Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.

10.16.2007

Getting serious

Ok, for the past 10 years that I've been attached to Army of Dad, he has been encouraging me to write a book. I have about a half-dozen or more books in my head.

I've made lots of excuses regarding why I haven't written any of them: too busy at home, too busy with work, too busy with whatever.

Now, the excuses are stopping and I'm taking it seriously. However, before I dive into it, I've been attending writer workshops, writer meetings and seminars. I've been reading magazines on writing and books on writing. I want to immerse myself into how to do it and how to do it correctly. I want to make someone go "WOW" when they read it. I want them to laugh. I want them to cry. I want them to feel what is going on in a scene as if they were standing right there - like Harry falling into the pensieve to see Dumbledore's memories. That is what I want my writing to feel like - like you are standing there and feeling the chill air in the room or the smell of tobacco coming from a pipe. I want you to feel.

I've had a few things I've written that I'm especially proud of and that people have told me brought tears to their eyes or made them laugh out loud. That is what writing is all about.

*shrug*

But, I digress a bit. I've rubbed off on my husband almost as much as he's rubbed off on me. I'm throwing tissue boxes across the room during Cowboys games (his influence) and he is instructing me to dress nicer for the luncheon I'm going to today because "Clinton from What Not to Wear is in town today, you know." *fighting back a tear* He knows who Clinton is and what show he's on. *stifling back a laugh* Although, maybe I should grab my capri workout pants with the tackly little zippers on the pockets and Clinton will see me and decide I really NEED to be featured on the show. :)

Lastly, I would like to do some research for one book I have in my head. I would like to have about a dozen male readers *I hear the crickets chirping* who are willing to let me quiz them via email about women, sex, attraction, etc. If you wouldn't mind doing this, please email me at armyofmomblogger@yahoo.com. Everything I get will be anonymous, but I'd like to see if I'm on track with a few trains of thought. One book in my mind is how women can keep their men happy and totally in love with them. I want to see if I'm on track. Thanks guys.

2 Comments:

  • At 11:45 AM, October 16, 2007, Blogger Army Wife said…

    I too have thought about this ad naseum...and am fearful of it...

    the good news is, ou have daily doscipline to write

     
  • At 6:15 AM, October 17, 2007, Blogger Uzz said…

    When my buddy and I wrote our screenplay, it was the hardest thing for me to commit the time to the project because of my hectic life, but the effort is most certainly worth it. One thing that will help is to buy a little digital recorder and every time you think of something, get it on tape.

    If you are wanting to write a first person novel or a memoir-style book, I highly recommend David Sedaris' "Naked" or pretty much anything by Dave Eggers. The latter has an amazing knack of fusing laugh-out-loud moments with thought provoking (and heartbreaking) elements...sometimes in the same sentence...truly brilliant.

    At some point, I need to actually start channeling my writing towards book form and away from screenplays! Good luck and if you need any help, you know where to find me.

     

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