If You Wrote A Book What Would It Be About?

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
October 5, 2010 4:50pm CST
I once had a "Composition" of mine read out in class by the teacher when I was about 10 years old. It was about two bikes in a shop waiting for someone to come in and buy them..that's the only thing I remember about it. I was sat squirming in my seat because it was a long story and pupils around me kept looking round at me going, "Oooh!" and "Aaah" at my amazing imagination. All I could do was blush! Anyway, this teacher Mr Padmore always said that I could be a writer, either as a journalist or constructing novels. Unfortunately, I was cr*p at shorthand so the journalism idea soon went out the window..but writing? Hmm, I dunno. What could I write about? I have no children so..if I wrote a kids' story I have none to read it to although my imagination is such that I could give Rowling a run for her considerable amount of money! Apparently, no-one really knows what the Harry Potter books are all about and the cheeky bint is thinking about writing another one after saying she wasn't going to. Obviously hasn't got the imagination to come up with anything else! Haha! Were there goblins in the Tolkien books (the best of all time but the films weren't in the right order so I refuse to watch them) as I know all about those..hiding under beds and generally creating havoc around the home. Mum's imagination is even wilder than mine. Can you imagine a mother/daughter collaboration? Haha! That would be something! How about you? Do you fancy writing a book?
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
6 Oct 10
If I wrote a book it would probably be an adventure style of book that was a rip off of Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter. I don't think I have that much of an imagination, so Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter would probably influence my style the most as those two series are the ones that have captured my imagination the most over the years I think. They are both absolutely brilliantly written and the types of books that you cannot put down and often daydream about during the day while you are reading them of a night. The LOTR movies were brilliant I thought, although I always thought that they should have made The Hobbit first, but apparently they could not get the rights to it at the time, so they just went straight into the LOTR trilogy instead. You should watch them. I saw them all on the first day they were released at the cinemas. I have read all of the Potter books and seen all movies so far. We are all fans in this house and are looking forward to the next movie which comes out next month here!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
I prefer Enid Blyton books to whatserface, dunno why. Perhaps I'm old-fashioned lol.
@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
6 Oct 10
I'd love to see the McCaffrey Dragon books done myself...
@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
6 Oct 10
I'd love to see the McCaffrey Dragon books done myself...
• United States
6 Oct 10
Oh lord I have given it many thoughts throughout my entire life as I have lived enough that I could certainly share a bunch. Although I do not think there would be enough paper on earth that can hold the entire story of my life. It has been quite a life friend as for some reason I have been made to be tested since the day I was born.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
Have you kept diaries like me? Get 'em published I say!
• United States
6 Oct 10
No but the memories are vivid that I am sure I can get started. Thanks Janey, I think that start the first of year this will be one of my goals.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
It may be a form of therapy to get it all down. I find that my diaries, in particular help when I've had a bad day. Once I've written down what I feel I can (usually) go to sleep with a weight off my mind. Blogs don't have the same effect (for me at any rate) but I guess I'm hooked on writing for the last 39 years lol.
@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Oct 10
Yeah there were goblins in the Tolkein books. In the Hobbit, they called the orcs goblins. I watched the movies. They didn't do a bad job with them. Funny fambly stories... Sure I can picture a mother/daughter collaboration. But Dearra would be correcting me every 5 seconds.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Oct 10
LOL! It's a shame the Hobbit film seems to be on hold at the moment because I, for one, want to watch the films in the order the books were written. I refuse to watch them until they're all made, stubborn fool that I am!
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 10
You're missing some good movies, you stubborn fool, you!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
18 Apr 11
6 Oct 10
Do you know it's quite funny, at school one of my worst subjects was English and I detested anything to do with the subject. So much so that at the embarassing age of 28 I still struggled with knowing things such as which 'there' and 'their' to use and 'to' and 'too'. Yet here I am now in my late 30s and I spend my days writing reviews and articles, something I would have never considered doing. I think if I was ever to write a book it would be something factual and to do with cinema in one way or another. Probably a history of British cinema or biographies of prominent stars from yesteryear. Strangely for someone who spends so much time watching movies I have an absolutely terrible imagination and could never write anything that I made up.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
I'm so pleased you persevered with your English. It just goes to show we can do anything once we put our minds to it. Could that happen with my Maths? Er, probably not. Unlikely to be like awesome Hawking anytime soon! Go on..write your book. You know you want to.
• United States
6 Oct 10
It could happen to Math too. If you practice it. Learn the basic maybe you will be good at it. :)
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
Thanks for the support angelic123. Funnily enough, many of my jobs have involved figures..but it was all on the PC so I didn't have to work anything out, apart from VAT on occasion!
• India
6 Oct 10
Hello, If I wrote a book it would be about India or, at least some parts of India. I wasn't always like this. There was a time when the corruption, financial instability etc made India extremely detestable to me. I wanted to escape from it. The feeling was bit suffocating. Then I suddenly I started to read about my own country. Everything started with reading Gita, the holy book. I read it over and over again and it seemed quite enchanting. The more I read the more I wanted to read. At the same time a change took place within me. Being quite unaware about it all, I started taking interest in the affairs of my country. I started to study it more intensively and had opinions about everything. Then suddenly, one day, I felt patriotism inside. I started to appreciate the very essence of Indian culture. A revolution began in me. I fell in love with my own country. I never knew I loved my country so much. It was just the resentment that has been predominant all the time. Under this there was a vast ocean of nationalism. I kinda dug it out. Now I want to write a book on my country. Thanks. God bless you.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
Wow, I reckon you should start writing RIGHT NOW my friend whilst it's all in your head. God bless you too.
• India
6 Oct 10
No dear. I once used to think that I have nothing more to know about India. But now I feel like there is so many things to learn that even an entire life may not suffice. I think it's too early. I'll make some research which may last for 20 long years and then I'll finally be able to write something concrete about it.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
Good!
@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
6 Oct 10
I would be writing a book of poetry, or children's stories. I actually have a short story poem for Christmas already written, but I need to get the illustrations done. It would be suitable for the little kids at church. I do not think I have the attention span to finish a novel.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
Oh wow, will you be sharing it with us on MyLot by any chance? I'd love to be cheered up at Christmas-time, such a trying time for people like me with no cash to spend.
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@GardenGerty (87614)
• Marion, Kansas
6 Oct 10
If I can think of a way to do it, I will. Otherwise I will post it elsewhere with a link. I do have to do the illustrations, and that is where I am very weal. It is just a little preschool level poem/story.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
Whatever it is I bet it will be brilliant..because you have done it my friend.
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
6 Oct 10
I am thinking about this. My mind is going towards personal development for 2-10 year olds. Kind of like a think and grow rich book series for children, where all the stories are about a young boy, and the way he thinks helping him make it through issues...Why his name is even Luca Lovechild. Having the stories miraculously form in my head is a touch more difficult though, but I am giving it some time each day. Sincerely and With Appreciation.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
I think about stuff all the time. This is why MyLot has been very good for me. Before I came here it was all churning about my head, not going anywhere, so at least I have an outlet for it and the added bonus that people actually read what I write, which is the most amazing part. When I first started I was dreading no-one responding and when people started to actually welcome me here, I was elated! Unfortunately, my thoughts don't follow a pattern as such, so, unless I called the book "My Ramblings" or something, I wouldn't be able to get away with it in book land!
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
7 Oct 10
Unless of course, you had someone read it and think of a title for you.
@devalova (51)
• Indonesia
6 Oct 10
I want to write about poetry, cause I have some poetry from my own experiences. The poem was about my love life.T.T
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
It's great to see you both doing what you like to do!
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
6 Oct 10
Hello, Janey. I write almost every day of my life, but I can't see me ever writing a book. I prefer writing non-fiction, so if I ever did do a book, it would be about something I'm really interested in. When I did my two degrees as a mature student, I wrote dissertations on Shakespeare - the first one was about the History Plays, and the second about British and American film adaptations of the plays over the years. I enjoyed the writing and research immensely, and my tutor told me it was good enough for publication. I was even approached to deliver a paper at the Shakespeare Convention in Stratford on Avon, but I chickened out, as I thought all those Shakespeare scholars would think I was just some know-it-all who thought they knew about Shakespeare. I've always regretted not taking up the invitation, and if I was asked again, I'd do it, but I think the time for that has assed now. After years of trying, I've now become an 'overnight success' with my writing. I'm not in J. K. Rowling's league, but I'm earning a respectable sum and getting a lot of positive feedback, so I'll stick with the winning formula now.
• Spain
6 Oct 10
'assed?' Should be 'passed.' (last line, 3rd para)
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
Don't worry about the typo, I do 'em, all the time..and I knew what you meant too, which is the main thing. Ever since I started reading your replies Sandra I've always known you could write (not that I'm an expert on the subject) I just had a gut feeling..and I'm so pleased you are doing well my friend. Good for you!
@Kirinx (1693)
• United States
19 Apr 11
congratulations it sounds like your a great writer.I am aspiring to be a writer as well I cant really tell you to much about what Im writing about besides it a fantasy action story.I want to publish one day when I am finsihed.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
19 Apr 11
Thank you! I'm much better at writing about myself (which is understandable as I'm an Aries which is all about "me") but anything else other than family I struggle with. In fact, I have often thought about going down the "Astrology" route but so have a whole load of other people too!
@kfroman (86)
• United States
18 Apr 11
I don't know if I'll ever write a book or not. I'd love to, but I don't think I have the attention span to actually finish a book! I'm thinking about writing children's stories, because they're short and sweet! I have a bunch of nieces and nephews, so I'd have the audience! Who knows? Maybe someday I'll write a book. :)
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
18 Apr 11
You could test your children's book out on your nephews and nieces couldn't you? Or in a school or something. I love it when the little ones sit cross-legged on the floor, it's very sweet. Go for it my friend! What have you got to lose? Oh, and kids are very good judges too aren't they? I know I was when I was a kid. Tolkien was my favourite, followed closely by Richard Adams. Short stories sounds good to me!
@AdalieM (1137)
• United States
12 Apr 11
I like Horror, serial killer books, and ghosts. I guess I could make a good story based on my likes. Right now, I am writing my first book and I plan to get it published soon. I'll I can say is that it has a little bit of everything and is violent. I love kids but there's no way I could write a child's book, I don't think like a kid and I can be violent when I write
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
18 Apr 11
Sounds awesome! Personally, I like horror books with a plot, you know what I mean? Also, thrillers are good too as they can be transferred very well onto film and scare people all over again lol. Good luck with your book.
• Philippines
8 Oct 10
maybe a mystery novel with a twist of romance. i actually am trying to write one but can't. need to read more books to be familiar with formats and others. besides, i'm still young and i think i still have lots of time.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
9 Oct 10
Course you have lots of time. Good for you! I hope you manage to write your book one day. I already like the subject matter.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
7 Oct 10
I have a very scary story or two dancing around in my mind. I have always wanted to write it but to be honest..there was never enough and the years feed that story..lol...I don't know if I will ever share it but my dream was that story and having it published. I thought biography but I am too private for that..lol.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
7 Oct 10
Haha! Yes, I guess we're all like that..don't want to give TOO much away!
• United States
6 Oct 10
I have several books that could write because my life is that interesting. I have had a lot happen in my life and I could write books about every single event.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
Well, I hope you get round to it one day my friend. My life is written down in my diaries. Not that exciting though, I'm afraid!
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
6 Oct 10
I have thought about writing a book,but it is something that I am sure that I will never do. If I did it would most definatly be about my life and all of the crap that I have been through,from being in an abusive relationship to being homeless and all of the other things I have encountered. It would be interesting,of course,but I dont know who would wanna read it!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
I would read it! You seem to have overcome these obstacles so to write about this would be rather inspiring to others I would think, including me.
@paige4evr (118)
• Estonia
6 Oct 10
I'd love to write something that people would find entertaining and/or useful. But I can't really think of anything I could write well about. I do have a pretty good imagination but I lack focus and direction- it's hard for me to dedicate myself to a project, esspecially since you never know whether it'll turn out good or not. There are so many books already out there as well. But if I managed to get by all the issues with the actual writing, I'd probably decide on a children's book. Something that is funny and has a good message. And probably about animals, I love animals and animal characters.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
I love animals too and it would be fun writing about them for children..in storytelling form..you know, cats on adventures, that type of thing.
@jzftcy (2)
• China
6 Oct 10
I am not very good at writing a long article.I think I prefer use poetry to express.I like the poet like LiBai,DuFu,and so on.Of course,the foregin poet I understand,love Tagore's Stray Birds.I want a gentle wife,though not rich but lived a life of not poverty.Using poetry to express their yarning for a better life.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
It's good that poetry is still alive and well. Welcome to MyLot!
@sam8pro (376)
• India
6 Oct 10
Well I really really hope to write one somebody i am not sure though on what .. But my most favorite story would be to write about a parallel universe where everyone has a unique special power ... how in such place people live their general life etc etc :P
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
Something similar to "Heroes" perhaps?
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
6 Oct 10
i started writing a book on women over the age of 40 and how 40 is the new 30 these days, but havent finished it yet.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
I'm 44 so I'd probably like it! Good for you!