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The Writing Life - Lesson One

One of the reasons for taking the writing class I am attending was to learn how to write a book. If you recall my dilemma about writing a book, then you'll remember I switched gears a bit. You tend to assume, "Whoa, I got this great idea for a book." And then you discover you need to do more research, or the topic needs to be re-examined at a different angle, or it simply is an interesting factoid but there's no story--no book. Books are stories (unless you're referring to reference books) and need to be planned in that manner. Who's the protagonist? What's the theme? Where's the plot?

So it is that a writer writes many books. In each book, he intended several urgent and vivid points, many of which he sacrificed as the book's form hardened. "The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon," Thoreau noted mournfully. "or perchance a palace or temple on the earth, and at length the middle-aged man concludes to build a wood-shed with them." The writer returns to these materials, these passionate subjects, as to unfinished business, for they are his life's work.
--Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Maybe I'll be able to return to those grand ideas I had and find some common element to weave a story around. Maybe there is a complete a book in me waiting to be published. In the meantime, it's "unfinished business" to be put in a file and opened at a later date.

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