Before I start, I just want to give a HUGE shout-out to Arlee. Thank you for creating this awesome blogfest! It's definitely one of the highlights of my blogging year.
And now, back to the original posting.
Congratulations on choosing to write a novel. It will give you hours on hours of pleasure and you'll love every single moment of it.
Veteran novelists, STOP GUFFAWING.
It is truly the easiest art -
Novelists! Stop laughing this instant! It's rude.
Ahem. Easiest art to partake in. After all, you've written e-mails and memos for years.
Seriously, vets. How do you expect me to trap people if you make me sound ridiculous. Can you at least limit your response to chortling?
Writing a novel is an amazing passion. And I'm not calling it a hobby for a reason. Nothing you've ever done before will prepare you for writing 50+ thousand words of cohesive story.
It'll consume you. Sometimes, it'll treat you well. Those times are amazing. They're what makes writing worth the struggle.
But struggles there are many. I'm going to share some of them this month, so you know what you're up against. This isn't intended to scare you off, but to arm you with knowledge you'll require. Because a big part of what makes the struggle really difficult is thinking that you're the only one.
So if you really want to write a novel, be prepared to feel the burn. If not, I think you should find something else to devote the majority of your free time to.
Who's sticking around?
Welcome to the madhouse, ladies and gentlemen! I hope you enjoy your stay!
Okay novelists! Now you get to have your say. Any advice to the new recruits?