As I've mentioned, I'm trying to write a book. I've been trying to stay away from the computer on Saturdays to "get fresh," then work on the book on Sundays.
I tried to write a thriller, under the very generous guidance of good friend-o'-TOP John Camp a.k.a. John Sandford, but I don't think I can. The reason is, I don't have thrillers in my bloodstream. I don't read 'em, so I don't know the terrain. In art, even if you're going to turn away from convention and do something entirely iconoclastic (which I wasn't, but as I was saying), you still need to be familiar with the field. Writers start as readers.
(That's why it's a fundamental clue for your photography to get a good handle on what kinds of photography you love to look at. That's your natural terrain, your starting point, wherever you'll go with it.)
Anyway, the book I'm writing is about beauty and meaning in digital photography, and when it's done, if it ever gets done (I'm not good at finishing things, either), it'll be sold as a $x.99 e-book on Amazon, where "x" is probably a 4 but maybe a 5 or a 6.
My only rules for myself are: a) it has to be all new, 100% fresh, nothing patchworked in from old or existing writings, even if I do go over old ground or revisit previously discussed ideas; b) even if I have to back up and restart from various points, it has to be written in one continuous flow, from start to finish, again to avoid that piecemeal, cobbled-together feeling of a collection or compendium (not that there's anything wrong with those); and c) it has to be a friendly, lively, engaging, positive, entertaining read, with the reader's enjoyment uppermost in mind. If it gets turgid, technical, hectoring or argumentative, out that bit goes and over again I begin! (All right, I admit, I've already had to toss one chunk o' text.)
Oh, and it has to be book-length. No e-booklette or book-lite for your bucks.
It's actually a relief to be able to write long for a change—that's been an unscratched itch for a while now.
So that's what I'm doing with my weekends. We'll see how it goes, but it might not actually take all that long; as I always say, I do go on sometimes.
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Dave Van de Mark: "What a profound little two-sentence paragraph you just wrote—about getting a connection between the photography you love to look at as being a natural start point for your own interpretations. For me, whether it's glancing at a book or my computer, or walking the halls of a gallery, or—best yet—going 'wide screen' with my own eyes outdoors, I'm naturally focused on nature and landscapes. So it is no surprise that my highest interests in photography are exactly the same. I'm not a people, street or man made things photographer—zero interest. I'm always 'framing' with my eyes as I'm walking which is mostly without a camera actually. Then I purposely go out to get my shots I've been musing about."
Bahi: "'Friendly, lively, engaging, positive, entertaining read, with the reader's enjoyment uppermost in mind'—well, that all sounds familiar from your writing here so I'd say the odds are in your favour. Good luck, Mike, and enjoy the writing."