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Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Idea For a Book - Part 5

So, as it happens, this is not the first book I ever wanted to write.  Actually, it isn't the first book I started to write, but it just happens to be the first book I completed from front to back, cover to cover.  The first book I started to write, I started when I was 18, lets just say, that has been on the shelf for a very long time, nearly 20 years.  However, if I pursue another novel, it will surely be that one, and thankfully, all the other projects I have begun, or have wandering around my cerebral cortex in some capacity, are all fiction!  Thank the Lord.  Unfortunately that is where these stories mainly reside, inside my head, waiting for a time when I decide to clean off the shelf and put it all on paper.  But, like my yard at this very moment, that sits awaiting a long overdue mowing, these stories wait for a time and situation where I can complete them and make them whole.

If you are sitting there thinking, "I have a great story to tell." Well, I don't know what you are waiting for, there are so many options for publishing that the chances for success are relatively good for  a well put together piece of prose.  I guess I don't have much room to talk, it took me over 20 years from the beginning of my "dream of writing," until I actually completed my first full length novel.  Regardless, if your only 12, or 63, if you want to write to get published, you just need sit down, prioritize your goals in the present, and get it done.  Understandably, it is difficult in today's world, with busy schedules, family (if you have one), and all the other nuances in life that we preoccupy our minds with, it is easy to get side tracked.  But, life is short, so get a move on!

One good way to organize the thought of a story is to create an outline, something that will give you structure to follow as you progress through your novel towards it's end.  I will be doing this for my next several novels, that is if I ever complete them, but then again, I wouldn't be following my own advice, and that just would not be right.  So, as soon as I get a few more of my educational goals complete, I will take the step and begin where I left off on my first novel.  I don't even have a title for it.  Hmm, I need to think about that. 

Three European settlers teaming up to find a location to lay roots in the new world, the first, the leader, the second, the scientist, the third, the man of God.  Along the way they face not only real world danger from the surroundings for which they travel, but also the dangers from that which plagues their minds, the weaknesses that each has engraved into their DNA is exploited by something that is of this world, but only plays to them in their dreams.  Well, it is a work in progress, I will update progress, if it ever comes.

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