Jun 26, 2005

What Should I Write?

When I was a kid, my mom took us a bunch of times to a restaurant in Waltham called The Chateau. I would have a side order for dinner—two big meatballs. The place mat menus where paper and we would flip them over and draw on them with one of the pens my mom kept strapped to her checkbook with rubber bands. I always asked, "What should I draw?" It didn't really matter what she said, I just needed a starting point. "Draw whatever you want." was not helpful. If she said "Draw a flower." That would be fine because then I'd say, "No, I'm going to draw a truck."

On the way home I would roll around loose in the back of the station wagon marveling at the fact that the moon was following us. But that has nothing to do with this anecdote. The point is, I'm thinking of writing another book but I'm looking for that starting point again. What should I write?

17 comments:

Davis said...

Everybody loved "Blogging" and "Who Let The Blogs Out?". You should do another book, a little less about the technical aspect of blogging, ie. HTML, how to make links, what to put in your sidebar. You should write a book telling more about blogging's history. Go in depth. Write more about what blogging means to the world. Maybe tell some stories about blogging, not just about you, but about other bloggers.

If you're not looking to do another blogging book, this was all pretty worthless to you, but I look forward to whatever you come up. Good luck, Biz!

Corrie said...

My husband and I were talking about The Chateau tonight. We jokingly said, "Gotta get us some T-Ravs." This was after going to a trendy local restaurant (which we do love) with really small portions.

Read your book today from the Virgin megastore in Boston. Just wanted to say that I enjoyed it.

styless said...

I havent read any of your books, so I cant say what I would like different. The reason why is because when reading reviews, comments, the backside of the book and like on Amazon, I saw it was technical, like Davis said, which is not my problem.

My problem back then when I was starting was where do I start with blogging. How do you find "the soul" of your blog. Where/how did blogging start and where is blogging going in the future.

I wrote a thesis about the history of blogging and the future of blogging for my IT Technology finals at my technical college and got an A. So give the people what they want, Biz :) You're a better writer than me so you could def. score an A+ :))

Phillip said...

And we come full circle, theres your title too - Blogging:where do I start?

A book about what to blog about

Bill said...

You could always stray from blogging entirely and tell us stories about things like drawing in restaurants and rolling around in the back of station wagons... I like reading about that too.

BZTV said...

Why not write something completely different from whatever you've done before. If it works, it will have changed the course of your career and your life. If it doesn't, you can always go back to what you did before. Just a thought...

Faisal ... said...

How about how blogging has created new ideas and it's power in the political world.

(Y);)

andré said...

look, I'm not gonna tell what to write about. but the anecdote you wrote on this post was real good, so that might be a starting point...

Shirazi said...

I agree with Phillip. I book about what to blog about should come from you.

And thanks for turning the comments on. Without comments, your blog looks like a website instead of a blog.

notforprophet said...

Heed the advice of Ernest Hemingway: "The great thing is to last and get your work done, and see and hear and understand and write when there is something that you know and not before and not too damn much afterwards."

So start with what you know.

purplesimon said...

Surely it has to be a "fictional" tale about a man who blogs, has written books about blogging and now is looking for an idea for his new book which he wants to write.

Perhaps he can post on his blog that he needs some ideas, then people will leave comments and he can find this great one that is the inspiration for his new book.

However, what are the chances that people will believe this?

Walter said...

If you're really fauning to something entrepidous and new, then write a novella about two bloggers who've fallen in love, yet compete against each other for readers, and in turn, revenue.

Or some other kind of fictional story in which you can discuss the aspects of blogging you want to go over(blogging to the 16 year old who finally got the internet, for example).

Stephen said...

Definitely write a book about chipmunks. They rock. Or squirrels. Yeah, squirrels... write about squirrels!


Also, on the subject about the ftp problem, had you left it open to comments, someone might have been able to help! Plus, what self-respecting genius would ask someone for help?!?!? ;)

seasoned said...

Your story about your good times as a child was wonderful. I loved the "rolling around loose in the back..." (or something like that). There is absolutely NOTHING more refreshing than reading something written by someone who has a talent for writing (whew, that was a mouthful!). Write from the heart...whatever the subject. It's where the best of you is shared with the rest of us.

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Megan "Rio" Burns said...

As a writer and an artist, I have trouble with this very thing - Where to begin. I have a long-suffering identical twin that constantly lets me bother her(imagine a very patient, doleful mother dog with a puppy hanging from one ear) and I find that what I'm usually after is what NOT to begin with. If that makes sense? What *won't* work is the real concern. So here's what I do: on pictures, I start with the eyes. On stories/non-fiction, I think about what most delights/angers/humors/niggles me, come close to a decision, then I bother Jennifer. You can bother Jennifer too if you like. She lives to be bothered. The levels of complaining she earns from tolerating my artistic fugues gives her something to do. :-p

purplesimon said...

Hey Biz, you should write a story about a person who discovers a blog from the past and wants to find the author. They search high and low for this blogger.

This could be a love story, a thriller, anything you wanted it to be.

Or, taking it completely the other way, you could be the writer a cryptic blog and a reader attempts to discover a secret that is hidden in the posts, like a sort of treasure hunt via blogging.

However, you could ignore the blogging thing and write a simple story of twisted revenge that never mentions computers, blogs or the Internet.

Anyway, have you made a decision yet? Will you tell us what the story is about before you write it or are you writing it now?

The suspense is killing me!

OMG, a suspense novel about a man who blogs...