Saturday, December 20, 2014
Ever Wondered What Goes Into Writing A Book?
Have you ever wondered what goes into writing a book? Probably not. When you walk into that hushed sanctuary called a library, or the soon to be defunct (please, God, no!) book store and are surrounded by zillions of books, I think we all take for granted that the books somehow just sprang into being by the wonderfully creative mind of someone like Hemingway in between hanging out at the local tavern.
I’m working on the umpteenth number of the draft of my book about a hapless American man who brings a mail order bride to the United States, only to have it backfire in a way that none of us could have anticipated. The book has sex, intrigue, cars, things blowing up and a few fun surprises that even I didn’t see coming.
It also has a plot hole big enough to drive a car through.
Well, maybe not that big, but when I should be working on my story, instead I’m either taking those fun quizzes on Facebook that tell me what kind of dog personality I have (beagle) or what kind of drug I would be if I were a drug (ecstasy) or what color my personality is (plaid).
I’ll bet you thought that all your favorite books were written in a few inspired sittings. The truth is, it’s hours upon glorious hours of butt numbing, rewriting, thinking, reading, re-reading until your eyes cross, getting up and walking to the fridge for junk food, sitting down again, cutting, pasting, deleting, writing some more, doing a quiz on Facebook, answering emails, writing some more, getting up and dancing around the living room to Led Zeppelin, writing some more...you get the picture.
Before I go back to my story, a plea from whoever is reading this. Do you have a book title? Think Eastern European Bride with an attitude.
Now back to my story.