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Old 08-25-2016, 06:26 PM   #1
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About a year ago one of the members suggested I write a book.. I responded writing is work and I'm retired.

Another member, Ellpea of CA, encouraged me to write, amazingly gave me the book title (Musing on the Road) and told me how to do it.

I considered her idea an opportunity and have now written 25 chapters about thoughts during our travels. Writing the book has been so much fun. Her suggestion was just write every day, don't focus on spelling, grammar, structure...just spill it out.

Now I'm working on the re-write. It was Ginny's birthday on Aug. 24th. I gave her 4 finished (?) chapters for her birthday. I'm back in the keyboard saddle. Shortly we'll be heading to Florida via Minnesota. This 2 month trip should give me lots of writing time. I have a goal to finish it up for her as a Christmas present.

My comment is that this was a marvelous side benefit of this website and Ellpea. Secondarily writing the book stretched me, made me more conscious, the book is always lurking in my mind.

Also, thanks to those that have suggested writing a book in the past.
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Old 08-25-2016, 06:33 PM   #2
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About a year ago one of the members suggested I write a book.. I responded writing is work and I'm retired.

Another member, Ellpea of CA, encouraged me to write, amazingly gave me the book title (Musing on the Road) and told me how to do it.

I considered her idea an opportunity and have now written 25 chapters about thoughts during our travels. Writing the book has been so much fun. Her suggestion was just write every day, don't focus on spelling, grammar, structure...just spill it out.

Now I'm working on the re-write. It was Ginny's birthday on Aug. 24th. I gave her 4 finished (?) chapters for her birthday. I'm back in the keyboard saddle. Shortly we'll be heading to Florida via Minnesota. This 2 month trip should give me lots of writing time. I have a goal to finish it up for her as a Christmas present.

My comment is that this was a marvelous side benefit of this website and Ellpea. Secondarily writing the book stretched me, made me more conscious, the book is always lurking in my mind.

Also, thanks to those that have suggested writing a book in the past.
Norm, it's awesome to hear this report. I hadn't seen you mention your book lately, and hoped it was still in process (but then, knowing you, I really had little doubt). Also, we've seen fewer *musing* type posts from you, and I was pretty certain they were going into a more permanent form, in your book.

I hope other writers-in-waiting here consider following your example. Even beginning a blog and posting regularly there is a great way to get into the habit of writing (and to keep your thoughts less scattered than they might be in various forum posts). You can always post a link to your latest blog post, so members here are not deprived!
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Sounds great! I have a friend who did the same- actually she and her husband were to trade books for Christmas- he quit and gave her jewelry but she finished and ultimately published her book and a sequel and is working on the 3rd. (Not about trailer life, though.)
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Ellpea,

This spring we led 10 people, 5 trailers to Newfoundland on what amounted to a 2 month trip. The preparation for the trip took significant time since the trip leader, a good friend, was ill.

I wrote a little booklet for people who signed up. We had 23 rigs but by departure date it was reduced to 5. It was a grand time.

Once home we become overwhelmed in some measure by family commitments. On the road and in Florida it will be easier to maintain a routine.

Thank you for the spark.

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Old 08-25-2016, 07:47 PM   #5
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Bobbie,

Though the book does contain mention of our travels, the travels are more the back drop than about the travels.

The extended travels has changed me in many ways, providing a time to think and improve.

It's been fun. The writing experience itself has been a tool for thought and improvement. A day doesn't go by when I Don't have a book thought.



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... The writing experience itself has been a tool for thought and improvement. A day doesn't go by when I Don't have a book thought.
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I'm delighted to hear you are writing your "musings", Norm! I can hardly wait to read it. When will it be ready for "the public"?
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Please have it published!!!
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I look forward to reading it! I write almost every day, just 750 words on whatever's in my head, but I've always wanted to write professionally. As you can see from my blog (URL in my sig) I have a hard time writing consistently, so I heartily congratulate you on your persistence--let us know when it's available!
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I look forward to reading it! I write almost every day, just 750 words on whatever's in my head, but I've always wanted to write professionally. As you can see from my blog (URL in my sig) I have a hard time writing consistently, so I heartily congratulate you on your persistence--let us know when it's available!
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Steve, your link sidetracked me into your blog, which I enjoyed very much. I love how-to's, and your posts serve as what i used to assign as "Explanatory Essays." Explain a process in enough detail that the uninformed reader has a good idea of, or (even better) can actually reproduce what you've explained.

It's lovely to encounter such details with also very readable prose. Please keep it up! (Also, 750 words a day is a very good output!)
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Mitzi, I intend to make it available

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Steve, 750 words a day is enough to write a book. The key to most things in life is creating the habit, not creating the goal. If you write every day no matter whether it's 500, 750 or 1000 words the words will accumulate into a book. The habit begets the goal.

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