i could write a book

Right now. If I were a writer I could spin this.
Certain People have been bothering about writing a book. Specifically, they want autobiography. I am not convinced a) that anyone wants to read stuff written in the first person b) particularly if that person is I (or anyone else over 30) and c) that they would pay for the privilege. With hundreds of thousands of books coming out each year, it's hard to make your way through the thicket with youth, beauty, sex and marketing.
  As I keep saying, I have enough half books and whole books and chapter outlines and book proposals in the drawer already. I even have two books that sold—one fiction and one nonfiction—that never saw print. Same old story: The editor left the house.
   And after being continuously and prominently in print as a magazine writer for decades, I have no desire to write a self-serving autobiography for my filing cabinet. As John Cheever so brilliantly said, “I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss — you can’t do it alone.”


CBA said...


So you are brilliant and unique.

So your family history is noteworthy and tale-ready.

So your career was stellar and fascinating.

So you love writing.

And let's face it. Everyone who knows you loves you, for who you are and all the above reasons.

Your global audience awaits.

You can knock out the first chapter before you go to Mexico.

Phill said...

Dowling's Howlings? (or has that been said before)

Kate Knapp Artist Blog said...

you know how I feel about this....all I see is....page turner...and...baby boomer audience with great admiration and fascination...not to mention ...much laughter...did I mention awesome message for the females looking for role models???

Kate Knapp Artist Blog said...

sorry must be edited...ooops!

Anonymous said...

If you don't do it, I WILL!