems (the ones you've read) supposedly published. But seeing as how I couldn't afford to purchase either the book(s) or cd's, I can't be certain they were actually printed or recorded. (Both were supposedly included in a book; one of the two was apparently read by a "professional reader.")

It's probably a lot easier for me to be okay with it all, since not seeing it in print (or hearing it recorded) means there's a possibility it's not out there to be scrutinized by others. I haven't really had that same desire to be published, but it's still unnerving to know at least someone has read my stuff.

Self Taught Artist said...

so this leads me to ask out of curiousity, what would getting published do for you? I don't mean that question to sound like I am picking on you. Not at all! I'm just curious if you want to become a 'writer' and sell a book :)
Would the periodical publication be more scientific?

Kathe said...

Correction...I've had two poems supposedly published, and one (which I wrote for Young Authors in 4th grade) printed in the local newspaper. I'd forgotten all about that one!

DeN said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Don't worry much about missing the chance of being published. You must be very good to actually be given the chance. It'll come up again. Good luck with the periodicals!

Julia said...

Don't be hard on yourself about missing the chance to publication. Am sure you will get another chance, once the time come for you. Just keep on writing. And you right writing a blog sure do help us improve our writing skill :)

Happy Booking Through Thursday! Have a nice day :)

Daphne said...

Hi Sarala - Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love to "blog hop". In answer to the question you left me, I live outside of Indianapolis.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Tarakuanyin said...

I'd love to be published. I've been published here and there, and I was a journalist for a while, so I know what it's like to have my name in print, but I'd like to have one of my novel manuscripts or the book I wrote with my mother published. On the other hand, I think breaking in is difficult to impossible, and blogging does seem to feed some kind of need. Plus I love the community of writers and thinkers I feel I've become a bit of a part of.

nessie said...

When I was researching on book writing I was suprised at how many people said that writing the book was the hard part. I recently wrote a biography on an artist in 5 months. And yet... getting it out there to agents is just SO HARD. In the industry, its really about who you know I realize more and more...

too bad about the med book. sounds like a kick ass project!

Melody said...

Hi Sarala, thanks for stopping by.

Keep on writing, one day you will get there! Trust me! :)

Happy BTT!