Thursday, August 7, 2014

How to Not to Write a Novel #1



Ahhh, yes. Some of you out there might be cringing because this is you. Some of you out there might be cringing because this USED TO BE YOU. 

This is, for the most part, where we all start when we first decide to really, really, really, write a novel. These are also all the mistakes we all make when we first decide to really, really, really, write a novel.

In some ways this is the only way to start. With optimism, and the delusion that the light at the end of the tunnel is fame and fortune, not an on coming train.

Time and experience often crushes these idea. But authors who are dedicated, and who are writing because they love writing, will persevere. You may never get on the New York Times Bestseller list, but you might get published a different route, be it from a small press, self publishing, or one of The Big Five.

8 comments:

Naomi Clark said...

This is me at least once a week, usually in the shower!

Che Gilson said...

LOL! This is how I started out on Tea Times Three! Needless to say it didn't work out...

Jami Gray said...

Oh Che, I hate to break to you, sweets, but this me every damn time I start a new project =0) Somewhere around page 120 I realize, WHOA NELLY, slow it down girl, and then I have to reign that pony in.
But you're spot on--we write because we love to, and when you love what you're doing, you just keep going!

Che Gilson said...

Haha! Then I have lowered my expectations over the years! I started out pretty close to this thinking I'd make it big in comics and win an Eisner Award. But it never worked...

Still, I love writing and I have so many stories I want to tell!

miriah.net said...

I love this, Che! I look forward to reading more :-)

Che Gilson said...

I'm so glad Miriah! I'm going to do one a month :)

Liane Spicer said...

Che, this is fabulous! Zee art, zee art!

And, um, yes. I dimly recall those days of innocence...

Che Gilson said...

:D I'm so glad you like it! You can look forward to more art!