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Chutz
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   Posted 6/21/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I think all of us love to share a part of ourselves with others. We often enjoy getting into conversations where we share our past or things that have happened to us. Many also love to share ideas and fanciful thoughts they have and often those people turn out to be writers or in a similar field. I do think all of us have a story to tell, a life that is totally unique to each one of us. Now whether we actually do it or not is another topic but if you were to write a book what would it be about? Maybe the story of your life? Or you may love to write fiction. What would you put in your book?

I have been writing a 'journal' of sorts for several years. Sometimes I write in it often and other times I don't touch it for at least a year. But it's well past 50 pages of feelings, happenings and little wisdoms from my ineffectual brain. There is no way I will ever make it into a book since it's only meant for me to read but who knows...someday I may rearrange it and print it out for my kids and grandkids to have. They may find it interesting at some level.

How about you??? What will your book be about?
Chutz
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Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis, Insulin dependent diabetic, PTSD, dermatitis herpetiformus, osteoarthritis, collapsed disk, and a few other side dishes.

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If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it.
George Burns


PAlady
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   Posted 6/21/2009 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I have always wanted to write a novel, but not badly enough to discipline myself! LOL I left college teaching in 1992 and that summer I attended the a workshop at the annual writer's summer institute at Iowa City. I attended a novel writing workshop out of a fluke, and got to know the author who taught the class. We became casual friends and corresponded by phone periodically while he was writing his next novel. It was a view of the creative process I had never seen, since that was not my field in college. He would read me his latest chapter and get feedback on how it flowed. Somewhere I even have a manuscript copy of the book, "They Whisper".

He called me one day and said "I won the Pulitzer" and I thought he was joking for a second, but realized he wasn't. His name is Robert Olen Butler and he won the Pulitzer back around 1993 for his book of short stories "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain." His method of writing is very intuitive, and he has since written a book about writing.

I have started more novels than I care to remember, and maybe one day....but I loved Butler's method because it was organic. He said if you know the end of the story before you write it then it will be a bad book. Now that goes against the plotting approach, but I love it because it's more of a flow. But it's a bear organizationally and I think that's what always gets me - I lose the flow. But as I said, I haven't put my all into it. Maybe one day when I'm on the other side of what's shaping up to be a pretty major life transition.

Oh, as an aside Bob Butler also had a short story in the in-flight magazine that was in the planes that hit the World Trade Center. And it was a short story about a man who had crashed a small plane that was generated from a postcard he saw.

And as another aside, I love to collect storyteller figures. They are made by Native American tribes in the southwest, and in the 90's when I traveled around New Mexico and Arizona (love, love, love the Grand Canyon) I started collecting them. My favorite are the two simplest ones I bought for a few dollars in Earl's restaurant in Gallup, New Mexico, as the young children carried them from table to table.

Good topic, Chutzie! smilewinkgrin

PaLady

Post Edited (PAlady) : 6/22/2009 12:08:44 AM (GMT-6)


LLPLUV
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   Posted 6/22/2009 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
This subject brings up memories. about 8 yrs ago I was searching for books on my sons mental disablities. Wanting to hear from a parents point of view. Couldn't find any. Emailed a few publishers with my need on this subject. The responses came flying back to me. I was being offered publishing preference if I wrote a book. I remember this as if it were yesterday. No this is not a fantasy but real life.

I started writing the book got the outline done. Emailed it in and was accepted. I got through the first three chapters emailed it in. (its the steps they require) Then my world fell apart. My mother died suddenly one night. CHF took her just hours affter we all finished watching PING and disney movie. We lived in a HUGE house, the attic was remodeled into a 1 bedroom apartment with an outside staircase to their door. She died in our house at 2:30 am with my daugher watching out the window at the age of 8. It tore the family to shredds.

My book went into dust at that point.

The book covered everything from my life in a dysfunctional family, incest, fostercare abuse, marriage domestic violence, and then to deal with my sons rage disorders. If I wrote one now it would include my Chronic Pain issues.

Every now and then I think I will finish this book even though all the information is on a floppy disk..lol But between work, pain and still my son I have no time to even breath.

Chutz thank you for posting this topic I had all but forgot about my publishing dreams.

I had always loved to write and read. I had a natural talent in highschool and college for putting words together and telling a story. I set the grading curve on many essays..

Laurie
39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD
Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea
Hopefully NO MORE........ I think I have it all


Chutz
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   Posted 6/22/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Laurie,

There is nothing stopping you now...why not dig out what you had done, dust it off and let your mind get going again..

And PaLady...How about YOU get some writing going again too. Focusing on something like writing can take your focus off the 'P' word and give you such a great feeling of accomplishment.

Chutzie
Co-Moderator Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Forums ~~~
Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis, Insulin dependent diabetic, PTSD, dermatitis herpetiformus, osteoarthritis, collapsed disk, and a few other side dishes.

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(='.'=)
(")_(")

If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it.
George Burns


PAlady
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   Posted 6/22/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Laurie! That is a story. I hope one day you get to finish it.

I would suggest starting a writing club, but I know I'm not up for it now!

Thanks for sharing that.

Hugs,
PaLady

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 6/22/2009 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
               Never have truly wanted to write anything, except poetry and my baby prayer book. But one time, I wanted and still want our hospital to set aside a room where we can learn about our diagnosis. With some sort of pre set "learning Programm". So when we are done panicking, and learning, we can go straight to doctor with questions. My hospital scares the ever loving sunshine right outta me. It would be really nice, if they helped us to not be so frightened. Take a more proactive role in our "total wellness". So I guess ive never really wanted to write a book, but I have always wanted someone to make a pre set learning program with everything tiny peice of information needed to learn whats going on with ourselves. One day maybe.
*huggs*
dani
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

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