Life Listed: Write a Book

I know I mentioned working on my life list a few months ago, and I thought that in the interest of “putting good thoughts out into the universe” and forcing myself to sit down and think about my life list items, it’d be good to blog ’em out. Here’s the first life list item that has been on my mind a lot lately…
Ever since I learned to read, I’ve been a voracious reader and writer. Remember those Pizza Hut “read 100 books in a year” challenges? I used to read double that. Newspaper writing contests? No sweat. English major in college? Of course. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write my own book, see my name (or my clever nom de plume) on the fabulously-designed cover, and go on tour signing copies of my book til my hands were ready to fall off. Glamorous, right?

That’s why, one of the first things that I put on my life list a few months ago, was to write a book. 

It’s strange- right now, I know at least 3 published authors, a couple more people with deals in the works, people at publishing houses… and yet, I’m no closer to writing the book than I was when I first learned to write. Or at least, I don’t feel any closer to it. The first roadblock I need to get past seems the most obvious, but it’s been the hardest thing to overcome (so far)- the topic. I don’t have an awesome niche like The Bloggess or A Practical Wedding. I’m not some fashionista like Love Maegan, or a crafty to the bones DIY blogger like the kids at Young House Love. And yes, I realize that this is sounding more like a personal identity crisis than trying to figure out a book topic. I guess for me, writing a book has been one of those things that I knew I was meant to do someday, so I guess in some sense it IS a part of my identity.

I’ve always dreamed of being like Belle in the library scenes from Beauty and the Beast, with walls lined with bookshelves and sliding ladders. I can smell the pages and feel the spines, and I know that I’ll never be content just reading. So, that’s where this life list item stands right now. Who knows, maybe I’ll pull a JK Rowling and brainstorm it on a napkin in Starbucks– lord knows, I spend enough time here. Maybe it’ll come to me in a dream, or a wine-induced happy haze. Or maybe I’ll just think about it enough that it’ll eventually evolve. It’s all part of the process, right?

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0 thoughts on “Life Listed: Write a Book”

  1. I have a big book-writing challenge, too: I have a topic but not the direction on where to start. It’s a traumatic experience I want to write about, but choosing where to start and how to engage the reader has proven difficult.
    Choose something that means a lot to you. If you don’t hit the nail on the head on the first try, there is nothing wrong with trying again. 🙂

  2. First of all, thank you ;0)  … and second of all, please remember how young you are and how much life you should experience before even thinking about writing a book.  I didn’t ever plan on being a writer, though I have always dreamed of writing a book “someday” and then a publisher contacted me last year… when I was 35.  Just be patient.  Everything happens for a reason and at its own pace. Enjoy the journey 😉 xx

    1. First of all, you’re welcome. I love how you’ve built your brand and your business, so thank YOU for that inspiration (and the fashion inspiration, of course!)
      Secondly, you know that’s like my biggest peeve, right? Being told I’m too young? ;p Seriously though… one of my ideas that have been “brewing” for a while is about my crazy college shenanigans. So I should at least get that out on paper before I’m too old to remember, right? You’re totally right about the whole life experience thing. Holding myself to ridiculous standards of the accomplishments of people 5-10+ years older than me is totally counterproductive… I needed that reminder. Maybe I should be paying you for therapy instead of my therapist! 😉

      Oh, and happy early birthday, missy!

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