In the past two months, I have had four people tell me that I should write a book. When I inquire on what subject, all reply that either it doesn't matter or something based on my adventures (not necessarily nonfiction, but characters maybe involving some escapades.)..... Interesting. If only I had focus to do it.
I began two novels probably 10 or 15 years ago. Both were of the smut variety, one modern and one a period piece set in 1830's Louisiana. I did tons of research of the period and history. It helped that I lived in Louisiana and had access to so much information. I even possess letters written from the late 1700's to the mid 1800's.
I went through many years where I was addicted to historical romance novels... and horror/supernatural. If both were mixed together, well, I was in heaven!
I did not finish them, obviously.
I began to doubt myself immensely. It was probably due to my deep insecurities that I had about myself and any ability I may have had.
Also, during my attempt to go back to college, one of my several majors was English. Oh, I aspired to write entertaining books.
I did a summer abroad in Madrid studying American Expat Lit and took Spanish because, well, if I was in Spain I might as well learn the language! This was one of the monumental experiences in my life. I am so glad that I did it. Also, it was something that I did by myself. I went in knowing no other person there. Terrifying, yet so exciting it was.
I even had a stint where I wrote band reviews for a local music site in New Orleans. Of course, it seems that any gig that I have picked up in an artistic venture has been fun but of no monetary gains, hahaha. Isn't that the way though? I sent those articles to actual publications with queries. I received great feedback and was told to send stories. Then, somehow, I just lost ideas, inspiration. The dreaded writer's block. A brick wall slammed down in my brain.
So, folks have been planting these seeds in my brain. Right now, they are just seeds.
I have had no light bulbs go off, no immediate ideas, but this may be something to ponder. Maybe, I'll spend some time free writing or jotting ideas in my journal.