In case you're wondering where I've run off to during the month of November, the little one and I are both participating in (National Novel Writing Month.) Are you writing too? (For new posts, see below...)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

No Ideas... Yet!

The only way to learn to write is to write. - Peggy Teeters

I found an article about people who want to start writing and how they always want to start with a book. The article recommended starting with magazine articles. I've thought of doing this. My mother has written several things for bible curriculum publishers. I think articles sound less daunting than a HUGE novel. I may need to research who takes articles, what they pay, what they want material about, who takes articles written by authors who have no idea what they're doing (that would be me.)

The article recommended visiting this site:
Right-Writing on Magazines
I will have to read through that.

I really don't know where to begin. I saw something once that said to write about what you know. That's the problem. I don't think I know tons about any one subject. I know little pieces of lots of things. I homeschool the girls so we study new subjects everyday. I know a bit about homeschooling but am always asking questions myself so I don't see how that would be a viable topic. I'm an artist, and am always learning new things but not an expert in any. What is that saying, Something something something, master of none? Jack of all trades, master of none. That's me. The bright side of this is, I can pick a topic that interests me, that I know a bit about and then research it. Learn more. This is one of my lifelong goals. To be learning all the time. I'm what I like to call a perpetual learner. I would love to go back to school. I don't know what for, probably art classes. But with a teen already with her foot in the college door as she finishes up her senior HS year, I can see where our money is starting to head and its not for MY college education right now. Maybe starting with something I'm passionate about. Is there anything I'm passionate about? Gotta think on that as well.

Hmmm, knowing a little about a lot of things. Maybe the book could be called 'Master of None' and be little entertaining snippets about everything in my head. Have you ever read that book, 'The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World' by A. J. Jacobs. It's all about a guy who read his way through the Encyclopedia in a year. I brought this book home from the library one time and it sat around until DH picked it up to see what it was. He started reading it and telling me all these funny things in it so then I had to read it too. We fought over who got to read it at a certain time. Usually it worked out though because I go to bed much later than he and could read well into the wee hours. I can't remember if I finished it but it sure was enlightening.

Why do I want to write? That would be a good question. I've always felt like writing could be a passion. Not that I'm good at it, maybe I just love to talk. I've blogged for years, rambling on about this and that, with no set plan in mind. You would think after all those years of blog-writing, I'd be an expert in grammar, topic, etc... But blogs don't judge you, neither do the people who read them for the most part. They don't drop that they're doing to comment with 'Nah-ah-ah! You used THEIR instead of THERE and spelled vacuum wrong.' I've never had anyone correct my grammar and spelling. I'm obsessed with that myself I do enough correcting on my own. Sometimes it just feels like there's all this information in my head, all these things i want to say. Not necessarily plots and how-tos, just words, thoughts and ideas. What kind of book would that be? I wonder...

Off to research magazine article writing. Instead of doing dishes...

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