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Writing a book?
Apr 29th, 2020 at 10:20am
 
They say everyone has a story in them.

So the question is, you can write one book about one subject. What would it be?

For me it would be how different indigenous peoples chose the weapons and tools they used and how each choice filled a niche in their community. I find the subject fascinating.
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Reply #1 - Apr 29th, 2020 at 11:18am
 
So non-fiction? If it's fiction I actually am occasionally coming back to one idea that I REALLY like. It's the most "complete" idea I've ever had and I really like the concept of it... so I won't be sharing Cheesy

Non-fiction is difficult. I feel I don't have enough authority or research skills to be able to really create an informative piece of work. I guess philosophy would be interesting as I feel I have a fairly solid system of how the world works which I've stolen from multiple sources and Frankensteined together. Whether anyone else would find it at all interesting is another thing entirely.
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Reply #2 - Apr 29th, 2020 at 10:01pm
 
   I've had a story about a prehistoric man in my head for years.  I should write it.  If it's stupid, at least I tried.
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Reply #3 - Apr 30th, 2020 at 8:38pm
 
I started putting a story together with a friend a long time ago.† The intention was always to make a book out of it.† It was fantasy; swords, magic, dragons, etc.† I tried a couple times to actually write some of it, but found that I was a pretty terrible writer. Sad

I just didn't have enough interest in writing to keep with it and try to improve.† I've always been more of a reader.† Maybe someday I'll try again.† I still have all the story outlines, character profiles, and other stuff we came up with.
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Reply #4 - May 6th, 2020 at 1:58am
 
I have contemplated writing a nonfiction book about a few topics in robotics. I donít think I would do it  while I have my day job though. I already have one side hustle, two of my three boys are still in diapers, and the fourth kid is scheduled to arrive this fall. Not to mention all the hobbies that I already have.
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Reply #5 - May 6th, 2020 at 2:57am
 
Kick wrote on Apr 29th, 2020 at 11:18am:
Non-fiction is difficult. I feel I don't have enough authority or research skills to be able to really create an informative piece of work. I guess philosophy would be interesting as I feel I have a fairly solid system of how the world works which I've stolen from multiple sources and Frankensteined together. Whether anyone else would find it at all interesting is another thing entirely.


The most difficult thing is wording.It's boring because you know the concept but you have to write it with the right words so that your idea can't be understood in the wrong  way. otherwise I see nonfiction as simpler to make .  make several points, provide arguments, give sources.
Fiction is difficult because it needs more imagination and at the same time have the right amount of truth in it to make it relatable.

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you could try recording yourself when an idea comes up and when the time comes compile them all, because when you find free time you'll probably forget details. there is probably a speechwrite software for your case


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Reply #6 - May 7th, 2020 at 12:52am
 
Very true Sarosh Grin
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Reply #7 - May 7th, 2020 at 6:27am
 
I found myself to be a much better non-fiction writer than fiction writer. Probably I'd go for a book about different braiding techniques and the like.
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Reply #8 - May 7th, 2020 at 7:41am
 
I did write and publish a book about making sweets/candy at home some decades back Smiley

There are currently at least three novels in various states of completion.
One historical, one space opera and a couple fantasy.
The historical one is based on the slave uprising at the laurion silver mines in greece.
Fascinating period of history, all mixed up with the peleponnisian wars.

I did almost finish a small book on picking edible fungi, but I'm not great at finishing projects - much better at starting them Smiley

One of these days the books will get finished.

As far as a decent sized non-fiction book. I suppose these days it would be a sociological/anthropological study of the impact of technology on human soceity in the latter part of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st.

Although I tend to find with a lot of such books, that you just spend your time going: 'well yeah' and 'obviously'. And such like comments.
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Reply #9 - May 13th, 2020 at 8:43am
 
Sarosh wrote on May 6th, 2020 at 2:57am:
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you could try recording yourself when an idea comes up and when the time comes compile them all, because when you find free time you'll probably forget details. there is probably a speechwrite software for your case



Iím not worried about the recording part. The idea is clear in my mind. The problem is that I will have to validate the ideas and get photos for the book by building and documenting the robot designs... both time consuming and expensive!
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