Perhaps an unusual post compared to the others written so far. But nonetheless, it is intrinsically linked to the whole scope of this blog.
Ever since I’ve discovered Tolkien (and even years before that), I had in mind of writing a book.
But what sort of book?
A novel always piqued my interest. Once Tolkien was in my mindset, a fantasy novel seemed more tempting. But then I started wondering, as I have ever done when I begin writing such novel … I’m not a creative person.
The few feeble attempts I tried to write a few pages seemed too inspired by Tolkien or other stories. Imagining characters other than the usual stereotypes was always a challenge, so was the idea of describing completely imagined locations.
Not to mention anything about story development and narrative arcs.
It became clearer and clearer that the idea of a novel was going nowhere.
And yet, that flame and passion for getting something written down on paper and stitched together in-between two covers remained.
So from impossible novel-writing, I turned my attention to a more ‘realistic’ aspect; something I needn’t invent from scratch – something that was already there. And preferably, something related to Tolkien or fantasy in general. Or even something of the non-fiction.
The idea of a collection of writings – reviews, analyses, anything that had to do with actual facts – was beginning to appeal to me more. I began asking myself …
– Could I compile a number of articles (on a particular subject) and turn them into a book?
– Could their content be essays on Middle-earth – both films and books?
The answer is possible. But the doubts still remain. Strong doubts.
I fear to ‘take the leap’. I have no idea where to start from or who to go to …
And yet the passion is still there.
Perhaps a slightly more introspective post than the rest, but I really wanted to pose this issue ‘out there’ – hoping to get other people’s ideas, comments, opinions and experiences in such matters …
If this post has, in some way or other, ‘hit the mark’ for some of you I cordially invite you to post your thoughts here – they could be ideas for a book, remarks in restraining me from such a crazy endeavour, tips and advice, encouragement – anything.
Thank you! And until my next post … 🙂