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For All Those Folks Who Thought They Could Never Finish a Novel…


I’ve written one novel and you can have a free copy

I had an extremely strong burning desire to write it so I had no particular problems finishing it; yet, many folks who deeply desire finishing a novel discover it a year later, stuck in a drawer…

I don’t know if I’ll write another novel—busy now with short tales—but, if I decided to, I’d heed the advice in a particular article in the The GuardianHow to finish a novel: tracking a book’s progress from idea to completion.

If you’re new to this blog, realize I’m mostly a “tricky” reporter—I give you just enough info to make you {hopefully} take the link I provide :-)

So…

“When Wyl Menmuir sat down to write his first book, he was well aware it was something many aspire to but few achieve. ‘I knew I needed help to avoid it being just a stack of paper that sat in my bedside drawer. I know too many people who have written half a novel’, he says.”

The best laid plans………

“Menmuir realised early on that he would need every tool at his disposal to finish his first novel. Having trained as a journalist he decided he would work better with a deadline and set himself a goal of writing 500 words a day, five days a week.”

“Had Menmuir stuck to his self-imposed deadlines the 44,242-word novel he eventually wrote could technically have been written in just 124 days…”

“Within just nine days of setting out to write, he had his first realisation that his 500-words-a-day goal might not work out. Although he didn’t know it at the time, it would actually be one year, 10 months and two days before the novel was complete.”

And, here are the topics covered about what he learned:

Embracing the feel-good moments

Procrastinating (well)

Downing tools

Celebrating milestones

This is a very comprehensive article; plus, when you see the graphs with the author’s image, pause, because they have his comments about various stages in the writing show up; and, it takes a few seconds to see all the comments

I hope you read (or, encourage a writer friend to read) the full article

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Help! I’m Being Swamped By Writing Advice!!


Some is good for you, some is pure poison; and, one writer’s poison is another’s saving grace

Writing advice is ubiquitous and, as more folk enter the expanding arena of publishing, the advice has become a bit like a tsunami.

In a previous post about Joe Konrath, A Book Review In The Midst of A Publishing Firestorm…, I quoted Joe quoting someone else:

Baz Lurhmann once said: ‘Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.’”

I then followed that quote with lots of advice from Mr. Konrath :-)

Want more advice?

Try these past posts:

Some Publishing Advice from Two Extremely Successful Authors

Writing Resources & Advice ~ Tread Carefully…

Good Advice About Self-Publishing

The weird thing about this post is that I’m giving you advice about taking advice by giving you more advice

Naturally, I feel my advice is good but what’s the core meaning of “advice”?

“from L. visum, neuter pp. of videre ‘to see'”

So, just to round-out this advice-filled post, try an article from Writer’s Digest, 23 Timeless Quotes About Writing.

Here’s my favorite:

“Long patience and application saturated with your heart’s blood—you will either write or you will not—and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try.”
—Jim Tully, October 1923

What’s your best advice for writers??
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