I have been challenged from several sources lately to STOP DREAMING and GET GOING on one of those books I've wanted to write. Besides the basic fear of pouring myself into a project that, in the end, remains unmarketable (which, somehow, I have come to equate with "unuseful"), I am also paralyzed by not knowing where I ought to begin. Here are the books I've mentally (and in some cases, literally) begun writing:
Trinitarian Education: Educating According to the Nature of God
It Quite O'ercrows My Spirit: Suffering Christianly
From a Mother's Heart: Letters to My Christian Sons
Don't Be That Guy: Literary Lessons for Boys
In My Name: Teach Your Child to Pray Biblically
I've also desired to write a comprehensive Bible curriculum from a particular perspective (probably too overwhelming and wouldn't finish until I was 96), as well as a number of literature guides. Sigh...
How does an aspiring writer know what readers want? Something true, engaging, honest, from the heart, encouraging, challenging. That much is obvious. I suppose I could approach it from the standpoint of writing to benefit my children and grandchildren and if it goes no further than that, then that would be OK. If perchance it DID find an audience outside of them, that would be a bonus, right?
Feel free to chime in with your opinion, if you have one. Otherwise...stay tuned. For another 5 years...maybe by then I'll have finished an OUTLINE.