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I want to write a book.

 
 
Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2011 07:46 am
i want to write a book about humanity. any suggestions?
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Shapeless
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2011 07:52 am
@hamilton,
I would suggest narrowing down the topic a little.
hamilton
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2011 07:55 am
@Shapeless,
i want a BIIIGGG book!
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hamilton
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2011 07:58 am
@Shapeless,
i intend to make the book big, but with some sub categories. still figuring them out...
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2011 08:20 am

Enjoy it.





David
hamilton
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2011 08:22 am
@OmSigDAVID,
i will! thanks!
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thack45
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2011 09:00 am
@hamilton,
hamilton wrote:

i want to write a book about humanity. any suggestions?
Try living another 20 years or so...
hamilton
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2011 09:02 am
@thack45,
i think i can make that...
il just live in a bubble. nothing can go wrong in those...
i think that it would be refreshing for the world to see what youth thinks about its future...
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manored
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2011 10:47 am
Im writing a book myself, mostly because I sometimes feel the need to outlet my creative will somehow. Im not sure if I will ever finish it/get it published =)

After a lot of thinking, it occured to me that its best to have the entire idea of the book ready before you even write a line. Thats how im writing mine...

Like, first you write a very very short version of the book. Like, one page at most. Then you write a second version where you expand on everything said on the first, amounting to a few pages. When you expand again... until you finally get to the size you want.

Off course, the smaller versions dont have to be self-contained books, they can be just abstracts of what the book will talk about or summaries of its chapters. After all if you could pack all the contents of the book in one page, you wouldnt need a book.

In other words, you make the "project" of the book before writing it. At least for me, writing "on the fly" always lead to a disordely mess that I would end up erazing and starting over.
hamilton
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2011 11:46 am
@manored,
thanks! thats really helpful, manored. i still have to get the format set up. its still in the brain part of brainstorming. send me some of your book! id be interested in reading it!
manored
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2011 12:22 pm
@hamilton,
hamilton wrote:

thanks! thats really helpful, manored. i still have to get the format set up. its still in the brain part of brainstorming. send me some of your book! id be interested in reading it!
Its in portuguese, my native language... and its also in a stage where I dont want to show it to anyone yet =)
hamilton
 
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Reply Wed 20 Jul, 2011 12:28 pm
@manored,
ah...
ok!
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2011 11:27 am
@manored,
manored wrote:

Im writing a book myself, mostly because I sometimes feel the need to outlet my creative will somehow. Im not sure if I will ever finish it/get it published =)

After a lot of thinking, it occured to me that its best to have the entire idea of the book ready before you even write a line. Thats how im writing mine...

Like, first you write a very very short version of the book. Like, one page at most. Then you write a second version where you expand on everything said on the first, amounting to a few pages. When you expand again... until you finally get to the size you want.

Off course, the smaller versions dont have to be self-contained books, they can be just abstracts of what the book will talk about or summaries of its chapters. After all if you could pack all the contents of the book in one page, you wouldnt need a book.

In other words, you make the "project" of the book before writing it. At least for me, writing "on the fly" always lead to a disordely mess that I would end up erazing and starting over.


That's not how it worked for me. When I started writing I didn't even know what it was about, let alone how it would end. One thing I do know, writing a book is easier than getting one published
manored
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2011 01:10 pm
@izzythepush,
izzythepush wrote:

That's not how it worked for me. When I started writing I didn't even know what it was about, let alone how it would end. One thing I do know, writing a book is easier than getting one published
Ye, thats the traditional way, I think, but it didnt work out for me =)

I dont really mind if it never gets published, im writing it mostly because I feel the need to... create something.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2011 01:55 pm
@manored,
How you feel when you're writing something is different to the way you feel once you've written it. You might just want to put it up on a shelf and forget about it, but once I'd written it that was no longer an option.
manored
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2011 04:18 pm
@izzythepush,
izzythepush wrote:

How you feel when you're writing something is different to the way you feel once you've written it. You might just want to put it up on a shelf and forget about it, but once I'd written it that was no longer an option.
Well, thats a good point =)

Well, if I come to really want people to read it but fail to get a publisher, I could always make it avaible for free on the internet and see where that goes.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2011 05:33 pm
@manored,
This is my advice. You have to be disciplined, set yourself a target and stick to it. Write 500-1000 words everyday. Don't delete anything, if you're not happy about it, forget it. It doesn't matter. Move on. Keep writing 500-1000 words every day. Keep that up, and eventually you will have a novel. This may be a novel that you are really disappointed with, a novel you think is ****. A **** novel is worth one hell of a lot more than a load of really ******* good ideas.

Forget about it, put it to one side for at least six months, preferably a year. Don't read it, but let others read it, people you trust, listen to what they say. TAKE NOTES. Read books, watch films that are similar to your **** novel.

Six Months to one year later, revisit your **** novel. Think about the films you've watched, the books you've read, the advice your friends have given, and all the ideas that have popped into your head whilst you're asleep, or doing the washing up, or having a ****, or whatever. Rewrite your **** novel. Take your time. It may not be great, but at least you know it's no longer ****.

Now comes the tricky part.
hamilton
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2011 06:34 pm
@izzythepush,
thats pretty in depth. thanks!
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2011 06:45 pm
@hamilton,
That's what I did, the hardest part is sticking to writing 500-1000 words a day.
hamilton
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2011 06:55 pm
@izzythepush,
so you wrote a book?
what's it called?
 

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