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Ok. I'm doing it. I finally started by book. Well...it's not really a book. I do have a large story I am going to tell, but I'm going to tell it in pieces. Imagine a TV show. Many of them today have a main plot that is told over the course of each episode. My plan is to tell my large story in the form of short stories. When all these short stories are brought together the main plot is told.

 

I'm not a writer. I don't have any college degree in writing. I'm just a high school graduate working at a print shop. But this story has been kicking around in my head for somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 years. And I decided, why not. Why not tell the story. So I have begun the writing.

 

Now that I've begun, hopefully I can finish. That will be the hardest task. Life is busy, so finding the time to write will be difficult. I'm usually up early in the morning, so that's when I plan to write. If I'm too tired, I won't. But if I can take at least 30 minutes a day to write, I should do well.

 

I'll keep my blog updated with my success or lack thereof when it comes to writing or not writing this story.

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