I’ve decided to jump in with PragProWriMo this year. Ever since I wrote my book on mashups (http://mashupguide.net/1.0/html/) almost three years ago, I’ve been wanting to write another book (or three). When I was in the midst of writing, I thought that I’d just continue along in a book-writing mode. That didn’t happen that way; I learned that I had put a lot of things on hold in writing that needed to be attended to.
But now I got the writing itch again. I’m excited to have an occasion and a structure for focusing on the steady production of words (while suspending the questions of quality during November at least). I’ve decided that I will also postpone dealing with the question of commercial demand and marketability too, and just write what I want to write. (though after my first book, I swore that marketing would be foremost on my mind, and that I would only write a book for a larger audience. Oh well.)
I don’t have a book concept crystalized in my mind yet but I’m leaning heavily towards writing about personal information management for “knowledge workers” who can also program. I’ve been on a (futile?) quest for the ideal personal information manager since I first used an outliner in MS DOS. I imagine somehow that we should be able to knit together a programmable framework that would allow people to create a PIM that would work for each person. So far, I have a jumble of thoughts, a few prototypes, and a lot of passion for the topic. Writing a 60-100 page draft of a book might be a great step in helping me sort out and communicate my thoughts and get some feedback.