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Literary Pretensions

Saturday 9th March, 2013

So, the thing is, when I was on tour a couple of years back I wrote a 'book'. It's definitely a 'book' and not a book though. It's an autobiography with the initial intention of a certain angle on the subject, although as it went along the focus drifted a bit. Really I suppose it was an exorcism after a fashion, trying to word-process some of the pain and anxiety out of my heart.

And it became rapidly unpublishable due to revealing of things that can never be revealed, both personal things and business things and things that are not mine to tell. But, inspired by the stirling work of the CIA in making sure people can't trust their government through paranoid lack of transparency, it occurred to me that with this new exciting blog thing happening I could put it out chapter by chapter in a redacted version. Of course it won't be like the CIA's redacted stuff with those tantalising looking black lines everywhere. It will be invisible re-writing to protect the innocent, so no-one would know what had been hidden and what was the unexpurgated.

I'm going to test the waters by posting the introduction to the book in a couple of days and see how that feels. I can't be absolutely sure I'll go through with any more of it, but the only way to know how I'll feel is to give it a go, yes? If you want to keep up with the chapters if / when they come I've added an RSS feed - look down the bottom of the page. And comment down below, let me know what y'all think of the idea.


Analisa, Mon 18th March 2013, 12:49:22 AM
"Invisible re-writing to protect the innocent" --> I love that phrase and look forward to reading more! You definitely have an audience here.
 
Yvonne, Mon 11th March 2013, 12:31:55 AM
Writing is a wonderful thing. It gives you the opportunity to be creative, to sort out your thoughts and feelings...to capture and let go. A moment of freedom. I can only encourage you to go ahead with it, although I understand that venturing into a new realm can be scary sometimes. You have most likely noticed that I´m not a native English speaker, so even to reply to a blog is a new challange for me. Keep it up! I´m looking forward to read something from you, if you´re willing to share.
 
Ben, Sat 9th March 2013, 07:13:20 AM
Good luck with the book Nigel, you definitely have a subscriber here and I hope you find it to be a rewarding experience. Give it a shot and see how it works out. You've got a great writing style if this blog is anything to go by so I'm looking forward to more.
 
Sally Walker, Sat 9th March 2013, 02:55:03 AM
I think you're right about it being best to test the waters first. If you're not 100% ready to share this stuff, I wouldn't bother just yet. But if you are, go for it! It's scary though. My waffly, moany/complainy blog's nowhere near popular, but when I first posted something vaguely personal, it was scary. Just putting stuff out there, publicly always will be. Sharing these things can be a good thing though, I find just getting a vague, anonymous post out about how I'm feeling does help. I'd certainly be interested in reading what you write though. :)
 

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