This is not one of those posts where I tell you I have an agent. I simply decided I’m finally going to write a book. While it has always been a long time dream/goal or even a bucket list item, it’s only recently where it really started to click for me that I need to take actual steps towards writing my first book. I used to read a lot of books and the past decade I stopped devoting my time to reading books and I have missed it. I wasn’t trying to do it on purpose either, just life got in the way and I had to take care of things first before I could even think about diving into a book. Well, now that I’m settled in Austin after a year of searching and solidifying opportunities, getting my life together, I can rest easy and start having fun. My idea of fun these days is reading.
There have been so many new authors that have surfaced since I left the book scene and some that have become my favorite authors and I’m obsessed. I want to read ALL of their books I can get my hands on, or kindle, but I prefer holding a book in my hands. I’m old school like that. Plus I got all my books out of storage since they’ve been tucked away for the last 3 years and I found out that I had started a lot of the books I bought, but I didn’t finish them. Shame on me. I know it wasn’t the book’s fault, I was distracted and not committed to reading like I used to.
As I mentioned in my last post, I joined the library last month in July and I already checked out over 10 books. A little overzealous on my part, but at least I’ve read 2 books and that’s a huge accomplishment for me after being on a bookcation. The first book I read was, You by Caroline Kepnes and I even did a book review. I am now reading The Last Mrs. Parrish and a few other books because they’re all due back next week.
I was doing a little research online and found out that I need to read a lot of books in order to write a book. It totally makes sense and I’m glad I was already doing that. I also learned that I need a community, which I pretty much already have one but I want to find one with other fellow writers who want to write a book, etc. so I joined this Facebook group and hopefully I’ll find my tribe or whatever. I learned a few of these tips from an author who I really admire and she’s phenomenal. Her name is Tomi Adeyemi. She wrote the book Children of Blood and Bone, and I’m still reading it but the story is so intense, magical and just perfect for me to dig into right now. I’m sure she’ll come out with a book version of what she’s already doing on her blog, but she’s working on book 2 of the trilogy for CBB, eek! I recently found out they’re making her book into a movie.
I also need to do a lot of research. I need a literary buddy to help me and I help them revising our books, anyone? I need to have the “write” idea for a book. I’m not sure if I want to do a memoir, fiction, thriller or fantasy. So that’s why I need to read tons of books in different genres and see what transpires. I’m excited! I know I have my work cut out for me, but to me this isn’t work, this is something I’m passionate about and I will see it through.
Have you wished or dreamed to write a book? Or have you written one? Do you need a book writing buddy? Let me know in the comments!