Do you ever look in your stats to see what kind of search phrases bring people to your blog? Well, the above title is one such phrase that brought someone here (and now probably more than one).
Novel Writing Made Easy? Yeah, right. Like a get rich quick scheme. Make $3000 a week just from working at home two hours a day. Sure. I believe that.
People always look for the quick route and usually there isn't one (unless of course you're born into it, just ask Paris Hilton). Novel writing isn't any different. It takes years for writers to develop their writing skills and master the art.
So I did a quick search myself about the above phrase and found either CDs, books or software for sale, all claiming to make your novel writing easy. Oh, and some sites were just ad pages with no real information.
Let's just look at some of the components a (decent) novel might have:
- narrative or POV(s)
- grammatically correct (or purposefully incorrect) writing
- beginning, middle and end
... and on and on
So my advice to those just embarking on this fantastic adventure called novel writing is to start. Start writing it.
With the writing come the experience and through it authors find out and learn about the different components required, they learn what works for them (and no software or bestseller author can tell you what works for you) and they learn about their strengths and weaknesses.
Usually first novels aren't successful because of all the reasons above. But hard work and a learning curve rewards the persistent writers.
I guess this is somehow related to my previous post about the publishing industry. No short cuts, no excuses. Work!
Categories: writing, novel, general, work