Why I Do Not Write Books

not writing

It’s very simple: errors in writing, of any kind, horrify me. If I wrote a book, and it were published, some would likely slip through, such as the one in the image above. If a book with my name on the cover had been published, and I then discovered an error, I would end up trying to get corrected copies to every buyer of the first edition, eating all profits, and then some. I also just don’t need that type of stress.

Please do not misunderstand: I love books.

Therefore, I do two other things, in lieu of actually writing a book (which has been suggested, to me, more than once). First, I read other peoples’ books. I seek higher-quality books to avoid those irritating typos, for they actually cause me pain when I see them. Even so, some slip through — ouch! — but at least the mistakes aren’t mine. I am almost immune to conventional causes of embarrassment, but this isn’t a conventional cause, and I certainly have no immunity to it.

The other thing I do is to blog, which is, of course, another form of writing. It’s a perfect forum for someone with this writing-quirk — because, when I discover a mistake in my writing, even months or years later, I can edit it away in seconds. This is why, for me, blogging > writing books. However, I am grateful that there are good writers for whom the inequality symbol points in the other direction.

About RobertLovesPi

I go by RobertLovesPi on-line, and am interested in many things, a large portion of which are geometrical. Welcome to my little slice of the Internet. The viewpoints and opinions expressed on this website are my own. They should not be confused with the views of my employer, nor any other organization, nor institution, of any kind.
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6 Responses to Why I Do Not Write Books

  1. swo8 says:

    Robert, he who does nothing never makes a mistake. You have to get over this. You probably have something very interesting or enlightening to say. DOn’t let a typo hold you back.
    Leslei (see I didn;et even spell my name right – big deal, I’ll get the editor to fix it)

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  2. Rachel says:

    Everyone makes mistakes. I recently read Harry Potter and found a couple of typos. 🙂


  3. Shannon says:

    It’s an editor’s job to find and correct typos. The longer you shirk your literary responsibilities, the longer you deprive hard working up-and-comers of honest work. You owe it to the economy!

    Thanks for sharing,


    • No one is being deprived of anything, for anyone can read my writing, any time they want, right here on my blog, for free — AND I can fix past mistakes when I find them, and that’s simply something I need.


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