This week’s musing asks…
If you were going to write a book, what would you write about? Would it be fiction, or nonfiction?
I think every avid reader has thought, at one time or another, that it would be great to write a book. Can't you just see yourself with a book at the top of the NY Times best seller list...Can't you see yourself being interviewed by Oprah (yes, I know she is off the air)...Can't you see people stopping you on the street telling you how they loved your book..they laughed, they cried, it changed their life...Can't you see yourself, with your agent, as the bidders fight over how much they will offer for the movie rights?
But then reality intrudes.
Non-fiction is not really an option.
I know a little bit about a great many topics. My knowledge is very wide and very shallow. Maybe enough to right a nice little pamphlet.But not a book unless I did a great deal of research and work. But where is the fun in that?
The thing I probably know the most about, natural gas, clean, plentiful natural gas, the industry I have spent the last 25+ years in..well, I actually don't know that much ever about even that. And what I do know would make one incredibly boring book. A past president of our company actually wrote a book about the history of our company. Every employee was given a copy when they were hired and I am sure many even read it. But I never got my copy..so I have not. I bet it is a page turner!
So it would have to be fiction.
They say, "Write what you know". Again, here is the problem. What life lessons have I learned in my half century that I am just bursting to share? Hmmmmm.....Can I get back to you on that?
And then there is another problem. Say you write this book and there it is, out there. And of course, all you friends and family and everyone who went to high school with you reads it..well, the ones who can read. Especially if you give then a free copy. Now they are wondering, how much of this book is based on real things in your life. Did she really steal that money from the PTA? Wow, that character is a lot like Cousin Joe..do you think he really has another family in St. Louis? He is out of town on "business" a lot?
I think writing these Musing Monday posts are revealing enough.
I'm not sure I want you all knowing more about me and my secret, fascinating hidden life.
But I do love to travel and a world wide book tour would be great fun!