Friday, January 18, 2008
I have a topic that has been invading my daily thoughts for quite sometime now and I think it is time I share it with you. I am kinda at a stand still and need a bit of a push into what comes next. I don't know if you have noticed or not, but I haven't mentioned working on writing much lately. It doesn't come from a lack of projects to write about. Actually it is just the opposite. Right now I have approximately 15 projects I could write tutorials for. The fact is, I have been hording them. Why? Well, because I think I should write a book. Have I mentioned this dream of mine here before? I can't really remember.
It has been a dream of mine to write a book since high school. I always thought it would be a novel but hey, you take things as the come, right? What kind of book am I thinking I should write now? Well a wire working book, of course! Don't writers say to "write what you know"? I think I know wire.
In my mind, the book would be an alternative wire working book. Since I am a self taught wire artist, many of my techniques and tips aren't the "supposed to" way of doing things. I would basically put my 5 hour Totally Twisted class into published form. With lots of extra step by step projects too. I like to think that I have a unique voice when it comes to writing and I would want my book to reflect it too. I also think I have a unique visual style and use of color that I would want to be loud and clear.
Why am I at a stand still then? I guess it is the doubts that every insecure artist would have. Could I actually come up with enough projects to fill a book? I am self taught, what right do I have telling others what to do? Would anyone even buy my book? Heck, before that, would a publisher even be interested in a book by me? Then I wonder things like "why do I want to write a book, what would I get out of it?" Will I be able to teach more? Only in the since that I would be teaching through the pages because as a stay at home Mom, I wouldn't be able to travel to teach. It wouldn't be a get rich quick scheme... from what I hear, there isn't all that much money in books, it is more the attention it gets your work.
So here is the plan... I am taking the leap. In fact, I already took the leap. I have started something I call "Tutorial Tuesdays". I spend my work/studio time writing on Tuesdays. I currently have a full outline, about 20 tips and all the projects sorted. I sent a (I'll admit, quickly written and probably not thorough enough) book proposal to an editor at a publication I have worked with before way back in November. (Told ya it has been on my mind for a while.) And not surprisingly, I haven't heard back. What I really should have done was wait until I had written the outline, introduction and one project... then sent a proposal. So that is the new plan. I am writing the book then, I will shop it out. And if all else fails, I could always self publish it.
But, people... I need a push. I need to know that this is the right direction to take. Give me some reassurance. I started a poll to the right... answer it!! And feel free to leave comments, I wanna hear them!!