â€śShut up and keep swimming!â€ť she replies.
This was a story my dad liked to tell, and itâ€™s always seemed to me to describe perfectly the experience of trying to figure out how to write a novel while you are in the process of actually writing one.
While I was writing my first novel (Shy Girl, FSG and Seal Press), I knew it was my â€ślearning how to write a novelâ€ť novel. I figured after Iâ€™d written a publishable novel, Iâ€™d be set. Problem is, each book is original, replete with its own original problems, its own original learning curve.
Meanwhile, I took a long detour trying to turn myself into a different kind of writer: one who didnâ€™t do so much planning and outlining, for example.
Iâ€™ve noticed that creative people put a LOT of energy into re-inventing ourselves. Imagine if, instead, we accepted ourselves and learned to be high functioning, productive writers just the way we are? I learned how to do this the hard way. But Iâ€™m willing to save you years of struggle and a heck of a lot of recycled pages.
Check out my free, 12-minute instructional video, Motivation and a Plan, The Best Way to Write and Complete Your Book.
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Oh, and tell your friends who are writing books . . . or wishing they were!