How to write a novel.

Since I’ve pulled a few of my forthcoming masterpieces from the dim recesses of my hard drive, I’ve been writing. Like a beaver building his dam, I’ve become obsessed with it. I’m scribbling on my notebook in the office, then taking the notebook to my room where I type it up all. I´m writing a minimum of 1100 words per day.

I’m also reading voraciously. Almost everything related to writing. I wasn’t being flippant a couple of days ago when I wrote that everything I read said read a lot, write a lot and become an overnight success after 25 years.

But after starting and stopping many times its my sad duty to report that the above mentioned advice simply isn’t correct. Everyone knows that there are only three rules for writing a novel. And everyone also knows that nobody knows what they are.

What I do know though is that it’s just not the case that if you write a lot and read a lot you’ll have success. It can’t be so or every frustrated wordsmith would have penned a bestseller by now.

It must take a certain amount of talent, of ability to shape a fictional event and make somebody you’ve never met suspend their reality and believe your tale of imaginary events. Yes, I know, there are myriad nonsensical motivational quotes of how talent is infinitely less important than dedication, but there must be talent, at least some, I’m convinced.

It must take hard work. I am currently scribbling into my  notebook many times a day. As a scene suddenly plays out in my mind I put it straight to paper, then later transfer it into the plot on my laptop, going towards the first draft.


But even at more than 1000 words a day its going to take me a few months just to write the initial effort.

Reading the above paragraph back it’s clear that determination is also needed as well as a capacity to accept rejection with a smile. I know that previously when I tried writing as a career I managed to get many articles published in a variety of magazines, but many more were refused. I suppose a novel will be exactly the same.

But many many people possess all of the above attributes and never manage to publish a book. I have a feeling that everything I’ve read on how to write a novel is a big fat fib.

I can see that talent, hard work and determination are needed to be an author, a proper published book in a shop window author. But there must be something more surely?

Or am I just overthinking, and everybody else is right?

To be continued.


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Elderly rotund toothless male seeks wilderness to travel to.
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3 Responses to How to write a novel.

  1. Call me cynical, but it seems to me that a number of people make a living from giving writing advice. Perhaps it’s all part of the massive ‘how-to’, ‘self-help’ and ‘self-improvement’ market.
    Puts me in mind of the old saying, ““Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” I’m also attracted by Woody Allan’s “Those who can’t do, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach gym.” 🙂

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