writeonwednesday … the best book
September 20, 2008 § 5 Comments
How about you? Is there a book you’d love to read that hasn’t been written? What do you love reading about, and how could you write about it? What fascinates you that could become the subject for your next story, essay, poem, or blog post? This is Becca’s prompt this week as, once again, she inspires us to examine the Writing Life.
I’m so late to Becca’s prompt that you’d think I had some really good answer to it by now. But honestly, I don’t. My eyes feel like two peeholes in the snow. My right knee has its usual “hey, you’re not a teenager” cramp. The coffee is apparently dripping extra-slowly into the pot this morning. Come on! I have a 150-page ms to proof and hand in. (ooo, my eyes didn’t like hearing that!) and I was out well past the Letterman hour last night because HM’s band was playing at a pub and being married to someone in the band is a fantasy come true after years of sighing and dreaming over musicians on stage. ANd, no doubt humorous to some of the attending crowd, some of my friends and I decided it was appropriate to dance (or, at least, bop) to the music.
So I think that more than my knee is complaining this morning!
OK, all that aside … I mean, what writer worth her mettle can’t get below the surface of all those exterior things hollering at her to escape and slide into the writing zone?
I shall give it a whirl.
IS THERE A BOOK I’D LIKE TO READ THAT HASN’T BEEN WRITTEN? I don’t know. I think in terms of books, I think we think inside the box. Character, plot, happy, sad, down and up. There might be something else, but that wall has not yet been dismantled.
The good news, is, though, that there is always a great book coming down the pike that is great, for whatever reason, at the moment that it’s being read.
Maybe it’s the mood the reader is in.”
Maybe it’s the setting, taking the reader somewhere he hasn’t been before.
Maybe it’s the character, either the character’s universality, or uniqueness.
Maybe it’s just damn good writing and we don’t really care about the story – come on, you know that happens.
So, (cutting my above list short) there is likely a book that hasn’t been written yet that I’d love to read and it probably defies all “book” rules. In the meantime, I fall in love with books all the time.
Still, I don’t believe books have gone everywhere we’d be happy to go.
But that’s the book I’d like to write. Break through all kinds of walls and rules and write it. (I’m not talking about chaos, though.)
WHAT FASCINATES YOU (reading-wise)?
I love reading about New York City. Its energy. Its history if it’s compellingly presented (but I don’t read straight up history -hey, we’re talking entertainment here …!)
I love reading about character interactions because of the City.
I love hearing about the neighborhoods and picturing them.
I love reading about people living there because “place” is such a strong element in their stories/lives.
Yeah, I’m a sop for the City.
So, yes, I’d like to write a book about NYC. That takes place there. A novel. Even a short story. Forget the poetry. I’m not wired that way though I swoon over poetic lines and marvel at how poets do it. If I could edit my writing enough, I might end up with a poem, but poets see things “poetically” to begin with and don’t have to write a 1,000 word paragraph in order to come up with their piercing, killingly rich lines … or, do they?
Sipping some coffee …
FASCINATING THINGS, THEN, THAT COULD BECOME THE TOPIC FOR MY NEXT ENDEAVOR (if I’d STOP messing around with other stuff!!!!):
1.New York (ok, we’ve clarified that)
2.Dogs (beagles, especially)
3. The surrealists (Breton, Dali and the gang)
4. Dolphins (though I’ve spent hours watching them, I don’t know squat about them and should stop applying my human perceptions to them)
5. The writing process (aha!)
I wish everyone that reads Becca’s write on wednesday blog and comments could come over. Really. I’ve made another pot of coffee and it’s a grey day, there’s plenty of room here in the “library” (aka family room) and these prompts get me so in the writing mood. Cleaning and shopping be gone! Tear up that errand list. Let’s just do the writing thing.