OMG…I’m Writing a Book: The Events That Started It All

I'm Writing a Book

Yes, I am writing a book!!

There – I said it! There it is in big bold letters for the world to read and everyone to see!

I am not sure where this is going to go but I am trying and typing as fast as my little fingers can go to write the content of my very first book which centers around moving to Taiwan and all the crazy and amazing experiences I had here during my first year!

It has been a mental ‘work in progress’ for a long time. Sometimes I would feel like ‘Yes, I am going to do this!’ and then doubt would start to creep in and I would think ‘What the hell am I thinking?!’

So I don’t know where it will go or what it will amount to but I am doing it!! I am indeed writing a book!!

And how did the whole idea of writing a book transpire all those years ago? Well, read on to find out!!

The Quote I Live By
The Quote I Live By

The Flight That Started it All

This one crazy idea, this one far-flung thought that started it all came about on a plane bound for Vancouver from Taiwan over 14 years ago.

There I was, returning to Canada for a visit after living in Taiwan for a year. It was amazing how much I had experienced, how much I had grown, how much I had changed, and how much I had learned. I was returning to Canada a more worldly person, a different person, a better person. .

And in mist of enjoying a glass of red wine that I had requested during dinner service, I started to write. And I started to write some more. And I started to read what I wrote. And I started to realize that what I was writing was interesting and it was captivating. And as I re-read the first pages of what I wrote, it was like I was reading a memoir and I was the star of the show, the main character.

I continued to write between naps during all my flights throughout Canada and then onto the U.S., and by the time I had arrived back in Taiwan, I had the basis for what I think would be a good book!!

Telling My Story Out Loud

Armed with an empty stomach and a quest to have some fun, my sister and I started our girl’s night out. I was excited about the thought of telling her all about my first year adventures in Taiwan in person. We headed to the nearest restaurant and bar in the area. There were no tables available when we arrived, so we sat at the bar which was surrounded by couples and what seemed to be regulars as the bartender knew each and every one of them by name.

Then, I started to retell the stories that I had written down during my many flights to my sister. It seemed like everyone was listening in because by the time the night was drawing to a close, I had the attention of the entire bar. Roars erupted when I retold the funny incidents and one could hear pin drop when I retold the not so funny moments.

One of the patrons said out of the blue ‘You got the material for a good book there, you know!’

I didn’t think much of it until my sister and I asked to pay our bill. It seemed the stories must have been real good because our bill was only US$4.95. Each and every one of the patrons treated us to a drink and a few even paid for our food and all of this was done without us even knowing.

And I knew right then and there, that one day, someday, I would use the stories I had jotted down on those flights and the stories that I had relived and told at the bar to write my very first book.

backyard
Writing in My Backyard

Captivating His Attention

And even though over 15 years have passed since I first stepped foot in Taiwan, the memories of my adventures are still as fresh as ever.

Those notes and writings from all those years ago have always been there, calling for me to take the huge leap, to start writing about Taiwan, to share the stories I have always wanted to tell, to show the world the tenacity and fortitude I had to take such a giant step all those years ago.

I started putting my ideas on paper and then started formulating the stories on the computer. And it is funny because the words have just flowed out of me so easily, like they had been written in my mind all this time.

I took my first big step and shared the 20,000 words I had written with my husband and he just couldn’t stop reading. He said he hung onto my every word, wanting to know more, wanting to know what would happen next. He said my writing captivated him so much that he was disappointed when there was nothing left to read. (I know! I know! He is my husband so of course he is a little bias and all but still – it has given me the courage to continue to write and to continue to push forward).

I am not sure where it will go or what the outcome of it all will be, but one thing is for sure – it is the most awesome ‘trip down memory lane’ ever!

More to come soon …including two of the hardest paragraphs to relive, write, and re-read so far!

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Moving From Canada

Early Morning in the Rockies, Canada

To Taiwan

A Place Worth Stopping for Awhile  - Dragons on a Temple Rooftop in Taiwan
A Place Worth Stopping for Awhile – Dragons on a Temple Rooftop in Taiwan
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96 thoughts on “OMG…I’m Writing a Book: The Events That Started It All

  1. This is so exciting! I’m sure you’re excited, and I’m very excited for you. “don’t know where it will go” That’s the most exciting thing about it. Maybe it will never end. Maybe you will write one book, and straight away move on to the next. Traveling so much, it sounds like you have material for two books 🙂 Stories never really end – there’s always another lesson right after each situation that happens, leading to another event right away.

    It takes time to write a book. It can take one year. Two years. Ten. Or more. From conception to publication. So, when will your book be out on the shelves? 😀 I’m glad the right time has come for you and you’re waddling your way through it in the right frame of mind!

    1. Thank you, Mabel, for your kind comment!

      It is quite exciting and a little scary at the same time. I was a little nervous about writing about it and putting it out there, but I am happy I did. I am really starting to believe that I can actually do it!! As for when it is hitting the shelves, only time will tell!

      And I have to agree with you – stories never really end. It is amazing how a simple idea can transpire into topics and posts and blogs and books.

  2. The scene at the bar XD What’s the name of that place? You’ll have to send a copy of your book once it’s done, haha.
    Also, you may interested in NaNoWriMo taking place next month, there’s a group in Taiwan doing it: http://nanowrimo.org/regions/asia-taiwan
    I hope your book will also be filled with food related anecdotes, haha.
    🍸 Cheers to that!

  3. I can’t wait. I’ll be your #1 big fan and of course be the first one to read it.
    If you need time to finish it, you can leave your job for a while.
    You got my 100% support and I’m totally into it. 🙂 Love you.

  4. Wish you all the best with the book! I am writing on a book myself (okay, already over a year break now ) so I know how exciting it can be but also how hard and tough some parts are

    Looking forward to the final product 🙂

  5. Thats amazing!!! Congratulations on the big step… I felt really excited for you, and while reading your words now I thought how much I would like to read this books of yours!! 😀 I wish you luck and hope to read your book soon!

  6. Good luck. You are an excellent writer which is as important as the excellent stories that you have. I am also fascinated by the avenue that you will take to distribute your book in this new era of ‘publishing’. These guys http://camphorpress.com/ seem like a good partnership for epublishing and you can still paper publish if you choose.

    1. I know!! Your interest in what I was writing gave me the extra push to write about it so a big thanks for that! I was debating back and forth about actually writing and publishing this post for awhile and I am glad I did. It makes everything seem so real, so official.

  7. That’s wonderful! Announcing it to the world is a big step toward making your book a reality. I held back for a long time before I told people I was writing a novel. I think I was afraid I wouldn’t finish or I wouldn’t get it published. Now that TIGER TAIL SOUP is out, I wish I hadn’t been so timid.

    I hear in your words a real determination, excitement, and belief in the story you have to tell. I’m sure you’ll be successful, and I look forward to reading it someday soon.

    1. Thanks, Nicki! I love reading how your husband’s stories and his childhood help develop the basis of some of your book – I especially love how you arrived at the title (I read it on Jocelyn’s blog).

      It has been a 14 year ‘work-in-progress,’ 14 years of going back and forth – yes, I will and no, I won’t. I feel that blogging and interacting with other bloggers have given me the confidence and the extra push I needed to move forward. And reading all the kind comments on this post has given me the motivation to believe that I can do it!

  8. Yes!!! This is so exciting! I look forward to its publication!! 😀
    Good luck, and continue to believe in yourself and your work and everything else will follow. 🙂

  9. This is amazing and so exciting! It’s nice to have a project of your own, something to work on with so much passion and enthusiasm. It’s brave of you to tell everyone, you are committed to it now 😉

    1. Thanks, Franca!! I know it is brave for me to put it out there, but I felt that I needed to for some reason. It is something I have worked on (on and off) for 14 years and I feel that blogging has given me the extra confidence I need to take the huge step, put it out there, and complete it.

  10. Saying it (or writing it) outloud is a big step. I think it makes it more real. FYI, November is National Novel Writing Month and I always thought it would be a fun thing to try, even to just get the foundation of a book started. Sounds like you are well on your way. Very exciting and inspiring!

  11. How exciting! I’d be interested in reading your book. You’ve been in Taiwan much longer than I have, but I’m married to a Taiwanese guy too. I think we might have a lot in common. It seems that the end result is going to be well worth the effort. I mean, you’ve already got a lot of people anticipating it. You’re an inspiration.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words and I really hope the end result is worth the time and effort. I enjoy reading your blog and your insights into Taiwan as well – it is always interesting to read stories written by people who are walking a similar path as you!!

  12. Oh my goodness. That’s amazing (and wow, 20,000 words… dang). This is incredible. Good luck!

    And if you ever decided to turn to crowd funding/self publishing (which I really do recommend), I would love to help out/share advice!
    Congrats!

  13. Congrats – getting started is the hardest part (maybe not, but it sounds good)

    As the husband of someone who just published a book – I can tell you that you are in for quite a ride. I didn’t even write the thing and I get to experience all the ups and downs of the process.

    I look forward to reading excerpts as you put them up, and of course the book once it is out. Let Jen or me know if we can help with any questions – specifically about self-publishing on Kindle – as it is very fresh in our minds.

    1. Thanks so much, Greg!! And congrats to your wife for successfully publishing her first book – kudos to her for making it a reality. You must be so proud of her. I have read the first few chapters of her book on Amazon – it is awesome and I can’t wait to read the rest.

      I really appreciate the offer. I will definitely contact you when it is written and it is time to figure out what I want to do in terms of publishing. It is nice to know that I have someone’s brain to pick when it is time!! Once again, thanks!

  14. Constance! Congratulations on that first step, making the decision and committing to it on public! You must have many awesome stories to share, and I cannot wait until that book comes out! Hopefully the book gets you way more free drinks and food!

  15. Wow Constance!! That is truly amazing and wonderful! Congratulations! I love hearing about people following their dream. It’s actually pretty impressive that the husband was so captivated (yes I would expect supportive and encouraging) but he has probably heard some of your stories before, that says something about being able to present it in a fresh light!

  16. I’m so excited for you. It definitely sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. I’m looking forward to any excerpts you share.

  17. Good on you to write your story! Don’t knock it that your husband wanted *more* to read… sometimes are toughest critics are right here at home! Glad you have the encouragement you need to take this step. Good luck–looking forward to reading your “adventure” stories!

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