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January 12, 2010


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Good luck with this project. Just to share a little known fact: 84.6% of all "how to write a novel" authors have never written a novel.

Yes, I just made that up, but researching it would require too much effort. I guess, I'll never write non-fiction.


The one writer I know, a guy who actually did write a novel, has ideas spilling out of him all the time. He writes stories all the time, some are good, some suck, but he never stops. If you look at the bios of great writers, they are all driven in some way. Most really creative people are obsessed at some level or other, and they do it because they almost can't help themselves. Unless you're holding back on us and there really is something in you that you're dying to get out, deciding you want to write a novel without knowing what you want to write seems assbackwards to me.


RR--What I read was actually rather informative, stuff like structure and how to draw out characters. I found it informative enough to take notes. Let's just say that taking notes on reading isn't something I am normally compelled to do.

Gomez, I hear you. I've actually had some ideas percolating for a few years, and I've been in the note taking phase for longer than I care to admit. I'm normally just so entrenched in non-fiction writing for work, that I've had some issues transitioning to fiction. The lack of fiction writing training may have a little to do with it too. Regardless, it's not a random whim. It's been a long time in the making. But you're correct. I'm not 100% driven. That may explain my hesitancy to take pen to paper.

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