10 Reasons to Write (or Not) a Book About Writing
I woke up thinking about reasons to write a book about writing. The slant of light behind lemon curtains and room-darkening shades told me to go back to sleep. It was too early to think about such things.
By 6 a.m., my thoughts were so loud I had to leave my warm, ivory cotton sheets to make a list of reasons (to do or not to do). The list is not a promise, it is a question.
1. I wonder if writing about writing might make me a better writer— it seemed to work for Anne Lamott and Annie Dillard
2. It is so predictable— a writer writing a book about writing
3. A handful of my favorite books are... books about writing
4. Is there a writing quota one must meet before writing a book about writing? Maybe I haven't met it.
5. I should write about what I want to write about. I have always wanted to write a book about... you guessed it :)
6. There is nothing new under the sun. Why do I think I will uncover something fresh? (Note to self: writing in place may be the key)
7. In Bradley's comment box, I said I wasn't going to write another book for a good long time. I should stick with my story.
8. People have enormous expectations when they open a book about writing. What if I disappoint people? (I think I am getting ahead of myself here.)
9. My daughter thinks I write boring books (translation: I don't write sci-fi fantasy). What if I disappoint my daughter by choosing to write on yet another non-fiction subject?
10. I am too busy to write a book about writing. This is an excuse of course. But it may be a good one.
My list is not a promise. It is a question. I'm trying to remember it's perfectly within my rights to answer it any which way I want— yes or no... or perhaps, maybe.
Fireworks photo, by L.L. Barkat.