So, why do I want to write a book?
I thought I’d make my first ever blog post about why I even want to write a book in the first place. But first, we need to go back. Way back…
I dropped out of University when I was 19 to pursue a career in music production. Went to college on a music production access course, enrolled on a music theory course after that and then promptly quit when it proved unsuitable for what I was interested in, abrasive Techno. However, all I did was just stop going to lessons. Instead I went in every day to sit in the music lab and taught myself how to construct a track. Spurred on by good feedback from one of the reviewers at DJ mag, I got a job and worked my arse off so that I could get a loan to buy some equipment. I then slaved away for nearly ten years trying to make a go of it, but I was never prolific enough. I used to labour for months and months on the same track, always trying to strive for perfection, and often times never getting anywhere. In hindsight I should have taken a completely different approach, and tried to strike a balance between productivity and quality. Eventually I reached a point where I didn’t enjoy it anymore and I sold all my lovely boxes of noise.
Nowadays I keep my hand in with my music by making mixes. Mixes that I want to listen to. And it does satisfy the creative urges to a certain degree, but there’s a definite itch. Time then to scratch it by trying something else. I’ve always loved reading so I thought about writing a book. Initially I thought it should be easy. I know how to write, right? Right? Ha! I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I want to cover the journey from the initial kernel of an idea to where I am now in a separate post. But suffice it to say that I have been throwing myself into it and I have been loving it, despite so many new things to learn. There have been many stumbling blocks along the way, but it now feels like I am ready. Ready to write. I know what story I want to tell. I know how I want to tell it. Now I just need to prove to myself that I can do it. Cue more stumbling blocks.
So why do I want to write a book?
Because I can’t wait to read it.
And maybe, just maybe, I can finally create something that’s the catalyst to a new way of making a living. I’m under no illusion as to the improbability of that happening. But I’m definitely going to try.
Hopefully the next question will be, why do I want to self-publish?