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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 23 2013: when we are able to formulate a question properly in english, i would say. that's not the interrogative mood and the addition of a question mark doesn't make it so. many people have absolutely fascinating stories, but it's a precious few who can elucidate them well, particularly with any artistic flair. i would suggest practice and gradual steps. maybe take a class, try a few stories and test them on others, and if all goes well then go for it!
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      • Apr 23 2013: i think you've misunderstood.
        i'm not writing a book, and i have no illusions that i'd be capable of doing so.
        it's interesting that you bring up the point of sounding like a book, which is my point. a lot of people think they're great authors and all they're doing is regurgitating the same old thing in the same old style as so many others, which has led to the situation we have now with so many books yet few good reads, which i guess is why when a good author does turn up it really gets a lot of attention. having a story and a pen is not enough.
      • Apr 24 2013: you're right on the mark but got there from the opposite direction. when i started out as a teacher i found the textbooks lacking and started writing my own material. at first they were pretty bad (though of course i couldn't see that it at the time, it's only now looking back) but after more than 5 years and lots of experimentation much has improved, though it has taken its toll on my writing, as you quite correctly noted. people tend to start off terribly but become good at the things they do, which is why i suggested that jody practice.
      • Apr 24 2013: Don,
        i was reading your response to Ben, and saw your statement about your brother Vincent. "He was also very doubtful of the Theory of Plate Tectonics."

        I too have been doubtful about the same theory. For years I've railed in my mind against such a thing. And I found on the internet a unique answer. The fellow, (I forget his name or the site he used), was able to show, convincingly, the effects of just expanding the earth like a balloon. As the earth expanded, the continents shifted, from billions of years ago, to the present.
        It worked. The Himalaya's were shown being formed by a compression due to varied movements. It worked. It could just be a hoax, but somehow it re-enforced my belief that the Theory of Plate Tectonics was indeed not the force behind continental drifts.

        Have a nice day, Don.
      • Apr 25 2013: Sorry to intervene Don,
        I just started that other conversation --
        Governments have a Department of War Prevention.
        and I also wrote here a comment to you about a
        GOCE poster I saw recently.
    • Apr 23 2013: Ben, I disagree.
      Correct grammar should be left to "the corrector".
      Tests rely upon enforcement.
      An artist, a writer, needs freedom of expression in all forms.
      • Apr 23 2013: and in the case of a book the corrector will be the publisher, and grammar will make the difference between getting read to the point where it might get published, or being sent back with a form letter before reaching the 3rd line. the reason is that having a standard set of rules for communication allows for a wider audience, which is essential for a book. it's for the same reason that universities agree on rules of style, so that communications maintain their integrity.
      • Apr 24 2013: and without an effective means of communicating the quality of the wine, the reader can't be sure of what you're trying to say about it. it should come as no surprise that so many great authors have studied english, classics, or both. i would say that on the contrary grammar aids creativity, as it allows authors to express exactly what it is they have in their minds to convey to their readers. for exampl consider "the boat came ashore" and "he brought the boat ashore" - the difference is important, and i'd argue that in art it is details and nuances that are the most important of all.
        • Apr 24 2013: Ben, you are right.
          I just find immediate correction is too quick.
          But you are right.
      • Apr 25 2013: likewise don! thank you for the continuing conversation.
        i think we're almost on the same page. i want to be clear though that my support of good grammar doesn't extend to every situation, nor it is for ceremonial purposes. quite the contrary actually, obeying the standards of communication is for function alone and has to ceremonial or artistic quality, but it ensures that the ideas are received as they were conceived by the author.
        i find that misunderstandings are quite common here on ted discussions, which makes sense really because we are such a disparate group of people. here though at least we can continue and clarify, but that's just not possible between an author and their readers, so it has to be right, and so while good grammar isn't necessary in most daily communications, it's absolutely essential to master before writing attempting to write a book.
        interesting to hear about you and your brother. i hope to hear about your experiences in manufacturing some day. i think the yellow lines is an excellent analogy actually. for myself, if i'd found the lot empty in the morning i'd park within the lines, as more are likely to follow and want to park either side, whereas in the evening i'd be more inclined so stop wherever was closest since it would make no difference.

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