Can I Write a Book? & Quantum Notes

As I told you in my last post, I made the decision to severely weed my blog subscriptions to a more managed number. I went from 51 blogs using WordPress.Com hitting my email inbox to a mere 16. And with the 16 left, I’ve opted for a weekly digest. I do still have a few subscriptions not associated with WordPress.Com but those writers grace my inbox sporadically.

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Can I Write a Book?

I came across an article that, at first, shook me up a little. Kate McKean wrote about how no everyone is literally not able to write a book. My first impression was the question: Do I have it in me to actually write a book? Or am I deceiving myself?

“I put it like this: I have been running since I was about a year old. Almost 40 years! But I cannot for the life of me run a marathon. I am not physically capable of it, even though I can run a few miles in a row. Writing a book is a marathon. You have to train for it, practice, understand your strengths and weaknesses and work hard to overcome them. You need help, feedback, and support, and you need to try many times before you run your best race. Writing a book that someone else wants to read is running your fastest marathon. No one does it right out of the gate, and few writers can expect to have the stamina without rigorous training.” —Kate McKean

As a literary agent, Ms. McKean says not all writers are capable of writing a full-fledged book. They may be able to write an article, a poem, an essay, a short story, and maybe even a novella. However, the work needed to be done to publish a piece that is at least 50,000 words long and is engaging cannot be done by everyone.

Even though her words hit me with dismay, I stood firm with my persistence and opened up my current WiP and trudged along with it. I know it’s easier for some writers to tackle their projects. I wish, with all my heart, I was one of them. Sadly, I’m not one of them. I struggle, grapple, wrestle and attack my writing with fury. Sure, it’s exhausting sometimes but I feel my days are well-spent

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Quantum Notes

HEALTH
My body is beginning to have a rhythm to it. I’ll have three days of wonderful, sometimes even superb and, then one, may two days of cruddy. It isn’t that I feel ill during that one or two days. It’s just that everything in my day is such a bother and my energy level has slipped down to almost zero. In all honesty, these symptoms don’t last all day. Usually, at about four o’clock I’m feeling okay. It’s irksome, nevertheless.

CHANGE IN PLANS
My husband and I moved here to help his parents out. We would have rather stayed on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where our idiosyncrasies are welcomed; in fact, seem to be in vogue there. Here in Tennessee, we are, customarily, looked upon as deviants, anomalies. We’re a couple who like having a few friends, not a whole slue of them, but a few to hang out with once in a while. In the ten years we’ve lived here, we’ve only spent time with one couple who are moving to Georgia soon. We do not fit in well here—obviously.

In the past three or four years, we’ve entertained the idea of moving back to Michigan after Hubby’s mom passes away. We aren’t advocating she leave soon, mind you, but when she does go, we thought we’d pull up stakes and head north. We’ve looked at property up there online, daydreaming about where we’d live this time around and about the friends we’d make.

However, earlier this month, I pondered on the speculation of having to find another doctor and dentist that I felt as comfortable with as the ones I have now. I’ve come across some paltry professional in the past. The Upper Peninsula was one of those places where medical and dental care was a little inadequate. Do I really want to go back to that now that I’m a senior?

Hubby and I talked it over. We’ve decided to stay here in the state we dislike and make the best of it. We both think we eventually will find friends who are as odd as we are and we’ll enjoy the milder climate here along with the professionals we trust.

WRITING
I’m still plodding along with my WiP. Some days are chalked full of problems and indecisiveness. The problems don’t bother me all that much. I figure all I have to do is come up with a solution of some sort. It’s the indecisiveness that throws me for a loop. When it comes to the rest of my life, there are few times when I’m undecided on a course of action. True, sometimes that action was wrong but I don’t lollygag, figuring it’s better to do something instead of nothing. However, with writing, I get doubtable so easily.

Earlier last year, I thought Jacqui Murray wrote a post urging her readers to use a flash drive to back up their work from their computers. Although after conversing with her and discovering the post wasn’t hers, I still liked this idea. However, I put off actually doing it, thinking my work was safe enough in a cloud. Maybe it is and, then, maybe it isn’t. Nevertheless, nothing disastrous has happened to my WiP—so far. After my fiasco with my first WiP, you’d think I had learned my lesson in security. Anyway, my husband, always obsessing on being helpful, bought me not one, but three flash drives at Walmart. Now I have five folders of work tucked away in one flash drive.

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Now that the daylight hours will slowly be getting longer and the distractions will be getting less [knock on wood], I’m going to be churning out more words.

What are your plans?

“You don’t actually do a project; you can only do action steps related to it. When enough of the right action steps have been taken, some situation will have been created that matches your initial picture of the outcome closely enough that you can call it “done.”
David Allen, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

 

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18 thoughts on “Can I Write a Book? & Quantum Notes

  1. That is an interesting proposition, that not everyone might be cut out to write a book. It is something that takes skill – rewriting, redrafting, marketing, editing and so on. Above all, it takes dedication and time.

    Moving is a major decision. I think as we all get older, the less people we meet who are more like us, and less people who we feel like we gel well with. It’s a strange thing, and everyone seems to have and be in their own bubble.

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    1. I’d like to get out of the bubble I’m in but it just isn’t in my future financially. I must admit I’m getting rather persnickety in my old age when it comes to the people I want to be around. Staying put will force me to loosen up a bit.

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    1. Andrew, thank you so much for your words of support. This last month has been filled with days when I wasn’t at 100% [again], which may be part of my problem. I just have to figure out a way to get through those days better.

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  2. Great post! I still believe everybody will always struggle with finishing books (even most seasoned authors). It is plain hard and requires lots of discipline, but one step each day will get us closer to our end goal.

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    1. Reading your comment, Carla, I had to admit that I’m not getting into a good routine with my writing. Although I write every day, the time of day varies. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been all about routine. What had happened in the last several months has been anything but… I need to work on this.

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  3. I have to change doctors due to our company changing insurance plans and my doctor isn’t in the new network. I wouldn’t wish that feeling on anyone. I think we become more aware of things/people that don’t fit, as we get older.

    I think you can write a book. Whether you can get it to the point that you like it, well, you’ll have to figure that out when you get there, but I’m sure you will get there. Find those times when writing is easy for you and write.

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    1. That’s awful about your doctor. My doctor and dentist were my main concern in the thought of moving. Both are so perfect for me. You’ll be in my thoughts as you investigate other doctors, Dan.

      I now have a writing buddy who is just a couple of years younger than me. All of our contact so far is by email [she lives in Washington state] but she used to be a librarian. She’s been slowly but surely changing the way I think about write, which is helping me.

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  4. Glynis, first I’m happy you’ve backed up your work!! Even if Jacqui didn’t suggest the flash drive she’s full of excellent ideas regarding tech stuff and I’ve taken up lots of the ideas and now have a hard drive that backs the computer every times I start it!

    As regards writing a book it is a huge investment of ones time and energy, and I think this is what Kate was referring to … you’re getting there and I wish you well with your endeavours!

    It’s a pity your friends are moving away and I hope you make some new ones soon. After a chilly damp weather I can see the warmer climes of your current home being a huge plus and yep, a good dentist and doctor counts for a a lot. Enjoy your time where you are if possible and know it means a lot to your husband’s mother to have you around.

    Happy Writing! 😀

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    1. Annika, did you get a UBS drive that backs up your computer? I had one way long ago but when I upgraded my computer, it went by the wayside. Technology moves awfully fast, you know. I’m still trying to decide if I want to use the cloud and just back up on a schedule or use the flash drive exclusively. True, the flash drive is more secure if I remember to pull it out after every writing session, but Google Drive is pretty secure.

      Thank you for the moral support. The last month has been a tough one so it means a lot to me.

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      1. I use the cloud but I also like the tangible of my little portable hard drive which is always plugged on and works away automatically. Apple call it the ‘Time Machine’!

        Take care of yourself and it’s tough at times, I know. Soon there will be lots of positive times and you’ll be flying away creatively.

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  5. I am desperate–also–to leave the state I live in (California). I’m terribly out of sync with the attitudes usually have to bite my tongue and rarely share relaxing conversation with a friend that doesn’t end with them wanting nothing more to do with me. No wonder I love writing!

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    1. And here I thought I was the only one going through this. They say misery likes company. I have to admit I feel calm knowing someone else is having the same problem with residence that I am.

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  6. Hard to write in an environment that isn’t welcoming, though keep at it Glynis, I know you can do this.
    Make sure you look after yourself, and take time to heal. Something that I am working on myself!

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      1. I am so sorry to hear that, Glynis. I do wish you a speedy recovery and that you find solace in writing when you are able.
        My health is good and stable. Every now and then the auto immune disease lets me know when I eaten something I shouldn’t have!
        Take care, Glynis.

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  7. I’ve been thinking about moving, but in all likelihood will probably stay put where I’m at. But never say never. My mortgage is very reasonable, and the more I go on in life, that counts for so much. As much as I’d like to try a new city, housing is so expensive!

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    1. Yes, my mortgage is a definite factor. Also, Jeri, now with the cancer issue being in your life, you might want to keep the same doctor. If you have the money, take some trips to places you’ve never been to curb your wanderlust. I know that as soon as we have the major house projects done, we’ll be taking some trips around the country.

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