I get asked lots of ifs.
I’ve been asked often in the last year in particular, if I’d ever “consider writing a book.” As a blogger my answer is maybe. As a writer my answer is yes.
I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve always hated writing up until a few years ago. When I stopped hating it I loved it right away, and it explains pretty much why I do it every day. I write a daily blog here, and then I write just to write. Maybe it will become a book and maybe it won’t, but I put time into it every day.
I knew nothing about blogging or writing a book. I still don’t know everything except for how hard it is to devote time in your day to writing anything at all. What I share here on my site, via blog, is sometimes personal and intimate. I open up here to share, but also to flex my writing muscles in between writing for my book. I don’t know if I’m doing it right or wrong, because I’ve never written so much in my life before. When I write each blog I treat it as a warm-up to my other writing.
A blog can be taken down or edited at a moment’s notice. Sure you can print it, and there will be traces of it forever on the internet, but my writing here is virtual. Your reading of it is fleeting even if you take away more than just words. Here is where I check in with you and you check in with me, daily, if we wish.
A book, however, implies ownership and ownership implies pride. For the reader and a writer…a book is bigger than blog. My respect for writers and authors is great, and in the age of self-publishing and faux celebrity tell-all best sellers, more people should have more respect for good writers and not the bullshit shades of bad writing. I’m all for capitalism and making your buck your way, but half the authors out there are less acclaimed and more self-proclaimed. Anyone can write a book, but not everyone should publish.
I honestly don’t know where I fall on the scale of good writing versus bad writing, and as a writer you should always be questioning this to keep yourself honest. I know that I’m more interested in writing a book than I am building a home catering business or returning to banking, as a career move, but I stay humble. I stay honest. I write every day. I enjoy my slice of cyberspace but I strive to feel the weight of my book in my hands. The reason I don’t talk about “writing a book” is because I don’t want to just talk about it. I want to do it.
I imagine it’s like that for most writers.