Are You Writing a Book?

As a child I must have asked a lot of questions and pestered the dickens out of my mother because she always asked me "Are you writing a book?" Looking back, I smile and wonder if this idea was subconsciously planted in my mind.

I have said before if I would have been a cat, I'd be dead because curiosity would have killed me. I've always asked questions, especially regarding the etymology of words.

Are you writing a book? Why not? Find a starting (once upon a time) and an ending (they lived happily ever after) point. The journey from start to finish shouldn't be a straight line or else it'd be a boring story. The character needs a few bumps along the road to make the story interesting, a downed tree blocking the road is even better. Forcing a character to make challenging decisions- to go around the log to the left and X, Y & Z happens or go to the right or maybe, just maybe, the character will find the strength or a friend he or she needs to hurtle it.

Am I writing a book? Yes, mom, I am. Even when I don't have my netbook open or pen poised over paper, I am plotting, creating and visualizing my character's world.
 ~Happy Birthday, Mom. Thank you for all the encouragement and for reading all my unedited stories. I love you.~


  1. What a wonderful gift for your mother. This made me smile. I am certain she must be very proud.

  2. I don't want to burden you, my dear, but are you up for a blog hop sort of nomination? I've been tagged with the Versatile Blogger Award and would like to pass along the fun. You can find the information at my Darla M Sands blog post for July fourth. I'm still working on that blog post as I leave this comment. ~blush~ At any rate, you can find me at I hope you will join in. Best wishes!


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