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OK I got this from my mom

She is a member of GUPYS 

I was at a recent marketing lecture at the library, aimed at ebook authors and bloggers, and heard some stats that surprised me. (The speaker credited Dan Poynter's website as the source of the stats.)

 

81% of adults believe they could write a book

80% of US families did not read a book last year

Almost 60% of high school graduates never read another book after they graduate

More than 50% of new books purchased are never read through to the end

Women buy nearly 70% of all books purchased and make many of their purchases in grocery stores, discount drug stores and big box discount stores

 

The speaker said whenever people tell him that they want to write a book he asks what the last book they read was. He claimed that about 90% of the time the person can't tell him when they last read a book. He said his favorite response came from a guy who said, "I want to write books. Not read them."

One of his main points was that writers--no matter what genre or age group they write for--need to get involved in literacy efforts. He called it "recruiting future readers." His suggestions included giving more books as gifts for birthdays etc, volunteering to read at libraries and schools, aiming giveaways at book groups and book clubs, aiming giveaways at teens through sites like MySpace, offering what he called "e-serials"--serialized ebooks and collections of short stories--via free email subscription or blogs, and sponsoring writing contests for kids or teens. He thought writers banding together to do giveaways and newsletters was more productive than working alone. He mentioned the ITW newsletter and Access Romance as two good examples.

I'm still digesting it all but I am thinking about his suggestion to do a signing somewhere other than a bookstore. Since I write YA would you believe he suggested I do a signing at the mall food court? 

Do I think I could write a book? Well no.  Honislty I don't hav ethe focus to write a book.  I write any number of short stroies, but honislty when I know the end of the bigger story, I'm not interested in writing it down any more.  For me writting is a selfish act.  I do it to please my self.  I'm not saying that I don't liek people to coment on my stuff (I love it) or that I don't want to get better (I do) but honislty I don't write with the goal of publishing in mind - I do it cause I like to - or sometimes I just need to. 

OK so the last book I read was Bride of the Rat God by B. Hambley.  Befor that an R.L Stine book, a Terry Prattchet book and a book by Neil Gaimin, before that Jonatin Strange and Mr Norell and before that The Blue Girl by Charles deLint (this book has a chiericter named Jared who is tall and thin and both dorky and cool and has the same speach pattern as Jared - and still it took me half the book to go 'huh?') 

So what/ why do you write (or create)?

And what did you read last (or if you are a visual artest who did you look at last - or heck - both)



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ladyaelfwynn
Apr. 5th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
I write when the muse smacks me upside the head with a 2x4. The story is so pernicious the only way to shut it up is to write it down. It's usually mediocre and I don't show it to anyone but the act of writing it down and doing whatever background research is fun. So far writing tends to only pop up about once every decade or so. Back in the 90s it was a re-telling of the Robin Hood/Maid Marian tale; a couple of years ago it was a Remus-centric fanfic.

The string muse smacks me several times a day and I always have multiple projects going, so I can switch off when my hands/eyes hurt, I reach a road block, whatever.

I finished a pretty good romance novel a day or two ago. I've checked out some more from the library but won't start one until the long car ride on Fri. because I've got too much knitting to do.
bodgei
Apr. 5th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
my writign is like your string muse - got to do it or I go nuts, and I have at least 5 projects right now... sigh*
scribbleomania
Apr. 5th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
"I want to write books. Not read them."

Oh, I don't know if I should laugh or cry.

I'm a big visual person, definatly an artist, but I read a LOT. Like, I always have to have a book I'm reading. Seriously. Right now it's "Witches Abroad" by Terry Pratchett.
bodgei
Apr. 5th, 2007 11:15 am (UTC)
I read that last year - I think hte Witches books are my fav of his, then the Watch books...
scribbleomania
Apr. 5th, 2007 11:52 am (UTC)
Hee, it's fantastic. I started with the Watch books, so those were my favorite for a while. But now I'm liking the Witches more.
bodgei
Apr. 5th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
I like the earlyer Watch books more then the more recent ones...

Dude, you need to start holding my feet to the fire about that stroy (well starting in May) cause I just keep picking up and putting down projects...
scribbleomania
Apr. 5th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'll try to draw more from it, maybe that'll help :p
bodgei
Apr. 5th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
I have the pic of Acton and Wren up on my wall - I look at it and feel guilty...
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bodgei
Apr. 5th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
I've found if something wants to be written I have to - no choice now excuse, and it may olny get me half way. I have a fan fic that invloves Sam's wife leaving him - it's first person POV and he only let me get half way through before he sulked, pouted and shut up - and Sam never shuts up.

I think most people are there own worst critic... but maybe I'm wrong... I've always wanted to co-author somethign, becasue I need someone to keep me on track. I am suposed to be working on a comic with scriblemania - but I keep prcratinating...

You know i wasn't counting anything I read on the screen as reading? I think I read a fan fic yesterday, but I can't remember who now or what it was about...
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bodgei
Apr. 5th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
I've actualy written a 130 page peice adn then I jsut stopped. I need a writing partner to keep my feet to the fire - I'm suposed to be writting a comic right now - I have like 4 pages scripted and then I kinda stopped...

Scribbles (who commented just above you) is hte artest and she has soem nice chericter scetches worked out for it (I have some on my wall and I look at them and feel guilty all the time)
thewhiteroad
Apr. 5th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
For me, writing is generally a form of carthasis, or at least my poetry is. My short stories are generally my version of a tribute to whatever media is currently serving as my catharsis or has in the past- usually a musical artist, author, or film.

My recent reads:
The Ice Queen (Alice Hoffman)
Heart-Shaped Box (Joe Hill)
Missing Mom (Joyce Carol Oates)
Fragile Things (Neil Gaiman)
Reservoir Dogs: A Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino)

Currently reading:
Perfume: the Story of a Murderer (Peter Suskind)
Stranger on the Earth: a Psychological Profile of Vincent Van Gogh (Albert J. Lubin)
El Sid: Saint Vicious (David Dalton)
Local Girls (Alice Hoffman)
...and a collection of short horror stories

Yeah, I'm a bit of a multitasker, heh.
bodgei
Apr. 5th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC)
oh yeah I have other books that I'm reading as well - I just coudnted the one I cary around with me... it's weird to think of people not reading...
thewhiteroad
Apr. 5th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
Seriously. I carry a book with me everywhere, pretty much, and it always baffles me when people ask me WHY I do so.
bodgei
Apr. 5th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
how can you not - I mean what if you are stuck someplace for like five munits? Actuly I used to comute an hour by train - I read a HUGE amount then. I only probalby read about an hour or an hour and a half a day (and I'm not counting computor time)
trystan830
Apr. 5th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
i write fanfic when the voices tell me what to write.

i know the story of Christian and Seana, my original characters, so i don't have voices for that.

i'm in the middle of reading "After Dark" set on a planet called Harmony.
bodgei
Apr. 5th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC)
that's pritty much how I write - well everything, they tell me what to say and I transcribe.

I've alwasy though it was wierd you don't have voices for your origanl chericters....

trystan830
Apr. 5th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
i know Christian and Seana's story, i don't need "voices"

right now, my Mayaverse voices are quite loud.... i'll be borrowing snippets from the sides posted on ep 21, too. hee. ;D
bodgei
Apr. 5th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
once i know the end I lose interest in the process so I need them to talk to me all the time.

Sam is more insistant (and bratty) and Dean is more conversational and is always kind of like 'well just get to it when you get to it'
trystan830
Apr. 6th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
LOL... that sounds like them.... ;)
bodgei
Apr. 6th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
Sam: if you don't write this now I will pester you and you will not sleep for weeks. All you will do is hear my voice and you will be sad.

Dean: yeah, whatever - get to it sometime. I know you have it all written down in longhand in tha book of yours. You should have met my dad - you to are probalby the last people in the univers that scribble everything down in notebooks.
trystan830
Apr. 6th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
LOLOLOL!!!!!
bodgei
Apr. 7th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
so I have 2 TYG stories going and Dominions powers and vertues...
trystan830
Apr. 7th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
niiiice
bodgei
Apr. 7th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
yeah the question is when will I have the time ot type them... sigh*
trystan830
Apr. 7th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
oh i hear you there! i have my Mayaverse #10 coming out my ears, and i keep doing other things......
bodgei
Apr. 7th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
yeah, you know having a life can suck...
trystan830
Apr. 7th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
heheh.... yeah.

\/--\/
bodgei
Apr. 7th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
you know if was could just wirte and not be botherd we'd get more done...
trystan830
Apr. 7th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
LOL... yeppers!
bodgei
Apr. 7th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
yeah... some day maybe.
trystan830
Apr. 7th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
;)
subjectx52873m
Apr. 5th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
What: Science Fiction/Fanasty

Why: I enjoy writing. I write to please myself some of the time. Some stories I have written have been to please others. Either reason is usually enough for me to write.

Last Read: Guardian of the West by David Eddings

Last Viewed: My desktop. A picture of a lightning bolt. It's pretty.
bodgei
Apr. 5th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
now you worte the first really nice second person POV story I've read, both cool and unusal.

I haven't read Eddings in a long time - he was the first author I remember counting the days til his next book.

So, can I ask another question? What's your writting process? My chericters 'talk' to me but I never pan ahead anything. Most of my friends out line...
subjectx52873m
Apr. 6th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
I day dream alot. I have a whole universe in my head. It's almost never a character that drives me to write. I find that I need an idea that I need to get across. For example my story Trigger [Link] is written for the idea of a Meelek (A scifi species of mine) disguised as a dog and used by the FBI to assist in investigations.

Other stories, like Tempest, are character driven. I developed a character I liked and threw him in a situation that was interesting to me.

I rarely plan anything out. The most outlining I've done is a list of situations my characters can find themselves in. I sit down and just start writing.

Can't think of anything else. :D
bodgei
Apr. 6th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
I've read Tempest (well not all of it, I don't think)but I haven't read Trigger, I can see how that would work though. Cool I'll have to checkit out.

Mom calls it "blank page writting"
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