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by Syd Iwan
All my friends and relativesseem to be writing books. I hope itisn’t contagious or I might find my-self writing one too. That soundslike a lot of work since any act of creation, whether a book, painting,or song, takes some doing. Thesethings don’t make themselves, andthe whole process puts you throughperiods of self-doubt, worry, andmental anxiety. It’s a good feelingwhen you finally get somethingproduced, look at it, and decide itisn’t half bad, but getting to thatpoint puts you through the mill.Friend Ruth, for instance, re-cently wrote a book about her firstfew years as a missionary in HongKong. While she was writing it, I’dget occasional E-mails expressingher concerns about proof readingor that she wasn’t adequately get-ting across what she wanted tosay. Her creation, “Foreign DevilGirl in Hong Kong” by Ruth Epp,is however now available through Amazon and is a good read. It hasinsight, pathos, and humor. Shealso gives one a good idea of howvery difficult it is to learn the Can-tonese Chinese dialect. Since Ihave no talent whatsoever atlearning foreign languages, Can-tonese is probably something Ishouldn’t even attempt. It’s fun,though, to read about someoneelse’s struggle in doing so. Ruthlived and worked in Hong Kongfrom 1959 until 2005 so there aremany more years to write about if she gets up the nerve and ambitionto pull it off.I should probably mention that,before Ruth moved to the otherside of the world, she and herfriend, Darlene, came with Rev.Knickle in the summers andtaught us Bible School for a weekat a local country schoolhouse.They lived with us during thoseweeks so we got to know thempretty well, and we’ve kept intouch ever since.Then we come to cousin Verna(Heaton) Benham who recentlypublished her book, “Champagnein a Paper Cup.” It is also availablethrough Amazon and recounts hertime as a Foreign Service employeein such places as Taiwan andSouth America. In the latter, shemet and married a fellow who wasa foreign correspondent for The As-sociated Press and the U. S. News& World Report. All in all, she haslived an extremely interesting lifeand has done a good job tellingabout it. I seem to have no particu-lar desire to go to Taiwan or South America, but it is enjoyable to visitthere through Verna’s eyes andpen.Local friend Joyce (Dolezal)Wheeler has also written a coupleof books, (available at Amazonagain.) They are novels, whichmeans she had to make them upinstead of just writing about thingsshe has done. Sure, you wouldprobably base your characters onpeople you have known, but youstill have to deal with characteri-zation, plot and such. It takes a lotof thinking. It is quite a lot easierto read Joyce’s books than to makeone up yourself.So, if you wanted to write a book,how many words would you haveto come up with? A standard-sizenovel, it seems, should probably bearound 80,000 words. That’s a lot. You might get by with 50,000, but80,000 would be better. If you wereLeo Tolstoy, you would have tocome up with over half-a-millionwords for such tomes as his, “Warand Peace.” That would take weeksto read much less write. As a col-lege kid assigned to read it, youmight be better off buying the“Cliff Notes,” which is a little pub-lication that allows you to know allabout a book without actuallyreading it. I like the comment byone of the characters on sonChance’s Veggie Tales video wherehe says he read War and Peace viaCliff Notes and found it “riveting.”He comments, “That’s three min-utes of my life I’ll never get back.” As we said, reading War and Peacein full might take quite a lot longerthan three minutes since it runs tosomething like 1,400 pages. Cliff Notes might be the way to go inthis case.I did start writing a mysterynovel over 10 years ago and gotthrough the first two chapters be-fore bogging down. Action on thatproject has come to a standstill,but, who knows, maybe I’ll drag itback out some day and get goingagain. I have enough things to doat present without that, but onlywriting a thousand words a weekwould get a book written in a littleover a year. I currently write a lit-tle less than that, maybe 850,every week writing these things somaybe I could double my produc-tion. We’ll have to see.Since I’ve been writing weeklyarticles from 1986 to the present,I’ve probably already used up wellover a million words. That’s doublewhat Tolstoy needed for War andPeace, but my stuff, alas, isn’t ex-actly in book form. I’m happy to re-port that I can write much morequickly and easily now than I couldback in ’86, but it is still fairly hardwork. Like I said, I hope book-writ-ing isn’t contagious or I might con-tact that dreaded disease.Everyone else is catching it, butmaybe it will pass me by. Time willtell.
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