Question: Would You Ever Consider Writing A Book?

Posted September 25, 2014 by Carmel in Question / 109 Comments


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For many this would seem like a natural progression, I like books, and I write on average four posts a week, so why not combine my two hobbies, and step into the publishing world, right? I know of many bloggers who have done just that, and I have given the idea some serious thought over the years. However, I’m still not sold on the idea. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I respect the heck out of authors because their job isn’t an easy one. I’m sure you’ve all witnessed first hand the attacks on social media, message boards, etc and I can only imagine what readers say to them in private.

I can’t think of any other profession in which your work is so openly criticized. Sure, as an employee I’ve had my fair share of ‘performance reports,’ but they are usually pretty objective, and as a result, easily measurable. For example, let’s say my goal this year was to sell x-number of ad space, well there’s really only two possible outcomes: A) I rocked it or B) I failed. Case closed. Either I get a raise, or I don’t. But, how do you determine a book’s success? By the number of 5-star reviews? Sales? Twitter followers? How many fans line-up in front of your booth at conventions? Did the title make it onto the New York Times / USA Today best sellers list? Writing is a very personal journey, and not every reader is going to love your novels for various reasons, so how do you know when you’ve made it?

Personally, I don’t think I’d have the strength to deal with all of the ups and downs that come with publishing a book. You’re essentially pouring your heart and soul onto the page to the point that it becomes your baby, and then sending it out into the world to either sink or swim. It must be such a rush when it’s skyrocketing up the charts, and the praise is flowing, but on the flip side, it must be incredibly hard not to take every negative review as a personal attack, regardless of how constructive they are. Also, there are so many other factors involved that are completely out of your control that you could write the best story ever, and still come up short. Maybe your publicist hates their job, or perhaps your cover is fugly… I have no desire to ride the emotional roller coaster that comes with being a published author, so for the time being I think I’ll stick with blogging.

Would You Ever Consider Writing A Book?



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109 responses to “Question: Would You Ever Consider Writing A Book?

  1. Oh, I have considered it, and I have a few ideas here and there but I don’t think they’ll ever get past the “ideas on a notebook”, the more I read about the publishing world, the less I feel like sticking my toes in it! I don’t think I have the strenght to throw my ideas or my words out there to be loved or hated by anyone and everyone!
    Pili recently posted…Cover Reveal for Rebellion by J.A. Sounders!!

    • You’ve already made it further than me because I haven’t even jotted down any ideas on paper. That would it give more life than I’m even willing to consider.

  2. So yes. I’m actually almost done. My book Cursed by Fire will be releasing Jan 28th 2015 and I’m completing final edits now. For many of the reasons you listed above though, is why I chose to self-publish without ever querying agents or publishers. I wanted control over my cover design, control over hiring the editor I felt was a good fit for me and my work, and control over my marketing. I’ll admit this seems to be a much more expensive route but I think in the long run, I’ll be happiest with this decision.

    • Congrats! You really have your foot in everything, from blogging, to working for authors, to being in the process of becoming one yourself. Where do you find the time!? Self-publishing seems to make sense overall, but then the book’s success rests solely on your own shoulders which is equally, if not more intimidating IMO. Good luck with your upcoming release!

  3. I really think everyone at one time or another has actually thought about it. I have but not seriously. I love reading and blogging about books but I don’t feel I’ve the imagination to carry through a book or a series. I think that’s why I respect authors so much. They build things in their imagination and put it on paper and then are brave enough to share. That takes courage.

  4. Actually, I’ve been considering it for awhile, before I entered the blogging world. I haven’t followed through mostly for the reasons you listed. I’d hate to put my heart & soul into something & then have no one read it or like it. I also worry about friends & family — if I wrote something (good or bad), what would they think? I know I worry too much!! Anyway, I get scenes & ideas in my head all the time, but I don’t know if I have enough substance for a whole book. So for now, I just enjoy reading & blogging. πŸ™‚
    Tricia recently posted…~ The Maze Runner Movie ~

    • I’d imagine having to do it within a certain deadline would be even more challenging. How can you allow your creative juices to flow under that kind of pressure?

    • The amount of research, and plotting involved is staggering. It always amazes me how authors keep all of their characters and fictional universes straight inside their heads.

  5. I actually used to right tons of stories during my pre blogging days but now not so much. Writing an entire book? Hell no. That’s not happening. I feel like since I’m a blogger and right of the heart of the “book critiquing” world (if you want to call it that) I’d be to self conscious when writing. I’d second guess everything and just guess the things people would say to rip apart my story. Seems like I’d just be too stressed. Writing a book….is not for me.
    Lily recently posted…Dangerous Boys:Review

    • Exactly! I’ve written lots of negative reviews, and although I try to stick to likes/dislikes, I can only imagine what it must be like to be on the receiving end of one of ’em.

  6. I do write, but I’m not brave enough to share it to the world. I am however, going to published a few of my poems in November along with some other poets under Silent Noise Publishing. Honestly, I think authors/writers are brave people. You need thick skin, a set of brass balls and a heart made of stone. I always said that writing exposes your soul to the world, and I don’t think I’m ready for that yet.
    Joy (Joyousreads) recently posted…Confessions of an Addict [28]: Can I Just Stay Here?

    • It’s probably best to go in with low expectations because that way you have more maneuvering room. And, I think non-fiction might get judged differently seeing how it’s more fact based unlike creative writing. Regardless, good luck with your upcoming release!

  7. I’m in a field where my work is put out there in the world for anyone and everyone to have an opinion on, so that aspect of the publishing industry doesn’t worry me as much (though it certainly never gets any easier or less painful when someone hates something you’re infinitely proud of), I just don’t think I’d be a great storyteller! I enjoy writing my short reviews, I’ve always been decent at writing essays and the like, but creative writing? Nope. I’m no good at that however much I wish I might be! I’m never not impressed by an author’s imagination:)

    • You bring up a good point, I guess any job in which you are judged on your creativity whether it be writing a book or graphic design comes with the same risks and rewards. At least you know where your strengths lie!

  8. It’s not a matter of if but when for me. It’s what I’ve wanted to do since I learned to read. But I’m not someone who can easily just sit and write when my kids or husband are around. I definitely need time and space that are my own to be productive. So I resigned myself after my youngest was born that I’d continue to blog and read and learn about the industry until the young one gets to school and then I will start treating it like a job with a schedule and an office space. So I have about a year before I take this stack of ideas and notes and turn them into stories.

    Does that mean I’ll get published? I have my doubts I’m good enough but I’m of the mind that if I don’t at least try I’ve failed already. I’d rather try it and fail at it than wonder what if for the rest of my life.
    Rhianna recently posted…Blog Tour: E-DAY by D.T. Dyllin [Review]

    • For sure! If it’s something that you feel like you need to do, then absolutely, by all means, follow your dreamβ€”win or lose. I also understand why so many authors write in coffee shops because distractions would totally kill my writing mojo too (if I had any).

  9. I’ve known I want to be an author even since I was seven. I have quite a few book ideas, too. Part of the reason why I started my blog was to help me improve my writing further and to help me write on a daily basis apart from writing my story. I’m scared to hell from the publishing world as I’m extremely shy and even if somebody does so much as snaps at me, I think I’m the most crappiest person. (Not a joke. I don’t possess a particularly high self-esteem.) But I do want to tell my stories and I’m going to fight for it.
    Cassidie Jhones recently posted…My Most Anticipated Returning Series of 2014 Fall

    • I know that a lot of authors refuse to read reviews, and that makes perfect sense to me. I don’t have self-esteem issues, but a person can only take so much hate before they start to believe it.

  10. I don’t think it is for me either. I love to read, but not so much a fan of writing. I think all that plotting and editing and fear of bad reviews would take the fun out of the story and out of books for me in general.

  11. Mogsy from BiblioSanctum  

    Have I ever considered writing a book? Yes. Have I ever considered publishing a book? Nope. I know it’s strange, but while I love to write, a lot of my ideas are intended for my eyes only. Not that I would mind if one day my work gets published, but that’s not what I aim for when I’m writing.

    By the way, have you heard of NaNoWriMo? I’ve participated and “won” for the last three years, and I’m going for my fourth year this November. I’m a lot busier this year, and I probably won’t reach my goal, but I still want to say I tried!
    Mogsy recently posted…Tough Traveling: Companions

    • Yes, I’ve heard of NaNoWriMo, however I’ve never been tempted to participate. That’s awesome though that you’ve killed it 3 years in a row! And yeah, I totally get your writing but not publishing comment. One is for fun while as the other is something else entirely.

  12. I do technical writing (some) for work as a side thing. I have to second what Mogsy said: I am writing a book but I never plan to publish it. I am writing it because when I was 14 I put in my journal that I would write a novel one day. I would hate to let my 14 year old self down. Thank god I didn’t say I would publish one πŸ™‚ I plan on going through all the steps, letting my family read it, and then filing it away for a rainy day. I may change my mind on the publishing thing but if I did it would be under my name. As of now though no plans at all to publish it!
    Felicia the Geeky Blogger recently posted…Snagged @ The Library Review: Day 21 by Kass Morgan

  13. I’ve considered it and I do have stuff that I’ve written and saved on my computer. But right now, I’m just sticking with blogging, but if I ever do…I would def publish under a different name.

  14. I’ve thought about it, but it’s not anything I’ve ever actively pursued. My husband even suggested it about a year ago. He was like “You read so much, why don’t you write?” And while it’s fun expressing my creative side with my Cheshire introductions every so often and the occasional story post, I don’t know that I have it in my to write anything full-length. Or if I do, is the idea original enough? And with having to work full-time where most of my writing is extremely factual and report like, it’s hard to get back into the creative mode.
    Traci recently posted…Tempt Me Tuesday, 9/23/14

    • # 1 asked me the same question, and I just shrugged it off. Writing guest blog posts is as creative as I’m ever going to get. LOL And yeah, it would be difficult shifting from factual to creative in the same day.

  15. Noooo! For one, I don’t think I would have the talent for it. Writing for my feels like you need to have it – like singing or acting, and yeah I would not even know where to start lol. But being so openly critiqued and reviewed would def be hard! You need a thick skin nowadays to be an author and not blow up on people. I’m not sure I would be able to take bad reviews. I rather write them so I’ll stick to that bahaha.

    • You’re right. I think that creative writing is a skill that you are born with, and it can’t be taught. You either have it or you don’t. And, I know that I sure wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of one of my negative reviews (or yours for that matter!), even though we’re rather nice in ours cuz we’re Canadian, eh?

  16. LOL yeah! I get this question a lot and like you, I probably will never do it. And it’s actually not due to the fact that I’d probably get that attack and yeah it’s either you raise or you fail. But for me it’s actually that I don’t feel it and my guts is not happy about it. I do have ideas and I get them a lot (with amount of book I have read that’s not surprising) but I don’t feel like writing it down. So yeah. But great discussion, Carmel πŸ™‚
    Tanja recently posted…ARC Review: The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling

  17. Nereyda from Mostly YA Book  

    No way! Even if I thought I had a good story, I just don’t think I can handle it. Especially how the blogging community is right now. People love to bash books (and authors) and I wouldn’t be able to handle that.

    IF, and that’s a big if, I would ever do this for some crazy reason. I would pick a pen name and make sure it’s not related to me or my blog at all. That way I don’t have to worry about wondering if the reviews I would be getting would be pity or sympathy reviews (which I think is a big problem).
    Nereyda recently posted…Review: What I Love About You by Rachel ..

    • Oh gosh, pity reviews would be the worst! Or, when you see that only an author’s family and friends have left Amazon feedback. It’s just plain sad when that happens.

  18. I have published (self-published), but… I’m still pretty much terrified anytime someone reads it. That doesn’t stop me, though. If you want it enough, you’ll push through the doubts and fears. I pushed myself to publish because I wanted to coach others through the process. But I’m glad I did because I realized how much I enjoy writing, and I have awesome people (like JENNY to make me amazing covers) to help me put out the best book I can.

    I haven’t had many critical-ish reviews yet, but I’m determined to plow forward and make my next book the best it can be. Once a book’s published, I can only change how I write the next one.
    Amanda recently posted…The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon {Jenna’s Review}

    • That’s a good attitude to have, and I think that it’s important to follow your dreams. At least that way you’ll have no regrets. And, YAY for Jenny’s awesome cover design skillz!

  19. i have started… two in fact one of which i started when i was ten i think…. the second one was more detailled in my mind with a book that could be expended in a trilogy ( see i really though of it^^) but i didn’t went further. i’m not sure i have the temperament for it and also publishing in my country is even harder than in teh States so i guess i chikened out
    one day perhaps ” l’avenir nous le dira”
    miki recently posted…Somes international Giveaways

    • Yup. It’s a hard industry to get in to, especially if you don’t live in one of the more author-friendly countries. But, if you want anything bad enough… where there’s a will there’s a way!

    • Revisions are tough, especially when they end up completely changing your original story. That’s when you have to weigh the pros and cons of self-publishing.

  20. Yep, about 20 years ago before I had a computer and just had my word processor, I wrote a horror novel. I printed it out and loved it when I first wrote it. I was really big into the horror genre back then and and read many horror books each week. Once i was familiar with the internet a few years later I realized my ‘book’ wasn’t really long enough for a full length novel, it was only 200 printed pages. I never submitted it to anyone because I gained some insight into the publishing world and after reading it 20 years after writing it, I know it’s awful. LOL So that’s why I started writing articles about small animal care and was thrilled back when Yahoo Contributor Network was still around and paid me for 200 of my articles. Now I just write on my blog.
    Mary Kirkland recently posted…What You Need To Know About First Aid For Your Pet Rats

    • Oh yes, life before the internet… Haha! I’ve learned so much about the publishing industry since I started blogging four years ago, but I still feel under prepared to even attempt to write a book. I’d never heard about Yahoo paying for articles, too bad they kiboshed that.

    • I’m surprised by how many people who have actually written books that are currently collecting dust. That seems like it would be a step in the right direction…

  21. The negative reviews haven’t been that bad for me…but I think it’s worse if your book gets a LOT of attention. For most authors who have average readerships, you’ll just get a few nasty reviews. However, I write nonfiction for a living for a variety of clients and I can say I take criticism with my fiction far better than nonfiction. I think because writing a book has a lot of elements and any criticisms during the editing process are just to make it better. Many, many writers start as book lovers, so if it’s in your heart, start writing! You don’t have to necessarily get it published.
    Stephanie Faris recently posted…Q&A with Chrys Fey, 30 Seconds

    • Thanks for the tips, but I don’t think that it’s in my heart, so we’re back to square one. LOL But, your comment about fiction vs non-fiction criticisms makes a lot of sense.

  22. I usually write fan fictions for the most part, but that’s as far as I have gotten to and I do worry about what other people will think of my work, especially if I put so much hard work into the story and they ended up not liking it. For the time being, I’m just satisfied with writing my own ideas down on paper and gaze over them!
    Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog) recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday #4: Top 10 Pet Peeves in Comic Books

  23. People are welcome to correct me if I’m wrong, but of all the creative outlets available to me, becoming an author seems to impose the highest of social media demands. It might be because this is all I know, but does an actor get knocked back for an audition if they aren’t willing to commit to social media? *shrug* Is there a platform to be built for alternative creative types? I guess so. All I know is this – book review bloggers know what they are doing: I could learn a lot from your commitment and dedication and so can others πŸ™‚
    Lorelle Page recently posted…Repackaging my book proposal

    • Aaww, thanks Lorelle! That means a lot coming from a future author. I agree that social media is a HUGE time suck, but unfortunately it’s a necessary evil.

  24. I am a writer. I have gotten a few short stories published. I am self-publishing a book right now, but I decided to keep that separate from my blog. I have a fear that no one will like my work, and I don’t want people to think differently of me if my book isn’t that great. Like they might think “How can she write a good review when she can’t write a good book?”
    Jennifer Bielman recently posted…Review: Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

    • That makes complete sense, Jennifer. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers use their site to help pimp their books, and personally I’m not a fan. I think the two should be kept separate, plus it’s kind of a conflict of interest IMO.

  25. When I was stydying Medecine at university I had a lot of work, so to think of something else I tried to write a book. I did it in fact and I tried to edit it a year later but I know it’s not good so it stays where it is lol. I don’t have a lot of ideas and I woud love ot have the imagination to do something new but it seems that it’s not for me. Maybe one day. Not now.

  26. I don’t think I’d l’d like to write a book. I’m too impatient to actually make a whole story unfold. And also because I love reading so much! The few authors I know don’t really have much time to read anymore, because they write, wait for beta-readers’ feedback, edit, rinse and repeat.
    Also, I really don’t think I’d enjoy being in the spot-light like authors kind of have to be these days. I don’t even know how they have time to write, since it is expected of them to be present on social media, participate in conferences and just seem happy and content all the time…
    Great post, Carmel πŸ™‚
    Lexxie recently posted…Review: Taste of Darkness – Katie Reus

  27. Amber Elise  

    My skin isn’t thick enough to be an author. I like the IDEA of writing out a story that I love and characters that I have given life to but I would just fall to pieces if someone were to write a terrible review of it.

    Amber Elise @Du Livre

  28. Jess1

    I don’t have the imagination or skill to write a book, so I’ll leave it to those talented people who do have the skills.

  29. I’m actually working on 2 books, in my vast quantities of spare time. *haha* But I may just rethink it now, Carmel! *grins* You’ve made some very valid points though. For me, I will consider it an accomplishment to finish my books…whether anyone else ever lays eyes on the pages. I think it definitely is hard to measure whether you’ve made it or not. I met an author at RT 2013 and she’s a very popular author in the blogosphere but she had NO ONE at her table. Which made it very easy for me to fangirl over her, but still. I was kinda shocked.
    Bookworm Brandee recently posted…**Special Feature ~ OctobeRec Fest**

    • Don’t let my post discourage you, but there are definitely a lot of things to consider. Empty booths are great for die hard fan girls like us, however the authors probably don’t think so. I visited a few of ’em just cuz I felt bad, especially if they were stuck beside a big name.

  30. Leila from LeilaReads  

    Writing a book and publishing a book are completely different. I have written a book, and am working on another. But that first one will never see the light of day, much less ever being submitted to a publisher. For me, I’d be willing to publish a book if I’m absolutely 100% in love with and confident in it. Otherwise, I’m with you as far as the criticism being hard to take.
    Leila recently posted…Be Rebellious: Fight Back Against a Culture That Doesn’t Care About You by Megan Clinton with Laura Captari

    • For me, I couldn’t imagine putting in all of that work only to have it sit in a drawer, but if you love writing just for the sake of writing, then I guess that makes sense. Blogging is as creative as I get. LOL

  31. Chanzie from Mean Who You  

    I am writing a book at the moment and I am a bit worried about the negative aspect of it. This book is a non-fiction though and I am writing as if no one will ever see it – that way you know it comes from the heart. I have found so much comfort in reading other people’s stories and I hope maybe mine will help someone else. Even if it just one person across the world somewhere. I have 2 fictional books plotted out and character sketched but can only really focus on 1 writing project at a time because I love to read so much as well. Who knows if I will ever finish the fictional ones but I love to write so I write a lot. Writing has been in my blood for as long as I can remember, in school I wrote poems and songs!

    Great post Carmel πŸ™‚
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  32. Mel from thedailyprophecy

    I had the idea when I was younger that I wanted to be a writer – or at least besides my real job, but I’ve let that idea go. I don’t think I’m passionate enough to do such a thing. I don’t think I could handle that pressure either! One thing that comes is handy that we know what to look for. Like, we know that insta-love is NOT appreciate, so we wouldn’t make that ‘mistake’
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  33. I’m working on my first book now. I’m incredibly nervous but it’s always been a dream of mine so I’m going for it. I’m participating in Nanowrimo next month and plan to finish it and then start revisions in Dec. with plans to release in Feb. or March (fingers crossed). It’s a mystery suspense with a touch of romance and paranormal. So nervous and excited.
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  34. No. I am slightly dyslectic, so I am afraid I would have to use more money on editors and proof readers that I could possibly make on my book. Maybe I can think about it in the future. It should not be too long before modern spell checkers can correct every kind of error.
    Kim recently posted…Review: Log Horizon

  35. I have been asked this particular question many times. Like writing always follows reading. And I will admit that I have thought about it a lot. In fact, I tried writing some stuff. But I badly fail at it. I think I’ve started 5 or more first to third chapters and never continuing them. Maybe I’m not as talented or maybe I’m just lazy, probably the latter. Haha. But I do consider it, and I think that not all readers can be writers, even if we blog
    Francine Soleil recently posted…Chat It Up: What Sells on You? Mine are Nerds

    • Writing reviews about other peeps’ books is hard enough thank you very much! That first sentence is always the most difficult, so I don’t even want to think about what a struggled coming up with how to start an entire story must be.