Every time I meet people at social gatherings (rarely, but I’m not a total recluse), I’m often asked: How’s the novel coming along?
They mean well, I know that. But the cartoon above makes the dilemma of the writing life clear.
I wonder if any other profession poses the same challenges as that of a novelist.
I’m writing a novel, but I’m not a novelist yet. Not only am I not sure of making any money on it, I’m entirely unsure it would see light of day at all. I’ve written 400k words in multiple drafts, and I’m told I might just need to shift around a few chapters here and there before I can consider it ready to be looked at.
I toss out chunks of 10k words or more pretty casually these days: Point of View change- slash, not much tension- slash, not the right order of things- slash slash slash. And then once in a while, I get days like this one– I stare and stare at the screen.
I don’t think about my lack of talent– that’s a given, but am physically paralyzed– what word can I write that would lead to another?
For those of you who write, does the above cartoon make sense to you? For those in other professions, have you faced a similar challenge? Want to share words of advice for the would-be, or established, novelist?
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