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Jodie Luker

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When to write a book?

"You should write a book about that"...a common in response to an experience shared with another...but should I? What makes a story so compelling that it needs to be authored and published?

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  • Apr 16 2013: You write the book when YOU need to write the book. When you have something you need to articulate and share. One of my favorite sayings about writing is that you have to be careful not to take the lid off of the pot too soon. Letting a story heat up, mull and start to bubble over can be very rewarding. When it comes to writing about an experience you lived through, I say: take notes as you go along and write the book when you have the most interesting "angle on the experience" (to borrow a phrase from Louise Gluck).
    • Apr 16 2013: I have no real experience in writing for anyone but myself so I do appreciate your advice that an interesting angle on the experience is necessary to both write the book and engage the reader.
    • Apr 16 2013: I especially like the emphasis you placed on writing when YOU need to write the book.

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