This is how to be a novelist:
- Decide you want to write novels.
- Start writing novels.
- Never stop, even when people tell you that you suck.
Can you do these three things? Yes? Then congratulations, you’re a novelist!
“What?” you ask. “There has to be more to it than that!” Well, yes, there is, but the above three steps are the most important, and yes, the core of it is this simple.
Also I would go on to say that, far and above anything else, #3 is the most important. I can’t stress that enough. If you want to be a novelist you must never stop writing no matter how discouraged you are. You must be obsessed with it. You must get to the point where, even after you’ve decided to give it up as a silly pipe dream, you can’t stop yourself from continuing.
If you can do that, then you are most definitely a novelist.
Below I go into details, and make sure to subscribe to this blog for updates, because I intend to keep expanding this:
- Do you want to be a writer?
- Finish that manuscript!
- Everyone Needs an Editor
- (coming someday) Get Yourself Published
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