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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: I will look at these, thank you. The process of writing isn't so much a problem, rather, is the story worth the telling?
    Everyone has a story and many have been written that I ,frankly, wish I hadnt wasted my time reading.How do we determine whether our personal stories have meaning to anyone but ourselves?
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      Apr 16 2013: It is still valid to think first of what you like to read. Fresh takes or perspectives on a universal theme or story? Stories that capture places that have some meaning to you or that you have always found intriguing but never seen from an inside view? Stories that give you a peek into the mind and heart of someone who has rare imagination or courage?

      I happen to enjoy autobiography. It is one of my favorite genres. I read autobiographies written by people old enough to look back with mature insight and who have led interesting lives or captured life with a fresh eye.

      You might want to share with someone who is not a close friend of yours the equivalent of what you would write on the book jacket. If you are in the United States, you might check whether Meetup has any writers group near you. Writers groups members do this for each other.
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      Apr 16 2013: Of course there is a problem of too many people who 'feel they have a book inside them' but refuse to leave it there.

      The answer to the 'is it worth it' question is to ask some people -- then subtract something for their wish to be enthusiastic for you.

      If you personally are wondering about writing then start and see what happens and get feedback from a writer's group. Until you've written a quarter of a million words you are unlikely to (a) have found your voice, (b) got rid of tropes, bad habits (c) learned the craft of keeping readers engaged. ie. You have to do the mileage to get consistent quality.
      • Apr 16 2013: Exactly right- there are millions of stories but not so many are worth the reading. I think there are people with crazy great stories whose obituaries I have read in the New York Times and I think why tell my story while these stories are untold?
        I totally agree that there is a skill to be learned and feedback will be required.

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